BUKU-BUKU MINGGU INI

Sabtu yang lalu, aku sempat ketemu sejarawan merangkap intelektual awam yang banyak mengangkat wacana-wacana kritis di Malaysia, iaitu saudara Farish Noor yang juga merupakan seorang Associate Professor di NTU, Singhapura. Aku, dan juga beberapa teman dari Imagined Malaysia datang jauh dari Malaysia untuk menemu ramah akan kehidupan intelektual beliau bagi sebuah projek buku yang sedang kami…

#NOTES: Philosophy as a Revolutionary Weapon by Althusser

” It is not easy to become a Marxist-Leninist philosopher. Like every ‘intellectual’, a philosophy teacher is a petty bourgeois. When he opens his mouth, it is petty-bourgeois ideology that speaks: its resources and ruses are infinite. You know what Lenin says about ‘intellectuals’. Individually certain of them may (politically) be declared revolutionaries, and courageous…

Study Leaves to Shariati’s Wonder-semi-dialectical-Land.

Now in my final phase of gathering materials for a research paper that i am currently working on, and intend to present in a conference in Tehran sometimes around the end of April. My paper will be a preliminary attempt to reconstruct the dialectical philosophy that guides through the thinking of Shariati in most of…

FOUR ADVISES ON BEING A GOOD STUDENT

  I probably not the best person to write about this. Being a lazy ass, undisciplined, easily distracted, and with great taste for unproductive activities i could never be an exemplar for an ideal student or learner. But over the (very limited) number of years, i have learned few things that are important for self-development,…

Jairus Banaji: Sejarawan dan teoris Marxis tulen

Jairus Banaji adalah seorang Professor di School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, dan seorang pemikir dan sejarawan Marxis tegar yang banyak mendatangkan ide-ide dan analisis baru dalam ranah perbahasan tradisi Marxis. Beliau mendapat pendidikan awal dalam bidang Anthropologi Sosial di Oxford, dan seterunsya menyambung pengajian Phd beliau di Universitas yang sama dalam bidang…

Absurdism of the Economism

  This excerpt is taken from a letter by Engels to Bloch to address some of the misconceptions on the relationshio between Base and Superstructure. Unfortunately, these misunderstandings are still prevalent in the contemporary Malaysian Marxist discourses, known also as Vulgar Marxist reading of Marx. The Ontological primacy of the Economy is taken too far…

Writing a complaint, about writing

It’s 4.33am now. And i have yet to sleep, thinking of what to come. After setting up all sort of plans, read all kind of readings, written all sort of draft, and yet there is not a single piece of writings i have ever completed. Not even when my financial condition counts on it. I…

A year of Marx

  For so long, since i began my intellectual journey, Marx; as a name, as a figure, as a thinker, often lurk into all the readings that i do. Whenever i go, with whatever materials i delve into, somewhat the shadow Marx will always be there, cited and refered either positively or negatively. Since in college,…

Unfolding the ideals unto reality.

I am actually pretty clueless on what to write for this entry. But i have promised someone, and i have long list of reasons to get back to writing, hence i need to force myself to made something up for this space. For inspiration, i began to look back what i had written in the…

Need to Reschedule

I will be starting my Master application soon, and hopefully once i got accepted i should muster all concentration on finishing the thesis. I might be working and writing on Derrida, specifically on Hauntology. I know what you’ve been thinking, and nope, we’re not talking about REAL Ghost here( but again what is real?). To be…

Sejarah Parti Komunis Malaya: Dalam Perspektif

Kematian Chin Peng pada hari seluruh rakyat Malaysia sewajarnya menyambut Hari Malaysia telah membangkitkan kembali nostalgia dan kenangan pahit sebahagian daripada masyarakat kita terhadap keganasan yang berlaku pada era perjuangan komunis berlangsung. Kita melihat episode perjuangan komunis ini sering dijaja dalam wacana masyarakat sebagai episode yang gelap dalam sejarah negara kita. Naratif yang dimainkan adalah…

Sorotan ringkas sejarah identiti kebangsaan Malaysia

Sorotan ringkas sejarah identiti kebangsaan Malaysia – Imran Mohd Rasid Tanggal 16 September tidaklah sepopular atau se-gah tarikh keramat 31 ogos yang menjadi symbol kemerdekaan negara kita dari penjajahan imperialis British. Pada tarikh ini lewat 50 tahun yang lalu tanah Melayu telah digabungkan dengan Sabah, Sarawak dan Singapura membentuk sebuah negara Malaysia,yang namanya kekal sehingga…