Decadence

An Ode to Chomsky

A 'personal essay' on dichotomies like decadence vs. health, particularity vs. universality, subjectivity vs. objectivity, and misanthropy vs. 'philanthropy,' which uses Noam Chomsky as a symbol of the 'positive' side of these dichotomies and a device to help us avoid the negative. It's important to reject misanthropy and (generally speaking) decadence. Along the way are thoughts on intellectuals, postmodernism, empiricism, left-wing intolerance, etc.

US Power and the New Course Towards War

We live, and have been living, in an epoch of capitalist decadence. Notwithstanding longer life expectancy, technological advance, and the claims of its defenders, the capitalist system is incapable of addressing existential questions such as the destruction of the environment via man-made climate change. After all, to do so would get in the way of making profits. Short-term expediency portends long term disaster.

The decline of decadence - Malcolm Bull

From Nietzsche to Lukács, decadence was a matter of cultural disintegration and social atomization under pressure of capitalist modernity, but such talk has dwindled. Malcolm Bull asks whether the private languages of conceptual art are decadent or undecadent. And is the market a substitute communicator of shared values?

Impossibility of Capitalist Development - Grandizo Munis

An article published in 1972 in issues no. 23-24 of Alarma, publication of the F.O.R. (Fomento Obrero Revolucionario) group in Spain, led ideologically by Grandizo Munis. A heterodox Trotskyist, Munis broke from the Fourth International in 1948. His political development ultimately led him towards the positions of the communist left. In this article, Munis elaborates the Marxist concept of decadence and highlights its significance for revolutionary practice.

Interview: the situation of left communism today

Loren Goldner's interview with the Korean Socialist Workers' Newspaper Group (SaNoShin), November-December 2007.

Theories of Decadence: Decadence of Theory

Draft translation of GCI-ICG’s text originally published in French in “Le Communiste” N°23 (November 1985) and in Spanish in “Comunismo” N°25 (October 1988).

The Theory of Decline, or the Decline of Theory? Preface to the Swedish Translation 2004 - Aufheben

A preface to the Swedish translation of Aufheben's series on 'decadence', which originally appeared in Riff-Raff # 6.

The historical moment that produced us: global revolution or recomposition of capital? - Loren Goldner

Introductory article to the first issue of Insurgent Notes (June 2010).

Aufheben - Decadence

Introduction to ‘the theory of decline or the decline of theory’

Intakes: Communist Theory - Beyond the Ultra-left

Aufheben present Theorie Communiste's reply and critique of their series of articles on decadence.