The Dead Gaze of History

This is precisely what is becoming of human subjectivity: there is no longer historical subjectivity as such. What has come to replace participation in the dialectic of history (i.e. the class struggle) is a continual sliding from one form of domination-ideology to other, more complete, more total forms of subjugation. This domination is possible because of the constant fluidity of human identity-personality merely consuming its own consciousness as another item on the free market, the erosion of all stable points of reference beginning, of course, with history itself: the claim that history is contingent upon the hermeneutics of the epoch interpreting it.


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