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RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (July 2013)

THE UNCONSCIONABLE ACQUITTAL OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN — by Dale Parsons
Summary: The acquittal of the murderer of Trayvon Martin shows, “beyond reasonable doubt,” that unconscionable acts of murder and abuse against Black Americans continue to define the social and legal structures of this land, and that racism is more than ever the Achilles heel of American “civilization.”

EGYPTIAN REVOLUTIONARIES PUSH OUT ISLAMISTS, BUT FACE ANOTHER ROUND OF MILITARY RULE  — by Kevin Anderson
Summary: The overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government involved an unprecedented level of popular mobilization that has created a new opening for the Egyptian and the worldwide revolutionary movement.  At the same time, the new military-backed government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender.

ONE LEAP FORWARD, TWO LEAPS BACK: PROGRESS ON LGBT RIGHTS VS. BACKWARD MOVE ON CIVIL RIGHTS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS — by Peter Hudis
Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision represents a crucial leap forward for LGBT rights. However, it takes place at the very time that the Court has pushed the country further backward on race relations.

REAFFIRMING THE CHARTISTS’ REVOLUTIONARY MOMENT — by Dan La Botz
Labor historian and activist Dan La Botz reviews David Black and Chris Ford’s 1839: The Chartist Insurrection. This critical review stresses that “The authors aim is to show that modern Britain, so often thought of as a model of moderation and gradualism, . . . does indeed have a revolutionary, working class tradition.” Originally appeared in New Politics.

A DEBATE ON SOCIALISM AND THE MARKET — by Phil Walden and Richard Abernethy
Summary: This exchange of emails followed a discussion at a public meeting of the Oxford Communist Corresponding Society (website: http://communistcorrespondingsociety.org) on the subject of “A beginner’s guide to economic planning” on 30 May 2013.

SLOVENIA ON THE ROAD TO PERIPHERY — by Aljosa Slamersak
Summary: This article, written by a member of the Slovenian Marxist left, covers the impact of the global economic crisis in terms of its effects on the population and the neoliberal maneuvers of established political forces, including on the part of the center left.  At the same time, anger and a clarity of vision concerning capitalism itself are building among the population.

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MANY ARTICLES on our site have recently been translated from English into Persian, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Portuguese. (See the Languages Pages.)

*** RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST ***

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM — by Peter Hudis
Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover
2012, paperback June 2013

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY — by Heather Brown
Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers, hardcover
2012, paperback June 2013

RECENT BOOK REVIEWS:
Review of The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978, ed. by Kevin Anderson and Russell Rockwell:
-Joane Braune, in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books (April 30)

Reviews of Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins:
-Ben Selwyn, “Beyond the Western World,” International Socialism (April 13)
-Marcel Stoetzler, “Marx on Modernity, Revisited,” Patterns of Prejudice (47:2)

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NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST ORGANIZATION
It lays out principles and an organizational form for a revolutionary organization rooted in Marx and the heritage of Marxist-Humanism. At the same time, it takes cognizance of the present moment in terms of (1) the crisis of capitalism and the need for an alternative; (2) the forces of opposition — rank & file labor, women’s liberation, youth, African-Americans and other oppressed minorities, and sexual minorities.  (See About page.)

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Raya Dunayevskaya

THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW WEB PUBLICATION

THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST (September 2012)
See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

***NEW BOOKS OF INTEREST:

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis
Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers 2012, paperback in 2013

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown

Historical Materialism Series, Brill Academic Publishers 2012, paperback in 2013

***FEATURED ARTICLES:

TAKING BACK OUR LABOR: WISCONSIN AND THE CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM – by Dale Parsons

YEAR TWO OF THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS – by Kevin Anderson

FROM THE ECONOMIC CRISIS TO THE TRANSCENDENCE OF CAPITAL – by Peter Hudis

THE MARIKANA MINE WORKER’S MASSACRE ? A MASSIVE ESCALATION IN THE WAR ON THE POOR – by Ayanda Kota

TRANSCENDENCE OF THE OPPOSITION BETWEEN THE REAL AND THE IDEAL – by Marilyn Nissim-Sabat

CRITIQUE OF THE SITUATIONIST DIALECTIC IN THE AGE OF OCCUPY – by David Black

***LATEST ARTICLES:

THE LEFT AND THE JIHAD: LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP? – by Bill Weinberg

THE CONNECTION OF MIND AND NATURE: MARX’S 1878 NOTEBOOKS ON GEOLOGY – by Martin Hundt

FROM HABAKKUK TO LOCKE: THE NON-PECULIARITY OF THE ENGLISH GLORIOUS REVOLUTION OF 1688 – by David Black

MARX EN TORNO AL NACTIONALISMO, LA ETNICIDAD U LAS SOCIEDADES NO ‘OCCIDENTALES’ – by Kevin Anderson

The International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO) aims to develop and project a viable vision of a truly new, human society that can give direction to today?s many liberation struggles, whether of labor, women, youth, or racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. It seeks to work out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. We ground our ideas in the totality of Marx’s Marxism and Raya Dunayevskaya’s body of ideas and upon the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since its founding in the 1950s.

Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS – UPDATE 28th AUGUST 2011

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/
AUGUST 2011

1.  DAVID BLACK, “‘NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE’ AND BLOOD AND FLAMES ON ENGLAND’S STREETS: 1981, 1985 AND 2011” — The explosion of rage and revolt on the streets of British cities, recalls the dramatic “uprisings” of the 1980s. The author, a resident of the riot-hit London Borough of Haringey, looks at what has changed and why it matters.

2. BA KARANG, “OSLO MASSACRE AND THE ‘REASONING’ OF THE FAR RIGHT” — In the aftermath of the Massacre in Norway, Norwegian-African Ba Karang examines the ideological strands of the Far Right in the thinking of Anders Breivik.

3. PETER HUDIS, “COMMENTS ON ‘WHAT MORE COULD WE WANT OF OURSELVES!’, JACQUELINE ROSE’S REVIEW OF THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG” — In responding to Rose’s review in London Review of Books: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/books/the-letters-of-rosa-luxemburg/ Hudis discusses Luxemburg’s differences with Lenin, her writings on imperialism and indigenous communal social forms, and her worldview as both “open” and “single-minded.” Originally appeared on the Verso Books authors’ blog, June 21, 2011.

4. DALE PARSONS, “LABOR AT THE CROSSROADS” — The capitulation on the part of Obama and the Democrats to the far-Right agenda of the Republicans in the latest battle over raising the deficit ceiling raises the issue of whether capitalism is undermining its own conditions of existence.

5. KELLY GREEN, “TECHNOLOGY, LABOR, AND THE TRANSCENDENCE OF CAPITAL: REVISITING THE MARCUSE-DUNAYEVSKAYA DEBATE” — In the 1960s and 1970s, Herbert Marcuse and Raya Dunayevskaya developed differing responses to the new stage of capitalist production represented by automation.

6. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF RICHARD GREEMAN’S BEWARE OF VEGETARIAN SHARKS” –Veteran socialist Greeman’s book collects his essays on the radical movement, as well as biographical and theoretical reflections.

7. ELI MESSINGER, “REVIEW OF SLAVOJ ZIZEK ET AL., LENIN RELOADED” — This review of one of the few recent books devoted to Lenin’s thought – with much discussion of dialectics — is particularly timely now that Lenin Reloaded is appearing in Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.

8. KHALFANI MALIK KHALDUN, “BURIED ALIVE INSIDE INDIANA SCU UNIT: A LOOK AT SUGGESTIONS TO MODIFY CURRENT CONDITIONS AND CREATE A MORE CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT” — This piece by political prisoner Khalfani Malik Khaldun, speaks to the issues that have helped foment the hunger strike of prisoners in Pelican Bay, California, as well as elsewhere in California. Now is the time to demonstrate support for those wrongly incarcerated and suffering the terrible abuses of the U.S. criminal injustice system.

9. RINITA MAZUMDAR AND HEATHER TOMANOVSKY, “DIALOGUE ON MARX, GENDER, KINSHIP, AND HUMAN EMANCIPATION” — Dialogue on Tomanovsky’s essay, “Marx, Gender, and Human Emancipation,” which originally appeared on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/marx-gender-and-human-emancipation-%E2%80%93-by-heather-tomanovsky/

10. STEVEN COLATRELLA AND PETER HUDIS, DIALOGUE ON MARX’S CRITIQUE OF THE GOTHA PROGRAM – Dialogue over Hudis’s essay on “Directly and Indirectly Social Labor: What Kind of Human Relations Can Transcend Capitalism?” which appears on this website: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/articles/directly-and-indirectly-social-labor-what-kind-of-human-relations-can-transcend-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/

11. DAVID BLACK, “ADORNO FOR REVOLUTIONARIES?” — In Adorno for Revolutionaries Ben Watson attempts to show how Theodore Adorno, starting with the commodity form, outlined a revolutionary musicology, a passageway between subjective feeling and objective conditions. In extending the analysis beyond the confines of ‘highbrow’ classical music Watson aims to ‘detonate the explosive core of Adorno’s method’.

12. PETER HUDIS, “READING ROSA” – Interview with Hudis on The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg with Red Pepper (London)

13. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011) — Links to reviews in New Politics and elsewhere

14. MARX AT THE MARGINS: ON NATIONALISM, ETHNICITY, AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, BY KEVIN ANDERSON

Links to reviews in Le Monde Diplomatique, Counterfire, Marx-Engels-Jahrbuch, and elsewhere.

