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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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Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism

RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (May 2014)
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UKRAINE: POPULAR UPRISING IN THE SHADOW OF PUTIN’S RUSSIA — by Kevin Anderson
Ukraine has experienced a popular uprising with serious
contradictions, among them the presence of right-wing nationalism and
a tilt toward neoliberal capitalism.  It has since been threatened by
Putin’s Russia, which fears above all a similar uprising in Moscow.

[VIDEO] TRANSCENDING CAPITALISM, IN THEORY AND IN PRACTICE — by Peter Hudis and Sarah Mason
Hudis gives an overview of his MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM (Haymarket 2013), with a comment by former Occupy LA
activist Mason.

ON THE DEATH OF TONY BENN — by Richard Abernethy
In 1992, we organised a speaking tour for Peter Hudis in England and Scotland. To our surprise, Tony Benn sponsored a meeting in the Houses of Parliament. An unlikely setting for a Marxist-Humanist meeting – we all had to pass through a police security check to attend. I recall a very large and lively meeting.

VOLUNTARISM & HUMANISM: REVISITING DUNAYEVSKAYA’S CRITIQUE OF MAO — by Aye Richi
Informed by Dunayevskaya’s discussion of voluntarism and humanism as two kinds of subjectivity, this article analyzes the People’s Communes, the Cultural Revolution, and the Hundred Flowers Movement in China under Mao Zedong.

TRACING THE CONTOURS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM — by Criticism &c.
A review of David Black’s THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM.

CRITIQUE OF THE BLACK BLOC — by Kevin Anderson
A review of SHUTTING DOWN THE STREETS: POLITICAL VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL IN THE GLOBAL ERA, by Amory Starr, Luis Fernandez, and Christian Scholl.

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Spanish, Persian, French, Romanian, Turkish, and other languages.

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:
THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism 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, 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

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G.W.F. Hegel

HEGEL CONTRA SOCIOLGY READING GROUP

The Gillian Rose ‘Hegel Contra Sociology’ Reading Group will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday 24 October at University College London (UCL), Foster Court Room 112, Gower Street (Tube: Russell Square or Goodge Street).

Map at: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=529649&y=182184&z=0&sv=51.5237,-0.1326&st=7&mapp=map.srf

The group will meet every alternate Wednesdays, so subsequent readings for the rest of 2012 will take place on 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 5 Dec and 19 Dec.

All welcome

 

The controversial 235-page text, by Britain’s best Post-War philosopher, first published in 1981, has now been republished by Verso. Uniquely, Hegel Contra Sociology, in challenging the legacy of Neo-Kantianism and its impact on Marxism and sociology in general, provides a dense but concise overview of all of Hegel’s main works: the System of Ethical Life, the Philosophy of Right, Phenomenology of Spirit, the Aesthetics and the Science of Logic.

The first session (or two) will be on chapter one, ‘The Antinomies of Sociological Reason’.

Dave Black will lead off the discussion.

David Black, Convenor

 

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

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Raya Dunayevskaya

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

U.S. Marxist-Humanists: http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

APRIL 2011

1. ARAB REVOLUTIONS AT THE CROSSROADS – BY KEVIN ANDERSON

The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and the uprising in Libya have 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) – Editors

2. HUGE MOBILIZATION IN LONDON AGAINST CUTBACKS SHOWS BOTH PROMISE AND CONTRADICTIONS – BY DAVID BLACK

The March 26 London demonstration organized by the Trades Union Congress to protest against the Tory-Liberal coalition’s public sector cuts was the largest labor outpouring in over two decades. Various tendencies participating, from reformist to anarchist, are discussed — Editors

3. ACCUMULATION, IMPERIALISM, AND PRE-CAPITALIST FORMATIONS: LUXEMBURG AND MARX ON THE NON-WESTERN WORLD – BY PETER HUDIS

Both Marx and Luxemburg were intensely interested in the impact of the expansive logic of capital accumulation upon non-capitalist or developing societies. At the same time, there are also serious differences in their approach, in that Marx adopted a far less unilinear and deterministic approach to the fate of non-Western social formations as compared to Luxemburg — Editors

4. VIETNAM: DISSENT, REPRESSION AND THE EMERGENCE OF AN INDEPENDENT WORKERS’ MOVEMENT – BY RICHARD ABERNETHY

A look at Vietnam today: the land question, the status of women, attempts to build independent unions, state repression, political dissent, and possibilities of revolution — Editors

5. EGYPT: THE TIMES ARE CHANGING – BY PAULO MOREL

The Egyptian upheaval, along with a smaller one inMexico, signals the dawn of a new era of revolution, after decades of neoliberal hegemony – Editors.

