• Le Thé à l'anglaise servi dans le salon des Quatre-Glaces au palais du Temple à Paris en 1764

    How Do We Write the Intellectual History of the Enlightenment? Spinozism, Radicalism, and Philosophy

    The Enlight­en­ment is again the object of debate. We can only rejoice that tra­di­tion­al inter­pre­ta­tions have been ques­tioned. Yet it would be regret­table to replace one doxa with anoth­er by arti­fi­cial­ly con­struct­ing a homo­ge­neous philo­soph­i­cal tra­di­tion and a tele­ol­o­gy of philo­soph­i­cal rad­i­cal­ism, link­ing Spin­oza and the French Rev­o­lu­tion and, doubt­less fur­ther, the con­tem­po­rary rad­i­cal left.

“Communism for Everybody”: An Interview with Bini Adamczak, author of Communism for Kids

“Communism for Everybody”: An Interview with Bini Adamczak, author of Communism for Kids

“Com­mu­nism for Kids” was writ­ten dur­ing the so-called “end of his­to­ry” — the his­tor­i­cal epoch between the fall of the Sovi­et Union and the rise of the Arab Spring. A peri­od of intense frag­men­ta­tion of the Left, this was when the anti-glob­al­iza­tion move­ment mobi­lized around the slo­gan, “anoth­er world is pos­si­ble.”

Cthulhu plays no role for me

Cthulhu plays no role for me

Haraway’s for­mer (pro­found­ly sys­tem-ori­ent­ed) Marx­i­an tech­nofem­i­nism has giv­en way, then, to some­thing called mul­ti­species fem­i­nism char­ac­ter­ized by a bare­ly dis­avowed will­ing­ness to see whole cities and cul­tures wiped from the plan­et for the sake of a form of thriv­ing among “com­pan­ion species” involv­ing rel­a­tive­ly few of us.

"Cerrar para abrir": Puerto Rican Student Struggles and the Crisis of Colonial-Capitalism

“Cerrar para abrir”: Puerto Rican Student Struggles and the Crisis of Colonial-Capitalism

The stu­dent move­ment has tak­en an action that exceeds its char­ac­ter as a nar­row, stu­dent effort cir­cum­scribed to the aca­d­e­m­ic set­ting. In order to under­stand how these thou­sands of stu­dents stopped act­ing “like stu­dents” and began delib­er­at­ing, act­ing, and demand­ing in a clear and self-con­scious­ly polit­i­cal field of strug­gle, it is nec­es­sary to look at the his­to­ry of stu­dent strug­gle in Puer­to Rico.

Reassessing Foucault: Modern Sexuality and the Transition to Capitalism

Reassessing Foucault: Modern Sexuality and the Transition to Capitalism

Are the premis­es of queer the­o­ry real­ly anti­thet­i­cal to a his­tor­i­cal mate­ri­al­ist under­stand­ing of the ori­gins of cap­i­tal­ism? Con­sid­er­ing Foucault’s some­thing of the patron saint of queer the­o­ry, we might per­haps dis­cov­er the error of the whole for­ma­tion in the thought of its founder.

Viewpoint Magazine at Historical Materialism

Viewpoint Magazine at Historical Materialism

View­point Mag­a­zine is a proud Co-Spon­sor of this year’s His­tor­i­cal Mate­ri­al­ism New York Con­fer­ence on “Resur­gent Rad­i­calisms in a Polar­iz­ing World.” We hope that the con­fer­ence can be anoth­er plat­form for urgent dis­cus­sion and debate posed by social move­ments and Marx­ist the­o­ry in these tur­bu­lent times.

An Arc of Solidarity: Remembering Bob Lee (1942-2017)

An Arc of Solidarity: Remembering Bob Lee (1942-2017)

It was activists like Black Pan­ther Bob Lee and the orig­i­nal Rain­bow Coali­tion who cre­at­ed change in our nation, by dar­ing to enter dis­tant neigh­bor­hoods and forge alliances. As a polit­i­cal sym­bol, the Rain­bow didn’t refer just to a series of col­ors; it sig­ni­fied an arc of con­nec­tion between dif­fer­ent places and peo­ple. For Lee and oth­ers who par­tic­i­pat­ed with him in strug­gle, this was the only pos­si­ble start­ing point for rev­o­lu­tion­ary sol­i­dar­i­ty.

The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction

The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction

As the con­sumer-ori­ent­ed lib­er­al­ism of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs gave way to the tech­no­log­i­cal author­i­tar­i­an­ism of Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, this strange foun­da­tion paved the way for “neo­re­ac­tion,” or, in a dis­tort­ed echo of Eliez­er Yudkowsky’s ratio­nal­ist vision, the “Dark Enlight­en­ment.”

Making Waves (Part 1)

Making Waves (Part 1)

If we want to speak of a work­ing-class par­ty, we need to begin from the work­ing class as it exists, not as we would like it to be. Yet what con­sid­ers itself a blue­print will not and can­not con­cern itself pri­mar­i­ly with a con­crete analy­sis of class com­po­si­tion. The orga­ni­za­tion­al ques­tions it can address are only those posed from above, while those raised from below go unac­knowl­edged.