The attempt to turn back to theory such that the Marxist approach to knowledge itself can be explained is commendable. The (re)introduction of certain levels of abstraction - particularly the separation of the "mode of production" and the "social formation" - are important and remain influential, impressively they have become important in some forms of anthropological practice itself. But many the most important features of Althusser's work are themselves marred by the entire "problematic" or theory of theory that they are integrated within. There’s a circularity to Althusser’s claim of at once maintaining fidelity to Marx’s word while stating that Marx’s words couldn’t be Marxist enough. The autonomous theory still has to try and connect to reality, but it simultaneously wants to refute the “empiricist” subject/object relationship. Althusser’s solution is unclear, and perhaps contradictory.
I’m sick and tired of how and whenWe’re short of money so make it, then. -Faust pt. II Pulp, wet and left with traces,Staining hands like wounds would. The fuel of the turnscrew: … Continue reading Circulation
I recently had the opportunity to interview Andrew Milner, a literary critic and social theorist, on the legacy of Raymond Williams and the tradition of cultural materialism. This is the first bonus episode of the podcast, and in the future we're planning on making interview episodes Patreon exclusive (once we get our Patreon set up … Continue reading Radical Thoughts: Interview with Andrew Milner
"Abolition of wages," "abolition of town and country," "abolition of family," "abolition of religion," "abolition of labor..." What does it mean to "abolish?" In the most simple sense it means to simply get rid of, to end, to be done with. And yet it seems more complicated than that. The use of the term "abolish" … Continue reading Notes on “Abolition” and “Revolution”
The excellent Red Wedge Magazine has just dropped their latest digital issue Partially Automated Dystopias + Utopias. I had the pleasure of having my essay "Portions of the Day: Screen-Time and Time Discipline" featured alongside many other great essays, poems, and stories. All the pieces are worth looking at. Some of my favorites so far … Continue reading New Essay in Red Wedge
Things have been getting busy for me recently. On the one hand that includes the drudgery of making money, on the other hand it's also because I've been working on several creative projects. One of those projects just dropped its first little bit of content: the premier episode of the Radical Thoughts Podcast. Radical Thoughts … Continue reading Radical Thoughts Premier Episode: Culture & Materialism
Among the works of literature dealing with Fascism or authoritarianism, it is often the dystopias that take center stage; both classics like Brave New World, and newer works such as Ready Player One - not to mention the burgeoning genre of Young Adult Dystopian literature - have gripped the imagination in troubling times and been utilized as … Continue reading Literature and Social Reflection (or: Yet Another Essay on Thomas Mann)