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Podcast 33: Marxism and Cultural Revolution w/ Shalon van Tine and Doug Enaa Greene

Marxism and cultural revolution

Marxism and cultural revolution

According to Leon Trotsky, “even a successful solution of the elementary problems of food, clothing, shelter, and even of literacy, would in no way signify a complete victory of the new historic principle, that is, of Socialism. Only a movement of scientific thought on a national scale and the development of a new art would signify that the historic seed has not only grown into a plant, but has even flowered.”  For  Trotsky, and a range of very different figures such as Mao Tse-Tung, Alexander Bogdanov, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Oscar Wilde, Adorno, Horkheimer and Jean-Luc Godard, a Marxist revolution required not merely a political and economic transformation, but also a cultural revolution. In this session we will be joined by Shalon van Tine and Doug Greene, who are currently collaborating on a book on Marxism and Cultural Revolution in order to discuss themes and issues related to this topic.

Shalon van Tine is a PhD student in cultural and intellectual history at Ohio University and an adjunct professor in the humanities for University of Maryland’s Global Campus.
Doug Enaa Greene is an independent communist historian, who is the author of Communist Insurgent: Blanqui’s Politics of Revolution and A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism.

This session was recorded as part of the Exploding Appendix Avant-garde Art Practice and Research Group on the 9th March 2021. If you would like to be involved in future sessions send me a message at explodingappendix [at] gmail.com.
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Further Reading

Primary Texts:
Circular of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution May 16, 1966 
Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution, 1924 
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891 
Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936 
Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception, 1944 
Jean Luc Godard, La Chinoise (1967)

By Shalon van Tine and Doug Enaa Greene:

Doug Enaa Greene and Shalon van Tine, ‘A Fight on Two Fronts: On Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise’ Cosmonaut Magazine, 28/8/2019 

Shalon van Tine, ‘Revolutionary Reels:: Soviet Propaganda and the Russian Revolution’, Cosmonaut magazine  
Doug Enaa Greene,‘Leon Trotsky and Cultural Revolution’, Cosmonaut Magazine
Doug Enaa Green, ‘Missing Victory? Blanqui and the Paris Commune’ – Cosmonaut Magazine
Shalon van Tine ‘ Adorno and the Cultural industry’
Doug Enaa Greene – Communist insurgent: Blanqui’s Politics of Revolution
Doug Enaa Greene – A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the limits of Democratic Socialism
Shalon van Tine, 4 more Socialist Movies to watch during Quarintine
Shalon van Tine, Must See Movies in Every Genre,

Jonas Ceika, The Simpsons and the Death of Parody,
Plastic Pills, The Culture Industry – Adorno, Horkheimer, Neomarxism and Ideology