“The liberal intelligentsia has this challenge before them: they have adopted a set of linguistic and cultural codes that they have embedded so deeply into their political aspirations that they now view them as inseparable from those aspirations. Not coincidentally, those linguistic and cultural codes are also those that elevate them in their competitive social hierarchy, helping to pose them as smarter, cooler, and more righteous than others. Those linguistic and cultural codes have been demonstrated to be totally incapable of achieving the kind of economic and political change they say they want. The question is, are they willing to adopt a new strategy in order to achieve those changes, if it means that they lose the social clout in the process? The answer, it appears, is no.”
- Pondering the Imponderables with Adam Kotsko | Fredrik deBoer
starting as long as a hundred years ago, marxists referred to the contemporary phase - whatever it was at the time - as late capitalism, a lovely expression of wishful thinking. seems like you’d get embarrassed about that as the decades tick by, and i would have suggested a number of other dialiectical phases: “late late capitalism,” “extremely late capitalism”, “unbelievably late late capitalism” and so on.
maybe they got too embarrassed by this approach, though they are not folks who are easily embarassed. so now we’re in “neoliberal capitalism” or perhaps since we’re thirty years past reagan and thatcher, we’re in “late neoliberal capitalism.” well the power of capital and political/miltary systems connected with it just keeps consolidating, shows no sign whatever of disintegrating: quite the reverse. so this is where climate change comes in: it will provide the terminal crisis of capitalism: it is the realization of prophecy. people, i must say, are sitting home wanting it to be as bad and imminent as possible, and asserting - while brooking absolutely no dissent - that it is as bad and imminent as possible. it’s still science, too.
“What’s undeniable, in the present moment, is that many people who consider themselves leftists are betraying a breathtaking amount of trust in the police and prosecutors. They are doing so at precisely the same time that they are passionately animated against the police state in Ferguson, in New York City, and elsewhere. Many are capable of holding together these utterly incompatible positions because they don’t have a political philosophy, but rather a set of cultural and social customs that they confuse with a politics. The result is an incoherent denigration of the police state on one hand and the elevation of that same police state to the role of savior on the other.”
- yes, carceral feminism is A Thing | Fredrik deBoer