february, 2020

08feb3:00 pm5:00 pmEvent OverLeft-Legalism and the Antinomies of Resistance: From the Jewish Question to the Mueller Report


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In the face of the ongoing rightward shift in politics, much
of the resistance that has arisen on the nominal left has focused on formal and
legalistic efforts. From the impeachment of Donald Trump to the attempts to outlaw
hate speech and establish housing and healthcare as ‘rights’, the efforts to
overcome the current political impasse imagine existing political institutions
and norms as capable of providing a solution to the very same political
realities that characterize them. This class will review Marxist legal and
political theories with a focus on better understanding the limitations and
antinomies of current efforts to resist the right through the language and
institutions of law. Does left-legalism function to strengthen the very
institutions and norms that constitute the capitalist state? What forms of
resistance would be necessary for breaking the existing political hegemony and
creating the possibility of a democratic society? Readings will include Louis
Althusser, Wendy Brown, Karl Marx, Antonio Negri, Evgeny Pashukanis and
Jean-Paul Sartre.


(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Law offices of Lewis, Clifton and Nicolaidis

350 West 31st Street, Suite 404

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Left-Legalism and the Antinomies of Resistance

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