In recent years, as @BCryptofash and through an ongoing series of articles, I have developed a theory of antileftist Marxism based on the following theses:

  1. Leftism is the ideology of progressive capitalism.

  2. The left is the left wing of liberal democracy.

  3. In the US, the left = the Democratic Party.

  4. There is no meaningful difference between leftists and Democrats.

  5. The left exists to naturalize the left/right organization of bourgeois politics.

  6. The left works to conceal the class nature of social antagonisms.

  7. The left has not been co-opted, compromised, or corrupted.

  8. The left enforces bourgeois class domination.

  9. Leftism defangs Marxism.

  10. Marxism demystifies the left’s habitual idealism, moralism, and utopianism.

  11. Marxism is antileftism.

The left’s conspicuous role as the vanguard of recent bourgeois ideological campaigns surrounding Black Lives Matter, Biden-Harris, 1/6, and COVID-19 has made some of these claims less incendiary than when they first appeared. The notion of an antileftist Marxism remains paradoxical, however, for those accustomed to the idea that Marxism is synonymous with the left.

Although a Marxist critique of the left has made sense to followers acquainted with Marx’s frequent polemics against the left-wing moralizers, petty bourgeois democrats, and utopian socialists of his time, “antileftist Marxism” continues to be met more often with bewilderment, even among those intrigued by the possibility that the symbol of leftism in fact provides the resources for its critical demolition. The writings on this site are the answer to this problem.

Although this is supposed to be a medium for “newsletters,” Marxist criticism aspires to a perspective of class society comprehensive enough to withstand the daily onslaught of news and disjointed ephemera that serves the function of bourgeois separation. “Lacking a theory, Marxists are condemned to trail along after daily events . . . after whatever makes news, in a fragmentary and wholly anti-Marxist way,” as György Lukács once argued. The Antileftist Marx instead moves beyond the fragmented spectacle of immediate appearances, devoting itself to scholarship on deeper social forces and tendencies that won’t be irrelevant the day after it’s written.

Academia may be a factory of bourgeois discourse, but as Marx himself exemplified, the intellectual process of focused reading, research, and writing need not be abandoned to it. This project indeed seeks to turn such critical practices against the bourgeois ideology emanating from the leftist universities.

I aim to make these writings accessible, but like anyone else, my willingness to work for free has its limits. If and when you recognize the quality and necessity of this endeavor to rescue Marx from the left, please purchase a subscription, so that I may sustain it.