In this episode we talk about Marxist romanticism and the gothic strain in Marxism, or "gothic Marxism." We attempt to salvage the detritus of bourgeois society and the broken dreams of generations of the defeated to piece together a vision of world worth fighting for. Marx often used Gothic imagery in his writings and held a strong romantic streak that we think has been ignored by "vulgar" Marxists who cling to the mechanistic Protestantism and scientism of the enlightenment.
This is only part one of a two part episode and we promise you we talk about horror movies eventually, just keep your shorts on.
The intro is a paraphrasing of Adam Turl from a piece he wrote for Red Wedge Magazine, linked below:
The outro music is Bauhaus- The Passion of Lovers
Towards A Gothic Marxism I – On Monsters
Towards A Gothic Marxism Part Two: Monsters For Socialism
A Thousand Lost Worlds: Notes on Gothic Marxism by Adam Turl
Socialists Must Reclaim Halloween
Michael Lowy on Benjamin’s Gothic Marxism
The Horror of the Real: Zizek as Modern Gothic
Adam Tooze on Surrealism and Gothic Marxism
McNally, David. Monsters of the Market : Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2012.
Cohen, Margaret. Profane Illumination : Walter Benjamin and the Paris of Surrealist Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993
Siegel, Paul N. The Meek and the Militant : Religion and Power Across the World. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books, 2005.