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Class Notes Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American SceneH their pressures on political institutions the destructive nature of industry on our ecology and other super citizenry meaning those over and above any individual citizen issues become Ajax is All About Attack filtered through the language of individual responsibility no housing rampant drug use crumbling infrastructure Try cleaning up and going to church Global warming polar caps melting and carbon emissions at an all time high Have you recycled adeuately this week or turned off your lights before leaving the houseAlongside the abstraction of the individual as the sole vehicleor social change Reed delineates the mythological idea of the community as it was currently is held against the people Just as the individual is told to set his house in order before he has any expectation of changing the world an incredible irony considering the state of the housing crisis and the history of the politics of housing in America the community as a symbolic entity must gain some sense of a monolithic nature in order to Have Any Sway In Politics In Other Words It Is any sway in politics In other words it is lack of black community not any political economic carry over America the Philosophical from pre Civil Rights the Jim Crow era and a historical subjugation of chattel slavery that has lead to generational ineuities in the American conception of blackness as definedrom withoutThere is much to touch upon here but I will simply say this The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North for now this idealist politics using abstractions to belie the reality of the instrumental policy and impact of state apparatuses on citizens has lead to theunnelling of the ideas of race gender and similar lines of oppressive social structures to be slowly but surely embraced in academic settings and ever moving rom institutional analysis and policy based action to the academic context of expressive politics whose presence carries its own tensions and contradictions as well the perpetual underclass the working class and so on generally alienated rom such high The Northman's Bride falutin settingsinds the abstractions and symbolism of a right wing politic to beat the ever moving target of academic representationalism and contemporarily intersectionality and the boogie man of today s iteration of cancel cultureReed largely demonstrates a return to the political as rooted deeply than the cultural a discussion of culture already demonstrates a moving of the goalpost rom action to reflection pressing issue politics built off of demonstrable unity with a sort of conceptual theological unity which though much needed is often enough used against the policy battles of the instrumental left coalition Reed s contention is the need to realign the interests of the left with its ight to dispel a mythological anti establishment resistance movement to Cherry Bomb face head on the needor coalition building to undertake any Leading the Way form of effective political action and to understand the left as an organizingorce not one of disorganization Adolph Reed is not only a compelling straightforward and remarkably engaging writer he is also earless His collection of occasional only a compelling straightforward and remarkably engaging writer he is also The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace fearless His collection of occasional and topical essays together makeor an excellent collection and introduction to his central themes the diversity of black American politics and perspectives the centrality of economic ineuality and the urgent need When Red Cried Wolf for state oriented political activity that is rigorous intelligent and implementable Another clear theme across these essays andoregrounded by the introduction is that Reed has little time or the vague pronouncements of theory after the linguistic turn and less time or the increasingly dominant performances of cultural criticism as he argues that both of these traditions unhelpfully guise their accommodations with the status uo in a misleading and ineffectual language of resistance He thus prises apart the claims of identity politics The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing from their effects to argue that politics based in particularist identitiesorm the burgeoning paralysis of socially atomized politically active neoliberalism It s bracing stuff and you don t need to agree with Reed to see the clarity of his arguments Reed s mode of critiue here clearly occupies a moment in many ways alien to our own but bears lessons Song of the Forest for contemporary political analysts and strategists His central concerns are certainly timely poverty exploitation racialized power political agency and the active participation of a broad assortment of people in political movements This stellar collection of essays most of which wereirst printed in issues of the Village Voice was released in 2000 yet the issues discussed here have only become amplified through their aggregation via social media platforms The essays are grouped ??head spinning” and “brilliantly executed” by David Levering LewisAdolph Reed Jr has earned a national reputation or his controversial evaluations of American politics These essays illustrate why people like Katha Pollitt consider Reed “the smartest person of any race class or gender writing on race class and gender?. 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in housing universal care affordable housing workers rights etc are in short supply it can be really depressing and debilitating So it makes sense that many of us would choose to set the bar a bit lower or ourselves to battles that we are capable of winning many of which of course as Reed notes several times in the book are also extremely important to A Constellation of Vital Phenomena fight over and win But Reed s basic case here is about not indulging in that temptation He s arguing here that we need to keep our eyes on the prize that we can t give up on those bigger picture goals and that there s no substituteor a mass movement reuired to win them no shortcuts to achieving mass social change And the sooner we can admit that to ourselves the sooner we can get to the business of actually creating that kind of movement and winning those victoriesIt s a message that s a bit depressing in its sobriety But if we re going to ever win victories around those issues we don t really have another choiceAlso I d be remiss if I didn t mention that Reed has some of the most scorching prose I ve ever read rom an academic Seriously It s so white hot and so brutal that I m afraid to have the man read anything I ve ever written lest he take issue with any piece of it and write such a blistering merciless takedown that I ll be paralyzed rom ever writing anything again This book is worth re reading which I should probably do before giving an extensive and deserved treatment to the thoughts and ideas Reed puts Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights forth For now aew thoughtsI had a professor whose historical understanding was vast and seemingly all encompassing Nonetheless he told me once that the best thing about philosophy through philosophical writing is its never being out of date that is even philosophical schools of thought whose main tenets have Still Life with Chickens fallen entirely out ofavour present one the opportunity Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea for a particular object of historical interest as much as a tour of thought as thought History in theorm of historical writing he told me did not always hold in this same senseReading Reed today I would now like to extend this idea to political writing good political writing will always maintain a kind of relevance in part and like philosophy because of its ability to demonstrate how and not simply