- Category: Theory
- Created on Monday, 19 October 2009 02:50
- Written by Mike Ely
By Mike Ely
We need to "sink roots." Certainly a crucial problem with the existing left is its lack of roots -- its lack of traction among real people and on the real political stage.
But in seeking to make connections, I think we should be very careful not to encase our own feet in stone -- i.e. to assume we "know" where things will "break out" -- and get ourselves so emmeshed in that prediction that we are not flexible and mobile when the wave breaks in an unexpected way.
I think that a great deal of thought needs to go into conjunctural unpredictability (including some critical appreciation for Badiou's theory of event) -- precisely because i think we should assume that the world will erupt in unanticipated ways, but that this will (in important ways) also play itself out through faultlines and contradictions that are known (including class contradictions).
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