Lecture Drucken

Nick Srnicek

The Critique of Folk-Politics / The Future of the Left

9:00-17:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Session one: The Critique of Folk Politics (9:00-12:00)

This first section will examine the concept of folk politics as it is embodied in contemporary radical political practice. It will start with an initial overview of the problems of folk politics, before moving onto a historical analysis of the rise of folk political thinking. It will set the concept as a response to determinate political problems that emerged post-1968, but that has today become itself a political problem. Taking folk politics as a moment to be superseded rather than rejected, we will then examine the political practices of some contemporary movements such as horizontalism, anarchism, localism, and some variants of communization theory. We will look at what should be recovered from these traditions, and what must be recognised as a folk political remnant.

Session two: The Future of the Left (14:00-17:00)

Given the critique of the contemporary left, the second section will seek to build an alternative approach to politics today. This will be mobilised around recuperating modernity and its related notions of progress, reason, universality, and self-emancipation. Outlining what a neo-modern conception of these terms might mean, this section will then turn to examine the broad contours of a 21st century left focused on ideational and material hegemony. Given this understanding of the strategic aims, the project will conclude with a set of interlinked demands for the left today. In particular, it will examine how we can build platforms to leverage ourselves out of the capitalist trap.