[Marxism] Fwd: N+1, Syria and the Democratic Party | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 19 16:28:36 MDT 2016

Although not so nearly as well-known as Jacobin, N+1 has been mentioned 
in tandem with it as the voices of millennial hipster Marxism. For 
example, Columbia PhD student Timothy Shenk who is certainly familiar 
with the terrain wrote an article in the Nation Magazine titled “Thomas 
Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality” that states:

"Cloaked in the moral authority of Occupy and connected by networks 
stitched together during those hectic days in 2011, a contingent of 
young journalists speaking through venues both new and old, all of them 
based in New York City—Jacobin, n+1, Dissent and occasionally this 
magazine, among others—have begun to make careers as Marxist intellectuals."

Well, who wouldn’t want a career as a Marxist intellectual unless you 
were someone like the young Max Horkheimer who wrote: “a revolutionary 
career does not lead to banquets and honorary titles, interesting 
research and professorial wages. It leads to misery, disgrace, 
ingratitude, prison and a voyage into the unknown, illuminated by only 
an almost superhuman belief”? The old Horkheimer, of course, discovered 
that banquets and honorary titles were not so bad after all.

While the Nation and Dissent could not be possibly be mistaken as 
millennial, they certainly have provided a roost for that contingent of 
young journalists trying to make careers as Marxist intellectuals. 
Furthermore, as should be obvious by the time you finish reading this 
article, young and old Marxist intellectual careerists making the rounds 
in the four magazines are in total agreement over Syria and the 
Democratic Party.

As readers of my blog will certainly know, Jacobin has been a primary 
venue of Assadist propaganda. In numerous articles, there are warnings 
about “regime change” in Syria that would have you believe that Barack 
Obama was getting ready to intervene in Bush-like fashion to put the 
rebels in power. Does it matter that it only took three months after 
Bush and his gang began talking about the need to invade Iraq in January 
2003 for the invasion to take place while a war in Syria now goes on for 
more than five years and no such action has yet taken place under Obama? 
Probably not.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/08/19/n1-syria-and-the-democratic-party/

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