Critique of ideology

An anti-human parenting model

15 October, 2021 · Critique of ideology

parenting

In France, the media are shaking their heads at the views, some of them frankly anti-human, reflected in polls taken among high school students. In Germany, meanwhile, the current models of upbringing, generalized from the basic school in the last decades, are being called into question. Not just the educational and school model, but the whole ideology of upbringing is proving to be socially and humanly destructive.

October 12: two complementary packages of impostures and nationalism

12 October, 2021 · Critique of ideology

October 12
Columbus statue. Caracas, October 12, 2004

October 12 again. And back again with the barbarities and outbursts of the Spanish right wing, López Obrador’s cynicism and the moralizing and “decolonizing” delusions of the identitarian university left. Each one with its own agenda but, however noisy it may be, their confrontation is only apparent. All are in fact selling us the same outdated product: a terminal nationalism which is as anti-historical as the system feeding it.

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

3 October, 2021 · Critique of ideology

fully automated luxury communism

After the first five installments of our series “Under Communism”, several readers have asked us our opinion on “Fully Automated Luxury Communism”, the title of a book by Aaron Bastani which, although it has had few translations and media coverage outside of the English-speaking world, seems to have succeeded in coining the term.

The “Covid Passport” and the return of the “witches”

1 August, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Demonstration yesterday in Paris against the Covid Passport
Demonstration yesterday in Paris against the Covid Passport

In France the demonstrations against the Covid Passport have consolidated an initially heterogeneous social base around a discourse that amalgamates, from the antivaxx, reactionary libertarianists, pseudoscience, feminism, conspiracy-mongering, nationalism and anti-Semitism. No neo-fascist aesthetics or Gaullist fogeys. Quite the opposite: lots of social workers, islands of yellow vests and anarchists and lots of “France Insoumise” followers. They are many, but they are still an eccentric minority, ideal as a cohesive enemy for Macronism, which can thus garb itself in rationalist garb. And yet it is a movement highly significant of the historical moment and the culture it exudes.

Heinous crimes: outrage is not enough

15 June, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Protests in Madrid against the last Heinous crimes
Protests in Madrid against the last Heinous crimes

This week, in Spain, the ruling against two parents who murdered their two children in Valencia was heard; in the Canary Islands, the corpse, more than 1km deep in the sea of one of the girls who had been kidnapped by her own father was discovered; and in Catalonia a woman confessed to the murder of her own daughter out of spite for her ex-partner and father of the girl. We must ask ourselves why these heinous crimes keep occurring, what produces them and why 20 years of laws and public policies against gender violence have apparently been to no avail.

Against the so-called ethics of care

5 May, 2021 · Critique of ideology

ethics of care

The ethics of care have migrated from feminist theory to the language used both by the Spanish government for pandemic management and by the political parties in their electoral campaigns.Care and the vulnerable have become terms of use, the maternal status of female candidates has been turned into an electoral issue and vulnerability has been turned into a synonym of the condition of precarious workers. What lies underneath this language trying to become state ideology?

Environmentalism, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency and Andreas Malm

13 March, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Environmentalism, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency and Andreas Malm

Andreas Malm’s Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency has become the reference book of environmentalism during the pandemic. It includes quotes galore from Rosa Luxemburg, invocations of ecological Leninism, the call to expropriate the oil companies and long arguments in favor of a type of tactical catastrophism that would be a tailwind for revolutionaries. But for what revolution? Who and for what purpose would make it?

Against feminism: arguments and 16 references

9 March, 2021 · Critique of ideology

Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol
Feminism and World War 2 in propaganda. Originally a «Rosie» was the face of war production, today she is a feminist symbol

Feminism is not a movement fighting for equality, but an identity-based movement that for almost a century and a half has been committed to the framing of working women in favor of the expectations of social advancement of a part of the female petty bourgeoisie. Since its origins, it has been linked to the militaristic framing of the working class and to the most destructive mercantilizing morality.

Gender gap

7 March, 2021 · Critique of ideology

gender gap does not inform on workingwomen
The gender gap is not a measure of how close or how far wages are from being equal for equal work. In fact... it's not even the target for feminism anymore.