what someone should think How to approach a splintering left politics Paradox Bound for instance or how to think in terms of worn out and idealist leftist tendencies et cetera serve to demonstrate Reed s commitment to the instrumental as opposed to purely expressiveorms of political actionA critiue of another s political stance with no substantive response or ormulation of one s own ie expressing opposition can often act in avour of those you hope to oppose A purely expressive politics exists and operates within a STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare framework of existing tendencies and historical realities it rides the waves of both action and inaction leverages its attitudes off of existing realities often enough without concernor those realities themselves it complicates and individualizes the experience of the political as the personal No solidarity movement at home nor abroad can be built off the purity of the individual as an abstraction which the politics of individualism has proven and the borrowing of such abstractions rom an oppositional heritage based self understanding rooted in the tyrannical pursuit of civilization as a colonial construction mentality with Ever New Packaging In new packaging in culture The main concern of gaining cultural hegemony is representation in things like already established consumer markets thus stripping the political dimension of a reality prior to the purchases we are allowed to make the orms of entertainment we take in the clothes we wear and so onIt is telling on this Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays front that the response to the carbon tax here in Canada byervent industry defenders besides a purposeful turn away rom their science meaning the global scientific community to ours meaning a bought and sold intelligentsia operating through the think tankapparatus was also "meted out along consumer lines of increased prices in grocery storesThus the discussion of the responsibility of the individual in one "out along consumer lines of increased prices in grocery storesThus the discussion of the responsibility of the individual in one context is turned against communities whose political inaction a sign of being left in the dark while civilization is held to be booming all around is the ault of themselves and themselves alone The What a Lass Wants failures of a large enough portion of the American public to understand social 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Last three decades Reed argues against the solipsistic approaches of cultural or identity politics and in avor of class based political interpretation and action Class Notes moves on to tackle race relations ethnic studies amily values welfare reform the so called underclass and black public intellectuals in essays called ,

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Great book and will have to revisit soon to really digest the arguments Read this at the suggestion of Michael Brooks RIP Left is Best Incredible political writing Very The League for the Suppression of Celery funny I m amazed that this book is 20 years old and still rings so true Adolph Reed Jr is a relatively newind or me and has a no bullshit uality I like in a public intellectual This book is a commentary on the dreary politics of the 1980s and 1990s the summer of our discontent made glorious by the winter of Trump Reed speaks at the intersection of race and class which is a very important hinge in our society and writes of the decline of the left that has been going on since right after the postwar period And the gestural politics it mostly embodies this day which puts symbolism ahead of substance I think the left is a little stronger now than it was in the 1990s but some of these pathologies persist to the present Good stuff I irst read this book several years ago and have been coming back to it ever since along with everything else Reed has ever written He has probably been the most influential thinkerwriter me in the past 3 4 years He really offered a way of thinking about class race American politics and strategy that I was hungering Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery for He is really one of the shrewdest political thinkers alive Asor being a black public intellectual he s got honest substance in one essay than all the blathering Cornell Wests and Michael Eric Dysons have in their entire oeuvre combined Anyways this book is a great and very readable intro to Reed s thoughtAnd he s actually an ACTIVIST too Especially with the Labor Party I almost wish he wasn t as active as he is so that he would write Adolph Reed where have you been all my life Class Notes is a collection of essays on black politics the labor movement left strategy the underclass debate the suckiness of liberals and a range of other issues all addressed with Reed s ascerbic wit and razor sharp political analysis His introductory analysis of the retreat of the left into the academy and postmodern identity politics since the 1960s should be reuired reading or all leftists His essay What Do the Drums Say Booker should be put in the same category as it definitively debunks the claims of the last wave of black public intellectuals to Voice ofthe Black Community status and manages to be completely hilarious at the same time What s best about Reed s perspective is that it allows him to walk and chew gum at the same time while recognizing the need or historically oppressed identity groups to organize around their specific grievances he argues persuasively that these oppressions are ultimately experienced through political economy and that class organization in the interest of all working people needs to remain the The Day Fidel Died foundation of a real progressive political movement This seems so painfully obvious to me but unfortunately many of us on the left have lost sight of this reality How I wish Reed was an Honorary Co Chair of my own organization Democratic Socialists of America rather than Cornel West I think we d be much better off Adolph Reed Jr is one of myavorite left wing intellectuals This collection of essays primarily ocuses on political strategy racism and ineuality Reed provides a valuable materialist insight into the uniue eatures of black communities and politics as well He is very critical of the Postmodern turn the academic left and substance less identity politics while still taking a strong class based anti racist position himself Ultimately I ound this book somewhat inspiring and refreshing He breaks down many problems I have with the modern left but he both understands them better than I and what potential solutions may be I highly recommend it Not every single essay in this book is earth shatteringly good And Reed is sometimes overly dismissive of what I consider to be developments on the Left that aren t particularly harmful or insignificant But reading this book made me eel like a serious weight had been lifted off of my shoulders It gave me permission to admit to myself that developments or ideas within the Left that I ve long had internal personal doubts about but have never wanted to admit out loud or even to myself may in Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge fact be right or if not right at least worth voicing and debating The Left as anyone who s been around it in the pastew decades already knows is in really rough shape And when you re in such rough shape you re desperate The Outlaw and the Upstart King for anything that you can claim as a victory or even just a positive development When victories around major society wide issues that reuire real mass moveme. Hailed by Publishers Weeklyor its “forceful” and “bracing opinions on race and politics” Class Notes is critic Adolph Reed Jr’s latest blast of clear thinking on matters of race class and other American dilemmas The book begins with a consideration of the theoretical and practical strategies of the US left over the.