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CLASS STRUGGLE AND THIS THING NAMED THE MIDDLE EAST

The free e-book ‘Class Struggle and This Thing Named The Middle East’ is now available to download from http://www.scribd.com/sjele or a pdf file directly available from meltrogs-books@hotmail.com

Contents:

By way of a Preface
1.            Afghanistan: A Potted Social History
2.            Reservation Politics: The Palestinian Experience through the  Historical Monocle of Native Americans
3.            Hydro-Jihad: Water Conflict and the Class Struggle
4.            Uncle Louis, his Fruits and Vegetables: A Proletarian Critique of the Nation of Islam
5.            God Emperors of Dune
6.            Godfathers of Levant: Syrian-Lebanese Dispute and its Implications for the Class Struggle
7.            Pakistan: The Mummification of the Class Struggle?
8.            Zapping the Zanj: Towards a History of the Zanj Slaves’ Rebellion
9.            Carmathians cometh? Old and New Struggles in Bahrain
10.          The Great 2011 ‘Middle Eastern & North African’ Revolt
By way of a Postscript
By way of an Index

“… minds as witty and anti-authoritarian as the Melancholic Troglodytes can still find issues to write about in the twenty-first century: an oasis of intelligence and revolutionary wit in a movement drowning in whole-world NGO-reformist moralism … with the satirical freedom and venom which comes from being Marxist intellectuals with no comrades to offend. Such was Trotsky before 1917.”

Ben Watson, Radio broadcaster at Resonance FM and the author of Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Karl Marx and Cinema

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THREE VOLUMES OF KARL MARX’S CAPITAL

By Michael Heinrich translated by Alex Locascio

http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb2884/

The global economic crisis and recession that began in 2008 had at least one unexpected outcome: a surge in sales of Karl Marx’s Capital. Although mainstream economists and commentators once dismissed Marx’s work as outmoded and flawed, some are begrudgingly acknowledging an analysis that sees capitalism as inherently unstable. And of course, there are those, like Michael Heinrich, who have seen the value of Marx all along, and are in a unique position to explain the intricacies of Marx’s thought.

Heinrich’s modern interpretation of Capital is now available to English-speaking readers for the first time. It has gone through nine editions in Germany, is the standard work for Marxist study groups, and is used widely in German universities. The author systematically covers all three volumes of Capital and explains all the basic aspects of Marx’s critique of capitalism in a way that is clear and concise.  He provides background information on the intellectual and political milieu in which Marx worked, and looks at crucial issues beyond the scope of Capital, such as class struggle, the relationship between capital and the state, accusations of historical determinism, and Marx’s understanding of communism. Uniquely, Heinrich emphasizes the monetary character of Marx’s work, in addition to the traditional emphasis on the labor theory of value, thus highlighting the relevance of Capital to the age of financial explosions and implosions.

Michael Heinrich teaches economics in Berlin and is managing editor of PROKLA: Journal for Critical Social Science. He is the author of The Science of Value: Marx’s Critique of Political Economy between Scientific Revolution and Classical Tradition, and editor, with Werner Bonefeld, of Capital and Critique: After the “New Reading” of Marx. 

 Translator Alexander Locascio was previously active in theU.S. labor movement and now lives inBerlin, where he is a member of the party Die Linke and of ver.di, the German service workers union.

**END**

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,  Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com