just wanted to say that i’ve been to some kind of mountaintop today, having discoursed for 9 hours with the best and brightest from my chosen sector of the US universe of activism. there’s a lot to say that i would never go anywhere near talking about in this blog-text, but i’ll say this:
in my life i’ve often succumbed to a critique of non-reidistributionist political movements, i.e. political interest groups that are not explicitly addressing class/capital from the get-go. so doing, i unwillingly have hopped in bed with the sort of wanker who’d imply that “class” is somehow more “real” than “race,” or as if one suffers more for being poor than one could suffer for being a woman, or a Sunni, or transgendered, or a heretic, etc.
of course, only idiots (read: “marxists”) would buy this imbecilic either/or. was there really no oppression before there was class? are there really no meaningful identities other than those instantiated vis a vis our given mode of production? actually, this “debate” boils down to being a fallacious, back-door reiteration of old-ass Western Philosophical blah-blah. it’s idealism versus materialism, really…”marxists” think that class is real because the economy is real, which ironically mirrors neoliberals’ treating The Market like it’s a natural force. it’s also entirely and entirely undialectical conclusion – other students of Marx would argue that class is both a material relationship and the discourse thereof, thereby looking for ways in which other identity discourses might themselves take on material guise…. but shucks, that’s crazy talk for most. the hegemonic marxism doesn’t think discourse is “real” enough to investigate, thereby abandoning both affirmative movements or repressive actions perpetrated in sexual, gendered or racialized terms. in light of this, we’re left hoping that racism will vanish since we’re refusing to acknowledge its existence. or we’re rocking absurd backflips trying to show how everything everywhere is actually always only about political economy.
why all of this ranting? certainly not because i engaged in a theoretical conversation about power and social movements with the big guys today…..oh, no. despite the bluster, leftie status is not so much ideological in this crowd as it is a long, pissy contest of who was selling which newspapers where in 1972.
no, the reason i bring this up is cuz i encountered a genre of persona today that seems to be the “labor guy” (yes, gendered male) version of vulgar marxism. and it made me realize that the way in which “marxists” reduce the whole world to economic functioning, these tough guy class warriors ultimately hover conservatively around there own idea of effecting change in the same way they doubtless see the whole damned universe orbiting their cocks. i don’t want anything to do with that.
so in the same way that i’m not going to learn to speak tough guy, i won’t again do anything that might embolden the analogous monism of base/superstructure cat piss. cuz that’s what it is, it’s cat piss.