exiting the vampire castle essay

The VC’s work of constantly stoking up reactive outrage consists of endlessly pointing out the screamingly obvious: capital behaves like capital (it’s not very nice! Sadly, the right act on this insight more effectively than the left does. The Antifada podcast has aparently created a vampire-centric spin-off inspired, in part, by this article as well. The structural conditions shaping care work are highly exploitative—and are profoundly linked to the high degree of COVID-19’s spread within both long-term care facilities and the communities that supply their labor force. In 2013, the late Mark Fisher wrote an essay that immediately became a lightning rod in Left politics. The VC’s pious moralising has been a feature of a certain ‘left’ for many years – but, if one wasn’t a member of this particular church, its sermons could be avoided. Brand had outwitted Paxman – and the use of humour was what separated Brand from the dourness of so much ‘leftism’. Where a few months before, I would have stayed silent as the PoshLeft moralisers subjected Brand to their kangaroo courts and character assassinations – with ‘evidence’ usually gleaned from the right-wing press, always available to lend a hand – this time I was prepared to take them on. We need to learn, or re-learn, how to build comradeship and solidarity instead of doing capital’s work for it by condemning and abusing each other. The People’s Assembly had been greeted with the usual sneers and snarks. 1: Money Money Money Part 1 - Embedded with Kelly McEvers and […], Air Date 10/21/2020 Today we take a look at some of the many zany foreign misadventures the United States has had over the past 100 years. The bullies were in another part of the playground. As Laura Oldfield Ford pointed out, this was a clarifying moment. But, rather than seeking a world in which everyone achieves freedom from identitarian classification, the Vampires’ Castle seeks to corral people back into identi-camps, where they are forever defined in the terms set by dominant power, crippled by self-consciousness and isolated by a logic of solipsism which insists that we cannot understand one another unless we belong to the same identity group.

Once the VC has mustered its witch-hunt, the victim (often from a working class background, and not schooled in the passive aggressive etiquette of the bourgeoisie) can reliably be goaded into losing their temper, further securing their position as pariah/ latest to be consumed in feeding frenzy. Please check individual images for licensing details. [3], Angela Nagle grounds her critique of the left in her book Kill All Normies on Fisher's essay. In Lordstown and Indianapolis, local labor organizers tell a different story.

(Also, I mistook the structure of the Fourth of July. ‘How dare you talk – it’s we who speak for those who suffer!’. Earlier this year, there were some high-profile twitterstorms, in which particular left-identifying figures were ‘called out’ and condemned. The goal is not to ‘be’ an activist, but to aid the working class to activate – and transform – itself.

Where there is confidence, introduce scepticism. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we must always agree – on the contrary, we must create conditions where disagreement can take place without fear of exclusion and excommunication. The interests of the working class are the interests of all; the interests of the bourgeoisie are the interests of capital, which are the interests of no-one. The problem that the Vampires’ Castle was set up to solve is this: how do you hold immense wealth and power while also appearing as a victim, marginal and oppositional? The most frequent object of this resentment is Owen Jones, and the attacks on Jones – the person most responsible for raising class consciousness in the UK in the last few years – were one of the reasons I was so dejected. Join us for a free live discussion on Thursday 5 November, 5pm UK time/12pm EST. It is the class structure – a structure that wounds everyone, even those who materially profit from it – that must be destroyed. Dorothy Fortenberry, playwright and writer on The Handmaid’s Tale, talks about gender and politics, the work women do, the importance of institutions, the #Resistance, and more. This was, we were told, a useless stunt, in which media leftists, including Jones, were aggrandising themselves in yet another display of top-down celebrity culture.

Brand, apparently, is ‘clearly extremely unstable … one bad relationship or career knockback away from collapsing back into drug addiction or worse.’ Although the person claims that they ‘really quite like [Brand]‘, it perhaps never occurs to them that one of the reasons that Brand might be ‘unstable’ is just this sort of patronising faux-transcendent ‘assessment’ from the ‘left’ bourgeoisie. Posted on July 6, 2020 by Lambert Strether. It is driven by a priest’s desire to excommunicate and condemn, an academic-pedant’s desire to be the first to be seen to spot a mistake, and a hipster’s desire to be one of the in-crowd. The second reason is what Jodi Dean has called communicative capitalism. Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com  SHOW NOTES Ch. Exiting the Vampire Castle is an essay written in 2013 by social theorist Mark Fisher arguing for increased Leftist solidarity by reducing online callout culture and returning to organization of efforts around economic class, rather than around identity. First of all, it is imperative to reject identitarianism, and to recognise that there are no identities, only desires, interests and identifications. The #EndSARS protests have done what so many political leaders have failed to do: unite the citizens of Nigeria behind a common cause.

