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The Future Present

THE FUTURE PRESENT – ISSUE 1 OUT NOW!

THE FUTURE PRESENT

Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

The Future Present offers critical Marxist analysis of class and society, in the UK and internationally.  Our Review is a forum for people who want to strengthen the activism of the present, for the renewal and recomposition of the communist movement, and for those who wish to replace global capitalism with a genuinely human emancipatory communism.  

The pilot issue includes exclusive translations from Russian, Ukrainian, German and Italian with rare Marxist texts published for the first time in English.

Issue No.1 includes:

·         Gregor Gall: Creating Coalitions against the Cuts

·         Kim Moody: How should socialists relate to a new social movements

·         Andrew Kliman:  Lies, Damned Lies, and Underconsumptionist Statistics

·         Erik Swyngedouw: The Communist Hypothesis in the 21st century

GLOBAL REVOLUTONARY STRATEGY IN the 21st century

·         Aleksandr Tarasov:  World Revolution 2 the Return to a Global Revolutionary Strategy Based on the Experience of the 20th Century

·         Emiliano Alessandroni: Libya, Gramsci and Historical Dogmatism

·         Kevin Anderson:  The Arab Revolution at the Crossroads

Anthology: Communism and the National Question: past, present and future

·         Allan Armstrong: Communism and   ‘Internationalism from Below’

·         Maggie Chetty:  Working towards an independent, republican, socialist Scotland  

·         Joan Josep: Nuet i Pujals National State; Popular Catalanism Through Self-Determination

·         Dan Jakopovich: The Interdependence of Nationalisms,  and the Struggle for a Left Alternative 

·         Goran Markovic: National Question and Nationalism inYugoslavia, What went wrong?

·         Zakhar Popovych:  Ukrainian capitalism and Russification

·         Moshé Machover: TheMiddle East– Still at The Crossroads

·         Muhsin Kareem:   Communism, nationalism and  the Independence of Kurdistan 

·         Ivan Dzyuba: The Future of Nations; Nations under Communism

The first English translation of the Lev Yurkevych – Lenin debate On the National Question

·         Chris Ford: Lev Yurkevych: A Sketch of a forgotten Marxist

·         Lev Yurkevych: Jesuit Politics (1914)

·         Lev Yurkevych: The Russian Social Democrats and the National Question (1917)

Further information available at: http://thefuturepresent.webs.com

The journal will be available in most radical bookshops and at labour movement events.  

Copies can be obtained by post for £6.00(UK) each including postage.  €5 (Eurozone), $6 (Canada)

THE FUTURE PRESENT

Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY,United Kingdom

Email: editortfp@aol.com

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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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Utopia

THE FUTURE PRESENT

 

Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PY, United Kingdom

Email: editortfp@aol.com

Dear Friends and Comrades,

I am writing to you with regard to a new project I have undertaken to appeal for help.

The Future Present is a critical Marxist journal will be launched shortly.  Though published in London, England The Future Present is being published in close cooperation with comrades from as far apart as Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia and Scotland.  We are pleased to have the extensive participation of Marxists from Ukraine, and also other countries of the former USSR and Yugoslavia and future issues we will  give voice to the discussions and debates of these comrades who are struggling to overcome the legacy of Stalinism.

In the pilot issue of The Future Present we publish for the first time in English a range of articles both contemporary and historical. These address a number of questions of fundamental importance.  The includes reclaiming communism for today, the national question and possibility of a global revolutionary strategy in the 21st century.

In the pilot issue is published an exclusive translation of the essay by the Russian Marxist theorist Aleksandr Tarasov World Revolution 2.  This is accompanied by a range of articles on the question of communism and the national question with publication for the first time in English of articles by Lev Yurkevych and his polemics with Lenin from 1914 and 1917.  

In forthcoming issues we shall continue this work with including an examination of the problem of counter revolution arising from within the revolution itself.  Work has already begun on new translations of rare texts by Volodymyr Vynnychenko, The Revolution in Danger (1920) and Bolshevist Bonapartism by Ivan Maistrenko (1948).  It is hoped also to include English translations of the documents of the opposition Democratic Centralist faction in the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks). 

HELP!

The Future Present is an initiative which depends entirely on its readers and supporters.  It is in serious need of funds to ensure the new initiative gets going and can sustain itself.  Please show your solidarity with The Future Present by making a donation, no matter how small it can help a great deal with this new journal of critical Marxism and contributing towards a new emancipatory communism for the 21st century. 

