We live in a time of crisis. In recent years, we’ve been told that the left has been on the ascent. Yet, despite the popularity of “socialism” among a generation who came of age in the post-Cold War era, the political energy that characterized the 2000s and 2010s seems only to have bolstered capitalist politics to meet the crisis of neoliberalism. At the same time, the old guides and standbys no longer serve. Not only has the social democracy revival of the 2010s failed but the old leftist sects are dying off and the academic left is in crisis. Existing leftist publishing is often yoked to compromised organizations and historically exhausted projects. Something else is required.
The question that Sublation Magazine poses is whether the crisis of our time might yet prove an opportunity. How might this waste, this discontinuity, facilitate an active forgetting, an overcoming of the past? How to help make possible a new beginning for socialism or some credible heir to its aspirations? Attempting this demands spurning all thought taboos. Only then might we hope to sublate — to realize and overcome — the current impasse.
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