6. ON EGYPT: A BIT TOO LATE, BOSS! – BY KAVEH BOVEIRI

Written in diary form as the Mubarak regime was teetering, this article by a participant in the demonstrations in Toronto in support of the Egyptian revolution reflects on the nature of revolution, today and in the past — Editors

7. THE LETTERS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, EDITED BY ANNELIES LASCHITZA, GEORG ADLER AND PETER HUDIS, TRANSLATED BY GEORGE SHRIVER (VERSO 2011)

Links to reviews by Sheila Rowbotham and others in the [Manchester] Guardian, [Toronto] Globe and Mail, New Statesman, and elsewhere.

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

Links to reviews by Michael Lowy and others in New Politics, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, and elsewhere.

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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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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Sara Motta

Mike Cole

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN LATIN AMERICA

A two day workshop organised in collaboration between:

MERD (Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues)
CSSGJ (Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham)
CESJ (Centre for Education for Social Justice, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln)

To be held at the
University of Nottingham
1st – 2nd July 2011

The role of education is increasingly important in the construction of new forms of anti-capitalist politics in Latin America. This is evidenced by the centrality of popular education and other forms of struggle influenced by radical education philosophy and pedagogy, and by social movements in their construction of new forms of participatory politics and mass intellectuality. It is also evidenced in the creation of formal and informal educational programmes, practices and projects that develop varieties of critical pedagogy and popular education with both organised and non-organised marginalised and excluded communities.

Particularly, noticeable in this regard is the centrality of education in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the move towards 21st Century socialism. At the heart of the politicisation of education are the questions of whose knowledge counts in the process of social transformation and political change and if the ways in which such transformative knowledge is created impact upon the struggle to develop worlds beyond capitalism in the 21st century.

This workshop invites papers which develop theoretically grounded empirical analysis about the politicisation of education in the continent.

Key questions to be addressed are:

How is education politicised in contemporary anti-capitalist struggles?

How has neoliberalism closed down as well as opened up terrains of educational struggle?

What differences are there between the role of education in 20th century socialism and 21st century socialism?

How does Marxism shape such practices of radical pedagogy and how do such practices transform Marxism?

How does the focus on popular education in new forms of popular politics influence and reflect the type of politics developed?

What is the role of autonomous education in social movements in the construction of anti-capitalism?

What is the relationship between formal ‘progressive’ educational programmes and the politics of knowledge and education in informal community/social movement settings?

What can we (outside of the region) learn from Chavez’s concept of Venezuela as a ‘giant school’ and other radical pedagogies and educational practices in Latin America?

What is the role of popular educators within formal schooling in these processes?

Selected papers will be published in an edited collection with Palgrave Macmillan in their Marxism and Education Series.

Contact Sara Motta at sara.motta@nottingham.ac.uk and Mike Cole at mike.cole@bishopg.ac.uk  if you are interested in helping organise the workshop or would like any further information.

