This is a blog on aesthetics run by Jonathan Moss, which will analyse and dialectically critique society through the aesthetics it has adopted in its various strata’s and milieus. This is done from a primarily Marxist perspective, influenced by Theodor Adorno, György Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Terry Eagleton, Soren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Michel Foucault, Herbert Marcuse, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Guy Debord, Ernst Bloch, Karl Korsch, Don MacKeen, and Marx himself.
Some may question the point of a radical leftist having an aesthetics blog in the age of Trump and Brexit. Ignoring the coverage these things are getting in the media already by leftists and liberals, implicit in this idea is that aesthetics is unimportant and perhaps elitist, and implicit in that assumption is an undialectical mode of thinking paralysed by positivism. Our world is an aesthetic world and to critique the aesthetics of capitalism is of course to critique capitalism. The viewpoint that aesthetic critique is divorced from reality similarly ignores that a critique of aesthetics can be used dialectically to critique many facets of society, the economic realm, the political realm, the sociological realm, the philosophical realm and so on. These aspects of society cannot be understood separately, they must be comprehended dialectically as part of the totality of society.
So, the point of this blog is not to withdraw into academia but is, as Marx said, to partake in the “ruthless criticism of all that exists”.
It must be noted though that on a much more material level this blog probably wont have much or indeed any influence, so either way you slice it I’m gonna write about whatever the fuck I want.
This blog is of course dedicated to Josh Price.