[Marxism] Fwd: What Revolution? | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 1 06:36:52 MST 2017


(Review of LEFT-WING MELANCHOLIA: MARXISM, HISTORY, AND MEMORY
By Enzo Traverso)


Benjamin, in which he excoriated a fashionable group of Weimar writers 
for a left-liberalism that he believed was pitifully devoid of any 
corresponding action. Traverso, however, essentially stands Benjamin’s 
critique on its head. Rather than attacking what Benjamin called “the 
decayed bourgeoisie’s mimicry of the proletariat,” he seeks to 
commemorate and dignify the vanquished. Traverso’s left-wing 
melancholics (Benjamin among them) are akin to Leonard Cohen’s 
“beautiful losers.” For them, the tragedies of the past—the crushing of 
the Paris Commune, the Kronstadt uprising, the Stalinist terror, the 
civil war within the Spanish Civil War, the liquidation of the Prague 
Spring—are “a burden and a debt.”

full: https://www.thenation.com/article/what-revolution/



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