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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

FOUCAULT AND RESISTANCE THROUGH MARX AND MARCUSE – KEVIN ANDERSON

[Vancouver] Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx, by Kevin B. Anderson

Casting a Critical Eye on the Foucauldian Concept of Resistance, in Light of Marcuse and Marx

Kevin Anderson

Vancouver

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Public Lecture: Kevin B. Anderson
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 p.m. – SFU Harbour Ctr. Room tba

The Foucauldian concept of specific forms of resistance has come to the fore in radical thought, as seen in terrains as diverse as academic social theory and anarchist activism. It has displaced earlier concepts of emancipation rooted in abstract universals (Marcuse), but at a price. Marx’s emancipatory but concrete dialectic of class and ethnicity goes beyond both of these one-sided perspectives.

Kevin B. Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his most recent books are Foucault and the Iranian Revolution (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins (2010).

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/events/casting-a-critical-eye-on-the-foucauldian-concept-of-resistance-in-light-of-marcuse-and-marx-by-kevin-b-anderson

 

Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

WHITHER THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS OF THE MIDDLE EAST? EGYPT, TUNISIA, AND IRAN

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013 

4:00-6:00 PM

 

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd.

Suite 101-102, press #22 to get into room

Culver City (LA area)

 

Speakers:

Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins: On Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Non-Western Societies”

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

 

The Middle Eastern revolutionary and democratic movements reached a crossroads in the summer of 2013. Given the fact that the 2011 Arab revolutions have inspired countless global protest movements, including Occupy in the U.S., the fate of these revolutions is more than a regional matter.  Rather, it is one that affects all of us. This includes those in the U.S. who are at this very moment protesting the racist verdict in the Trayvon Martin case or the military “justice” system’s verdict on Bradley Manning.

The July 2013 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt 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 government carries with it serious dangers, as do the contradictions within the left itself, including on gender.  In Tunisia, the popular outcry after the assassination of a leftist political leader, apparently by fundamentalists, has included a general strike and large demonstrations.  At the same, time the Iranian presidential election in June showed a yearning by the population to get out from under the rule of reactionary clerics. 

 

Suggested reading: “Egyptian Revolutionaries Push Out Islamists, But Face Another Round of Military Rule”  — by Kevin Anderson

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/egyptian-revolutionaries-push-islamists-face-military-rule-kevin-anderson

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

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.

*** OTHER LANGUAGES ***

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)

*** SPECIAL FEATURE ***

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.)

The International Marxist-Humanist is the webzine of the International
Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO): http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/
Contact: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya

WHAT IS MARXIST-HUMANISM TODAY?

SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013 

4:30-6:30 PM

REMINDER

Peace Center

8124 West Third Street

Los Angeles (near West Hollywood area, parking in rear of building)

 

Initiating the discussion:

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Melissa S., Chicana feminist

Dyne Suh, progressive legal observer

Kevin Anderson, author of “Marx at the Margins”

 

This meeting will discuss and answer questions about the 2013 “Statement of Principles” of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO)  http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/about arrived at after a year of discussion.

It begins: “The IMHO aims to develop and project a viable vision of an alternative to capitalism—a new, human society— that can give direction to today’s freedom struggles. The IMHO is based on the unique philosophic contributions that have guided Marxist-Humanism since it was founded in the 1950s by Raya Dunayevskaya. We do so by working out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. An alternative to capitalism means ending production for value, creating a humanist mode of production, establishing a new non-state form of governance, and building freely associated human relations…. We must theorize such an alternative now.”

It also states:  “We opposed imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism in the U.S.’s wars and its militarist outreach to every corner of the globe…. We oppose reactionary forms of anti-imperialism, whether in the form of religious fundamentalism, narrow nationalism, or military-populism.”

Also: “We strive to foster the firmest unity among the forces of revolution and opposition to the established order: Rank-and-file workers; Blacks, Latino/as and other oppressed minorities and indigenous peoples; women; Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender people; and Youth.”

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

Besides the new Statement of Principles, link above, which is the topic of the meeting, other new material on the IMHO site includes a compilation of articles about May Day in LA, Seattle, Denver, and the UK, as well as an article on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. 

 

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

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HarvestingCONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

A conference bringing together climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental activists

11am – 5pm Saturday 8 June 2013
London Metropolitan University, 277-281 Holloway Road, LondonN7 8HN

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have passed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. This means we are facing an environmental crisis of the most serious magnitude. Despite this threat, action from governments is limited. Unwilling to challenge the profits of the largest corporations, politicians would rather see the world burn than take serious action on climate change.

