Is anybody aware of decent texts that build a case for Marxism having taken on a religious quality? Someone must have done it by now.
Submitted by Tequila_Wolf in AskRaddle
What is paradoxical is that [Marx] has been used to concoct an appalling academic hotchpotch. It’s part of the power of coopting or reterritorializing each and every movement of mutation in the world. Which, of course, is nothing new. If you try to decipher the theme of Christ in the Gospels and you look at what it produced, you get the same thing. In my view, what is fundamental is a radical questioning of the relation between theory (as expressed in books and taught in schools) and the way in which you specifically use, discuss, or articulate it, that is, the way in which you situate it in a specific reality. The way in which Marxism is used now serves for undertakings of reduction, Manicheanisms that specifically crush molecular revolutions.
Demoralising Moralism by Jason McQuinn has a bit about it.
Dialectics of Ambiguity by Ron Tabor is a bit less direct about it being religious, but more thorough in overall analysis of Marxist work.