Between Periodical Studies and Intellectual History: “KAPITALISTATE” (1973-1983) at the Dawn of Neoliberalism
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Launched in 1973, the transnational leftist journal “KAPITALISTATE” set out to grapple with a growing reconciliation between state power and corporate capitalism, a set of sweeping changes in the global political economy that would eventually come to be called “neoliberalism.” This essay explores “KAPITALISTATE”’s guiding commitments to the theoretical debate about the state, case studies on American governance, and international collaboration. In the process, it identifies certain methodological tensions between Intellectual History and Periodical Studies. For the intellectual historian, “KAPITALISTATE” primarily deserves note as a platform for debates in Marxist state theory during the 1970s, an archive providing a synoptic view of problems in political economy preoccupying many left writers at the time. Reading the journal as Periodical Studies demands, however, with an emphasis upon the social materiality of its object of study, requires attention to the granular detail: to the journal’s visual rhetoric, its typography, its advertisements, even its errata. This essay argues that the propensities of Intellectual History and Periodical Studies, while potentially divergent, can clarify meaningful gaps in their respective practices, and that each is required to understand the role that periodicals like “KAPITALISTATE” served in fostering a left intellectual community during the 1970s.
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