File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0107, message 141

Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 18:21:40 -0100
Subject: Re: marxist grand narrative - the return?

Steve/ All,

> For example the continuing existence of marxist critiques of the
> postmodern era, suggest that there is a growing resurgence in this
> specific form of thought. This does not in itself revalidate theories of
> marxist revolution, however from Negri, Hardt, Hirst and Thompson there
> are signs that the oldest and most long lasting critique of capitalism
> may not have dissappeared into the abyss of the grand narratives...
> Or do you think that the death of the soviet superpower ensured the
> death of the narrative of human liberation?

The above authors are getting attention because capitalism is now, and real,
and more efficient than ever, although to some degree, masked by the
proliferation of small0 nations, the power of international agencies,  the
confusion of protesters at international meetings..

While philosophers quibble, the multi-millionaires, and multi-billionaires
acquire more properties, extract greater wealth from ever-larger
populations.  Corporations they own, legislators they buy, workers they
exploit, are puppets.

Protesters flail at multiple targets without focus or unity of purpose.



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