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Happy Halloween, Marxists!


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?

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