Sometimes you stumble across a very general point that someone has put very well and it just makes your morning.
Last couple of days I’m struggling with the horror of writing a chapter on Brexit.
Looking for clarity and a vigorous analytical perspective I was reading Richard Seymour. Author of amongst many things:
He blogs at http://www.leninology.co.uk/ and tweets at @leninology
Back in August 2016 during the crisis in the British Labour Party post-Brexit, in a post on the theme of turning the party into a social movement, Richard wrote this:
“The category of ‘social movement’ describes a series of outcomes, so it would be useful to think about the processes of which they are outcomes. Only in that way can we break with the reification, and then realistically think about the conditions for both effective mobilisation and success. So I would propose the following as premises:
Moment’s of “back to first principles” clarity like this are a precious. They are also thought-provoking. How do I feel about the idea of the “social field” in point iii. and the “social formation” as a “structure-in-difference” under point iv? But when you start with Brexit and end up by asking yourself that kind of question, you know someone has added light to your morning.