Candy! Costumes! CAPITALISM! Is there anything for Marxists to celebrate about Halloween?
Yes, says my favorite sci-fi writer and Marxist academic China Mieville. Watch this 2013 lecture where he talks about having fun as a leftist and celebrating monsters from a socialist perspective.
He answers all kinds of important questions like is fear an important part of Marxist theories of modernity and consciousness and “What revolutionary authors do octopuses read?”
While I would not describe myself as a Marxist because there’s little room for the symbolic, I do appreciate it as an influential tradition. I also really, really enjoy Marxist puns.
How are you fitting Halloween into your political science academia today?