This two-part interview with Jennifer Ponce de León to discuss our respective work on aesthetics and politics with Leandro Martínez Depietri was just released as part of the Bienalsur podcast (in English). We discuss our past publications, Jennifer’s recent book, and our current book project together, engaging with the following themes: the historical materialist analysis of culture, the bourgeois concept and practice of art, the function of culture in actually existing socialism, the compositional model of ideology, and the overall role of culture as a weapon of class warfare. A special thanks to Leandro for making this happen, and for being such a great interlocutor!
It was an honor to be featured again on Chris Hedges’ “On Contact” to discuss my ongoing research on the history and present manifestations of fascism, and more specifically my recent article for Liberation School entitled “Fascist Plots in the US: Contemporary Lessons from the 1934 ‘Business Plot.’” Click here to watch.
Excerpt: “We have to recognize that fascism takes different forms and different shapes, and that it’s always an element operative under capitalist rule and bourgeois democracy. As much as it [bourgeois democracy] can help us stave off certain fascist elements, it will keep some of them in the wings in case there’s ever a real threat to bourgeois democratic and hence capitalist rule.”
I was thrilled to talk with Jacqueline Luqman on @TheRealNews about my ongoing research on fascism, which has appeared in Liberation School, Black Agenda Report & CounterPunch (click here for the list of articles). The interview is entitled “The History of Postwar Fascism Needs to Be Retold,” and here’s the abstract (click here to listen):
“Popular understandings of what fascism is, where it came from, and how it was ‘defeated’ have hindered our collective ability to identify and fight fascist threats beyond those that existed in Western Europe a century ago. In the latest installment of her ongoing series investigating the contours of fascism in the past and present, Jacqueline Luqman speaks with philosopher, cultural critic, and political theorist Gabriel Rockhill about the need to understand how the political and economic systems that produced European fascism did not disappear after World War II. Rockhill is Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, founder and director of the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique, former Directeur de programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, and the author/editor of numerous scholarly books in English and French.”
I was honored to have a wide-ranging conversation about the history of critical theory, fascism, the U.S. National Security State, Social Democracy and the Third International.
Honored to be featured on one of my favorite podcasts to discuss my recent Liberation School article on the fascist plot to overthrow the US government in 1934 and how it relates to the capitalist ruling class’s backing of fascist movements today. This is followed by an important discussion of Moise’s assassination in Haiti. Click here to listen, and please don’t hesitate to circulate and support this podcast–it’s one of the best!
I was honored to be featured on Jules Taylor’s podcast “No Easy Answers.” Click here to listen. We had a wide-ranging conversation about fascism and anti-communism, and we also discussed my research into the US National Security State and the promotion of French philosophy within the global theory industry.
It was a pleasure to be featured on Ron Placone’s “Get Your News on with Ron.” We discussed fascism, anti-communism in the media and academia, labor struggles, organizing, general strikes, and the ultimate systemic disease: capitalism.
Chris Hedges me entrevistó para su programa de televisión “On Contact,” y la transcripción ha sido traducida al español: “La clase capitalista estadounidense financió el ascenso del fascismo.”
I was very honored and pleased to participate in this dialogue with Diana Wechsler and Leandro Martínez Depietri for BIENALSUR 2021. One of the central points of discussion is the role of culture in class struggle. Drawing on the work I’ve been doing with Jennifer Ponce de León for our current book project, I distinguished between the aesthetics of power–meaning the diverse ways in which the power elite creates an image of itself, and how this image serves its class interests–and the power of aesthetics to both diagnose the various uses of culture as a weapon for the ruling class and channel an alternative world of sense making. All Power to the Creative Labor Power of the People!