Category: Marxism

The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power

By Carl Freedman

The basic argument this e-book is, first, that Richard Nixon, although no longer commonly considered as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing flesh presser like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did identify profound psychic connections with the yank humans, connections that may be detected either within the wonderful electoral luck that he loved for many of his occupation and in his final defeat throughout the Watergate scandal; and, moment or even extra vital, that those connections are symptomatic of the various most crucial currents in American lifestyles. The e-book isn't just a piece of political heritage or political biography yet a learn of cultural strength: that's, a examine within the ways in which tradition shapes our politics and frames our feel of chances and values. In its program of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and different theoretical instruments to the examine of yank electoral politics, and in a manner designed for the final in addition to for the educational reader, it's a new form of book.

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Karl Marx: The Burden of Reason (Why Marx Rejected Politics and the Market)

By Allan Megill

Why did Karl Marx are looking to exclude politics and the industry from his imaginative and prescient of a destiny socialism? In Karl Marx: the load of cause, Allan Megill starts off with this query. Megill's exam of Marx's formative writings casts new gentle on Marx's relation to philosophy and divulges a hitherto principally unknown 'rationalist' Marx. In demonstrating how Marx's rationalism permeated his makes an attempt to appreciate politics, economics, and historical past typically, Megill forces the reader to reconsider Marx's complete highbrow undertaking. whereas Megill writes as an highbrow historian and historian of philosophy, his hugely unique redescription of the Marxian company has vital implications for a way we predict concerning the usability of Marx's paintings this day. Karl Marx: the load of cause can be of curiosity to people who desire to ponder the destiny of Marxism throughout the period of Soviet Communism. it is going to even be of curiosity to people who desire to figure what's residing and what's useless, what's sufficient and what calls for substitute or supplementation, within the paintings of a determine who, after all, is still one of many maximum philosophers and social scientists of the fashionable global.

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Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings

When communism took energy in jap Europe it remade towns in its personal photo, remodeling way of life and growing sweeping boulevards and enormous, epic housing estates in an emphatic announcement of a noncapitalist suggestion. The regimes that outfitted them at the moment are useless and gone, yet from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to postrevolutionary Kiev, the structures stay, usually populated by means of humans whose lives have been scattered by way of the cave in of communism.

Landscapes of Communism is a trip of old discovery, plunging us into the misplaced international of socialist structure. Owen Hatherley, an excellent, witty, younger city critic indicates how strength was once wielded in those societies by means of tracing the pointy, unexpected zigzags of professional communist architectural variety: the superstitious despotic rococo of excessive Stalinism, with its jingoistic memorials, palaces, and mystery policemen’s castles; East Germany’s obsession with prefabricated concrete panels; and the metro structures of Moscow and Prague, a unbelievable vindication of public house that went additional than any avant-garde ever dared. all through his trips around the former Soviet empire, Hatherley asks what, if something, should be reclaimed from the ruins of Communism—what residue can tell our modern rules of city life?

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Magical Marxism: Subversive Politics and the Imagination (Marxism and Culture)

By Andy Merrifield

Following his highly well known publication, The knowledge of Donkeys, Andy Merrifield breathes new lifestyles into the Marxist tradition.

Magical Marxism calls for anything extra of conventional Marxism - whatever extra fascinating and releasing. It asks that we think a Marxism that strikes past debates approximately type, the position of the country and the dictatorship of the proletariat. In escaping the formalist straitjacket of orthodox Marxist critique, Merrifield argues for a reconsideration of Marxism and its capability, employing formerly unexplored techniques to Marxist pondering that might demonstrate very important new modes of political activism and debate.

This booklet will galvanize and encourage in equivalent degree. It offers us a Marxism for the twenty first century, which bargains dramatic new probabilities for political engagement.

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Class Struggles in Eastern Europe, 1945-83

By Chris Harman

This is often the 3rd version of Chris Harman’s e-book at the ‘People's Democracies’, being a revision of the publication formerly issued below the identify of paperwork and Revolution in japanese Europe. It differs from the unique 1974 variation by way of the extension of a bankruptcy on Poland into the ’eighties, and the addition of a 3rd half on thought and views. just like the unique, it's a very priceless compendium of evidence set right into a convenient ancient framework, and monitors a powerful command of the resource material.

However, this used to be a bonus already loved via the 1st version, and it can't be acknowledged that the extra fabric has made it right into a larger ebook. relatively the reverse.

