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.”

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].

Interview on Aesthetics & Politics for Bienalsur Podcast

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!