The Thirst for Identity

Who are you…who am I…and better, who am I relative to who you are…

Larval Subjects .

cat-lion_mirrorPerhaps a somewhat disturbing thought with respect to how we think about contemporary political struggles:  In the Manifesto, Marx and Engels famously say that under capitalism “…all that is solid melts into air”.  Contrary to Heidegger with his romanticism about rootedness– being a Black Forest peasant is probably much better from the standpoint of a philosopher contemplating their existence from afar than for Black Forest peasants themselves; just ask the people of the Limousin region of France –one of the great things about capitalism is that it erodes local customs, traditions, and superstitions, revealing subject as “void”.  Every subject alternatively becomes “noone and everyone” because all essentialist identities (the Great Chain of Being where everyone has a place and function) are eroded under capitalism.  From an economic, quantitative point of view, a child can do the same labor as a man and a woman and a black man and…

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