It seems significant and hardly coincidental that the impasse into which politics fell after the 1960s and 1970s coincided with the eclipse of Marx.
This impasse remains the problematic of contemporary politics.
In this context some embrace social democracy, some embrace oneor another left-wing melancholy and still others desperately embrace dead political forms.
Returning to Marx may present a way to cut across this three-fold deadlock.
Returning to Marx suggests something like:
1. investigating how he argues we should think capitalism
2. locating this within his substantive arguments in Capital
3. tracing the logic of his arguments against his errors
4. returning to the present under what might then be called Marxism
Our seminar discusses tentative results from our ongoing reading of Marx’s Capital.
We will be looking at Marx’s attempt to develop a materialist social theory, and how this informs key concepts in Capital, and what a properly Marxist politics might look like.
We’re concerned with both what politics is and what a coherent collective research project might look like for what we’re calling Marxism.
This may at least present a way of more lucidly problematising the impasse of contemporary politics.
We hope that it may also suggest its end.