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Fight Club, The Simulucrum, Marxism, and Anarchism

TheEmptyString's picture TheEmptyString
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The more I read about advanced theories of Marxist analysis, such as Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation, and anarchist theories, the more I think Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club is a radical manifestation of all of these concepts.

I am convinced Fight Club is a more accessible version of concepts provided by the French Situationalist Guy Debord. Mainly, in relation to the backlash at our over-saturated media culture in Fight Club. Debord saw media as capitalism manifested in digital form. Palahniuk is very good at showing how we have become commodity fetishists at the hands of advertising companies.

In terms of Baudrillard's Simulacra, Palahniuk's discussion about insomnia comes to mind... Everything becomes a copy, of a copy, of a copy...

Finally, it's obvious to see how Fight Club fits into the theme of Anarchist revolt against formalized institutional structures such as the police, corporations, and capitalism in general. If there was ever a contemporary Marxist/anarchist manifesto, it would be Palahniuk's Fight Club.

Finally, Fight Club can also be considered a nuanced look into feminist theory, particularly gender analysis of male subjectivity. I actually had a feminist literature class in which we watched the movie Fight Club.

The book reveals much more of these concepts, and the more I read it, the more I'm convinced of Palahniuk's genius.

Either he is unwittingly tapping into all of these concepts, or his work is expose and application of radical thought.