The Crisis of Politics and the Challenge to Marxist Theory
Kasos, Greece, July 9th-14th, 2019
The values and desires that motivated revolutionary political movements and guided radical political thinking in previous generations appear to be completely absent in the present. The political agenda that dominates contemporary societies, when not limited to questions of how to foster economic growth and accommodate the needs of transnational capitalism, revolves around the reactionary and fascistic political values of purity and cleanliness. Largely absent is any notion of politics as citizens contemplating the ethical question of what the best way of living might be and exploring how to transform their societies into something new and better. Within this moment of the overwhelming ideological triumph of liberalism, Marxism is faced with the difficult task of explaining the conditions that resulted in this dominance as well as the reasons why Marxist and other allied traditions cannot present a compelling alternative to the vulgar utilitarian, fascistic and anti-political, values of liberalism.
This workshop will address the analytical and strategic questions dedicated to uncovering how liberalism has come to so completely displace any radical alternatives. Taking place on the remote and small island of Kasos, this will be a very intensive series of presentations and discussions. Space is limited to 20 workshop participants. If you are interested in participating, send a brief abstract of your proposed presentation along with a curriculum vitae to Peter Bratsis, email@example.com. The workshop proceeding will be published as a special issue of the journal Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination.
Sponsored by the Institute for the Radical Imagination, https://radicalimagination.