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LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY

NEW IN PAPERBACK

Liberalism: A Counter-History

By Domenico Losurdo

Translated by Gregory Elliott

 

A fierce critique into the contradiction and complacency of Liberalism

http://www.versobooks.com/books/960-liberalism

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In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

Narrating an intellectual history running from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries, Losurdo examines the thought of preeminent liberal writers such as Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, and Sieyès, revealing the inner contradictions of an intellectual position that has exercised a formative influence on today’s politics. Among the dominant strains of liberalism, he discerns the counter-currents of more radical positions, lost in the constitution of the modern world order.

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“A brilliant exercise in unmasking liberal pretensions, surveying over three centuries with magisterial command of the sources.” – Financial Times

“Liberalism: A Counter-History by Domenico Losurdo stimulatingly uncovers the contradictions of an ideology that is much too self-righteously invoked.” – Pankaj Mishra, Guardian

“The book is a historically grounded, very accessible critique of liberalism, complementing a growing literature critical of liberalism.” – CHOICE

“Liberalism is far too serious to be left in the hands of the liberals.” – Il Giornale

“There is always something to learn from books by Domenico Losurdo. And [this book] is no exception, for the outstanding knowledge of modern and contemporary political thought, the rigorous philology and the pursuit of sources that have been forgotten or expunged.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“Vast historical research recommended for the depth of the ‘excavation’ and for the wealth of new material that emerges.” – Il Sole 24 Ore

“The latest, original work by Domenico Losurdo, a philosopher-historian of great lucidity, author of always innovative books … travels through and analyzes the dark, deep and often malodorous side of liberalism.” – La Stampa

“Losurdo is almost unbelievably well-read” – Jacobin

“Losurdo chronicles the ways in which the leading theorists of liberalism aided and abetted the building up of a ‘master-race democracy’ in the antebellum United States and, afterwards, a world-wide ‘war’ waged by the northern European empires of liberty against one another and for the colonial subjection of the rest of the world.” – The University Bookman

“Liberals might be inclined to disregard Losurdo’s work as bombastic and hyperbolic, but they would be exercising poor judgment to do so. This is not revisionist history, but history told from the point of view of those who are making it.” – Chris Byron, Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

“Losurdo’s point is not the standard Marxian one; that is, the bitter irony of ‘free labour’ is that it is not so free. His point is rather more straightforward: from its inception, liberalism has been about asserting the liberty and equality of the ‘community of the free’, over and against those excluded from that community.” – Geoff Mann, Antipode

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Domenico Losurdo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. He is the author of many books in Italian, German, French and Spanish. in English he has published Hegel and the Freedom of Moderns, Heidegger and the Ideology of War, and Liberalism.

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Paperback /  384 pages / ISBN: 9781781681664 / January 2014 / £11.99

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Education, Democracy and Development

Education, Democracy and Development

POLITICS, AGONISM AND DELIBERATION: THE PLACE OF CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS IN CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACIES

Call for Papers

XI Conference Asociación Española de Ciencia Política

Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla

September 18-20, 2013

Workshop 1.7: Politics, Agonism and Deliberation: The Place of Conflict and Consensus in Contemporary Democracies

Convenor: Javier Franzé (ComplutenseUniversity of Madrid)
Discussant: Máriam Martínez Ramírez (AutónomaUniversity of Madrid)

 

Contemporary political theory praises liberal democracy both in its descriptive and normative sides. There is widespread consensus around the idea that context has totally transformed the place for democracy, but not its conclusions. We are likely to differentiate between two normative models of democracy, namely, either a liberal or enlightened one –Habermas, Rawls- or a postliberal one, being that critical to Enlightenment tenets – Mouffe, Rancière-. The former considers that the core liberal values are still valid, in concrete concerning the possibility to resolve political conflicts in a dialogical way, although an adjustment to new contexts is much needed. The latter rejects such arguments, in that they are meant to be good for democracy because it entails a conflict and struggle for incommensurables values.

This workshop aims at clarifying the conceptual map and the various categories of each of the models to examine their contributions and limits. It welcomes papers analyzing concrete cases, in an attempt to test the explicative capacity of both paradigms. Some of the inquiries this workshop poses are the following: It there any rationality permitting to overcome political differences or, otherwise, particularity is irreductable and universality means depolitization? Is language a communicative means or it is rather the only way actors have to build the world performatively? Is consensus the result of dialogical rationality or it is otherwise the consequence of certain struggle for values?

Paper proposals: http://aecpa.es/usuarios/usuario/cuenta/congress/papers/insert.php

Deadline: March 20

Further information: http://www.aecpa.es/presentacion/pages.41/

 

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Capitalism

THE ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD READER

Now Out! The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader 

http://www.brill.com/ellen-meiksins-wood-reader

Edited by Larry Patriquin, NipissingUniversity

 

Volume: 40

Series: Historical Materialism Book Series

ISSN: 

1570-152

ISBN: 9789004230088

Publication Year: 2012

Edition info:  1

Version: Hardback

Publication Type: Book

Pages, Illustrations: xiii, 335 pp.

