Category: Marxism

  • Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and by Fredric Jameson

    By Fredric Jameson

    In an age of globalization characterised through the dizzying applied sciences of the 1st global, and the social disintegration of the 3rd, is the idea that of utopia nonetheless meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's such a lot enormous paintings in view that Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural good judgment of overdue Capitalism, investigates the advance of this kind considering the fact that Thomas extra, and interrogates the features of utopian pondering in a post-Communist age.

    The courting among utopia and technology fiction is explored in the course of the representations of otherness—alien lifestyles and alien worlds—and a learn of the works of Philip ok. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and extra. Jameson's crucial essays, together with "The wish referred to as Utopia," finish with an exam of the opposing positions on utopia and an evaluate of its political worth today.Archaeologies of the Future is the 3rd quantity, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's undertaking at the Poetics of Social varieties.
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  • Dissident Marxism: Past Voices for Present Times by David Renton

    By David Renton

    David Renton argues that the roots of today's anti-capitalist circulation are available within the existence and paintings of an past new release of socialist revolutionaries, together with such inspiring figures because the Soviet poet Mayakovsky, the Marxist thinker Karl Korsch, Communist historians Edward Thompson and Dona Torr, the Egyptian surrealist Georges Henein, American New Left economists Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy, and lots of others.
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  • Marx's Theory of Crisis by Simon Clarke

    By Simon Clarke

    The idea of predicament has consistently performed a relevant position inside of Marxism, and but has been one in all its weakest components. Simon Clarke's vital new publication presents the 1st systematic account of Marx's personal writings on situation, interpreting the speculation in the context of Marx's critique of political economic system and of the dynamics of capitalism. The publication concentrates at the clinical interpretation and overview of the speculation of obstacle, and may be of curiosity to mainstream economists, in addition to to sociologists, political scientists and scholars of Marx and Marxism.
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  • Critique of Dialectical Reason, Volume 2 by Jean-Paul Sartre

    By Jean-Paul Sartre

    A thought of historical past, an research of sophistication fight and a philosophy of motion, this paintings is an highbrow masterpiece of the 20 th century, republished in volumes and brought by means of Fredric Jameson. on the peak of the Algerian conflict, Jean-Paul Sartre launched into a basic reappraisal of his philosophical and political notion. the end result used to be the Critique of Dialectical Reason, an highbrow masterpiece of the 20th century, now republished with an important unique creation via Fredric Jameson.

    the following, Sartre all started a brand new concept of historical past that he believed used to be helpful for postwar Marxism. His significant situation was once the constitution of sophistication fight and the destiny of the mass activities of renowned rebel, from the French Revolution on the finish of the eighteenth century to the Russian and chinese language revolutions within the 20th.

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  • An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln by Robin Blackburn

    By Robin Blackburn

    Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln exchanged letters on the finish of the Civil struggle. even though they have been divided through excess of the Atlantic Ocean, they agreed at the reason for “free labor” and the pressing have to finish slavery. In his advent, Robin Blackburn argues that Lincoln’s reaction signaled the significance of the German American neighborhood and the function of the foreign communists in opposing ecu reputation of the Confederacy.

    The beliefs of communism, voiced in the course of the foreign operating Men’s organization, attracted many millions of supporters during the US, and helped unfold the call for for an eight-hour day. Blackburn exhibits how the IWA in America—born out of the Civil War—sought to radicalize Lincoln’s unfinished revolution and to develop the rights of work, uniting black and white, women and men, local and foreign-born. The foreign contributed to a profound critique of the capitalist robber barons who enriched themselves in the course of and after the warfare, and it encouraged a unprecedented sequence of moves and sophistication struggles within the postwar many years.

    In addition to a number key texts and letters by means of either Lincoln and Marx, this ebook comprises articles from the novel New York-based magazine Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly, an extract from Thomas Fortune’s vintage paintings on racism Black and White, Frederick Engels at the growth people exertions within the Eighteen Eighties, and Lucy Parson’s speech on the founding of the economic employees of the realm.
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  • Dance of the Dialectic: Steps In Marx's Method by Bertell Ollman

    By Bertell Ollman

    Bertell Ollman has been hailed as 'America's top authority on dialectics and Marx's method' by way of Paul Sweezy, the editor of "Monthly Review" and dean of America's Marx students. during this e-book, Ollman deals a radical research of Marx's use of dialectical strategy. Marx made tremendous inventive use of dialectical option to research the origins, operation, and course of capitalism. regrettably, his promised ebook on approach used to be by no means written, in order that readers wishing to appreciate and evaluation Marx's theories, or to revise or use them, have needed to continue with no transparent take hold of of the dialectic within which the theories are framed. the end result has been extra war of words over 'what Marx particularly meant' than over the writings of the other significant philosopher. In placing Marx's philosophy of inner family members and his use of the method of abstraction - little-studied points of dialectics - on the centre of this account, Ollman presents a model of Marx's approach that's instantaneously systematic, scholarly, transparent and eminently beneficial. Ollman not just sheds very important new mild on what Marx rather intended in his diverse theoretical pronouncements, yet in rigorously laying out the stairs in Marx's approach allows for a reader to place the dialectic to paintings in his or her personal learn. He additionally convincingly argues the case for why social scientists and humanists in addition to philosophers probably want to achieve this.
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  • How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? by Neil Davidson

    By Neil Davidson

    As soon as of principal value to left historians and activists alike, the idea that of the “bourgeois revolution” has lately are available for sustained feedback from either Marxists and conservatives. during this complete rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to respond to the query, How innovative have been the bourgeois revolutions? via systematically analyzing the process taken by means of a variety of thinkers to provide an explanation for their factors, results, and content material around the ancient interval from the sixteenth-century Reformation to twentieth-century decolonization. via far-reaching examine and finished research, Davidson demonstrates that there's a lot at stake—far from being a stale factor for the historical past books, knowing those struggles of the previous can provide insightful classes for today’s radicals.

