[Marxism] Verso blog on Taylor critique of Chibber

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 6 11:55:53 MDT 2013

On 5/6/13 1:48 PM, Jeff Goodwin wrote:
> No surprise at all here. These are professors and grad students picking
> sides. In academia, postcolonialists and cultural studies types outnumber
> Marxists approximately 30 to 1. Career interests pure and simple will
> provoke a huge backlash against any Marxist critique of postcolonialism (or
> of mainstream economics, Keynesianism, sociology, political science, etc.).

Except that these are people who follow NLR, not the Quarterly Review of 
Postcolonial Hermeneutics. This does not exactly sound like a cultural 
studies type:

Chibber rightly locates the conditions of possibility for a Marxist 
resurgence in the academy in social movements beyond its walls … He 
ignores the fact, however, that a vibrant U.S. social movement did just 
take place in the form of Occupy—a diffuse movement that drew on the 
idioms of anarchism, liberalism, and certain forms of Marxism. Yet, 
because this movement did not limit itself to “the kinds of things that 
Marxists used to talk about” in the good old days, Chibber doesn’t 
mention it: it is not functional for buoying a rigorously restrictive 

Shahana Toor / 02 May 2013

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