Re: [Foucault-L] Marx and Foucault

Jason Read. 2003. The Micro-politics of Capital: Marx and the Prehistory of
the Present.

joshua j. kurz
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On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Chathan Vemuri <aryavartacnsrn@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> I've asked some people I know with expertise on the matter but thought
> I'd get a better range of responses here. Me and some Marxist friends
> were discussing the Power and Strategies interview where Foucault
> talks about the Gulag. My friends felt he was creating a straw man by
> suggesting Marxism and Leninism be examined in light of the reality of
> the Gulag. They went to further to castigate Foucault for
> inadvertently being in theoretical alliance with liberal thought that
> only further ignored the necessary critique of capitalism. While I
> think they are right about Power and Strategies, I'm not sure if the
> other argument follows. Indeed it seems to be a common theme in
> Marx-Foucault comparisons. Foucauldians, on the other hand, feel no
> guilt in writing off Marxists as intellectual dinosaurs who have at
> best contributed to failed political killing machines (Stalin, Mao,
> Che). Does anyone on here know of some good arguments or even books
> that go beyond these useless exchanges? I personally feel there's a
> certain kinship between the two thinkers in terms of subjectiviation,
> power relations, concern with historicization. And how would one
> respond to such pointless jabs to begin with. I wasn't convinced of
> Foucault's neat link between Marx and Soviet repression but I hardly
> think that his critique is akin to a liberal philosophy of the state.
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