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Nietzsche – “On Truth and Lie in a Nonmoral Sense”

This post is part of my ongoing blogging project called “Critical Theory Down to Earth.” In these posts I provide summaries of and brief reflections on writings throughout the wider critical theory landscape. Nietzsche begins the essay on a misanthropic note. He rails against the arrogance of humanity in thinking so highly of our own intelligence … Read more

Why Street Protests Don’t Work

*This is reblogged from The Atlantic. It was written by MOISÉS NAÍM, originally posted 4/17/2014. How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little? Street protests are in. From Bangkok to Caracas, and Madrid to Moscow, these days not a week goes by without news that a massive crowd has amassed in the streets of another of … Read more

C.L.R. James’s “Critical Support” of Fidel Castro’s Cuba

*This article is reblogged from Insurgent Notes. It is written by Matthew Quest, originally posted on 4/17/2016. Introduction Many are the imperial crimes that can be detailed against oppressed nations’ sovereignty, and Cuba specifically. Given the recent visit of President Obama to Cuba, and the expression of his desire to end the United States embargo, … Read more

Marcuse – “Philosophy and Critical Theory”

This is the first installment of what I intend to be an ongoing personal blogging project called “Critical Theory Down to Earth.” In these posts I will provide summaries and brief reflections of writings throughout the wider critical theory landscape. Because I am personally drawn toward epistemology, first generation Frankfurt School, Foucault and Deleuze, these … Read more

Amid hypocrisy and misogyny, Indian Muslim Women as a ‘double minority’

Routes By Sanober Umar, originally posted 11/11/2016. The ugly patriarchal politics of ‘Triple Talaq’ or unilateral ‘instant divorce’ through which Indian Muslim men (specifically Sunnis who follow the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence), can divorce their wives by pronouncing the word ‘talaq’ thrice in a single sentence, has appeared once again in mainstream politics. In … Read more

The Failures of The Left

*This article is written by Luke Lindsley. It is reposted from his blog at lukelindsley.com, originally posted there on November 9, 2016. Photo via Andrew Kelly Last night was a spectacle to see unravel. Flipping through channel to channel, I watched as the mainstream media imploded attempting to reconcile their polling data with reality. In just … Read more

Democratic Modernity vs Capitalist Modernity: Rojava’s Alternative Model

*Reblogged from Kurdish Solidarity Network, 11/10/2016. Today, in the 21st century, we live in a world where exploitation, oppression and basic human rights violations are at an increase and are being legitimized. As a result of capitalism, within political, economic and social life all kinds of inequality and injustices are never ending. One can argue … Read more

Why Have a Critical Theory Research Network?

Because I want one, and I have a hunch that others feel similarly. In other words, I see a need for one. I will not pretend that I have worked my reasons for this out to some set of ultimate justifications. If I did, I think it would be dishonest anyway to report those postulates … Read more

On Infiltration…

This article is reposted from El Libertario.* From the El Libertario website: “This article was originally published in El Libertario #58, March-April 2010. Although originally based on the actual experiences of Venezuela’s social struggles, it deals with situations and facts of interest to activists anywhere.” For some time now the Venezuelan government has made systematic … Read more