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 calls for the impeachment of Trump to the declarations of 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?
(2:00–4:00pm): a six week course beginning October 5th, 2019 — $15 per session or $80 for all six sessions.
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