At the same time working people are facing an unprecedented assault on their jobs and services. In the name of austerity governments are trying to make ordinary people pay for the crisis caused by the bankers. We are told that we can no longer afford public services and our jobs, pay and conditions are under attack.

The Campaign Against Climate Change is campaigning for One Million Climate Jobs as a solution to the climate and economic crises. Their trade union group is hosting a conference to bring together leading climate scientists, trade unionists and environmental campaigners to discuss how best we can fight to stop global warming and create jobs.

The conference is also designed to brief trade unionists on the latest climate science. It will address questions such as “what is the significance of the Arctic ice melting” and “why is our weather strange”? Other workshops will discuss the fight for climate jobs and how trade unions can work with other campaigners over these issues.

Speakers include world renowned scientists Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr. Richard Allan. They will be joined by Joan Walley MP, the chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, Manuel Cortez, Gen. Sec. of the TSSA, Chris Baugh, Ass. Gen. Sec of the PCS, Andreas Ytterstadt, Chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists Norway and Dr. Lara Skinner of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy in America.

This is a unique opportunity for trade union activists to discuss the threat of climate change and get involved in the wider environmental movement. The conference is supported by the FBU, CWU, TSSA, PCS. UCU and UNITE unions.

Registration is £10 waged, £5 unwaged. You can book online at: www.climatetradeunion.eventbrite.com

More information at www.campaigncc.org or contact 079 585 35231

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

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

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Karl Marx

Karl Marx

STUDIES IN MARXISM – VOLUME 13

Studies in Marxism Volume 13

This is now available. Purchasing it will also renew your membership of the specialist group. Contact Mark Cowling: C.M.Cowling@tees.ac.uk for details.

Table of Contents

Revolutionaries Seldom Harvest the Fruit: The 17th Bouazizi 2010
Sabah Alnasseri

Eliminate Capitalism and Distrust Socialism: What Remains of Marxism?
Alberto Martínez Delgado

Eliminate Marxism and Distrust Socialism: a Reply to Martínez Delgado
Joe Femia

The Spectral Proletariat: The Politics of Hauntology in The Communist Manifesto
Tim Fisken

Culture, Community and Cognition: A Vygotskian Foundation for a Republican Approach to Deliberative Democracy
Martyn Griffin

Beyond Dominion, Beyond Possibility of Justice
Leonard Mazzone

The Elephant in the Room: Agamben’s ‘Bare Life’ and Marxist Biopolitics
Arthur C Whittall

Communism without self-emancipation: a critique of Slavoj Žižek’s concept of ‘divine violence’
Alan Johnson

Towards a Critical Future of Technology? ‘Futurism from below’, Wall-E, and the emergence of hyper-consumerism as subjectivity
Mark Edward

Reviews

Kevin B. Anderson
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies

Sean Sayers
Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelians Themes.

Marcello Musto (ed.)
Marx for Today

Mahamdallie, H (ed.)
Defending Multiculturalism: A Guide for the Movement

V. I.  Lenin
Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings. Edited by Paul Le Blanc

Kieran Allen
Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Matthew Johnson (ed.)
The Legacy of Marxism:  Contemporary Challenges, Conflicts and Developments

Garry Browning
Global Theory from Kant to Hardt and Negri.

Andy Merrifield
Magical Marxism, Subversive Politics and the Imagination.

Sebastian Dullien, Hansjörg Herr and Christian Kellerman
Decent Capitalism: A Blueprint for Reforming our Economies

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/studies-in-marxism-volume-13

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

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

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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1839

1839

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST (December 2012)

See: http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/

***FEATURED ARTICLES:

U.S. Voters Repudiate Far Right, But Still Face Austerity Capitalism under Obama — by Kevin Anderson

Helen Macfarlane – The Radical Feminist Admired by Karl Marx — by Louise Yeoman (audio and print, originally from BBC radio)

Marxism and Religion: A Complete and Annotated Bibliography –- by Roland Boer

The On-Going Relevance of Marxist-Humanism –- by Sandra Rein

**** OTHER ARTICLES

Review of Peter Hudis, Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism –- by Dan Swain (originally published in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books)

***OTHER LANGUAGES

[Spanish] Los votantes estadounidenses repudian la extrema derecha, pero aún se enfrentan al capitalismo de austeridad bajo Obama — Kevin Anderson

