Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Response to a Trump Supporter’s response to the class character of the U.S. government

Christian Patterson 2019-01-22 Underground Mall I got an interesting reply on my post "The U.S. as a one-party state, and the class-character of governments". Basically, the comment suggests that, yes, there's little difference between Democrats and Republicans (anyone with an ounce of critical thinking skills can see that), but Donald Trump is outside of this … Continue reading Response to a Trump Supporter’s response to the class character of the U.S. government

Why Communism is not idealistic

Christian Patterson 2018-11-25 Underground Mall Traditionally, the "communism/socialism/any-social-programs are too idealistic" argument has been reserved for the right-wing pedantic know-it-alls who think supporting the status quo is the "galaxy brain" position. However, as common right-wing sentiment has both moved further right, and became more commonplace, this same sentiment is now echoed by a lot of … Continue reading Why Communism is not idealistic

Private Security and de-Monopolized Violence

Christian Patterson 2018-11-18 Underground Mall In this post, I will try to explain Max Weber’s idea of “Monopoly of/on Violence”. I will try to explain how this idea ties into different ways of conceptualizing power and states. Finally, I will tie everything together, and talk about what de-monopolizing violence would look like, and the role … Continue reading Private Security and de-Monopolized Violence

contrasting classes as social categories with Class as a historical force

Christian Patterson 2018-11-15 Underground Mall One criticism I've heard against Marxism from anarchists is that society is too complex to be able to reduce it to a proletariat / bourgeoisie dichotomy. I don't know if this is a common anarchist perspective, or just unique to some specific people. But, in some ways, they're right that … Continue reading contrasting classes as social categories with Class as a historical force