>it seems less than
>obvious to me why so many self-declared marxists would worry themselves
>over postmodernism in such a epistemological and rhetorical way without
>once considering seriously a materialist and dialectical account of
I suspect lots of them - and it's not just Marxists, but a lot of "class first" folks, from Wojtek to Todd Gitlin - feel besieged and lonely, and "postmodernism" is a convenient thing to blame for their plight.