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The Largest Basket Weaving Sector in Marxist Scholars Circle
World Census agents infiltrated a variety of out-of-the-way towns and festivals in order to determine which nations have the most developed Basket Weaving industries.
As a region, Marxist Scholars Circle is ranked 19,192nd in the world for Largest Basket Weaving Sector.
|1.||The People's Republic of Zulanka in MSC||Left-wing Utopia||“ˇHasta la Victoria Siempre!”|
|2.||The Revolutionary Headquarters of Marxist Scholar Vanguard||Scandinavian Liberal Paradise||“Workers of the World, Unite!”|
|3.||The Republic of Courelli in MSC||Corporate Bordello||“Nobilitatis virtus non stemma character”|
|4.||The Libertarian Marxist Dharma of Dialectical metaRealism||Left-wing Utopia||“Emancipation from Capitalist Intersectionality!”|
- : The People's Republic of Stalingrad Zdroj of the region Stalingrad Zdroj Treaty Organization proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Collectivist Minarchy of Western Theram of the region The Allied Communes of The Black Savanna proposed constructing embassies.
- : Soviet republic council of the region Soviet Republic proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Proletarian Socialist State of Novij Sovetskij Soyuz of the region Snigistan proposed constructing embassies.
- : The Mike DeWine is watching you of Frenchy 55 departed this region for Artificial Solar System.
- : Varinea of the region Red Front proposed constructing embassies.
- : Embassy established between Plum Island and Marxist Scholars Circle.
- : The Sultanate of 100th Catgirl Division of the region Plum Island agreed to construct embassies.
- : The Revolutionary Headquarters of Marxist Scholar Vanguard cancelled the closure of embassies between Marxist Scholars Circle and The Federation of Anarchist Communes.
- : The Revolutionary Headquarters of Marxist Scholar Vanguard cancelled the closure of embassies between Marxist Scholars Circle and The Communist Bloc.
Marxist Scholars Circle Regional Message Board
I can understand not liking Third Worldism if you take Unruhe as representative of it! I had sort of the opposite experience as you since I didn't know of Third Worldism at all before I knew of him. I didn't respect the tendency as a whole for a long time after and engaged with other Third Worldist authors (like Cope as I mentioned) to sort of challenge myself. Reading them I quickly understood that my prior conceptions of Third Worldism were very limited and colored by Unruhe. There really is more diversity and nuance in Third Worldism than people just saying the West is worthless or fetishizing movements in the periphery.
Third Worldists do rely on hard data about discrepancies in trade, wages, etc. to back up their positions. While their analysis is not quite as rigorous as others already discussed and the conclusions they make from this data can (and should) be challenged, I don't see their work as intrinsically any more opposed to internationalism than Marx or Engels' own analysis of the labor aristocracy. I understand that recognizing these hidden hierarchies and forms of exploitation (like with racism or sexism) can be challenging, particularly for those who benefit from them. It can get even more divisive when there's a positive element involved in their deconstruction (ex: promoting black power against racism, affirming trans folks' genders while working towards abolishing gender, etc.). But I utterly reject what I see as the alternative, basically just a variation of the "color-blind" class-reductionist approach, of choosing essentially opportunism or what sounds good to the ear over a sober understanding of the world we live in.
To clarify, my point wasn't necessarily that I disagree Western Marxism took an idealist turn. I don't mean to dismiss the importance of theory and strategy in the course of a socialist project either, of course there can be more or less effective lines in a given situation. What I'm objecting to is the emphasis on the ideas some folks have over the material circumstances surrounding them. I just don't think it's entirely convincing as a Marxist or materialist to point to such subjective factors like ideological issues as primary faults behind failures of the left in the West for example.
The majority of the working class is in the periphery now. Inquiry into their circumstances and how they differ from our own will become more and more important for contemporary Marxists in the West for this reason alone. When we consider how global economic changes have led to this situation and how those trends effect us (workers in the West) as well this focus becomes less a curiosity and more relevant regardless of any personal connection one might have to the Third World.
I had engaged with the work of other Third Worldists before Unruhe. However, I suppose that Unruhe's knee-jerk right-wing authoritarianism put a bad taste in my mouth. Even so, I disliked the emphasis on the Third World even before watching Unruhe's commentaries.
Sure, but I think it makes more sense to use the work of, for instance, Kimberlé Crenshaw or Patricia Hill Collins, two of the seminal figures in intersectional theory. As I see it, intersectionality develops a sophisticated, nuanced, multidimensional approach to the capitalist world-system (borrowing from Wallerstein) without falling into the dualism of developing vis-ŕ-vis developed countries. Certainly, relative degrees of development can be considered as one axis (or, as I call it, a single intersectional thoroughfare) of the matrix of domination (Collins' term), but there are many other axes as well. To me, Third Worldism gets caught up in a simplistic economism, which both Marx and, especially, Engels, were moving away from toward the ends of their careers. There is more to capitalism than development.
Yes, I think that the contrast between the core and the periphery, in the dependency theories, allows for greater sophistication than Third Worldism. To me, however, much of academic Marxism (of which I have been a part since 1980) has been so captivated by the Freudianism of the Frankfurt School and, more recently, the quasi-Lacanianism (poststructural Freudianism) of scholars such as Žižek that I wonder if academic Marxism, to which I have been committed, is, at this point, even redeemable.
I decided to move to this region because I think I will fit better in here, I love marxist discussions. Hope our alliance to be long and great <3
Dialectical metaRealism and Kalordolor
Anyone want to recommend me some leftist Youtube channels? I must admit that I stick to other websites (and podcasts) but I'm looking to watch some things. Thanks!
I have looked around myself. Most of them are not particularly good. However, if you say what tendencies you have in mind, I can offer some suggestions.
If I join the WA, can I get a position as the WA delagate?
Happy May Day!