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The Future PresentRECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (October 2014)
See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

FROM PHILOSOPHY TO ORGANIZATION AND BACK: MARXIST-HUMANIST TASKS AND PERSPECTIVES – by Peter Hudis
Discusses new interest in Marxist humanism in Eastern Europe, the relation of economics to philosophy in Piketty and Marx, and that of philosophy to organization for Marxist-Humanism, from Dunayevskaya to today; slightly edited version of a presentation to the Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, July 26, 2014 in Chicago.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE LA: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA SOLIDARITY MARCH — by Megan Redd
Participant perspective from the People’s Climate March, Los Angeles (September 20, 2014).

STATEMENT ON SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR 2014-15 — by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization
Adapted from the Call that preceded our July 2014 Convention in Chicago. It takes up several issues of key importance to those struggling to overcome the stranglehold of capitalism, from the economy and Ukraine to the dialectics of race/class/revolution and the contributions of Marxist-Humanists to the fight for a new humanist society.

ON GILBERT ACHCAR’S MARXIST ANALYSIS OF THE ARAB UPRISING — by Kevin Anderson
Review of Gilbert Achcar’s THE PEOPLE WANT: A RADICAL EXPLORATION OF THE ARAB UPRISING, a book that uncovers its economic and political underpinnings, while also offering a critique of crude forms of anti-imperialism.

FERGUSON: WHERE TO NOW?  — by D. Beltaigne
The murder of two unarmed African-American men by police—Eric Garner and Michael Brown—shows that the power structure of U.S. society remains inherently racist. New protests are emerging around the country to challenge this deplorable state of affairs.

THE CENTRAL AMERICAN REFUGEES OF US IMPERIALISM — by Hamid A.
Summary: The hypocritical response of the Obama administration to the influx of child refugees from Central America is tied to US imperialist policies over the last century.

(audio) IRISH LEFT REVIEW INTERVIEW ON MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM — with Peter Hudis and Tom O’Brien
Discusses issues such as what Marx had to say about post-capitalist societies, and the reluctance of those on the left to talk about what it might actually look like, as well as the role of the state in a post-capitalist society, the Spanish revolution and the anarchist understanding of revolution, and the co-operative model as an alternative.

COSMIC RAYS VS. TEDDIE BEARS — by Ben Watson
Contribution to “Althusser, Debord and Adorno Reconsidered in the light of Dunayevskaya: Dialectic Regained,” International Marxist-Humanist Meeting, London, June 2014.

(Audio) CONVERSATION ON THE RISE AND FALL OF SOCIALIST HUMANISM — with Barbara Epstein, Kevin Anderson, and Sasha Lilley (KPFK-Bay Area)
Socialist humanist ideas were broadly championed by key thinkers in the mid-20th century, like E.P. Thompson, Fanon, Marcuse, and Fromm, but have now disappeared seemingly without a trace. Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson explore socialist humanism’s rise and fall, in part as postmodernism took center stage as an ideological current. They argue that the left is not better off without it.

THE IRANIAN REVOLUTION AND THE CRISIS IN THE LEFT: A PATHWAY TO A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF DIALECTICS IN MARXISM — by Ali Kiani
Although this was presented to the West Coast Socialist Scholars Conference in April 1993, it has never been published.  We do so now because the issues raised here still speak to problems faced by
serious Marxists in Iran and beyond

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Persian, Spanish, Indonesian, French, and other languages.
We wish to single out especially the NEW IRANIAN EDITION OF VOL. II OF MARX’S CAPITAL, Vol. II (Lahita Pubs., Tehran), trans. into Persian by Hassan Mortazavi and with an introduction by Peter Hudis.

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST (with reviews posted on our Literature pages)
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism and Humanism Series, Lexington Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, VOL. I: ECONOMIC WRITINGS 1, edited by Peter Hudis, Verso Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books

We have also posted reviews of these and other of our books in a variety of journals, among them MARX & PHILOSOPHY REVIEW OF BOOKS and LINKS: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIALIST RENEWAL

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Our Turn

Our Turn

PHILOSOPHY, REVOLUTION AND THE BATTLE OF IDEAS

Sponsored by the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO)

The Legacies of Louis Althusser, Guy Debord and Theodor Adorno reassessed in the light of Raya Dunayevskaya: the Dialectic Regained

7.30pm, Wednesday 25th June

At The May Day Rooms

88 Fleet Street

London EC4

(Nearest tube station: London Blackfriars)

 

SPEAKERS:

Kevin Anderson, co-editor of The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence

Dave Black, author of The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism

Ben Watson, author of Adorno For Revolutionaries

 

Free

ALL WELCOME

More information (including map), see: http://ammarxists.org/meeting-philosophy-revolution-and-the-battle-of-ideas/

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a song by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

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Online Publications at The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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1839

PROMOTIONAL FILM FOR ‘1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION’ – BY DAVID BLACK AND CHRIS FORD

This film was first shown at the book launch for 1839: The Chartist Insurrection, by David Black and Chris Ford, on 18th May 2012 at the Workers’ Educational Association, Clifton Street, London.

There is also a Foreword to the book, by John McDonnell MP.

