Insurrection and Commonwealth
Chapter 8. Global Capitalism and Radical Opposition: Herbert Marcuse’s Paris Lectures at Vincennes University, 1974
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GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND RADICAL OPPOSITION
Herbert Marcuse’s Paris Lectures at VincennesUniversity, 19741
Herbert Marcuse’s recently discovered Paris Lectures ( 2015) possess an uncanny relevance today. Now more than ever, given the current crisis of global finance capital, higher education must encourage students and faculty alike to examine the conditions that serve to perpetuate the increasingly stressed and volatile realities of political, economic, and cultural life in the U.S. and the militarized processes of U.S.-led global polarization.2 Marcuse’s analysis discloses the fatal vulnerabilities of corporate capitalism—how its very development “invalidates its own production relations,…invalidates its own way of life, its own existence” (48). Most important, he shows that there are attainable and realistic economic alternatives—including those that have political dimensions once derided as utopian. His in-depth examination of the social dynamics of wasted abundance, economic disintegration, political violence, workforce alienation—and radical praxis—is a vital part of critical pedagogy.
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