Christian Fuchs’ “Critical Theory Rocks” Podcast on Spotify: Episode 1: Anxiety & Politics: The Relevance of Franz Neumann’s Critical Theory in the Age of Authoritarian Capitalism This episode of Critical Theory Rocks discusses the relevance of Franz L Neumann’s critical theory today. Accompanying reading: https://doi.org/10.31269/triplec.v15i2.903 Including music by Sonic Youth, Soap&Skin, Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Tocotronic. Christian Fuchs’ “Critical Theory Rocks” is the podcast where critical theory rocks society and rock music becomes a tool of social critique. Listen
Humanity has experienced an explosion of anti-humanism in the form of authoritarian capitalism, postmodern filter bubbles, and global problems. Marxist/Socialist Humanism is the proper answer to the deep crisis of humanity. In this context, this article asks ‘How can Cornel West’s works inform a contemporary Marxist humanist theory of society?’ Taking West’s works as a starting point, what are the key elements of a Marxist humanist theory of society?
Cornel West is one of the leading critical intellectuals today. His work has fused anti-racist theory, Black Liberation Theology, Marxist theory, pragmatism, and existentialism.
This article especially focuses on West’s understanding of humanism and culture. It shows how his works and praxis can inform the reinvigoration of Marxist Humanism in the age of authoritarian capitalism as a socialist response. West’s thought can and should also inform the analysis of alienation, exploitation, domination, culture, the public sphere, the critique of ideology, and popular culture.
In Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory, Christian Fuchs outlines foundations of a critical theory of communication. The English version of the book is available open access and as affordable paperback. The book is also available in German.
You can watch a talk where Christian Fuchs talks about some foundations of Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory and what it means to critically theorise communication.
Christian Fuchs’ book “Marxism: Karl Marx’s Fifteen Key Concepts for Cultural & Communication Studies.” was published in 2020. It is a critical theory toolkit on how to how to make use of Karl Marx’s ideas in media, communication, and cultural studies. Read more about the English version of the book and its German translation.
The journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique’s special issue “Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism” edited by Christian Fuchs was published on the occasion of Engels’s 200th anniversary. It consists of eleven articles that outline the relevance of Engels’s works and thought for the critical analysis of digital capitalism and show the relevance of Engels in the 21st century.
In an episode of the tripleC podcast that accompanies the special issue, Christian Fuchs introduces the relevance of Engels for the critical analysis of digital capitalism: https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-gizhy-f336e9
Read the special issue: Christian Fuchs, ed. 2021. Engels@200: Friedrich Engels in the Age of Digital Capitalism. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique 19 (1): 1-194. Published open access: https://doi.org/10.31269/triplec.v19i1.1233