[Marxism] Fwd: The Rise of the Post-New Left Political Vocabulary | The Public Autonomy Project

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 13 07:13:53 MST 2015

In brief, the old vocabulary emerged in a context where opportunities to 
encourage solidarity and collaboration were actively sought, whereas the 
new vocabulary emerged out of the frustration of failed efforts to 
bridge gaps between people and organizations that reflected real 
differences. There is a certain optimism in the idea of 
“consciousness-raising,” or the concept of “the people,” that seems 
naive and unconvincing to many of today’s activists. The shift from 
“consciousness-raising” to “calling out,” for instance, reflects (and 
encourages) a loss of confidence in the capacity of people to learn 
about, understand and oppose forms of inequality that do not adversely 
impact them as individuals. These doubts are, in turn, elaborated in 
terms of positionality and privilege.


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