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supremacy as the base and, in so doing, calls into question marxism’s claim to elaborate a comprehensive,
or in the words of Antonio Gramsci, ‘decisive’ antagonism. Stated another way: Gramscian marxism is able to imagine the subject
which transforms her/himself into a mass of antagonistic identity formations, formations which can
precipitate a crisis in wage slavery, exploitation, and/or hegemony, but it is asleep at the wheel when
asked to provide enabling antagonisms toward unwaged slavery, despotism, and/or terror. Finally, we begin to see how marxism suffers
from a kind of conceptual anxiety: a desire for som on the other side of crisis — a society which does
away not with the category of worker, but with the imposition workers suffer under the approach of
variable capital: in other words, the mark of its conceptual anxiety is in its desire to democratise work and thus help keep in place, ensure the coherence of, the
Reformation and Enlightenment ‘foundational’ values of productivity and progress. This is a crowding-out scenario for other post-revolutiona...
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