Facing financial inequality and burdened with debt, millennials have discovered Marxism, writes Timothy Shenk for the Nation. And millennial writers are leveraging technology, rejecting old guard institutions, and constructing new forums for discussion:
Combine all this with some fondness for navel gazing and with the fortunes of geography—politics aside, New York writers are New York writers, and they like to talk about each other—and the pieces are in place for the articles declaring the rebirth of Marxism that have become a minor genre in the last year.
Publications like Jacobin, n+1, and Dissent have embraced Marxist philosophy, and though many of the writings fail to achieve conceptual breakthroughs, that isn’t necessarily the point. The aim of this new socialism is as much advancing progressive politics as it is illuminating new ideas.