People must feel bad: it is a sign that they understand the gravity of things. The day before Brand’s now famous interview with Jeremy Paxman was broadcast on Newsnight, I had seen Brand’s stand-up show the Messiah Complex in Ipswich. This depression is no doubt reinforced by the anxieties of postgraduate life, since, like the Vampires’ Castle, neo-anarchism has its natural home in universities, and is usually propagated by those studying for postgraduate qualifications, or those who have recently graduated from such study.

What actually happened at the Assembly in Ipswich was very different to this caricature. Others told us that Brand couldn’t really be working class, because he was a millionaire.

“I don’t think I’m sexist, But I remember my grandmother, the loveliest person I‘ve ever known, but she was racist, but I don’t think she knew. There’s also a shocking but revealing aside where the individual casually refers to Brand’s ‘patchy education [and] the often wince-inducing vocab slips characteristic of the auto-didact’ – which, this individual generously says, ‘I have no problem with at all’ – how very good of them! Part of the importance of the British Cultural Studies project – as revealed so powerfully and so movingly in John Akomfrah’s installation The Unfinished Conversation (currently in Tate Britain) and his film The Stuart Hall Project – was to have resisted identitarian essentialism. They call themselves left wing, but – as the Brand episode has made clear – they are in many ways a sign that the left – defined as an agent in a class struggle – has all but disappeared. Thought is hard work, for people with posh voices and furrowed brows. Your email address will not be published. The next night, it was clear that Brand’s appearance had produced a moment of splitting.

By the time the neo-anarchists had come to political consciousness – and many of them have come to political consciousness remarkably recently, given the level of bullish swagger they sometimes display – the Labour Party had become a Blairite shell, implementing neo-liberalism with a small dose of social justice on the side. We must protest! What’s important is that the post was symptomatic of a set of snobbish and condescending attitudes that it is apparently alright to exhibit while still classifying oneself as left wing.

We need to learn, or re-learn, how to build comradeship and solidarity instead of doing capital’s work for it by condemning and abusing each other. [2] Fisher saw the turn from class and materialism towards identity as a move from objective outward-facing goals to subjective inward goals that result in fragmentation of the left's efforts and community.

Essays; E-Text; Join Now to View Premium Content. Say: don’t be hasty, we have to think more deeply about this. Next Sean does a non-leftcom's guide to left communism: what is this thing? Mona Eltahawy Feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy.

And Mark Fisher’s call to resist the erasure of class in whatever form that erasure may take is essential. For the full episode, and all our bonus material, support the show at Patreon.com/TheAntifada, Jamie, Andy and Sean are joined by political economist and author Pavlos Roufos to catch up Greece in the wake of the recent imprisonment of the leadership of the Golden Dawn fascist group and a return to the 'normalcy' of centrist governance. (This last claim could only be heard by the cloth-eared petit-bourgeois narcissistic ‘left’ as Brand saying that he wanted to lead the revolution – something that they responded to with typical resentment: ‘I don’t need a jumped-up celebrity to lead me‘.) Social media means that this is no longer the case, and there is little protection from the psychic pathologies propagated by these discourses. They are also overwhelmingly young: in their twenties or at most their early thirties, and what informs the neo-anarchist position is a narrow historical horizon. By neo-anarchists I definitely do not mean anarchists or syndicalists involved in actual workplace organisation, such as the Solidarity Federation. A massive round of Disney Parks layoffs is acutely felt in Florida. Five social scientists on what the U.S. election might mean for the future of Venezuela.

The moralising left quickly ensured that the story was not about Brand’s extraordinary breach of the bland conventions of mainstream media ‘debate’, nor about his claim that revolution was going to happen. For the full episode and all other bonus material, support […], It's the most wonderful time of the year! [1] In particular, the combination of a primary focus on identity and the policing of others' speech is deleterious. Far from being another example of hierarchical leftism, the People’s Assembly was an example of how the vertical can be combined with the horizontal: media power and charisma could draw people who hadn’t previously been to a political meeting into the room, where they could talk and strategise with seasoned activists.

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