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Deprovincializing Marx: On Harry Harootunian’s Reading of Marx

Deprovincializing Marx: On Harry Harootunian’s Reading of Marx

Harootun­ian empha­sizes the ten­sion between tem­po­ral­i­ties, where anachro­nisms can dis­turb the homo­ge­neous lin­ear time of cap­i­tal­ism and the nation-state, and can ori­ent the tra­jec­to­ry of polit­i­cal moder­ni­ty in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion. These anachro­nisms con­sti­tute pos­si­bil­i­ties for derail­ing the train of his­to­ry in anoth­er direc­tion.

The Door to the Flower and the Vegetable Garden (2002)

The Door to the Flower and the Vegetable Garden (2002)

I went on migrat­ing from room to room in the house of repro­duc­tion. Then final­ly I found the door that opened into the flower and veg­etable gar­den: I real­ized the impor­tance of the ques­tion of the land. That door was thrown open for me by the new actors I was look­ing for, the pro­tag­o­nists of indige­nous rebel­lions, those fight­ing against dams or defor­esta­tion, the women of the Glob­al South. 

The Fate of the Fast against the Slow

The Fate of the Fast against the Slow

There is no doubt there­fore that stu­dents are not only work­ers but work­ers fac­ing a decid­ed­ly pre­car­i­ous future. About this only ide­o­logues brook debate these days. And yet this will not quite do. It is bet­ter to say that stu­dents join hands with work­ers as pro­le­tar­i­ans.

Organizing in the University

Organizing in the University

In a moment when the right wing is con­fi­dent and union­iza­tion is at an all-time low, it is impor­tant to gath­er forces that can debate and strate­gize.

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.