(☭) | 2.2 | anti/politics II

materials:

Mike Macnair, “Law and State as Holes in Marxist Theory” (2006)

Hal Draper, “The ‘Dictatorship of the Proletariat’ in Marx and Engels” (1987)

Adam Przeworski, “Social Democracy as a Historical Phenomenon” (1985)

Sheldon S. Wolin, “On Reading Marx Politically” (1983)

 

(☭) | 2.1 | anti/politics

materials:

Ian Hinson & Donald Parkinson, “Fashionable Incongruity” (2017)
Tad Tietze, “Why Better Politics Can’t Make Anti-Politics Go Away” (2017)

Tad Tietze & Elizabeth Humphrys,
“Anti-Politics and the Illusions of Neoliberalism” (2015)
“‘Anti-Politics’ and the Return of the Social” (2014)
“Anti-Politics: Elephant in the Room” (2013)

Derek Sayer, “The Critique of Politics and Political Economy” (1984)

(☭) | 1.2 | class composition, part 2

This first discussion (in two parts) is aspirational: we lay out our hopes for the project and what we intend to discuss. However, we don’t stay focused on sociology, we don’t mention all of the texts or deal with them in detail, and we end up collapsing into the class aspects of the left’s powerlessness. Yet we do keep Wright’s framework in mind as we touch on divisions within the proletariat and within the bourgeoisie. We get particularly fixated on how education, credential and skill embolden and yet impede the marxist intellectual’s attempt at “scientific socialism”.

(☭) | 1.1 | class composition, part 1

materials:

Erik Olin Wright, selections from Understanding Class (2015)
“From Grand Paradigm Battles to Pragmatist Realism”,
“The Shadow of Exploitation in Weber’s Class Analysis”
Bromma, The Worker Elite (2013)
Gáspár Miklós Tamás, “Telling the Truth About Class” (2006)
Gilles Dauvé & Karl Nesic, “Love of Labour? Love of Labour Lost…” (2002)