Author Archives: RED

Interview on BreakThrough News

I was honored to be interviewed by Brian Becker on “The Socialist Program” for BreakThrough News. We discuss the deep history of Nazism in Ukraine, as well as its contemporary manifestations and root causes. The conversation develops some of the arguments I’ve made in “Nazis in Ukraine: Seeing through the Fog of the Information War” and “The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism after WWII–It Discretely Internationalized It.”

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Book Talk on “Domination & Emancipation”

I was very pleased to participate in this book Launch for Domination & Emancipation with Daniel Benson, Rosaura Sánchez & Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo. This was a collaboration between The People’s Forum, the Critical Theory Workshop and RED – Radical Education Department. One of my essays in this book, entitled “Critical and Revolutionary Theory,” is available for download here.

Article in Liberation News: “Nazis in Ukraine”

My latest article in Liberation News, “Nazis in Ukraine: Seeing through the Fog of the Information War,” examines the history and contemporary presence of Nazism in Ukraine. Excerpt: “Zelenskyy seeks to depict his government as free and democratic – not unlike the Western imperialist powers it is aligned with – while it supports fascist militias, receives funding from reactionary capitalists (who also fund Nazi battalions), glorifies ultranationalists and Nazi collaborators, emboldens a culture of fascism, bans political parties, and tightly controls news and information. [read more]”

Interviewed about the CIA and French Theory for the Anti-Empire Project Podcast

It was an honor and pleasure to be interviewed by Justin Pudor for his podcast. We discuss my background in French theory, my analysis of the intellectual apparatus under capitalism, the involvement of the CIA and other organizations in the intellectual world, the limits of cultural Marxism, historical materialism, and much more.

Article in CounterPunch: “Lessons from January 6th: An Inside Job”

I just published this deep dive into the real story behind January 6th, which benefited immensely from feedback from so many people.

Excerpt: “Over a year after the harum-scarum storming of the U.S. Capitol, there is ample evidence that it was an inside job. Not only was the security detail intentionally minimized to the extreme, but decisions were made at the highest levels of the chain of command to allow a right-wing mob to rampage through the building. At the forefront of this antidemocratic horde, as we shall see, there were fascist or semi-fascist organizations whose leadership has multiple direct ties to the military and intelligence agencies. All of this raises fundamental questions regarding the true nature of the U.S. government and its relationship to fascism. [read more]”

Interviewed with Claudia de la Cruz on “Fascism in the USA and Strategies to Fight It”

It was a pleasure to be interviewed, along with Claudia de la Cruz, on one of my favorite news and information platforms: The Socialist Program. We discuss socialist lessons from January 6th, including the signs of an inside job, the rapid rehabilitation of Trump, the history and current manifestations of fascism, the limits of the Democratic Party and bourgeois democracy, the need for a United Front from below, and more…

Call for Applications: Critical Theory Workshop 2022 Summer Program in Paris and Online

The 14th annual summer program of the Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique will take place in Paris, as well as online, from July 4 to July 22, 2022.

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The content will be more or less identical, and invited speakers include Radhika Desai*, Georges Gastaud*, Jacques Pauwels*, Jennifer Ponce de León*, Mary Louise Pratt*, Gabriel Rockhill*, and others TBA (* confirmed). Click here for general information about the program, here for details regarding the Paris program, and here for info about the online program.

Interviewed on “By Any Means Necessary” about January 6, 2021

It was a pleasure to talk with Sean and Jacquie about January 6, 2021 and how it relates to the deeper history of fascism, which I’ve explored in essays such as “Fascist Plots in the US: Contemporary Lessons from the 1934 ‘Business Plot’.”

Two Articles on Critical and Revolutionary Theory

I’m pleased to announce that an article I’ve been working on for over a decade, “Critical and Revolutionary Theory,” is now available in an excellent new book edited by Daniel Benson. The book also includes a dialogue between me and Philippe Corcuff on “Domination and Emancipation in the Current Conjuncture,” along with an introduction by Benson and pieces by Luc Boltanski, Nancy Fraser, Rosaura Sánchez, Asad Haider, Françoise Vergès, Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Yves Citton. Click here for more details.

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Excerpt from “Critical and Revolutionary Theory”: “This article elucidates the reasons behind the retreat from Marxism in contemporary critical theory, and it offers an account of the revolutionary theory that is born of emancipatory struggles as an antidote to this retreat. It begins by briefly elucidating the explanatory power and transformative force of revolutionary theory, as it has been developed in the Marxist tradition, in order to shake it lose from the straw-person depictions, gormless mantras, anti-communist dogmas, historical tommyrot, and vulgarly reductive accounts that petty-bourgeois intellectuals and many others have used to try and discredit it. After clarifying how historical materialism is a collectively produced, transdisciplinary, systemic, radical and fallibilistic science of history rooted in collective struggle, it deploys this framework of analysis to develop a counter-history of critical theory. In this sense, the critique of the Frankfurt School that it advances is not simply an internal or immanent critique but is rather a materialist analysis of its social and historical function in the international political economy of ideas. As we shall see, the type of research promoted under the label ‘critical’ by the global theory industry—which is driven by capitalist interests and policed by their hegemonic enforcers—is work whose critical appearance belies a conformist core.”