[Croatian] Od globaln krize do prevladavanja kapitala –- Peter Hudis

***RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis

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

[This is one of the best books I have read in the last 20 years. It is of paramount importance for the struggles ahead and humanity’s quest for release from the value-form of labour and our break-out into realms of freedomGlenn Rikowski. For more on this book see:  https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/marxs-concept-of-the-alternative-to-capitalism-by-peter-hudis/]

Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis

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

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

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books, paperback 2012

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – By David Black and Chris Ford, Unkant Publishers, paperback 2012

[This is an exciting and well-crafted account of Chartism at its glorious peak. I have used the book and the related video it in my teaching. For more on here see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/promotional-film-for-1839-the-chartist-insurrection-by-david-black-and-chris-ford/ and https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/1839-the-chartist-insurrection/Glenn Rikowski]

The International Marxist-Humanist is the web publication of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization (IMHO). The 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

Also contact the above address or more information about our publication or our organization, or to learn about events in your geographical area (if available).

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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

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

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Karl Marx & Jenny Marx

THE MARX PARTY – KARL MARX’S REVOLUTIONARY HOUSEHOLD

Love & Capital: Karl & Jenny Marx & the Birth of a Revolution

By Mary Gabriel,
Little, Brown & Company 2011
707 pages, $39.99

Review by Barry Healy

October 19, 2012 — Green Left Weekly — The spectre of Karl Marx still haunts the capitalist world. Only 11 people attended his funeral in 1883 and the corporate press still loves to dance on his grave, constantly declaring that his ideas are irrelevant. Yet with every economic crisis all eyes return to Marx’s masterpiece, Capital, to understand what is really going on in our economic system.

How did this extraordinary work get produced? What circumstances fed the creative process?

Through Mary Gabriel’s intimate biography we see that hardship ― unrelenting, heartbreaking miserable poverty ― was the physical context. But in greater measure, love and unstinting generosity of the spirit nurtured the flame of creativity and rebellion.

The author of The Communist Manifesto and Capital, Marx was hounded from country to country in Europe before settling in London to further his revolutionary work. With him every inch of the way, physically, intellectually and emotionally was his family.

Few lives have been lived as intensely as that of Karl Marx. And through this book the zeal that his entire family shared is honoured.

His wife Jenny, his collaborator, transcribed his notoriously indecipherable handwriting so that printers could read it. As such, she was fully united with his thought processes and shared his outlook.

As is clear in this book, she was fully as much a revolutionary as her husband, but in no way such a public figure.

However, she was recognised as a lynchpin of the exiles who swirled around their household, an essential part of the underground movement Marx and his key collaborator Frederick Engels were leading.

Their surviving three daughters were also his collaborators, first as his secretaries and then as revolutionary activists in their own right. Also part of the close-knit group were the household maid Helene Demuth (mother of Marx’s illegitimate son, Freddy) and Engels.

It was this household that was the core of the “Marx party” ― the revolutionary grouping that pulled together such a huge circle of revolutionaries that the political police of several countries spied on them ― and was a key origin of the world socialist movement today.

Marx and Engels’ project was to coordinate and lead, as far as possible, the entire revolutionary movement ― first in Europe and later the globe ― and to have Marx’s investigation of the operations of capitalism published.

Both tasks were Herculean and almost beyond the capabilities of human flesh. A well-funded political office could have achieved the first and a placidly tenured academic could have accomplished the second.

Trying to organise a revolutionary centre without resources in the stinking, disease-ridden backstreets of Victorian London was hard enough. But trying to achieve a ground-breaking analysis of the operations of the entire economic system with nothing but a desk and broken chairs was near impossible.

The stress of producing Capital drove Marx to near distraction. He missed deadlines (by decades), and his body rebelled against him. He suffered sleeplessness, headaches, boils all over his body and a persistent liver complaint.

Other political work would loom large and he would gain apparent relief from his research by diving into the political melee.

The force that drove Marx was shared by them all and made for a terribly difficult, poverty-stricken existence. When Capital, volume 1, was finally published, after 20 years in the writing, Marx observed that he had “sacrificed my health, happiness, and family” to complete the book. Among sacrifices shared with Jenny were the death of four children due to poverty.

We are lucky that Marx and just about everyone in his circle were great letter writers. This biography, which focuses on the personal and the familial, would have been impossible without the great trove of letters. As Engels lived mostly in Manchester, daily letters between the two collaborators were necessary.

The Marx family, which essentially included Engels, was characterised by astonishing intellectualism, great playfulness and passion.

