Monthly Archives: August 2012

Let’s All Write a Dissertation, Part 1

When writing a Ph.D dissertation in history, you start, I am told, with a prospectus. Not exactly sure what that is. I do know what a prospector is (see fig. 1). In any event, I thought I might do some of the work of writing up my preliminary thoughts  here, over the next little while. […]

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Want to Know What

James Livingston’s most recent provocation on the crisis of the Left as an intellectual project, as well as his fiery salvo against lingering attachments to the notion of “false consciousness,”  deserve a wide audience. Livingston tackles the classic Left question– “what is to be done?”– and arrives, ultimately, at a different query: “why do we (committed intellectuals) assume […]

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“And then one fine day the bourgeoisie is awakened by a terrific boomerang effect…”

Another post on the history of the “bourgeoisie” in left-wing thought, this time looking at the the writings of Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Walter Rodney. Often treated  as a wholesale rejection of Marx, the Black anti-colonial tradition was in fact premised on a patient working through, and a principled thinking against and beyond, the limits of […]

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