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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.

The Strike of Those Who Can't Stop: An Interview with Verónica Gago and Natalia Fontana

The Strike of Those Who Can’t Stop: An Interview with Verónica Gago and Natalia Fontana

To strike is to chal­lenge and block the forms of pro­duc­ing and repro­duc­ing life in homes, in neigh­bor­hoods, in work­places. It is to con­nect vio­lence again­st wom­en with the speci­fic polit­i­cal nature of the cur­rent forms of exploita­tion of the pro­duc­tion and repro­duc­tion of life. The strike was the key that enabled us to unite those two things.

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

It’s only by acknowl­edg­ing the roots of iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics in the eman­ci­pa­to­ry move­ments of the past that we can begin the col­lec­tive work of for­mu­lat­ing a pos­i­tive alter­na­tive.

The Genre of the Party

The Genre of the Party

I would like to briefly return to what might be the cen­tral prob­lem of polit­i­cal sub­jec­tiv­i­ty, where Marx­ist thought encoun­tered its lim­it and ulti­mate­ly hit an impasse: the par­ty-form and its con­flict­ual rela­tion­ship with anoth­er “form,” that of the “women’s move­ment” and, con­se­quent­ly, fem­i­nism.

The Paradox of Enlightenment

The Paradox of Enlightenment

A curi­ous symp­tom of the resis­tance to the­o­ry on the Anglo-Amer­i­can left is a fix­a­tion on the Enlight­en­ment. The strik­ing para­dox of this fix­a­tion is the anti-intel­lec­tu­al appro­pri­a­tion of a trend of Euro­pean phi­los­o­phy, which is cred­it­ed with intro­duc­ing the now invi­o­lable stan­dards of sec­u­lar­ism, repub­li­can­ism, rights, free­doms, and equal­i­ty.