If the political game were simply honest, no matter how class-slanted it were, a confusing indicator which makes invisible the most elementary social divisions, such as the gender gap, would have an extremely limited use. However, such an indicator lies at the heart of the Spanish government’s program and is one of the main banners of IWD (March 8th). The gender gap discourse has served to hide what was happening in the labor market and to “storm the heavens” of management boards by a part of the female petty bourgeoisie. Now it is beginning to mutate… into something even worse.

Riots and democracy: 2 keys to dismantling the same reactionary ideology

23 February, 2021 · Critique of ideology

riots and democracy Barcelona

Riots and democracy are the buzz on all the front pages and television news these days in Spain. Politicians and protesters oppose these two concepts while remaining within the same ideological universe: some say riots occur because there is no democracy, while others say there is no place for riots in a democracy. If we already discussed the counterproductive nature of riots ariots as a tactic, today we will critique the reactionary ideology peddled to us by one or the other side during this empty debate.

Riots as a form of protest

19 February, 2021 · Critique of ideology

The transition from a demonstration to a confrontation with the police can occur for a thousand causes. In Linares we have seen one, in the recent demonstrations in Russia we have seen a different one. However, it turns out to be very different when riots, physical confrontations against the police are the form and goal of the demonstration, the form of expression chosen to vindicate instead of a development or byproduct of the original goals.

Can technology “save the world”?

1 December, 2020 · Critique of ideology

In many books, in educational institutions and in the media we are told that technology created the industrial revolution and other great social changes. But it is not true, it is not enough to suggest or invent new technologies to solve our needs, which are universal, it is necessary to change social relations. And that starts here and now, it is not a task for a hypothetical tomorrow.

Bolivia and Indigenism, Questions from the Readers

17 November, 2020 · Critique of ideology

Evo Morales is proclaimed Apu Mallku (great leader) in a new ecumenical ceremony mixing Quechua and Aymara elements in the ancient capital of the Tihuanaco culture (not related to Quechua or Aymara)

We answer some questions about “indigenism” that were agreed upon by several readers after the publication of “To Understand Bolivia”.

How to overcome the mechanical conception of both the human being and society

7 September, 2020 · Critique of ideology

«Detroit», by Diego de Rivera

Empiricism and mechanicism served as the basis for the great political and social apparatuses of capitalism, today completely obsolete, rigid and incapable of guaranteeing a future for workers and humanity. No vertical machinery led by an exploiting class will guarantee the satisfaction of human needs, however techno-futurist it may present itself.

Racialism, feminism and equality

25 July, 2020 · Critique of ideology

Why are racialism and feminism replacing movements for «equality of rights» There is a certain pattern in the way these movements expanded globally in the last four years. Feminism and Anglo-Saxon-style racialism share identical arguments and tools in their structure. However, while feminism has been adopted as a state ideology in several continental European countries, racialism is receiving, especially in France, a head-on response from the state itself and its left wing.

The limits of knowledge under class society

9 May, 2020 · Critique of ideology

The Seven Liberal Arts, 1435. El Prado Museum

Feudalism and capitalism generated their own ideological and knowledge systems in response to the interests and activities of their ruling classes. Both the aristocratic liberal arts and the mechanical arts of workshops, doctors and merchants, pushed the knowledge of Humanity during their respective rising periods. And in the same way, the monopoly of both put brakes on the development of the [[productive forces]] during their respective [[decadence|periods of decline]]. Both were and are partial visions of the maximum possibilities offered to Humanity… possibilities that can only begin to take shape by bringing together a Humanity divided into classes.

Did “neoliberalism” ever exist?

18 April, 2020 · Critique of ideology

The global minimum rate definitively shuts down Thatcher and Reagan-era ideology
The global minimum rate definitively shuts down Thatcher and Reagan-era ideology

The insistence on “neoliberalism” was in fact the insistence on the validity of an “alternative capitalism”, reformed and allegedly possible. In other words, it was not even reformist, because reformism intended the possibility of overcoming capitalism through reforms, and these only aspired to make it livable… without managing to be less utopian and therefore reactionary.