The Nation Names Bhaskar Sunkara Its New PresidentJim—3:04pm #14822 https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/bhaskar-sunkara-president/One can only imagine what Lou Proyect’s reaction would have been to this.
Congrats to Bhaskara, and I have often cited articles from Jacobin here (Jacobin, a botched title from the start, Bhaskara is no radical) but I have no illusions about where they are coming from. This so-called left has a strict cancel culture for true radicals and I could never expect a single article or reference to, say, The Last Revolution, at his ragmag. In the end the stance of such people Jacobin, to The Nation, etc, remains in a kind of limbo of classy reformist imaginary. Bhaskar’s ‘The Socialist Manifesto’ is not socialist and coopts the manifesto genre for its own jargon, not unlike Sanders’ ‘Our revolution’ that bit the dust a while back.
I would like to contribute a perspective in that context. It will never happen. I don’t understand the world of faux left journalism, but I can see clearly its limits and the way it moves to coopt the truly radical efforts needed at a time of desperation and a civilization on the way to collapse. The Jacobin meme is one I critique in The Last Revolution, but they were those who tried to start a real revolution in the realm of the French chaos of Revolution. Might we expect a Jacobin phase at Jacobin? Or is Bhaskar upper middle-class radical fluff. I hear the sans-culottes even now, guillotine the culotte.
The Nation Names Bhaskar Sunkara Its New PresidentJim Farmelant3:04pm #14822 https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/bhaskar-sunkara-president/One can only imagine what Lou Proyect’s reaction would have been to this.