marxism

Sam D Fassbinder sfassbin at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu
Sun Sep 11 21:01:08 MDT 1994


Jon,
Yes I would agree with you that beside other aspects of "movement culture"
Marxism looks pretty strong, and the rest look pretty tame in their
presentation of an "outside to oppression."  One wonders if the
multiculturalists and feminists would drop the aspect of their discourse that
pretends to critique capitalism if the ruling elite in America were to
appoint a few nonwhites and women to the ranks of the members of the
interlocking board directorates, CEOs, managerial elites etc.  And you saw
what happened to the environmental movement in this country when Gore was
elected VIce-President.  In California where my parents live the Green Party
lost 15% of its membership between 1992 and 1994, and it's supposed to be a
growing party...
I would add, however, the caveat that Marxism, like practically all other
ideas, has become a commodity of the university, valuable enough so that half
the marxists to be found at any big university have a really stunted reading
of what little of Marx they've bothered to read, commodified enough so that
marxism is susceptible to the German idealism that ideas are subjected to in
the university -- political ideas, for instance, can be discussed to death in
their politicality without their implications of their relationship to the
real relation of civil society to state being in any way prompted to USE.
Perhaps Linda Hutcheon's THE POLITICS OF POSTMODERNISM is an example of the
above university use of "politics".

Samuel Day Fassbinder
Department of Communication
Ohio State University
sfassbin at magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu


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