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Very much about social theory, and chatty at the same time.

On Living in an Old Country by Patrick Wright

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I wanted to love it, but I just did not have the proper something for it -- and the fact that I could not even figure out what that 'something' was made it all the more frustrating. Wright is clearly writing from a very firmly grounded ideological position, but he never actually spells out what that position is -- perhaps the original s readers of these essays did not need it spelled out because of where they were published or Wright's reputation at the time, I do not know.


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Regardless, he has an enormous set of analytical tools, strongly felt values, ethical stances, approaches to issues, etc etc etc and then he applies them to a lot of things happening in the early s, and I wanted to be fascinated but I spent too much time trying to figure out what his assumptions were and how they worked to ever actually engage with or even understand his arguments.

I think he's a Marxist, maybe, but what kind?

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He has very intense feelings about the labour party, about Thatcher, about how people ought to be making history, about capitalism and the inability to imagine a future, but I am pretty sure he hates Thatcher but then he keeps phrasing things in ways which sound like he feels she's misunderstood or misjudged. He hates the idea that recovering the past is what history is about for his contemporaries, because he thinks people ought to understand?


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