The Trumpenproletariat

The first time as tragedy, the second as farce: Karl Marx amends Hegel’s statement about history repeating itself in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. How tempting, how comforting, to accept such a pronouncement. If the tragedy has already occurred, then we are safe from it. But how does history know that it is the […]

The Haunted Western

It looks as though Hollywood is set to lavish awards on The Revenant, the historical drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Set in the 1830s American West, it is the story of the fur trader, Hugh Glass, and his epic tale of survival. It strongly reminded me of the 1995 Jim Jarmusch/Johnny Depp collaboration Dead Man, which […]