Please submit your paper proposal by March 1st 2011

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The Island

LOST TEXT

History Matters

THE ILLUSIONS OF ‘SOLIDARITY’ By David Brown

A ‘Lost Text’ from 1975 rediscovered: David Brown on the ‘Illusions’ of Maurice Brinton and Cornelius Castoriadis

Editorial notes by the Hobgoblin Collective:

Hobgoblin has published (online) for the first time a text, written in 1975 as a letter to the membership of the Solidarity group – also known as ‘Solidarity For Workers Power’. This group was founded in 1960 by Chris Pallis, an eminent neurologist who wrote under the name “Maurice Brinton,” and Ken Weller, a young shop steward working in the motor industry. The group, initially known as Socialism Reaffirmed, published a journal, Agitator, which after six issues was renamed Solidarity. Both Brinton and Weller had previously been members of Gerry Healy’s Socialist Labour League, founded amidst the mass defections from the Communist Party after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. As Richard Abernethy put in an obituary for Chris Pallis in Hobgoblin in 2005:

“Solidarity punctured and deflated some favourite left-wing illusions. It recognised that there was no actually existing socialism, no worker’s states, in the world. Notwithstanding all differences between the Western capitalist bloc, the Eastern bloc ruled by Communist parties, and the Third World, the basic divide between rulers and ruled existed everywhere.”

The Solidarity group, despite never having much more than a hundred members, was influential, not least because Solidarity became the main conduit of the political theories of Cornelius Castoriadis aka Paul Cardan (1922-97), founder of Socialisme ou Barbarie in France.

The resignation statement by Solidarity member, David Brown, was written at a time (1975) when the group was in decline, facing splits and having to deal with the fact that Castoriadis/Cardan had, following the demise of Socialisme ou Barbarie in 1965, moved to the Right. Brown, was influenced by French ex-Bordigist, Jacques Camatte, some of whose writings he translated, by the Russian value-theorist, II Rubin, and by Karl Korsch, author of Marxism and Philosophy. According to Brown, Castoriadis and Solidarity shared with the traditional left a restricted understanding of Marx’s ideas, not recognising the liberatory core of Marx’s Capital, and taking the shortcoming of the traditional left as grounds for breaking with Marx. Brown argues that Castoriadis, Brinton and the Solidarity group misunderstood the cardinal term of the Marx’s critique of political economy – value. Brown writes:

“The attack on the labour theory of value is only a prelude to a more general attack on the materialist conception of history. By reducing the general conception of the mode of production to mean technology and the word ‘determine’ to mean the same as ‘cause’, a simple transformation of marxism into banality follows.” 

Castoriadis had argued that:

“The revolutionary movement… must become the place (the only place in contemporary society, outside the factory) where… individuals learn about collective life, run their own affairs and fulfill and develop themselves, working for a common objective in reciprocal recognition.”

Brown finds this position to be “entirely false,” and argues (following Jacques Camatte) that “all organisations are despotic” because, basing themselves on “critique of other organisations and individuals” they are “already” the conception of competitive capital.

Two of the editors of The Hobgoblin (Richard Abernethy and George Shaw) are former members of the Solidarity group. As Marxist-Humanists, we do not agree with a lot of the positions David Brown expressed in 1975. If the statement that “all organisations are despotic” means that all attempts to overcome atomization and individual isolation are doomed, then we certainly disagree, believing, as we do, in a philosophically-grounded alternative to capitalism – something Castoriadis, as a “positivist,” never even considered. Nor do we agree that “support for oppressed peoples” was part of the degeneration of Marxism (this in spite of Marx’s own statements on Ireland, Poland etc), or saying that people who voted Labour in 1974 “voted for capitalism.”

We are publishing this text not only because of its historical interest as a critique of a (dead) organization of the Left, once significant (and still influential “beyond the grave,” through the works of its theoreticians and the legacy of its activists) , but also because of the general theoretic questions it raises have, in the 21st century Left, not been surpassed.

TO READ THE TEXT IN FULL SEE THE LINKS BELOW

http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/2011_DAVID_BROWN_ON_CHRIS%20PALLIS_1.htm

http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/2011_DAVID_BROWN_ON_CHRIS%20PALLIS_2.htm

The Hobgoblin: http://www.thehobgoblin.co.uk/

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Raya Dunayevskaya

NEWS AND ARTICLES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS

FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS: (http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/)

SEPTEMBER 2010

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES:

1. What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today? Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya  (1910-1987)

Video of meeting at Loyola University Chicago featuring presentations by Peter McLaren (UCLA), David Schweickart (Loyola University), Sandra Rein (University of Alberta), Ba Karang (West Africa), Kevin Anderson (University of California, Santa Barbara), and Peter Hudis (Loyola University). We have also posted the written texts or summaries for some of the presentations.

