Red Map of the Middle EastDossier on Gaza

The War(s)
Mas'ud Zavarzadeh

In the Case of Gaza
Rob Wilkie

The Left Travesty on Gaza
Stephen Tumino

The Poverty of (Post)Humanities
Teresa L. Ebert

Speaking Internationalism: Class Difference in Writerly Cosmopolitics
Amrohini Sahay

Smoothing Opposition by Ontologizing Exploitation: The Flat Ontology of Neoliberal Feminism
Jennifer Cotter

When Left Theory "Leaves Behind the Dream of a Revolution": Class and the Software Economy
Rob Wilkie

Jameson's Spiritual Reawakening: Labor Theory in the Time of Wal-Mart
Robert Faivre

Speaking of Communism: How Badiou Subtracts Class from Marx's Speeches on the Paris Commune to Produce a New (Infantile) Communism
Stephen Tumino

Naturalism is not Materialism: Spinoza, New Materialism and the Left
Kimberly DeFazio

Beyond In-between Feminism: Martha E. Gimenez and Capitalist Social Reproduction
Julie Torrant





This issue of The Red Critique includes a collection of essays that have appeared in "scholarly" journals. They foreground class analysis at a time when "value form" analysis of capital has become the overriding question in reform-al left social theory. In different versions and in diverse vocabularies, "value form" theories absorb class in their critique of, not by, labor and displace the conflicts of forces and social (property) relations—that "begins an epoch of social revolution"—with conflicts in the spectral objectivity of "value" which is assumed to be validated in exchange. Exploitation is shifted to domination and domination is represented as an impersonal (post-class) social compulsion exerted by abstract time.

The dossier on Gaza puts class back in social analysis at the same time that the reform-al left has displaced class analysis, as in Judith Butler's comments on Gaza, with the melodrama of grief or, on the other end of left politics, with a stand-up comedy that absorbs class in snickers, as in Zizek's smirk realism: "I would like to have a modest, realist left which has positive proposals of what to do. Like, OK, to talk frankly, we cannot obviously step out of capitalism. How to deal with it?"

"Dealing with" accepts what is as unalterable. The dossier on Gaza is a critique of the (seemingly) unalterable is—critique is the negative that dissolves "the hitherto existing world order to contribute to a "world which is coming into being."