FROM THE CORE TO THE PERIPHERY: ON THE AESTHETIC FORM OF WORKERS
by Atan Sadiku
The ideological separation in Europe that came as a result of the rupture that emerged in the ‘Eastern part’, which enabled a break with the continuity of bourgeois politics, culture and social organization, represented a proper political terrain for a multitude of various contestations. The most significant difference between these two blocs, which is also a conceptual reference, was present in the aesthetic form that determined the social/political domain. Western liberal capitalist societies continued to ‘progress’ with- in the political frames set up by bourgeois movements, several centuries ago. It was the concept of the citizen and parliamentary representative democracy around which the political life oscillated, without any contestation of the pertinent mode of production and modes of ownership. In the Eastern bloc, we experienced the most genuine attempt at substituting the inherited political model with a new social reorganization of poli- tics, which would address that which determines it in the last instance – the mode of production. Because it is always the work of the labor that produces, the economy is a necessary manifestation of the labor-time relation, and the appearance of these new po- litical formations in the East, structuring the politics around the working class as its immediate social reference. Thus, the aesthetic form of the social/political in the Eastern countries, made an attempt at being determined by the plane of consistency, which belonged to the workers… Red the full essay – PDF format.