Based and Marxpilled with Adam Lehrer


March 3rd, 2021

1 hr 10 mins 41 secs

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About this Episode

Adam Lehrer is a critic and artist, the co-host of System of Systems podcast. His new substack is Safety Propaganda. He joins Outsider Theory to discuss how we got Marxpilled, how Marx got mainstreamed among the professional class in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and why the "ruthless criticism of all that exists" especially means criticism of your own class. We then examine why Marx and Engels loved the reactionary monarchist Balzac, and what comparable value some writers on the right might offer to the critique of contemporary capitalism. From there, we discuss the propagandistic functions served by art today and the prospects for meaningful dissent in the arts and literature.

Adam's work:

System of Systems:

Safety Propaganda:

"A Marxist Defends the Great Reactionaries":

"Art's Moral Fetish":