I bought a copy of the book at the launch and finished reading it about an hour ago. It’s an accessible, well-researched and exciting book. It has a narrative style which the general reader, or those with little knowledge of Chartism, should find appealing. The many illustrations and the well-crafted covers (back and front) add to its aesthetic appeal. It is especially useful for history teachers (for GCSE and above) and A-level and undergraduate history, politics and sociology students. I will be using parts of it for my History of Childhood module and a new module I aim to develop on the History of Education. This is an important book, and deserves to be widely read — Glenn Rikowski, London, 26th May 2012.

The promotional video, ‘1839: The Chartist Insurrection’ (which is also excellent for history teachers and students) can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydjP23QAVc

Music to the film was by David Black. It was produced by Go Canny Films.

 

1839:  The Chartist Insurrection
David Black and Chris Ford
Unkant Publishing

ISBN:  978-0-9568176-6-2
Published:  April 2012, 268pp

‘This book assists us greatly in understanding the potential for future challenges to the system’ — John McDonnell MP

‘In retrieving the suppressed history of the Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford have produced a revolutionary handbook’ — Ben Watson

See Unkant Publishing:
http://www.unkant.com/2012/04/dave-black-chris-ford-1839-chartist.html

At Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/1839-Chartist-Insurrection-John-McDonnell/dp/095681767X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335198243&sr=8-1

At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/1839-Chartist-Insurrection-David-Black/dp/095681767X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1338028348&sr=1-1

Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/david+black/chris+ford/john+mcdonnell/1839/9178370/  

An earlier blog on this topic can be found at: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/1839-the-chartist-insurrection/

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

 

Association of Musical Marxists

ASSOCIATION OF MUSICAL MARXISTS

From the AMM Manifesto:

An ASSOCIATION OF MUSICAL MARXISTS was founded by Andy Wilson and Ben Watson after being subjected to a thirty-minute eternity of Bourdieu-style ‘objective’ sociology of music at a recent Historical Materialism conference.

Sick of being treated like party-spoilers, soppy mystics and ‘undertheorised’ unprofitable scum, the devotees of truth in music have decided to stand up and make themselves heard. 

WE are no longer going to sit on our hands and bite our tongues

WE are going to proclaim our proclivities as the cosmo-biologico-social necessity they truly are

WE are no longer prepared to tolerate boring music and lying hacks ‘for the good of the cause’

WE shall embrace great music regardless of genre as the pattern for reshaping humanity and the key to the dialectic …

 

See the rest of the Manifesto at: http://www.unkant.com/p/manifesto.html  

AMM is at: http://www.unkant.com/2010/11/association-of-musical-marxists.html

 

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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)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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The Charter

Chartism

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION

1839:  The Chartist Insurrection
David  Black and Chris Ford
(Unkant Publishing)

ISBN:  978-0-9568176-6-2
Published:  April 2012, 268pp

‘This book assists us greatly in understanding the potential for future challenges to the system’ — John McDonnell MP

‘In retrieving the suppressed history of the Chartist Insurrection, David Black and Chris Ford have produced a revolutionary handbook’ — Ben Watson

1839, the year after QueenVictoria’s coronation, saw a chain of events which brought Britain closer to revolution than at any time since the English Civil War – or any time since. The issue was the unjust and corrupt electoral system, in which only seven hundred thousand people were entitled to vote in a country of twenty-five million. Drawing on the accounts of the participants themselves – agitators, conspirators, idealists, journalists, informers, soldiers and  politicians – 1839 shows how Parliament’s rejection of the first Chartist petition for Universal Suffrage led to mass rioting, a failed general strike and insurrections in south Wales and northern England.

The events of 1839 are  presented not just as a battle of wills between the Chartists and the Government, but also as a battle of ideas between the radicals themselves on questions of democracy, social justice, and the ‘limits’ of peaceful protest.

Foreword by John McDonnell MP. Appendices include Julian Harney’s ‘The Tremendous Uprising’ and Edward Aveling’s memoir, ‘George Julian Harney: A Straggler of 1848’. Illustrated throughout.

David  Black  is author of ‘Acid: A New Secret  History of LSD’ and ‘Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-Nineteenth Century England’.

Chris  Ford’s works  include ‘The  Crossroads of the European Revolution: Ukrainian Social-Democrats and Communists  1917-1920’ (Critique, 2010), and Introduction to ‘Borotbism: A Chapter in the History of the  Ukrainian Revolution’ by Ivan Maistrenko.

See:
http://www.unkant.com/2012/04/dave-black-chris-ford-1839-chartist.html
http://www.amazon.co.uk/1839-Chartist-Insurrection-John-McDonnell/dp/095681767X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335198243&sr=8-1

Update 23rd May 2012:

Promotional Film for the Book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydjP23QAVc

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

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

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

REVIEW 31
Latest articles from Review 31, a new progressive literary magazine:

Ben Watson’s Adorno for Revolutionaries, review by Ian Birchall: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/16/it’s-the-song-i-hate 

John Green on the late Lucio Magri’s History of 20th Century Communism: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/15/retracing-a-century 

Jeff Heydon on Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/22/the-boomerang-and-the-map 

Phil Jourdan on The Age of Nixon: http://review31.co.uk/article/view/27/the-power-of-culture 

Nina Power on Are You Working too Much? http://review31.co.uk/article/view/20/how-to-find-a-better-life 

….and much more!

Review 31: www.review31.co.uk

Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/latest-articles-from-review-31-a-new-progressive-literary-magazine

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a 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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Gaza

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

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