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The #FrankfurtSchool rose to fame—backed by the ruling class, imperialist states & CIA—by promoting Eurocentric social chauvinism, anti-communism & “cultural” Marxism sans praxis. 🧵 1/16
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#Adorno #Horkheimer #CIA #Marxism…
Frankfurt School critical theory has been—w #FrenchTheory—one of the hottest commodities of the global theory industry. They are the political & ideological source for so many trend-setting academic discourses: #pomo #poco #DecolonialTheory #QueerTheory #Afropessimism etc. 2/16 Image
Adorno & Horkheimer directly contributed to the CIA’s imperial project of reinforcing the non-communist Left. Horkheimer participated in its junkets while Adorno published in CIA journals, corresponded w their operatives & liaised about expanding their activities in Germany. 3/16 Image
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Excellent, balanced review by @JRWinters77 in @BlkPerspectives

I'd only add that, in my reading, critics of #Afropessimism who see it as "a death knell for...the kind of hope and energy needed to confront current problems" don't really understand Afropessimism

It's VERY utopian
It's certainly pessimistic as it relates to OTHER utopian visions (Pan-Africanism, Marxism, feminism, etc.) but only then as it relates to the question of Black ontologies and the capacity to address antiblackness. Destroying capitalism/sexism is part of destroying the world.
In this way I always contend that a better name for those who get hung up on the pessimism part is Afrorealism or Afroskepticism.
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