It is clear that Marx, for all his public political work, was an introvert. That trait made him prickly and challenging in public but a joy to his family and friends in private. Evenings at the Marx home would be spent with the family performing scenes from Shakespeare’s plays or reciting poetry in various languages.

Marx loved books and found relief from sickness and hardship through such things as teaching himself Danish or studying advanced calculus.

Gabriel pulls no punches about Marx’s personal failings. Marx was quite capable of selfishness and foolishness, not least of which was his fathering of a baby with Helene Demuth while Jenny was in Germany begging money from rich relatives so the family could survive.

Of all of the characters in this epic, Demuth and Freddy are the least developed, which is a great pity, because they were not minor figures. Evidently they wrote less than the others.

Engels looms large as the benefactor who generously opened his purse not only to the Marx family but to other revolutionaries in need.

Gabriel is no Marxist, rather she is a liberal who appears to have been awakened to Marx’s brilliance through researching this book.

She is very good at conveying the physical and political setting of each stage of the Marx family journey and she ably summarises important political texts. That is very useful for situating these writings in their context and makes this book a useful reading guide to Marx’s writings, similar to Alan Brien’s Lenin, The Novel for Lenin’s works.

Gabriel’s political grasp is a bit thin at times. Unaccountably, she underestimates the importance of Marx and Engels’ work in support of the Union forces in the American Civil War. She pictures Marx spending the war reading newspapers in a cafe.

In Marx at the Margins, Kevin Anderson showed that Marx was personally involved in the effective ban on slave cotton that the Manchester workers maintained for the duration of the conflict. That was at the expense of their own livelihood, an outstanding example of working-class solidarity.

Moreover, when the British government tried to enter the war on the side of the south, Marx was responsible for a huge demonstration that stopped the government in its tracks. In that manner, Marx and Engels made no small contribution to the victory over slavery in the US, a world historic event.

To counteract these deficiencies, this book could be read together with Anderson’s book and Karl Marx, Man and Fighter by Boris Nicolaievsky and Otto Maenchen Helfen.

What shines through Gabriel’s book is not just the extraordinary hardships that were endured by the Marx family, but the love shared. This family was committed to a socialist vision and worked tirelessly towards it.

Turning these pages to find out what happened, both the joy and the heartbreak, is very easy. Gabriel draws the reader into their world.

Originally at LINKS: http://links.org.au/node/3067

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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

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Karl Marx

KARL MARX

Karl Marx

Imprint: Ashgate

Published: August 2012

Format: 244 x 169 mm

Extent: 684 pages

Binding: Hardback

ISBN: 978-0-7546-7757-4

Price:  $350.00; Website price: $315.00

BL Reference: 335.4-dc22

LoC Control No: 2011934979

Edited by Bertell Ollman, New York University, USA and Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Series: The International Library of Essays in Classical Sociology

Marx’s approach to analyzing society and especially his critique of capitalist society, continues to influence the work of a large number of scholars world-wide. Unfortunately, there are relatively few clear accounts of what this approach is and how to put it to use. And, despite the many attempts to use Marx’s method to study a variety of subjects, there are relatively few that can serve as useful models. In the present volume, the internationally renowned Marxist scholar, Bertell Ollman, and the social theorist Kevin B. Anderson, have brought together a sampling of the best writings of the past hundred years that illustrate and critique Marx’s method as well as explain what it is and how to put it to work. Anyone wishing to understand better Marx’s dialectical method (along, of course, with the theories created with its help), or to revise this method or to criticize it, or to use it in their own work will find this collection invaluable.

 

Contents:

Introduction

Part I Theory and Method: Reification and the consciousness of the proletariat, Georg Lukács; The age of revolutions: industrial, social-political, intellectual, Raya Dunayevskaya; Putting dialectics to work: the process of abstraction in Marx’s method, Bertell Ollman; The unity of science and revolution: Marxism as critique, Peter G. Stillman; Karl Marx’s Enquête Ouvriere, Hilde Weiss (and Karl Marx).

Part II Political Economy: From financial crisis to world slump: accumulation, financialization and the global slowdown, David McNally; Self-sourcing: how corporations get us to work without pay!, Martha E. Gimenez; The reproduction of daily life, Fredy Perlman; The rise and future demise of the world capitalist system: concepts for comparative analysis, Immanuel Wallerstein; The ‘new’ imperialism: accumulation by dispossession, David Harvey.

