he read it, guessing at the right sense of the words, which were garbled as usual
"One criticism of Freud still sometimes heard on the political Left is that his thinking is individualist — that he substitutes ‘private’ psychological causes and explanations for social and historical ones. This accusation reflects a radical misunderstanding of Freudian theory. There is indeed a real problem about how social and historical factors are related to the unconscious; but one point of Freud’s work is that it makes it possible for us to think of the development of the human individual in social and historical terms. What Freud produces, indeed, is nothing less than a materialist theory of the making of the human subject. We come to be what we are by an interrelation of bodies — by the complex transactions which take place during infancy between our bodies and those which surround us. This is not a biological reductionism: Freud does not of course believe that we are nothing but our bodies, or that our minds are mere reflexes of them. Nor is it an asocial model of life, since the bodies which surround us, and our relations with them, are always socially specific."
- Terry Eagleton,
Literary Theory, An Introduction (via gloomy-planets)
autonomistrebelnews) Jun 19
Strawberry - I’m in love with you.
Cherry - I love you.
Watermelon - I think you’re cute.
Blueberry - You’re amazing.
Kiwi - You’re pretty
Rasberry - You’re hot.
Plum - I would fuck you.
Paopu Fruit - I would date you.
Grapes - I could stay on your blog for hours.
Lemon - You are my tumblr crush.
Orange - I want to get to know you.
Tangerine - We have a lot in common.
Lemon - I wish you would notice me.
Lime - I don’t talk to you but I really love your blog.
My friends and I all have an unhealthy obsession with this building it’s fucking idolatry at this point
All hail the spaceship
How many kingdoms know nothing of us!
apoliticalnonsense) Jun 13
-L’ignorance. La Commune. La reaction. La Commune arrêtée par L’ignorance & la réaction.
-Ignorance. The Commune. Reaction. The Commune being arrested by ignorance and reactionaryism.
nolan-kane, via ostalgie-ultra)
"History is not a text, not a narrative, master or otherwise, but that, as an absent cause, it is inaccessible to us except in textual form, and that our approach to it and to the Real itself necessarily passes through its prior textualisation, narrativisation in the political unconscious."
Fredric Jameson -
The Political Unconscious
schopenflower) Jun 5
Today In History
‘Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, author, and engineer of the Underground Railroad, led Union Army guerillas into South Carolina and freed nearly 800 slaves on this date June 2 1863. Tubman was the first woman in U.S. history to command an armed military raid.’
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman
(photo: Harriet Tubman)
- CARTER Magazine
"Described by the Venezuelan government as the “most advanced labour law in the world”, the Lottt reduces the working week from 44 hours to 40, and requires that employers provide two consecutive days a week off.
When the law came into effect on Tuesday, labour minister Maria Iglesias stated that the new working hours are part of the process towards a “just distribution of wealth”.
The following day, Carabobo state labour affairs committee president Jose Joaquin Vargas hailed the law as an important part of the transition from “capitalism to socialism”, while last week vice president of the National Federation of Public Sector Workers Franklin Rondon described it as “historic”."
proletarianinstinct) May 21
"For the scandal proceeds from an inconsistency: a strike is scandalous because it affects precisely those whom it does not concern. It is reason which suffers and rebels: direct, mechanical, one might say computable, causality, which has already appeared to us as the basis of petit bourgeois logic—this causality is disrupted: a strike’s effect is incomprehensibly remote from its cause, quite escapes it, and it is this which is intolerable, shocking. Contrary to what we might suppose about petit bourgeois dreams, this class has a tyrannical, infinitely sensitive notion of causality: the basis of its morality is not magical at all, but rational. Only, is is a linear, narrow rationality based on a virtually numerical correspondence of causes and effects. What this rationality lacks is obviously the notion of complex functions, the imagination of a remote operation of determinisms, of a solidarity of events which the materialist tradition has systematized under the name of totality."
- Roland Barthes,
Mythologies May 21
By any means necessary: Black Libyans