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    “I used to be frankly poleaxed through this impressive ebook. Davidson resets the complete debate at the personality of revolutions: bourgeois, democratic, and socialist. He’s sending me, at the least, again to the library.” —MIKE DAVIS, writer, Planet of Slums

    "Davidson's booklet is one among enormous and bold erudition. His wisdom of the background of Marxist conception and historiography is as designated because it is entire, and needs to be basically unrivalled. The unending, complicated debates that symbolize the Marxist culture are distilled with readability and illumination." —JEREMY JENNINGS, instances Literary Supplement

    " What may still our notion of a bourgeois revolution be, whether it is to enlighten instead of to misinform ? Neil Davidson’s instructive and provocative solution is given via a heritage either one of a suite of options and of these social settings within which they discovered application.His booklet is a magnificent contribution either to the heritage of rules and to political philosophy.” —ALASDAIR MACINTYRE, writer, After Virtue

    "This is, comfortably, the best ebook of its kind." —Tony McKenna, Marx and Philosophy overview of Books

    “Neil Davidson wends his manner during the jagged terrain of a variety of Marxist writings and debates to distill their classes in what's absolutely the main thorough dialogue of the topic thus far. If the anomaly on the middle of the bourgeois revolutions used to be that the emergence of the trendy bourgeois nation had little to do with the enterprise of the bourgeoisie, then Davidson’s learn is by means of a long way the main nuanced and illuminating dialogue of this complicated fact.A extraordinary and interesting e-book, wide-ranging and lucidly written.” —JAIRUS BANAJI, writer, idea as History

    "There are books that are of such style that upon studying them, one instantly is familiar with one is facing a destiny vintage. one of these publication is Neil Davidson’s How innovative have been The Bourgeois Revolutions?"—Matthijs Krul

    “[This] is a enormous paintings. Neil Davidson has given us what's simply the main entire account but of the ‘life and times’ of the concept that of ‘bourgeois revolution.’ . . . this could were adequate. even if, Davidson has additionally supplied us with a elegant set of theoretical instruments for figuring out the usually advanced interactions among political revolutions which overturn nation associations and social revolutions which contain a extra thoroughgoing transformation of social relations.”
    —COLIN MOOERS, writer, The Making of Bourgeois Europe

    "This magisterial ebook is destined to be a key reference aspect in destiny debates on not just the transition from feudalism to capitalism, however the that means of socialism within the twenty first century. Davidson interweaves a close highbrow heritage of theories of revolution with a bright retelling of a large number of transformative social struggles."
    —TAD TIETZE, eco-friendly Left Weekly

    "This is a publication within the grand style...In addressing the query set by means of his identify, Neil Davidson without difficulty screens analytical intelligence and erudition infrequent between historians of any persuasion. And the reader cast off by means of the sheer dimension of the e-book could be reassured by means of Neil’s effortless, fluent type, plentifully interlarded with humour. If there have been any doubts approximately Neil’s calibre as a Marxist historian after his books on Scottish historical past (which looms huge during this paintings as well—no it is easy to come clear of it with no realizing it used to be written by means of a Scot), and his a variety of articles, those have now been removed." —ALEX CALLINICOS, overseas Socialism
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  • Following Marx: Method, Critique and Crisis (Historical by Michael A. Lebowitz

    By Michael A. Lebowitz

    What does it suggest to stick to Marx? during this exam of Marx s method mixed with particular purposes on issues in political economic system comparable to neo-Ricardian concept, analytical Marxism, the falling cost of revenue, situation conception, monopoly capital, Paul Sweezy, advertisements and the capitalist kingdom, this quantity argues that the failure to appreciate (or particular rejection of) Marx s approach has led off target many that contemplate themselves Marxists. via focusing quite upon the concept that of a totality and the required type of visual appeal of capital as many capitals in pageant, Following Marx either demonstrates why Marx insisted that during festival every thing is reversed and offers a consultant for following Marx.
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  • Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin

    Because the late-1990s a lot of Latin the US has skilled an asymmetric and contradictory flip to the Left within the electoral enviornment. even as, there was a rejuvenation of Marxist evaluations of political financial system. Drawing at the services of Latin American, North American, and eu students, this quantity deals state-of-the-art theoretical explorations of traits within the zone, in addition to in-depth case reviews of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela. Essays within the quantity concentrate on adjustments to classification formation in Latin the United States and supply new insights into the state-form, exploring the complicated dating among country and industry in contexts of past due capitalist improvement, rather in international locations endowed with wonderful normal source wealth.
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  • The Illusions of Postmodernism by Terry Eagleton

    By Terry Eagleton

    This superb critique explores the origins and emergence of postmodernism, revealing its ambivalences and contradictions. His basic difficulty is much less with the extra problematic formulations of postmodern philosophy than with the tradition or milieu of postmodernism as a complete. primarily he speaks to a specific type of pupil, or buyer, of renowned "brands" of postmodern idea.
    Although Professor Eagleton's view of the subject is, as he says, as a rule a destructive one, he issues to postmodernism's strengths in addition to its failings. He units out not only to reveal the illusions of postmodernism yet to teach the scholars he has in brain that they by no means believed what they idea they believed within the first position. within the approach his presents for irony and satire sharpen the reader's excitement, and his dedication to the moral and the imaginative and prescient of a simply society, motivate engagement and "a refusal to acquiesce within the appalling mess that is the modern world".
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