Part III State and Politics: The constitution as an elitist document, Michael Parenti; The monopolistic economy: property and contract, Franz Neumann; The worldwide class struggle, Vincent Navarro; The economic and social functions of the legal institutions, Karl Renner; The problem of the capitalist state, Nicos Poulantzas; Reply to Nicos Poulantzas, Ralph Miliband; The Marxist case for revolution today, Ernest Mandel.

Part IV The Individual and Society: Psychoanalysis and sociology, Erich Fromm; The uses and abuses of ‘civil society’, Ellen Meiksins Wood; Labor market and penal sanction: thoughts on the sociology of penal justice, Georg Rusche; The injuries of class, Michael D. Yates; Sports and cultural politics: the attraction of modern spectator sports, Sut Jhally and Bill Livant.

Part V Culture and Religion: The culture industry: enlightenment as mass deception, Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno; Museum, Inc.: inside the global art world (over-the-cliff notes), Paul Werner; The cultural logic of late capitalism, Fredric Jameson; Aroma and shadow: Marx vs Nietzsche on religion, Ishay Landa.

Part VI History: Exploitation, E.P. Thompson; The feudal mode of production, Perry Anderson; The decline and fall of Rome, G.E.M. de Ste Croix.

Part VII Colonialism, Race and Gender: Negroes in the Civil War: their role in the second American revolution, C.L.R. James (J.R. Johnson); Race relations – its meaning, beginning and progress, Oliver C. Cox; The feminist standpoint: developing the ground for a specifically feminist historical materialism, Nancy C.M. Hartsock; Marx’s late writings on non-Western and pre-capitalist societies and gender, Kevin B. Anderson.

Part VIII Ecology: Marx’s ecology in historical perspective, John Bellamy Foster; Marx’s vision of sustainable human development, Paul Burkett; Name index.

 

About the Editors:

Bertell Ollman is Professor of Politics at New YorkUniversity. He has published widely on Marxist theory and his books include Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society (1971, 1976), Marxism: An Uncommon Introduction (1991), Dialectical Investigations (1993) The Dance of the Dialectic: Further Essays on Marx’s Method (2001) and (as editor, with Edward Vernoff) The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses 3 vols (1982, 1984, 1986). His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese and Korean. In 2001 he was the recipient of the first Charles McCoy Life Achievement Award from the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association. 



Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology, Political Science and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Lenin, Hegel and Western Marxism: A Critical Study (1995); Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (2005), and the co-author, with Janet Afary, of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution. He is the editor of Marx on Suicide (1999, co-edited with Eric A. Plaut); The Power of Negativity: Selected Writings on the Dialectic in Hegel and Marx by Raya Dunayevskaya (2002, co-edited with Peter Hudis); and The Rosa Luxemburg Reader (2004, co-edited with Peter Hudis). His third monograph, single-authored, is Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (University of Chicago, 2010) for which he received the 2011 Paul Sweezy Book Award from the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association. He has published numerous articles on Marx and Marxism for over 25 years.

 

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Marx for Today

MARX FOR TODAY

Edited by Marcello Musto

After having being sold out as special issue (Nr. 54 – December 2010) of the journal “Socialism and Democracy” already in March 2011, Routledge has published “Marx for Today” as a book:
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415503594/


DESCRIPTION

Since the onset of global crisis in recent years, academics and economic theorists from various political and cultural backgrounds have been drawn to Marx’s analysis of the inherent instability of capitalism. The rediscovery of Marx is based on his continuing capacity to explain the present. In the context of what some commentators have described as a “Marx renaissance”, the aim of this book is to make a close study of Marx’s principal writings in relation to the major problems of our own society, and to show why and how some of his theories constitute a precious tool for the understanding and critique of the world in the early twenty-first century.

The book brings together varied reflections on the Marxian oeuvre, drawing on different perspectives and fields, and argues its case in two different parts. The first will encompass such diverse areas and themes as political thought, economics, nationalism, ethnicity, post-capitalist society, freedom, democracy, emancipation, and alienation, showing in each case how Marx has still today an invaluable contribution to make. The second presents a complete and rigorous account of the dissemination and the reception of Marx’s work throughout the world in the last decade. Both parts make a significant contribution to the current research on Marx and Marxisms.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Socialism and Democracy.


