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Death in Police Custody

We have watched with disgust and horror the brutal police assault on students during a peaceful demonstration organised by four Left students’ organisations on 2 April 2013 in Kolkata and the subsequent death of Sudipta Gupta, a participant in the demonstration, while in police custody. Sudipta was...

Marxism The Dilemma of Critique

Manas Ray The possibilities of inscribing revolutionary ideas, advanced at the level of critique, into material conditions are today debated with unprecedented urgency. Tb talk of the ever-renewed agility of contemporary capitalism does not mean that as a determinate, historical specification of tendencies of forces, capitalism no more acts as a ceaseless mechanism of expropriation. Indeed, it refers to its powerful 'ideological semiotic' through which it explains its hierarchical and corporatist power structure in the mystificatory terms of meritocracy and expansion, and retains its hegemony over competing radical projects. In contrast, as the results of the experiments of eastern communism are becoming known, the Leninist response of smashing the state apparatus stands today as an unquestioned negative Utopia. Together, they bring to bear in a cruel way the important fact that there exists neither a linear process of social integration nor a simultaneous contradiction between the growth of consciousness in political organisations on the left and the development of capitalism. This paper questions the tradition of critique in Marxism and focuses on its manifold dilemmas. Towards this aim, it examines a variety of contemporary readings on Marxism and post-Marxism and attempts to trace the controversies surrounding Marxism's enlightenment ideal of offering critique from the standpoint of higher rationality.

Ethics and Government Setting Limits to Critique

to Critique Manas Ray Should the humanities remain locked up within a romantic ethical conception of critique or should the humanities start renegotiating some of the renaissance ideals (without discarding the romantic framework)? Should the humanities act as a bourgeois bastion by laying the grounds for massive introspection or should the humanities (as a gesture of response to the collapse of the giant 19th century social models) prepare its participants for specific targets and specific engagements? Both have their positive sides and their limits and if the i wo are not put together we do not become politically able. A commitment to the changing shape of the thinkable calls for locating poten- tial transformations inscribed in what is actually existing.
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