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Catalyst Spring 2022

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The turn away from class politics was perhaps the most defining shift in the neoliberal era’s political culture, and we will be reaping its bitter fruit for years to come. There are few better examples of this change than the Left in India, and its complement, the rise of the Hindu chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party as the most potent political force on the subcontinent. Where India’s political culture once revolved around secular and progressive forces, it is now almost completely mired in the language of religion and ethnicity. In this issue, Achin Vanaik examines this transformation and the ascent of the BJP in a searching review of Christophe Jaffrelot’s important new book, Modi’s India. Of course, the epicenter of the turn away from class politics has been the United States, and there is no sphere in which it is more evident than in discussions of race. It is now a virtual orthodoxy among progressives that racial domination is unmoored from economic processes, and any attempt to locate it in material inequality is vigorously denounced. Jeff Goodwin returns to a classic analysis of racial domination, W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction, and shows that this great work was a relentless, penetrating account of the economic foundations of black subordination — the unraveling of postbellum Reconstruction was not because of an unchanging, unyielding racist ethos in the white population but was driven by economic forces, from both above and below. As Goodwin shows, the book is not only a classic study of revolution and counterrevolution, it embodies the very approach that many race theorists insist cannot comprehend the oppression of black Americans. The work of Michel Foucault played a central role in displacing the political economy that Du Bois practiced. In their recent book, The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution, Mitchell Dean and Daniel Zamora show in some detail how both Foucault’s work and the man himself were oddly comfortable with the turn to neoliberalism. In a lively review of their book, Bryan D. Palmer commends the authors for their lucid critique and warns that the highly individualized, inward turn of the Foucauldian opus offers little for overturning the neoliberal hegemony.


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