All that is rational is actual, and all that is actual is rational. —Hegel, Philosphy of Right I'm going to borrow, at least to jump off, from Pinkard's great explanation of what this widely misunderstood phrase means according to Hegel. Now, I like Hegel and have another blog that just happens to be mostly about his… Continue reading All That Is Actual Is Rational—The Left’s Practical Idealism
Marx claims that labor is the source of all (economic) value, that value is labor and that its quantity is determined by socially necessary labor-time, and one hears Marxists parrot this claim endlessly. Part of it is because Marx said it, and part of it is because we're so ready to take Marx's word for it and… Continue reading Labor Is Valuable, But Value Is Not Labor
On the origin of value's fetishization & its objective power over real individuals.
A comment and response to a response made by Xexizy (also known and henceforth referred to as Muke) in reply to a comment on one of his videos focused on class and identity politics a long while ago here: https://twitter.com/xexizy11/status/844161769899806721 Identity politics is still a big issue among us, and the Left in general is… Continue reading Against Class Reductionism: Some Advice
On how a culture of hiding the body turns it into a fantasy for desire.
The question to all theorists from both the theoretically interested and the practically minded alike is this: Given the state of wordly affairs is dismal and not what it should be, what am I as an individual to do about it? What should we do? To this question every theorist who is honest can only bow their heads… Continue reading What Is to Be Done in General for Change?
The question of the future is an important one, and amongst those who are Marxists there is a question as to how understand the role of revolutionary politics and action. There are a rare few that still believe the communist revolution is a historical inevitability, an idea that dominated the Second International prior to the […]
"Revisionist." If you have ever visited an online Leftist community, chances are you have been called this at one point or another. For those unfamiliar with the term, revisionist is somewhat of a pejorative which is common among the Leftist communities meant to express that the recipient is "not Leftist enough," "not my comrade," or… Continue reading In Support of Revisionism
Much discussion about fascism has been had lately. "What is fascism's definition?" "Is [X] representative of it?" Discussions like those are appreciated, but there is a lack on a grasp of social, political and economical processes. Definitions are discussed; interpretations are made; individuals are judged. All ideologies, politically and socially determined, are not dependent on an individual's whim: a concept can only be reflective of society if and only if it is derived from society itself—for the inverse relies on a method that abstracts the concept into the concrete.
Marx is famous for theorizing capital's contradictions and putting forth the theory of its downfall as the ground for the greater society to follow. Hegel famously did no such thing to critique his society, something for which the Young Hegelians endlessly critiqued him. Hegel, it is said, was all too happy to theorize what is without putting forth… Continue reading The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized