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Marx for TodayINSURGENT NOTES – ISSUE 6 (March 2013)

Insurgent Notes: http://insurgentnotes.com

 

Editorial: In This Issue

Loren Goldner: Fictitious Capital and Contracted Social Reproduction Today: China and Permanent Revolution

John Garvey: The New Worker Organizing

Matthew Quest: CLR James and Maoism

John Garvey: Trotsky Reconsidered: Claude Lefort’s Perspective

Michael Rectenwald: A Post-Mortem on Post-Modernism

 

Book Reviews:

Loren Goldner.  Review/Essay:  Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and the Question of Unions in Contemporary Capitalism

Freddy Fitzsimmons. Review/Essay: The Condition of the Working Classes in England

Maury Moriarity  on  Michael Schmidt/Lucien van der Walt

Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism.

AK Press 2009. Vol. 1.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-issue-of-insurgent-notes

Posthuman

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Anarchism

BLACK FLAME: REVOLUTIONARY CLASS POLITICS OF ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM

South African author @ London book event, 10th December: BLACK FLAME: revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Lucien van der Walt, of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, will speak on “Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Co-authored with Michael Schmidt, also of Johannesburg, ‘Black Flame’ examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle on five continents.

An  indispensable conceptual and historical roadmap, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:
·   Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state
·   Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power
·   History: labour, community, anti-imperialism
·   Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics
·   Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea
·   Revival: today’s struggles

DATE: 2pm, Saturday 10th of December
PLACE: Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
Directions:
http://www.freedompress.org.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/Freedom-map11.gif

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This groundbreaking volume has been praised by reviewers as “deeply impressive”, “fascinating, revealing and often startling”, “a grand work of synthesis”, “remarkable” “outstanding”, “inspired” and “a welcome antidote to Eurocentric  accounts”.
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REVIEWERS SAY:

·   “one of its distinctive contributions is its global scope… their book is brilliant and thought-provoking … a valuable study for activists, students and academics alike…” (Mandisi Majavu, Africa Project for Participatory Society, ‘ZNET’)

·   “deserves to be read by all those on the Left seeking to understand anarchism’s diverse contributions to democratic socialist thinking and practice …” (Devan Pillay, ‘Amandla’)

·   “illustrates the universality of anarchism, which until now, other literature has not done … countless examples of  large movements globally from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States, to South Africa, Egypt, Korea and Japan … Spain, Italy, Russia, the UK and Ireland …” (Mandy Moussouris, ‘South African Labour Bulletin’)

” extraordinary …  succeeds in bringing anarchist ideas into vivid relief in their historical contexts … shows the increasing relevance of an anarchist critique for our own time” (Martin Miller, Duke University, author of ‘The Russian Revolution’, ‘Kropotkin’) 

·   “a fascinating account of the often obscured history of anarchists, their organisations and history. There is much to commend in the book …” (Leo Zeilig, ‘International Socialism’)

·   “the depth and breadth of the research  are impressive, the arguments sophisticated, and the call to organize timely …” (Mark Leier, ‘Labour/Le Travail’)

·   “If you have a passing interest in radical politics, get this book. If you have an interest in anarchism, get this book …” (Deric Shannon, ‘Interface: a journal for and about social movements’)

·   “fascinating, revealing and often startling …” (Alan Lipman, anti-apartheid exile, author of ‘On the Outside Looking In: colliding with apartheid and other authorities’)

·   “useful and insightful …  a  grand work of synthesis  … an excellent starting point…” (Greg Hall, ‘WorkingUSA’)

·   “Brilliant  … outstanding … Do yourself a favour and buy it now!” (Iain McKay, author of ‘The Anarchist FAQ’, volume 1)

·  “considerable scholarship and deep reflection  … remarkable … powerful and lucidly written  …” (Jon Hyslop, University of Witwatersrand, author of ‘The Notorious Syndicalist: JT Bain, a Scottish rebel in colonial South Africa’)

·   “an outstanding contribution   …  unique in examining anarchism from a worldwide perspective instead of only a west European angle …” (Wayne Price, author of ‘The Abolition of the State: anarchist and Marxist perspectives’)

·   “a must for everybody interested in nonauthoritarian social movements … ”  (Bert Altena, Rotterdam University, author of ‘Piet Honig, Herinneringen van een Rotterdamse revolutionair’)
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Michael  Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based investigative journalist/ journalism trainer and activist, with experience in Chiapas, civil war Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Darfur, and Lebanon.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at the University of theWitwatersrand. Winner of the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ dissertation and the 2008/2009 CODESRIA Africa thesis awards, his extensive publications include (with Steve Hirsch) ‘Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940’ (Brill 2010).

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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The Man in Black

DEBATING ‘BLACK FLAME’

NEW: Lucien van der Walt, “Counterpower, participatory democracy, revolutionary defence: debating ‘Black Flame,’ revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism”

Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Counterpower, Participatory Democracy, Revolutionary Defence: debating ‘Black Flame,’ revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism,” ‘International Socialism: a quarterly journal of socialist theory’, no. 130 (2011), pp. 193-207, online at: http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=729&issue=130

This article is, in part, a response to criticisms of the broad anarchist tradition in ‘International Socialism’ (ISJ), an International Socialist Tendency (IST) journal. However, it is also an examination of issues like the use of sources in Marxist/ anarchist debates, the historical/ current impact of anarchism/ syndicalism, anarchism and the question of defending revolutions, revolutions and pluralism, anarchism and political struggles and bodies, the Spanish anarchists’ debates on taking power, anarchism’s relationship to democracy, the historical role of Marxism, the role of Bolshevism in the fate of the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, and the tasks of the 21st century left.

EXTENDED version:
Lucien van der Walt, 7 April 2011, “Detailed reply to ‘International Socialism’: debating power and revolution in anarchism, ‘Black Flame’ and historical Marxism,” 62 pp., online at
http://lucienvanderwalt.blogspot.com/2011/02/anarchism-black-flame-marxism-and-ist.html

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World Crisis

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL – ISSUE 130

Now Out

See: http://www.isj.org.uk

Analysis

The return of the Arab revolution
Alex Callinicos

Engels on the power of nature

The return of fear
Iain Ferguson

Tunisia: the people’s revolution
Chamseddine Mnasri

Act One of the Egyptian Revolution
Philip Marfleet

Social media and social movements
Jonny Jones

The origins of the united front policy
John Riddell

The Tories, Eton and private schools
David Renton

I love the sound of breaking glass: the London crowd, 1760-2010
Keith Flett

Feedback

Facing the crisis: the strategic perplexity of the left
Stathis Kouvelakis

Sexuality, alienation and capitalism
Sheila McGregor

Counterpower, participatory democracy, revolutionary defence: debating Black Flame, revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism
Lucien van der Walt

The social roots of “impairment”
Lee Humber

Book reviews

We want rebel music
Lee Billingham

Natural’s not in it
Martin Empson

State of the union
Chris Bambery

Forgotten famine
John Newsinger

Africa’s opening
Andy Wynne

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

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Socialist Project

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SOCIALIST HISTORY

VOLUME 55, ISSUE 02, AUGUST 2010

Research Articles

Experiences in Common: Slavery and “Freedom” in the Process of Rio de Janeiro’s Working-Class Formation (1850–1910)
Marcelo Badaró Mattos
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 193-213
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000167 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Transnational Experts in Social Reform, 1840–1880
Chris Leonards and Nico Randeraad
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 215-239
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000179 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Suggestions and Debates

“The World the Horses Made”: A South African Case Study of Writing Animals into Social History
Sandra Swart, International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 241-263
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000192 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Survey

A Brave New World: The Left, Social Engineering, and Eugenics in Twentieth-Century Europe
Leo Lucassen
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 265-296
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000209 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Review Essays

New and Old Spirits of Capitalism
Sara R. Farris
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 297-306
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000210 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Comparing Labor Politics in the US and Australia: New Light on an Old Question
Shelton Stromquist
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 307-315
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000222 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Book Reviews

Beate Sturm. “Wat ich schuldich war”: Privatkredit im frühneuzeitlichen Hannover (1550–1750). [Vierteljahrschrift für
Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte: Beihefte.] Steiner, Stuttgart 2009. 336 pp. €62.00
Jaco Zuijderduijn
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 317-318
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000325 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jerry Z. Muller Capitalism and the Jews. Princeton University Press, Princeton 2010. 267 pp. $24.95; £16.95
Mario KesslerInternational Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 318-321
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000337 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Civil Society, Associations and Urban Places: Class, Nation and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe. Ed. by Graeme Morton, Boudien de Vries, and Robert John Morris. Ashgate. Aldershot [etc.]. 2006. xiv, 220 pp. £55.00
Social Capital and Associations in European Democracies: A comparative analysis. Ed. by William A. Maloney and Sigrid Roßteutscher. [Routledge Research in Comparative Politics.] Routledge, London [etc.] 2007. xvii, 308 pp. £70.00.
Irina Novichenko
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 321-326
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000349 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Reşat Kasaba. A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees. [Studies in Modernity and National Identity.] University of Washington Press, Seattle [etc.] 2009. x, 194 pp. $70.00. (Paper $30.00.)
M. Erdem Kabadayı
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 327-328
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000350 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Lucien Van der Walt and Schmidt Michael. Black Flame. The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism.
[Counterpower, Vol. I.] AK Press, Edinburgh [etc.] 2009. 395 pp. $22.95
Ruth Kinna
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 329-331
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000362 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History. Ed by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, and Immanuel Ness. M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York [etc.] 2009. xxxix, 750 pp. Ill. $175.00
Paul F. Lipold
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 331-334
doi:10.1017/S0020859010000374 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Elena Shulman. Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2008
Marianna Muravyeva
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 334-336
doi:10.1017/S002085901000043X (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010 (?)

Jacob Eyferth. Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots. The Social History of a Community of Handicraft Papermakers in Rural Sichuan, 1920–2000. Harvard University Press. 335 pp. Ill. $45.00; £33.95; € 40.50
Christine Moll-Murata
International Review of Social History, Volume 55, Issue 02, August 2010, pp 336-339doi:10.1017/S0020859010000441 (About doi), Available on CJO 28 Jul 2010

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