Monday 4 August 2008

Coming Attractions

Well, I was planning for a "proper" post to appear today but haven't had the time. Now, I don't like to be a hostage to fortune but there is a good chance posts will appear this week on the new X-Files film, Richard Dawkins' Channel 4 celebration of Darwin and the first of a series on Georg Lukacs' History and Class Consciousness. While we're on the topic here's a taster from what I've read so far:
The fetishistic illusions enveloping all phenomena of capitalist society succeed in concealing reality, but more is concealed than the historical, i.e. transitory, ephemeral nature of phenomena. This concealment is made possible by the fact that in capitalist society man's environment, and especially the categories of economics, appear to him immediately and necessarily in forms of objectivity which conceal the fact that they are the categories of the relations of men with each other. Instead they appear as things and the relations of things with each other (p.14).
A nice little primer for his seminal essay on alienation and reification that appears later in the same book, if you ask me.

Also reminder time. This weekend sees the
Carnival of Socialism swing by this blog. If you want something included let me know either via comments or my email, which you can find in my profile.

Edited to add: Don't forget voting closes soon for the top 100 political blogs, organised by Iain Dale. Details are here.


Anonymous said...

I will be interested in what is said about the X Files movie. It has had pretty bad reviews. I saw a trailer for it when I saw The Dark Knight.

Leftwing Criminologist said...

hi phil i've written a post on student left and blogging for the carnival of socialism