A class perspective on the ‘women question’

1. The general terms of the ‘women question’ The issues facing women have made an urgent political reappearance in recent years, ranging from the horrific numbers of women killed by their partners to the scourge of wage differences and harassment at work. Clear evidence has emerged that gender equality – so often trumpeted by various … More A class perspective on the ‘women question’

In defense of decadence

The ripest maturity, the highest stage, that anything can attain is the one at which its fall begins Hegel, The Science of Logic 1 The concept of decadence remains a source of controversy for Marxists. Those who reject it oftentimes do so because they have come to associate that idea with a position of resigned … More In defense of decadence

A social history of the internet–Part II

[Editor’s note: This is the second part in the humanaesfera series on the Internet. For Part 1, please follow this link.] 6. SUBSUMPTION OF THE GEARS THAT MAKE UP THE MIND: MEMORY, THOUGHT, VOLITION, APPETITE Not only are the social relations of each person’s knowledge, abilities, and affections with others being increasingly subsumed to capital, … More A social history of the internet–Part II

Editorial 5 — October 2019

Communists haven’t always opposed the development of capitalism. During the American Civil War, communists threw their support behind capitalists. After his re-election President Lincoln received a letter of congratulations from the First International (though technically it congratulated the American people for re-electing Lincoln). This was in spite of the fact that Lincoln was obviously no … More Editorial 5 — October 2019

Primitive accumulation in the Amazon

[…] the fraudulent alienation of the state domains, the theft of the common lands, the usurpation of feudal and clan property and its transformation into modern private property under circumstances of ruthless terrorism: all these things were just so many idyllic methods of primitive accumulation. They conquered the field for capitalist agriculture, incorporated the soil … More Primitive accumulation in the Amazon

Left unity

Talk to enough people who call themselves communists, and you’ll hear someone suggest unity among the left. The argument typically goes that any move towards the left is helpful, and that united action by the entire left will facilitate the rise of communism. They’ll say stuff like, “If we could just stop fighting with each … More Left unity