For a commence, it indicates a studied forget of contributions written through Socialists and Communists of different persuasions, a fault no longer relatively so obvious within the earlier variation. one of the works to which no reference in any respect has been made are the mass of fabric now to be had at the post-war purges (e.g. Loebl and Slingova) François Manuel and invoice Lomax on Hungary, Pelikan, Broué and Karalasingham on Czechoslovakia, and the collections of Czech fabric in Voices of Czechoslovak Socialists and Coates’ Czechoslovakia and Socialism, let alone the broad writing on Poland. And the writer is particularly selective in his polemics, making no try to resolution those that argue for the operating category personality of those states. Trotskyists are bracketed besides Stalinists as “people who nonetheless had illusions, to a better or lesser quantity, within the Socialist (or no less than workers' country) personality of japanese Europe” (p.321) and Mandel is barely quoted to teach his error (p.102), the author who prefer more straightforward pursuits (p.321). yet a few of the arguments used to verify the capitalist nature of those set-ups are very flimsy certainly. whilst the Soviet Union conquered those international locations in 1944-45 we have been instructed that “the previous ruling periods have been in no to place up resistance to Russian demands” (p.20). Why may still they? The proof indicates in actual fact that Stalin used to be desperately attempting to reanimate them, an endeavour within which he needed to admit his failure. The try to distinguish among the head bureaucracies of those states and the ‘intermediate strata’ rests upon not more reliable category criterion than ‘control’ (p.143ff.). To end up the life of capitalism there at one aspect we're given the decisive argument that “a operating classification is a weird characteristic of capitalist societies” (p.321). Does the author think, then, that it really is attainable to abolish salary labour the day after a revolution – even in backward nations? And wouldn’t this criterion turn out that Lenin’s Russia used to be as ‘capitalist’ as Stalin’s, then? however the most beneficial piece, absolutely, in view of current happenings in those international locations, has to be the comment on web page 142: “It is infrequently most likely, accordingly, that old-style, deepest capital might even reflect on breaking apart Hungarian into small competing devices ...”

Secondly, a comparability of the current version with that of 1974 indicates a different improvement of the celebration pretensions of the company that has produced it. even supposing the need for Marxist events in those states is a lesson that may be (and is) drawn all through, we're abruptly brought to a longer commercial for ‘the progressive Party’ within the context of Poland within the ’eighties (pp.312ff.), which, to inform the reality, matches no greater there than anyplace else, other than within the feel that it's close to the tip of the narrative a part of the e-book, and can good by no means be learn if it have been easily consigned to the theoretical bit on the back.

So when being worthwhile compendia of genuine subject, the manager worth of different variations of the ebook, as with Tony Cliff’s Rosa Luxemburg, lies much less of their research of the occasions and extra within the mathematical exactitude during which they degree the ascent of the SWP into sectarian self-proclamation as ‘the innovative Party’.

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Science, Class and Society

By Göran Therborn

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"Perceptive dialogue of origins of sociology from a Marxist viewpoint, he defines classical sociology in its place reaction to capitalism. ultimate half is his Althusserian interpretation of Marxism. top test i've got visible to make experience of Althusser's idea of technological know-how and really hyperlink it to empirical research. I beloved argument that technology explains by means of the unfamiliar."

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Capital & Class (volume 39 number 3)

Given that 1977 Capital & classification has been the most self sufficient resource for a Marxist critique of world capitalism. Pioneering key debates on worth idea, household labour, and the nation, it reaches out into the labour, exchange union, anti-racist, feminist, environmentalist and different radical pursuits. It analyses the $64000 political, monetary and social advancements of our time and applies a materialist framework unconstrained by way of divisions into economics, politics, sociology or history.

Published by means of SAGE on behalf of the convention of Socialist Economists. each one factor comprises either in-depth papers and an in depth ebook stories part. The handling Editor is Owen worthy and the e-book experiences Editor is David Bailey.

But Capital & type isn't just one other scholarly leftwing magazine. Its editorial board participants are elected representatives of a democratic club company. This agency, the convention of Socialist Economists, was once based in 1970 with the purpose of fostering the materialist critique of capitalism within the Marxist culture via non-sectarian debate and dialogue. person subscribers to Capital & classification develop into contributors of the convention of Socialist Economists with the ideal to vote on the AGM, decide on individuals to the administrative committee and editorial board, and impression coverage. individuals are inspired to establish CSE neighborhood teams and perform and begin discussions and debates approximately either theoretical figuring out and useful motion.

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Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance (Radical Thinkers)

By Simon Critchley

The clearest, boldest and such a lot systematic assertion of Simon Critchley’s influential perspectives on philosophy, ethics, and politics, Infinitely Demanding identifies a big political sadness on the middle of liberal democracy. Arguing that what's known as for is an ethics of dedication which can tell a thorough politics, Critchley considers the opportunity of political subjectivity and motion after Marx and Marxism, taking within the paintings of Kant, Levinas, Badiou and Lacan. Infinitely Demanding culminates in an issue for anarchism as a moral perform and a remotivating technique of political association.

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Marx for Beginners

By Rius

A caricature ebook approximately Marx? Are you convinced it is Karl, no longer Groucho? how will you summarize the paintings of Karl Marx in cartoons? It took Rius to do it. he is positioned all of it in: the origins of Marxist philosophy, historical past, economics; of capital, hard work, the category fight, socialism. and there is a biography of "Charlie" Marx besides.

Like the spouse volumes within the sequence, Marx for novices is exact, comprehensible, and intensely, very humorous.

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Performing Marx: Contemporary Negotiations of a Living Tradition (Suny Series in Political Theory: Contemporary Issues)

Acting Marx appears to be like at what it capacity to be a Marxist facing modern political and theoretical advancements within the twenty-first century. Drawing upon Marx s paintings, Western Marxism, and poststructuralist concept, Bradley J. Macdonald explores how a residing culture of Marx s principles can constructively interact a politics of hope and enjoyment, ecological sustainability, a politics of lifestyle that takes heavily pop culture, and the character of globalization and of the novel forces being arrayed opposed to the logics of worldwide capitalism. by way of enticing such the most important matters, Macdonald additionally presents very important clarifications of the paintings of William Morris, man Debord and the situationists, Michel Foucault, Antonio Negri, Ernesto Laclau, and Chantal Mouffe, as they relate to Marx."

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