Liberal or libertarian social theories employing an MI strategy and counterhegemonic theories employing a dialectical strategy cannot be synthesized and cannot even really debate each other, at least not in strictly rational terms. Each side depends on fundamental assumptions which appear ludicrous or just plain stupid to the other side.
If we treat “truth” as a form of social practice, then epistemic strategies have implications for the social structure of truth.
Karl Marx and most Marxists have tended to take philosophically realist positions, often aggressively so. Marx’s work, however, implies a kind of relativism. This relativism actually raises the stakes of socialist intellectual production.
Did the courts fail? This is a more complex question than one might think.
I suspect that the revolution will feel surprisingly familiar.
Karl Marx wanted to build a revolutionary and emancipatory social theory, not an ideological justification for state violence. What went wrong?
Although race is a socially constructed identity, it is still a real force in society, and racism can exist without a specific intent be racist.
The same struggles that take place in the analog world also take place in the digital world. The two worlds are distinct, but not separate.
If religion were to magically vanish tomorrow there would be not one less bit of violence in the world.
The problem of class inequality needs a theoretical solution that has not yet been found.