In recent years, the project of socialism appears to have run out of steam. Since at least the 1990s, with the fall of the socialist bloc and China's turn to marketization, people have been discussing leftist melancholy, but now the situation is more serious.1 More than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the socialist project has been so deeply rejected that in the place of leftist melancholy there appears to be nothing left to be melancholy about. The situation resembles the double forgetting that Heidegger discusses in the context of Being. Heidegger laments that we have not only forgotten Being, but have forgotten our act of forgetting, which makes any type of recovery seem impossible. In the context of socialism, forgetting is compounded by a discrediting that makes even attempts to remember resistance to capitalism appear futile. Leftists have often responded to these crises by attempting...

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