A cheque can be made to The Future Present at the above address or for transfers account details can be supplied on request.  Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Yours in solidarity

Chris Ford

Editor

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Karl Marx

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE: HISTORICAL MATERIALISM ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010

Central London, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November*

Call for Papers

Submission and Abstract Deadline: 1 June 2010

Notwithstanding repeated invocations of the ‘green shoots of recovery’, the effects of the economic crisis that began in 2008 continue to be felt around the world. While some central tenets of the neoliberal project have been called into question, bank bailouts, cuts to public services and attacks on working people’s lives demonstrate that the ruling order remains capable of imposing its agenda. Many significant Marxist analyses have already been produced of the origins, forms and prospects of the crisis, and we look forward to furthering these debates at HM London 2010. We also aim to encourage dialogue between the critique of political economy and other modes of criticism – ideological, political, aesthetic, philosophical – central to the Marxist tradition.

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht projected a journal to be called ‘Crisis and Critique’. In very different times, but in a similar spirit, HM London 2010 aims to serve as a forum for dialogue, interaction and debate between different strands of critical-Marxist theory. Whether their focus is the study of the capitalist mode of production’s theoretical and practical foundations, the unmasking of its ideological forms of legitimation or its political negation, we are convinced that a renewed and politically effective Marxism will need to rely on all the resources of critique in the years ahead. Crises produce periods of ideological and political uncertainty. They are moments that put into question established cognitive and disciplinary compartmentalisations, and require a recomposition at the level of both theory and practice. HM London 2010 hopes to contribute to a broader dialogue on the Left aimed at such a recomposition, one of whose prerequisites remains the young Marx’s call for the ‘ruthless criticism of all that exists’.

We are seeking papers that respond to the current crisis from a range of Marxist perspectives, but also submissions that try to think about crisis and critique in their widest ramifications. HM will also consider proposals on themes and topics of interest to critical-Marxist theory not directly linked to the call for papers (we particularly welcome contributions on non-Western Marxism and on empirical enquiries employing Marxist methods).

While Historical Materialism is happy to receive proposals for panels, the editorial board reserves the right to change the composition of panels or to reject individual papers from panel proposals. We also expect all participants to attend the whole conference and not simply make ‘cameo’ appearances. We cannot accommodate special requests for specific slots or days, except in highly exceptional circumstances.

*Please note that, in order to allow for expected demand, this year the conference will be three and a half days’ long, starting on the Thursday afternoon.

Please submit a title and abstract of between 200 and 300 words by registering at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/conferences/annual7/submit by 1 June 2010

Possible themes include:
        •       Crisis and left recomposition
        •       Critique and crisis in the global south
        •       Anti-racist critique
        •       Marxist and non-Marxist theories of crisis
        •       Capitalist and anti-capitalist uses of the crisis
        •       Global dimensions of the crisis
        •       Comparative and historical accounts of capitalist crisis
        •       Ecological and economic crisis
        •       Critical theory today
        •       Finance and the crisis
        •       Neoliberalism and legitimation crisis
        •       Negation and negativity
        •       Feminism and critique
        •       Political imaginaries of crisis and catastrophe
        •       The critique of everyday life (Lefebvre, the situationists etc.)
        •       The idea of critique in Marx, his predecessors and contemporaries
        •       Art criticism, political critique and the critique of political economy
        •       Geography and crisis, geography and the critique of political economy
        •       Right-wing movements and crisis
        •       Critiques of the concept of crisis
        •       New forms of critique in the social and human sciences
        •       Aesthetic critique
        •       Marxist literary and cultural criticism
        •       Reports on recent evolution of former USSR countries and China

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Historical Materialism Sixth Annual Conference – Update

Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for the Call for Papers and Panels for the 2009 HM Conference has been extended one FINAL time to 1st July 2009. There will be NO further extensions and all proposals must be registered here: http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/hm/confsubform.htm

Historical Materialism Sixth Annual Conference, 27-29 November 2009, Central London

Another World is Necessary: Crisis, Struggle and Political Alternatives

Co-sponsored by Socialist Register and the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize Committee

The world economy is traversing a sweeping crisis whose outcomes are still uncertain, but whose scope is undeniable. The name of Marx is now occasionally, if nervously, invoked in the financial press. The neo-liberal project is being reconfigured, and some have even rushed to pronounce it dead. Imperial strategies are being redrawn, while ecological and food crises deepen on a global scale. This situation of instability and uncertainty unquestionably lends itself to incisive analyses drawing upon and critically innovating the traditions of historical materialism. Critical Marxist theorists have already shed considerable light on the mechanisms and tendencies underlying the current crises and emphasised the conflicts and contradictions that are emerging as they develop.

Following upon previous annual conferences which worked towards a recomposition of an international Marxist intellectual sphere, this year’s Historical Materialism conference hopes to serve as a forum for papers and debates that will gauge the capacity of contemporary Marxism to confront this critical conjuncture and its multiple facets, both analytically and politically. We hope that the conference will serve not only as a collective investigation into the numerous global scenarios of capitalist crisis, but also as the opportunity to inquire – drawing on the political and conceptual reservoir of many Marxist traditions – into the class formations, political forces and organisational forms capable of responding combatively and inventively to the current situation. While the hegemony of a one-dimensional neo-liberalism demanded the affirmation that other worlds were possible, the current crises require arguments to demonstrate how we might achieve the other world that is now more than ever necessary.

In keeping with the multi-disciplinary and exploratory character of the journal, we welcome abstracts on any matter of relevance to critical Marxist theory, but will especially welcome papers responding directly to the call, or dealing with some of the following issues:

    • Theories of crisis, and their history
    • Neo-liberalism in retreat?
    • Histories of class struggle, crisis, and revolution
    • Socialist Feminist Responses to Crisis
    • The future of the new imperialism
    • ‘Neo-Keynesian’ responses to the crisis
    • Environmental crisis and eco-socialism
    • Left interventions in the crisis
    • Utopian and non-utopian Marxisms
    • Political agency and subjectivity
    • Theories of political organisation
    • Political economy and labour in contemporary cultural theory
    • Class struggle and class composition today
    • The geography and urbanisation of contemporary capitalism
    • Non-Marxist traditions on the Left
    • Marxist perspectives on contemporary art and visual culture
    • Displacing crisis onto the Global South
    • War, militarism, insecurity, and violence
    • Immigration, migrant labour, and anti-racism
    • Socialism in the Twenty-First Century

Preference will be given to subscribers to the journal.

Please note also that participants are expected to attend the whole conference – special arrangements for speaking on certain days only cannot be made, except for very extreme circumstances.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 July 2009.

http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/hm/confsubform.htm

Update 14th April 2010:

For details on the Historical Materialism Conference 2010, see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/crisis-and-critique-historical-materialism-annual-conference-2010/ 

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Historical Materialism Sixth Annual Conference

 

27-29 November 2009, Central London

Another World is Necessary: Crisis, Struggle and Political Alternatives

Co-sponsored by Socialist Register and the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher  Prize

The world economy is traversing a sweeping crisis whose outcomes are still uncertain, but whose scope is undeniable. The name of Marx is now occasionally, if nervously, invoked in the financial press. The neo-liberal project is being reconfigured, and some have even rushed to pronounce it dead. Imperial strategies are being redrawn, while ecological and food crises deepen on a global scale. This situation of instability and uncertainty unquestionably lends itself to incisive analyses drawing upon and critically innovating the traditions of historical materialism. Critical Marxist theorists have already shed considerable light on the mechanisms and tendencies underlying the current crises and emphasised the conflicts and contradictions that are emerging as they develop.


Following upon previous annual conferences which worked towards a recomposition of an international Marxist intellectual sphere, this year’s Historical Materialism conference hopes to serve as a forum for papers and debates that will gauge the capacity of contemporary Marxism to confront this critical conjuncture and its multiple facets, both analytically and politically. We hope that the conference will serve not only as a collective investigation into the numerous global scenarios of capitalist crisis, but also as the opportunity to inquire – drawing on the political and conceptual reservoir of many Marxist traditions – into the class formations, political forces and organisational forms capable of responding combatively and inventively to the current situation. While the hegemony of a one-dimensional neo-liberalism demanded the affirmation that other worlds were possible, the current crises require arguments to demonstrate how we might achieve the other world that is now more than ever necessary.

In keeping with the multi-disciplinary and exploratory character of the journal, we welcome abstracts on any matter of relevance to critical Marxist theory, but will especially welcome papers responding directly to the call, or dealing with some of the following issues:

    • Theories of crisis, and their history
    • Neo-liberalism in retreat?
    • Histories of class struggle, crisis, and revolution
    • Socialist Feminist Responses to Crisis
    • The future of the new imperialism
    • ‘Neo-Keynesian’ responses to the crisis
    • Environmental crisis and eco-socialism
    • Left interventions in the crisis
    • Utopian and non-utopian Marxisms
    • Political agency and subjectivity
    • Theories of political organisation
    • Political economy and labour in contemporary cultural theory
    • Class struggle and class composition today
    • The geography and urbanisation of contemporary capitalism
    • Non-Marxist traditions on the Left
    • Marxist perspectives contemporary art, art history and visual culture
    • Displacing crisis onto the Global South
    • War, militarism, insecurity, and violence
    • Immigration, migrant labour, and anti-racism
    • Socialism in the Twenty-First Century

Note to all those who wish to propose papers and panels: instructions will follow shortly on the procedure for proposals. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM UNTIL THESE INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATED.

Preference will be given to subscribers to the journal.

Please note also that participants are expected to attend the whole conference – special arrangements for speaking on certain days only cannot be made, except for very extreme circumstances.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2009.

 

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