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Karl Marx with subconscious masses in his beard

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Thought Control and Cynicism

It’s one of those glorious early spring days that England enacts so well. I have sat in the garden, drinking black tea, and reading Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer’s The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception. I’ve been preoccupied with … Continue reading

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Inequality and Objectification

Marx claimed that from the sexual relationship “one can . . .  judge man’s whole level of development  . . . the relationship of man to woman is the most natural relation of human being to human being. It therefore … Continue reading

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Immanuel Wallerstein’s Historical Capitalism

The two essays in Verso’s edition of Immanuel Wallerstein’s Historic Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization offer an accessible introduction to the multi-volume The Modern World-System (currently at four volumes with two more to come). Heavily influenced by Marx and Fernand Braudel … Continue reading

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Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

On this first reading of Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, roughly a third of it whistled straight over my head-the seventh chapter is impenetrable without more grounding than I possess in theoretical discourse-and I don’t … Continue reading

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Kafka’s Modernist Lineage

These excerpts below from Richard T. Gray’s A Franz Kafka Encyclopaedia. I’ve omitted the introductory parts about Freud and Marx’s influence on Kafka’s writings, as they do not require elucidation. I am interested in this idea that Kafka’s work could … Continue reading

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