RECENTLY PUBLISHED

1. KEVIN ANDERSON, “ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS” – The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libyahave exhibited a post-Islamist and post-nationalist character.  After challenging both the political and the economic order, they face dangers from old forces like the military and the Islamists (Egypt) or of violent repression (Libya).

2. PETER HUDIS, “THE LIFE, LETTERS, & LEGACY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG – Video of a presentation at a symposium marking the publication on the Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, New York University Law School, March 14, 2011

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BY U. S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS AND THEIR INTERNATIONAL COLLEAGUES.
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Raya Dunayevskaya

DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM: MARX’S WRITINGS ON EXISTING CAPITALISM – PART 2
Saturday, April 2, 2011
1:00-3:00 PM
Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

(Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; free parking in mall lot)

Speakers:
Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins
Dale Parsons, labor activist

Why have automated and computerized forms of labor, which at one time were heralded as leading to a dramatic shortening of the working day, led – in addition to persistent unemployment, even in non-recessionary times — to an increase in the amount of time that so many who do have jobs spend at work? To what extent do machinery and technology hinder or assist the effort to transcend the alienation that characterizes much of present-day society? To what extent does the development of the productive forces under capitalism create a basis for a new society free of alienation and overwork? We will explore Marx’s discussion of these issues – and that by the Marxist-Humanist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya — in the section on machinery of the Grundrisse, his most important critique of political economy in the years before he finished Capital.

Suggested readings:
Karl Marx, Grundrisse,” pp. 699-712
Raya Dunayevskaya, “The Automaton,” Philosophy and Revolution, pp. 68-76

Marx’s Grundrisse is now online: http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1857/grundrisse/index.htm

Sponsored by US Marxist-Humanists on the West Coast
More information: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org and http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

Future Meetings (same time and location):

May 14: PART 3: on Marx’s discussion of free and associated labor in the section on commodity fetishism in Capital.

June 11, PART 4: on Marx’s discussion of from each according to their abilities and each according to their needs – and the steps to get there – in Critique of the Gotha Program.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS

See: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

JANUARY 2011

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES:

1. RETROGRESSION AT HEART OF TUCSON ARIZONA SHOOTING – by Dale Parsons
The January 8, 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona was instigated by years of hateful, racist speech and action on the part of the Right, despite denials from the Right and obfuscation in the mainstream media. If the American people respond properly to this outrage, however, it could forestall the rightward trend in the U.S. — Editors

2. KOREA: PAWN OF THE SUPERPOWERS (a response to Richard Greeman’s “Danger of War Over Korea”) – by Peter Hudis
The intensifying tensions between North Korea and the U.S. calls for a historical re-examination of the roots of the present situation, in light of the conflict between the two poles of world capital that dominated the post-World War II era – Editors

3. DISCUSSION: DANGER OF WAR OVER KOREA – by Richard Greeman
The current confrontation over Korea can only be understood in the historical context of a century of imperialism, war, and resistance —  Editors

4. DIALECTICS OF ECONOMIC TURBULENCE – by Peter Hudis
The new political reality introduced by the Republicans’ advances in the U.S. mid-term elections, along with the ongoing global economic crisis, calls upon radical thinkers and activists to reconsider their response to capitalism’s drive for unending austerity measures –– Editors.

5. NOT JUST CAPITAL AND CLASS: MARX ON NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES, NATIONALISM AND ETHNICITY – by Kevin Anderson
While Marx’s major writings concentrated on capital and class in Western Europe, he also wrote extensively on ethnicity and nationalism, colonialism, and non-Western societies — Editors

6. ON HEGEL, ROSA LUXEMBURG AND MARXIST-HUMANISM – by David Black
On Hegel’s Dialectic of the “Beautiful Soul” in the French Revolution and the question of  “ethical reality” in the political philosophies of Rosa Luxemburg, Raya Dunayevskaya and Gillian Rose –– Editors

7. US MIDTERM ELECTIONS SPELL A NEED FOR A RADICALLY DIFFERENT LEFT POLITICS – by Anton Evelynov
The US midterm elections illustrate the rise of rightwing politics, in the US and abroad, while the left has failed to develop a systematic critique of capitalism –– Editors

8. DISCUSSION: THE LONG MARCH OF HUMAN LIBERATION: 21ST CENTURY SOCIALISM – by Jorge Buzaglo
In the face of capitalist barbarism, socialists need to conceptualize an emancipatory alternative to alienation and exploitation, rooted in Marx’s writings and contemporary experience. — Editors

THE SITE ALSO INCLUDES OTHER ARTICLES FROM THE PAST DECADE BY U. S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS.

NEWLY ADDED TO THE SITE: Over 40 articles from the past decade by Peter Hudis on Marxist and Hegelian theory, world politics, and developments in the US

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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)

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