By abandoning the worker in favor of neoliberalism and bourgeois academic theory, the Left has given up on what should be its main constituency.
More at linkWhile the 20th Century is often painted as a century of ideological battles, the “End of History,” or really its pause between 1989 and 2016, was a phenomenon that was supposedly non-ideological; the triumph of neoliberal capitalism is not framed as an ideological victory but the result of cold calculation and hard facts. This End of History narrative championed by Fukuyama and other neoliberal thinkers is often rightly criticized as short-sighted and transparent propaganda. However the gleeful celebrations of these “non-ideological’ economists are not the only forms of academic propagation of our current system. Postmodern continental philosophy and critical theory of the late 20th century is much more culpable for our current socio-economic arrangement than any neoliberal victory laps.
We often discuss how antifa and the modern academic left carry water for neoliberalism, and see hilarious manifestations of their ideological schizophrenia all the time. Western campus Marxists support Pentagon-funded Kurdish rebels in Syria, and Newsweek’s resident corporate antifa, Michael Edison Hayden, calls Mike Enoch a conspiracy theorist for casting doubt on the transparently staged Assad “gas attacks. ”
While we can easily point to many more specific examples of antifa colluding with multinational corporations and governments to further the stated and implicit goals of the current ruling class, the mechanisms of why and how supposed anarcho-communists are in concert with the institutions of neoliberalism are often poorly explained and sometimes poorly understood. The roots of this phenomenon, of a supposedly Marxist and “pro-worker” Left performing their duties as foot soldiers for capitalism, began 50 years ago. In Western academia, history’s end didn’t start with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but with the revolutionary fervor of the May 1968 student strikes in France. The events of May 1968 have been meticulously recorded and endlessly dissected by the schools of critical theory which they spawned. However it can most easily be understood as the dissolution of the Maoist consensus within the French academy through students violently expressing their myopic demands for a more radically emancipatory form of politics.
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