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Class Struggle and the Limits of the Liberal Imagination

Class Struggle and the Limits of the Liberal Imagination

It looks like Trump is ending the government shutdown without getting his precious wall. Good. There are immigrant families and government workers breathing a sigh of relief right now. Which says a lot regarding a real and material common interest.

It’s a temporary victory, for sure, but a victory. That being said, there is a central factor that is being ignored in the narrative of what ended the shutdown. Some are already spinning it as Trump caving to Nancy Pelosi. It would be a very neat narrative if Pelosi had actually done anything that would have twisted Trump’s arm or put him in a difficult spot. But she didn’t.

Some Notes On the Spectacle of Opposition

Some Notes On the Spectacle of Opposition

“Don’t get caught up in the spectacle of Opposition. Oppose the spectacle.”

This is much easier said than done, since we are a generation raised entirely under the domination of the spectacle, without an counter-hegemonic workers movement from which we could learn and to which we could contribute. To date, all that we have had is an echo of a memory of a time when there was such a thing. We don’t yet know how to move toward what we need. All we can know right now is that we needn’t any longer cling to our routines, and even that is a debate.