Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Great Refusal


 "Left, then, is a term denoting an absence; and this near non-existence ought to be explicit in a new thinking on politics. But it does not follow that the left should go on exalting its marginality, in the way it is constantly tempted to - exulting in the glamour of the great refusal, and consigning to outer darkness the rest of an unregenerate world. That way literariness lies..."

T. J. Clark, "For A Left With No Future," New Left Review 74 (Mar/Apr 2012)