2. Reports from the successfully concluded Founding Conference of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

a. Peter Hudis, co-editor of the Rosa Luxemburg Reader, “Why a New International Marxist-Humanist Organization? Why Now? The Economic, Political, and Philosophical Context

b. Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins, “Overcoming Some Current Challenges to Dialectical Thought

c. David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane, “On Philosophical Battles of Ideas, Past and Present

3. Miriam Qamar, student activist, “Thoughts on the Dialectics of Revolution and Palestinian Nationalism

4. Richard Abernethy, “Dubai: in a playground of the super-rich, workers confront a bonded labour system

5. Melisa Azad, student activist, “Immigrant Rights and the Politics of Hate: Report of a Demonstration

6. Kaveh Boveiri, co-translator of the Persian edition of Capital, “I Have a Pacemaker: Reflections on the G20 Toronto Protests

7. David Black, author of Helen Macfarlane, “‘Reification a Myth’ Shock (or What Gillian Rose Tells Us About Sohn-Rethel, Adorno and Ancient Greece)

8. Discussion: About the Book ‘Das Kapital’: Interview with Mohsen Hakimi by Yousef Fahrhad (in Persian)

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WHAT DOES MARXIST-HUMANISM MEAN FOR TODAY?

Announcing an open forum in Chicago on…

What Does Marxist-Humanism Mean for Today?

Celebrating the Centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987)

As the global crisis of capitalism deepens, so too does the search for alternatives to it. This brings to life the contributions of Raya Dunayevskaya, an uncompromising critique of capitalism in both its “free market” and statist forms. Born in Ukraine in 1910, she was Leon Trotsky’s Russian-language secretary during his exile in Mexico. After breaking from him, she developed the analysis of the USSR as a “state-capitalist” society, published the first English translation of parts of Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, and from the 1950s through the 1980s developed the philosophy of Marxist-Humanism in a number of path breaking works. Join us for a discussion of how her ideas speak to issues now being debated by feminists, critical race theorists, and many others searching for new pathways to liberation.

Convenor: Lauren Langman, Sociology, Loyola University

Chair: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, author, Neither Victim nor Survivor: Thinking Toward a New Humanity

Speakers:

Peter McLaren, author, Life in Schools, University of California, Los Angeles

David Schweickart, author, After Capitalism, Loyola University

Sandra Rein, author, Reading Dunayevskaya: Engaging the Emergence of Marxist-Humanism, University of Alberta

Ba Karang, writer for Africa-Links, West Africa

Kevin Anderson, author, Marx at the Margins, University of California at Santa Barbara

Peter Hudis, co-editor, The Rosa Luxemburg Reader, Loyola University

Friday July 2
6:30 p.m.
Corboy Law Center
25 East Pearson, Room 0211 (1 block north of Chicago Ave; ½ block east of State St.)

Sponsored by Loyola University Department of Sociology and the U.S. Marxist-Humanists

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CHARTISM (1838-1858): NEW PERSPECTIVES

Chartism (1838-1858): New Perspectives / Le Chartisme (1838-1858): Nouvelles Perspectives

The annual international Chartism Conference is organised by the Society of Labour History, the Chartist Study Group and the South Wales Centre for History and Interdisciplinary Research (SWCHIR). It will be held at the Sorbonne, Paris, between 2-4 July 2010.

This is a two day conference on many aspects of Chartist history followed by a ‘Revolution Walk’ on 4 July.

Speakers include Speakers: Benoît Agnès (Université Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, Joan Allen (Newcastle University), Fabrice Bensimon (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, Eugenio Biagini (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Malcolm Chase (Leeds University), Ian Haywood (Roehampton University), Iorwerth Prothero (Manchester), Michael Sanders (University of Manchester), and Gregory Vargo (Columbia University, New York, USA).

Fabrice Bensimon.
Maison de la Recherche,
Université Paris 4-Sorbonne,
28 rue Serpente,
75006 Paris.
Email: fbensimon@free.fr

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