The micro-left can still provide tenured professors a chance to brave the public’s capacity to grade them with a C- and let loose with some monologuing lectern intonation that demand a lot of scrolling when relayed by young upstart Manhattan socialite leftie-sortie Jacobin. Here’s Hush-Puppy Corporate Professor of Something or other Erik Olin Wright:
If you are concerned about the lives of others, in one way or another you have to deal with capitalist structures and institutions. Taming and eroding capitalism are the only viable options. You need to participate both in political movements for taming capitalism through public policies and in socioeconomic projects of eroding capitalism through the expansion of emancipatory forms of economic activity.
We must renew an energetic progressive social democracy that not only neutralizes the harms of capitalism but also facilitates initiatives to build real utopias with the potential to erode the dominance of capitalism.
- No one can work in academia, deriving a paycheck from massively corporate funded, religion-drenched, vacuous institutional structures without being a raging hypocrite.
- There is no way Erik Olin Wright is “taming” or “eroding” anything more than a pet rabbit (“taming”) or a sewage line (“eroding”) off his property.
- Building “real utopias” is a phrase that, to use the far more apt German, is schreklich. You are not building them, you are not seeing them, you are not “emancipating” anyone or anything, you are not “neutralizing” any harm, save for a nice plot of grass over by the granola factory. The supersystem is far too engaged, global, and destructive for these kind of piffling reveries from tiaa-creffers. The only hand that topples capitalism is its own, a seppuku that will be horrific to see, especially if we want ESPN and the stupidity of the “End of the Tour” action movie.