Every Coven A Union, Every Spell Direct Action
October 31, 2019 8:38 AM   Subscribe

“Capital,” Marx tells us, “is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the labourer works, is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has purchased of him.” Reading Marx On Halloween (Jacobin) “ The emerging proletariat had to be trained to defer gratification; to stifle desire; to value accumulation over expenditure. A belief in magic, instead, centered desires—and their fulfillment—communal and personal, for care and sustenance and protection. It is no surprise, then, that magic is in vogue again just as the old bargains around work are breaking down.“ All Organizing Is Magic: Verso's Caliban and the Witch Roundtable with Sarah Jaffe. Trump's Presidency Has Spawned a New Generation of Witches. (Wired)
posted by The Whelk (9 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
A spectre is haunting Europe.
posted by No Robots at 8:47 AM on October 31, 2019 [11 favorites]

posted by loquacious at 8:48 AM on October 31, 2019 [9 favorites]

Happy red Samhain everyone!

On this note, it is my absolute pleasure to recommend the always-compelling, heartfelt, funny Horror Vanguard podcast to all weird lefties out there.

A couple of bucks a month gets you into the Arcane Book Club, where we're reading David McNally's brief and ultra-clear examination of manifestations of the gothic in Marx's writing and beyond. Some vampires and other monsters are very real.

I have no affiliation with the podcast or with the members of the "coven" other than wanting to see it continue forever and ever and ever... or at least until the revolution makes it less necessary.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 8:49 AM on October 31, 2019 [5 favorites]

Your poster may have been on an episode of HV talking about HIGH-RISE And if we’re shamelessly self linking I have this cartoon in the most recent UPPERCUT : The Sleep Of Socialism Creates Monsters
posted by The Whelk at 9:21 AM on October 31, 2019 [5 favorites]

I still really need to play A Bewitching Revolution.
posted by Glier's Goetta at 10:03 AM on October 31, 2019

From PhilosophyTube, last year: Witchcraft, Gender, and Marxism
posted by Sequence at 11:14 AM on October 31, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell at the End of History by Ash of Horror Vanguard
posted by The Whelk at 1:56 PM on October 31, 2019

Was already planning to start re-reading Caliban and the Witch this weekend, and now I get to supplement it with some Verso roundtable articles. Thanks, OP
posted by davedave at 2:06 PM on October 31, 2019 [1 favorite]

Season Of The Bitch Podcast: On Witches
posted by The Whelk at 5:48 AM on November 1, 2019 [2 favorites]

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