My respondent on Friday suggested that by not talking about capital I was discounting its all determining power, and perhaps also discounting Marx.
I gave some answers that addressed what I perceived to be a certain correlationism in the criticism.
At the end of my remarks I mentioned a kind of cynicism that is default in modernity. I have just now formulated a hypothesis that brings this into focus:
Like some forms of Christian fundamentalism, academic Marxism often thinks its enemy as more powerful than its hero. Just as fundamentalism is to this extent a form of Satanism, so this kind of Marxism is a form of capitalist ideology.
Attendant ramifications, such as reductive undermining and overmining, a certain objectifying materialism and so on, are also shared.