The figure of the masses in protest takes on a near mystical and highly rational logic in post-Leninist thought during the twentieth century. For example, one of the things that Althusser abandoned in his theory of overdetermination was that the general contradiction between forces of production and relations of production--embodied in the antagonistic relation between the two … Continue reading Why Do the Masses Posses Reason?
Should Moustapha Safouan's controversial thesis in Why Are the Arabs Not Free? be discarded following the Arab Spring? Safouan, son to a famous Egyptian communist, and trained by none other than Jacques Lacan, was an Egyptian psychoanalyst who's 40 year side-project was to pen a series of essays calling for reform in Arab political culture. … Continue reading Culture and Immanence: Why Are the Arabs Not Free Revisited