Karl Marx and Frederic Engels collaborated in writing the German Ideology in order “to settle accounts with our former philosophical conscience”Upon discovering the manuscript would not be published, as Marx put it, “We abandoned the manuscript to the gnawing criticism of the mice all the more willingly since we had achieved our main purpose – self-clarification.”
These are the ideas and musings, the unfinished conversations and debates, letters to the editor never completed, responses to ongoing disagreements and reactions to current events, things that continue to gnaw at me, that won’t let me sit still until I think them through.
Gnawing Criticism is about activism and politics. It is an attempt to engage with the variety of ideas and positions on the left I encounter during my involvement in various activist groups and organizations. It is in an effort to arrive at clearer understanding of where things stand and the next steps to take.
I make no claims to greatness or originality. This probably won’t be one of the top ten must read blogs. But here it is.
It is my sincerest hope that by organizing and articulating the variety of thoughts crashing around in my head, I will accomplish, if nothing else, some degree of self-clarification.