REVIEWS

“In Marcello Musto, the Marx revival has found an ‘Impressario’ with a range of interests and contacts, a tolerance for differences, and an exquisite taste for only the finest and most provocative of Marxist scholarship. With this volume of exceptionally astute essays (the second for Routledge after Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the critique of political economy 150 years later, and a third is on its way), Musto has set the gold standard for Marxological studies in the modern era. No one who wants to understand why Marx was chosen as the greatest thinker of the last millenium in a BBC poll of its listeners can afford to miss any of Musto’s volumes, including his own remarkably lucid and insightful contributions to each of them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” — Bertell Ollman – New York University

“With the relentless globalization of capital in recent decades, a global capitalist economic crisis, and uprisings in Greece, Italy, Spain, the Occupy Movements, and the Arab Uprisings of 2011, Marx has perhaps never been as relevant for the contemporary moment as now. Marcello Musto has orchestrated a series of projects that have ignited the Marx revival and contributed his own scholarship and ideas for making Marx alive for us today. His edited book Marx for Today is an extremely important contribution to the ungoing “Marx renaissance”, and shows how Marx’s work contributes to understanding and engaging key problems of today’s society, and thus how Marx contributes to projects of understanding, critique and transformation of the world in the early twenty-first century.” — Douglas Kellner – UCLA

“The ruling doxa wants us to believe that Marx belongs to yesterday. The truth of the matter is that his analysis, his theories and his indignation are relevant today, as much, and perhaps more so, than in his own times. This brilliant collection of essays edited by Marcello Musto shows us why”. — Michael Löwy – CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research)

CONTENTS

1. Introduction, Marcello Musto.

Part 1: Re-reading Marx in 2010

2. Not Just Capital and Class: Marx on Non-Western Societies, Nationalism and Ethnicity, Kevin B. Anderson.

3. The Myth of Twentieth-Century Socialism and the Continuing Relevance of Karl Marx, Paresh Chattopadhyay.

4. Change the System, Not Its Barriers, Michael A. Lebowitz.

5. Emancipation in Marx’s Early Work, George Comninel.

6. Revisiting Marx’s Concept of Alienation, Marcello Musto.

7. Marx and the Politics of Sarcasm, Terrell Carver.

8. The ‘Lesser Evil’ as Argument and Tactic, from Marx to the Present, Victor Wallis.

9. In Capitalist Crisis, Rediscovering Marx, Rick Wolff.

10. Universal Capitalism, Ellen Meiksins Wood.

Part 2: Marx’s Global Reception Today

11. Marx in Hispanic America, Francisco T. Sobrino.

12. Marx in Brazil, Armando Boito and Luiz Eduardo Motta.

13. Marx in the Anglophone World, Paul Blackledge.

14. Marx in France, Jean-Numa Ducange.

15. Marx in Germany, Jan Hoff.

16. Marx in Italy, Gianfranco Ragona.

17. Marx in Russia, Vesa Oittinen.

18. Marx in China, Daping Hu.

19. Marx in South Korea, Seongjin Jeong.

20. Marx in Japan, Hiroshi Uchida.

A 20% discount flyer for universities and/or libraries is available from marcello.musto@gmail.com.

A library recommendation form is available at the following location – see: http://www.routledge.com/resources/librarian_recommendation/9780415503594 for more details. You can fill this out for your own librarian and forward the link to interested parties who would like to see your book appear in their libraries as well.

And in case a colleague would like to review the book: A review copy request form can be found at the following here: http://www.routledge.com/resources/review_copy_request/9780415503594   

 

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES FROM U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS – JUNE 2012

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JUNE 2012

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE WISCONSIN RECALL ELECTION – by D. Beltaigne

THE EUROPEAN CRISIS: REGRESSION AND RENEWAL – by David Black

ISRAEL AND IRAN: ENMITY FROM ABOVE, AMITY FROM BELOW – by Richard Abernethy

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON ROSA LUXEMBURG’S CRITIQUE OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis

PERSIAN ‘CAPITAL’: HASSAN MORTAZAVI’S NEW TRANSLATION OF MARX’S CLASSIC WORK – by Frieda Afary

MARCUSE’S AND FROMM’S CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SOCIALIST FEMINIST RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA: A NEW WINDOW ON CRITICAL THEORY – by Kevin Anderson

DISCUSSION ARTICLE: DEATH RATTLE OF THE AMERICAN MIND – by Peter McLaren

[VIDEO] 1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – by David Black and Chris Ford

[PERSIAN] ON ETHNICITY AND NON-WESTERN SOCIETIES: MARX AT THE MARGINS – by Yashar Dar al-Shafa

 

NEW BOOK:

1839: THE CHARTIST INSURRECTION – by David Black and Chris Ford (Unkannt Books)  

 

NEW BOOK:

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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