Just a short post here today. I wanted to highlight a few really interesting sections of Richard Gilman-Opalsky’s excellent book ‘Specters of Revolt‘ and to expand on them with some further thoughts, particularly about the revolutionary subject(s), molecularity, and joyful rebellion. It’s been a bit of a revelation reading it, I have to say, though its exact ideological tenor I found a little ambiguous. On the one hand, there are frequent (cheap) pot-shots at anarchists; on the other, he criticises Hardt and Negri’s return to the ‘Marxian revolutionary subject.’ It isn’t clear to me that there really can be a…

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I’ve always found Sartre a better writer (novelist, playwright, and so on) than a philosopher. Certainly, Being and Nothingness is an impressive work — an intelligent, thorough, analytic tome inquiring into the roots and nature of human subjectivity. And yet this text, at least, is a mixed bag for me. I’m not entirely sure why I decided to return to this text for the first time in God knows how many years and to read it afresh. But I did, and I wanted to collect some thoughts I had reading through it. I came away with quite a mixed impression…

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What modes of critique are adequate to interpreting, understanding and acting upon Late Capitalism and its concomitant crises? Formulated another way, what form should a contemporary critique of Capitalism take? The French Marxist intellectual Louis Althusser took to these to be central issues in the mid-to-late 20th century, and I want to suggest that these issues remain with us today, and that Althusser’s own systematically anti-humanist Marxism offers us — at the very least — powerful tools for contemporary critiques of Capitalism, especially given the ways in which it has developed since his death. For Althsuser, ‘humanism’ is fundamentally ideological

Out of all the many authors whose books and papers I have read, Mark Fisher’s have long held a place close to my heart. His book Capitalist Realism has had a profound effect on the way I see the world, and I’m certainly not alone in that. However, in this post I want to use this post to draw attention to a piece he wrote called ‘Post-Capitalist Desire’ and to draw a few comparisons with other pieces of literature I’ve been interested in recently in order to make a few general points about where the left currently stands in 2019.

This evening I read through Capitalist Realism again and it’s still as brilliant as on my first read, and I just wanted to jot down some off-the-cuff thoughts about it. The text deftly navigates and stitches together a wide range of topics and ideas, which is one of its many merits. One of the early issues it raises, and one which I think remains incredibly important ten years on, is on the material substance of ideology and Capitalism’s overvaluation of belief. Irony or cynicism do not in any way undermine Capitalism; indeed, distancing oneself in this way allows for its…

Greece now seems to be hurtling towards a Eurozone exit. The IMF have been unwilling to compromise and SYRIZA lack a mandate from the Greek people to accept the Troika’s demands. This probably comes a little late but a few comments on Reddit spurred me to put into writing some of my thoughts on where exactly the problem lies. I’m going to post from some of my comments in that thread and expand a little on some of the points I offered there.

One user on /r/Europe, an American, pointed out that it’s difficult to imagine how a continent of…

Matthew Lowery

PhD student. Interests in critical theory, radical democracy, new materialism, ideology, science fiction, and extreme metal.

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