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AMM and Religion (or at least Christianity before 312AD)

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I’ve been trying to put my finger on what’s wrong with so much ‘intellectual’ politics which thinks it’s myth-busting and radical, but really just stokes a convenient, smug elitism which ‘regrets’ the ideological confusions of the benighted masses whilst pursuing individual careers in academia and media (in Germany, Maoists jokingly called this attempt to gain hegemony ‘the Long March through the¬†institutions”‘). It borrows from Althusser a ‘scientific Marxism’ in which popular feeling is always in error (‘ideology’), and only intellectual abstraction true – whereas the Marx I read is perpetually scornful of ‘educated’ opinion. Reading F.A. Ridley on Spartacus allowed me to put my finger on what I dislike about this kind of pseudo-Marxism; its reduction of class struggle to dogma, its lack of imagination about how people actually resist. I found this sympathetic description of early Christianity in F.A. Ridley’s Spartacus (1944) quite helpful. If the AMM is ‘religious’, it’s in this sense …. Ridley is talking about slave-class morale in the Roman Empire after the defeat of Spartacus’s slave revolt by Crassus in 71BC …

Out to Lunch, 13-iii-2014

3 Comments

  • Luke Staunton says:

    As I commented at the time on Facebook (the great siphon of discussion):<br /><br />There is the problem that as subjectivity has become a<br /> more intense site of class struggle as neoliberal capital has had to <br />expand its markets further into our bodies and psyches to shore up the <br />rate of profit, the left analysis of this has, since the 70s, taken the <br />character you described

  • Charlie Mordecai says:

    Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d&#39;’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion

  • catholic matthew says:

    you&#39;re just a bunch of pointy heads. u should embrace the synthesis between catholicism and marxism that has been developed by Graham Greene, Herbert McCabe, Alisdair McIntyre and Terry Eagleton. your main sin is that of pride in your superficial intellectual accomplishments. Masturbation is a sin, which is why you like those who masturbate on the guitar and call it music.

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