The resurgence of interest in Marx has generated vigorous and sometimes perplexing collisions of theory and politics online. This collection—featuring stimulating exchanges on Marxism, science, and humanism, and on socialism’s relation to liberalism—exemplifies their irreverent energy. It is partisan without being sectarian, learned without being academic.

~ Ray Brassier, author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction

Flowers for Marx delivers an enticing and energetic debate about a number of different practical-theoretical commitments that are available to leftist militants and thinkers today […it is an] agonistic launchpad and toolkit for further theorizing and organizing.

~ J.P. Caron, co-author of Atlas of Experimental Politics

Flowers for Marx demonstrates that digital Marxism is far from the closed homophilic camp of stuffy inward-looking academics long associated with the Marxist tradition […]. Materialism is ready to move beyond the lofty airs and graces of bourgeois academia.

~ Mike Watson, author of The Memeing of Mark Fisher

Flowers for Marx

Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.  ~ Karl Marx

Since the spectacular collapse of the political aspirations of Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, the Western left has been thrown into a state of uncertainty. Should it continue to pursue a democratic socialist agenda, attempting to transform liberal capitalism from within? Or should it break with this, calling for revolt against a capitalist class unbowed by the movements of the past decade? In Flowers for Marx, six authors associated with Sublation Media address this question by returning to Marx – or rather, by asking which Marx we should return to. Is Marx an inveterate democrat, whose work privileges the dignity of man above all? Or is he – as Louis Althusser once argued – the founder of a new science, incompatible with the shibboleths of liberal-capitalist society? But the book’s authors also go beyond this, by tackling topics ranging from Marxist feminism to the Mexican Desarrollo to the “boss-maxxing” aesthetics of Kamala Harris.

The cover of Flowers for Marx portrays what could be a flower  – or a Tesla coil, discharging into the air like an arc of lightning. Its authors and their essays in this volume grew from the same stem.