Category Archives: Publications

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.”

Traducción al español de una selección de mis escritos

Es un gran honor para mí ver esta traducción al español de una selección de mis escritos, incluidos algunos de mis trabajos sobre estética, contrahistoria, ideología (con Jennifer Ponce de León), fascismo y la CIA. Un enorme agradecimiento a Leandro Martínez Depietri por instigar y encabezar este proyecto, a Diana Wechsler por supervisarlo y a Estudio Curatoriales por publicarlo.

Translation of Previously Untranslated Interview with Thomas Sankara

I’m excited to share this translation, which I completed with Maxime Delafosse-Brown and Hope Wilson, of an interview with Thomas Sankara that is now available in English for the first time. It is part of a larger series of translations of previously untranslated material by the great African revolutionary that we are preparing for Liberation School. I’m grateful to Bruno Jaffré, who runs ThomasSankara.net, for providing us with the translation rights and allowing us to initiate this translation series. Stay tuned for more!

Excerpt: “What we achieved here was not what you could call a coup d’etat. There was a thoroughly prepared popular insurrection in which progressives, revolutionaries and democrats came together to end a regime of submission to imperialism. This is what surprised those who don’t want to understand the direction in which the history of the people of Africa is evolving. … If our revolution worries some, it’s primarily because of the example it can set, and not just in our sub-region [read more].

Article: Fascist Plots in the US

My most recent article, which is part of a larger book project, is now available here on Liberation School. It is entitled “Fascist Plots in the US: Contemporary Lessons from the 1934 ‘Business Plot.'” A special thanks to all of the comrades who provided insightful feedback on it prior to publication!

Excerpt: “A major segment of the capitalist class thus conspired to use its financial resources, network of elite operators, and control of the media to hire a charismatic leader, raise and arm a fascist militia of poor veterans, overthrow the elected government, and establish a fascist dictatorship in order to roll back the New Deal and thereby increase their profits. If they had succeeded in doing so, it is arguable that the history of the twentieth century would have been remarkably different” […read more].

Interview with Claudia De La Cruz on Culture as a Weapon of Class Warfare

In collaboration with Liberation School, I was thrilled to be able to interview the Director of the People’s Forum, Claudia De La Cruz, about the role of culture in popular education, movement building and revolutionary struggle. Click here to read or watch.

Article on Foucault, Anti-Communism & the Global Theory Industry

Foucault, Anti-Communism & the Global Theory Industry” was just published in “The Philosophical Salon” in the Los Angeles Review of Books. It is a reply to critics regarding my earlier article, on the same platform, entitled “Foucault: The Faux Radical.”

Excerpt: “The widespread promotion of identity politics and French theory within the dominant apparatus of knowledge under global capitalism should serve as a clear indication to anyone who’s paying even scant attention that they are not a threat to the system. On the contrary, they are some of the primary intellectual forces driving what I’ve referred to as radical recuperation. By this I mean the tactic of producing the appearance of radicality—including symbolic systems of signification that are so inordinately intricate that many have trouble seeing how unmoored they are from actual socioeconomic struggles—in order to better recuperate insurgent forces within the extant system. ‘All symbol, no substance’ is their mantra, and they have made an enormous contribution to the intellectual world war against the very idea of communism.”

Artículo traducido al español

Me siento honrado de que uno de mis artículos recientes, “El poli bueno y el poli malo del capitalismo,” se haya traducido al español para Rebelión. Haga clic aquí para leerlo. Extracto: “El análisis materialista demuestra que liberalismo y fascismo, al contrario de lo que mantiene la ideología dominante, no son opuestos; son socios dentro del sistema capitalista criminal.” Haga clic aquí para leer más.

Artículo sobre el fascismo traducido al español

Me siento muy honrado de que uno de mis artículos recientes sobre el fascismo se haya traducido al español para Rebelión. Haga clic aquí para leerlo. Extracto: “El concepto burgués de fascismo pretende singularizarlo como un fenómeno idiosincrático, en gran parte o completamente superestructural, con el fin de imposibilitar cualquier examen de su ubicua presencia en la historia del orden capitalista mundial. Por el contrario, el enfoque materialista histórico propone un análisis a múltiples escalas de la totalidad social con el fin de demostrar que es más adecuado entender la coyuntura específica del fascismo europeo de entreguerras como un fenómeno enmarcado dentro de una fase estructural de la guerra de clases capitalista y, en último término, de la historia sistémica del capital, que vino al mundo –en palabras usadas por Karl Marx para describir la acumulación primitiva– “exudando sangre y mugre por todos los poros, de la cabeza a los pies”.” Haga clic aquí para leer más.

Uno de mis artículos sobre el fascismo fue traducido al español

Tuve el honor de tener uno de mis artículos recientes sobre el fascismo traducido al español por Robert Avecino y publicado en Rebélion (agradecimiento especial a Greg Wilpert por la recomendación): “El verdadero legado de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, lejos de ser el de un orden mundial liberal que había derrotado al fascismo, es el de una verdadera internacional fascista desarrollada bajo la cobertura liberal para intentar destruir a quienes realmente habían luchado y ganado la guerra contra el fascismo: los comunistas.”