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To the Barbarism of Terrorism and War, We Pose the New Society
A two-fold disaster descended upon the world with the cruel and inhuman terrorist attack on New York and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11. The first was the terrorist attack, which created a level of destruction and mayhem not seen in a U.S. city since the Civil War. The second is the Bush administration’s response to it by declaring a “state of war” and engaging in total militarization, at home and abroad.
The Dialectic and ‘The Party’: Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness reconsidered
A review of Georg Lukacs’s recently discovered manuscript, published as Tailism and the Dialectic. This previously unpublished book was written as a defense of Lukacs’s History and Class Consciousness (1923) in response to attacks on it from within the Communist International by Abram Deborin and Laszlo Rudas. Originally composed in 1925 or 1926, Lukacs’s Tailism is somewhat of a disappointment in that it reduces the concept of subjectivity to a defense of the vanguard party. At the same time, Lukacs continues in muted form his earlier critique of Engels’s scientism and the book contains some brilliant insights on Hegel. It is unfortunate that philosophers like Slavoj Zizek and Trotskyist writers like Jonathan Rees have embraced Tailism uncritically today, using it to attack Rosa Luxemburg for having criticized Lenin’s single-party state – Editors
Cincinnati’s Black Rebellion Exposes U.S. Racial Injustice
An analysis of the April 2001 rebellion in the Black community of Cincinnati in response to the police murder of a young man, Timothy Thomas. Though racial profiling, harassment, and murder of Blacks by the police have become an everyday fact of life in this country, Cincinnati included, the events that followed Thomas’ death were anything but normal. The ensuing events represented one of those unusual moments when the everyday becomes extraordinary, when what is considered normal suddenly becomes the object of discussion, argument, and critique. In response to Thomas’ death, Black Cincinnati exploded in the most massive urban upheaval since the Los Angeles rebellion of 1992 – Editors
Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program, 125 Years Later
Karl Marx penned his CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM 125 years ago. This anniversary, however, is not the main reason to study this document. Rather, the need to seriously grapple with it today is occasioned by our desire to work out an alternative to capital. The question to be posed here is: how can we be convinced, and in turn convince others, that a new society based on a conscious collective effort to reevaluate and satisfy human needs can prevail over the current trampling of humanity and the environment at the service of the self-expansion of value?
Revolutionary Educators Contrasted
Review of Peter McLaren, Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution – Editors
Can Capital Be Controlled?
Is it possible to ameliorate the debilitating impact of globalization by forcing capital to become democratically accountable? Should we instead be aiming for the ABOLITION of capital? And if we favor the latter, how are we to project this concretely?
The Dialectical Structure of Marx’s Concept of ‘Revolution in Permanence’
This article argues that while the limitations of Hegel’s political reconciliation with existing reality has long been evident, the depth of Marx’s challenge to capital cannot be fully comprehended, let alone restated for today, without a re-encounter with Marx’s rootedness in and transcendence of Hegel’s concept of absolute negativity. The need to go beyond critiques of private property and the market by projecting ground for the negation of capital creates a compulsion to return to Hegel at his most ‘abstract’ level — the Absolute.
This article originally appeared in Capital & Class, No. 70, Spring 2000
Chomsky Ignores Lessons of Wars on Kosovo
Marxist Humanism’s review of Chomsky’s book on the war in Kosovo, in which they criticise him for failing to make enough of Milosevic’s crimes.
A new unifying principle for the 21st century
Captains of industry sweated as they waited for computer clocks to roll over to the 21st century, a symbol of the social contradictions besetting capitalism.
Conceptualizing an Emancipatory Alternative (On Meszaros)
This critique of Istvan Meszaros’s Beyond Capital (1995) interrogates Meszaros’s relationship to Lukács and to Hegel and Marx, while discussing the possibility of an emancipatory alternative to capitalism.