Imprint: BRILL

Language: English

Ellen Meiksins Wood is a leading contemporary political theorist who has elaborated an innovative approach to the history of political thought, the ‘social history of political theory’. She has been described as the founder, together with the historian Robert Brenner, of ‘Political Marxism’, a distinct version of historical materialism which has inspired a research program that spans a number of academic disciplines. Organized thematically, this Reader brings together selections from Wood’s groundbreaking scholarship, published over three decades, providing an overview of her original interpretations of capitalism, precapitalist societies, the state, political theory, democracy, citizenship, liberalism, civil society, the Enlightenment, globalization, imperialism, and socialism

Readership

All those interested in the history and theories of capitalism, socialism, imperialism, Marxism, liberalism, social classes, democracy, civil society, and citizenship.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The ‘Method’ of Ellen Meiksins Wood

1. Capitalism
The ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ in capitalism
Class-power and state-power
Feudalism and private property
Capitalism as the privatisation of political power
The localisation of class-struggle
England vs. the dominant model of capitalism
The bourgeois paradigm
Begging the question
Opportunity or imperative?
The commercialisation-model
Marx on the transition
Towns and trade
Agrarian capitalism
Market-dependent producers
A different kind of market-dependence?
Competitive markets

2. Precapitalist Societies
Class and state in China and Rome
Rome and the empire of private property
The city-states of Florence and Venice
Master and slave vs. landlord and peasant
Free producers and slaves
Slavery and the ‘decline’ of the Roman Empire
The ‘logic’ of slavery vs. the logic of capitalism
The ‘slave-mode of production’
Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizen
The nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens

3. The State in Historical Perspective
Class and state in ancient society
The emergence of the polis in ancient Athens
The ‘essence’ of the polis
Class in the democratic polis
Village and state, town and country, in democratic Athens
The rise and fall of Rome
The culture of property: the Roman law
From imperial Rome to ‘feudalism’
Absolutism and the modern state
The idea of the state
The peculiarities of the English state
Contrasting states: France vs. England

4. Social and Political Thought
The social history of political theory
Political theory in history: an overview
Plato
The Greek concept of freedom
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Locke
Revolution and tradition, c. 1640–1790

5. Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil Society
Labour and democracy, ancient and modern
From ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship
Capitalism and democratic citizenship
The American redefinition of democracy
A democracy devoid of social content
From democracy to liberalism
Capitalism and ‘liberal democracy’
Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemony
The idea of ‘civil society’
The civil-society argument
‘Civil society’ and the devaluation of democracy

6. The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-‘New Left’
Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. England
From modernity to postmodernity
Modernity and the non-history of capitalism
Themes of the postmodern left
Enlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. Locke
Enlightenment-universalism
The periodisation of the Western left
Left-intellectuals and contemporary capitalism

7. Globalisation and Imperialism
Globalisation and the nation-state
Nation-states, classes, and universal capitalism
The indispensable state
Precapitalist imperialism
The classic age of imperialism
Globalisation and war
Globalisation and imperial hegemony
The contradictions of capitalist imperialism

8. Socialism
The end of the welfare-state ‘compact’
There are no social democrats now
Market-dependence vs. market-enablement
Left-strategies of market-enablement
The political implications of competition
The working class and the struggle for socialism
Class-conflict and the socialist project
Socialism and democracy
The state in classless societies
Liberalism vs. democracy
‘Universal human goods’
The self-emancipation of the working class
The socialist movement
Democracy as an economic mechanism

Bibliography of Works by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1970–2012

References
Index

Originally published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-out-the-ellen-meiksins-wood-reader

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Domenico Losurdo

A TALK ON LIBERALISM BY DOMENICO LOSURDO

March 19, 2012
CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
A Talk on Liberalism by Domenico Losurdo

http://www.versobooks.com/events/375-a-talk-on-liberalism-by-domenico-losurdo

The author of Liberalism: A Counter History discusses the dark side of Liberalism
On March 19, Domenico Losurdo will speak at the Graduate Center at CUNY about his latest book, Liberalism: A Counter-History, examining the ways in which liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has historically been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery.

6.30pm – 7.30pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
365 Fifth Avenue
New York,NY10016

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Karl Marx in Film

HISTORICAL MATERIALISM – VOLUME 19 ISSUE 2 (2011)

http://www.brill.nl/hm

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/hm

Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory
Volume 19 Issue 2, 2011
 

CONTENTS

Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial-Prize Lecture

Ben Fine and Dimitris Milonakis: ‘Useless but True’: Economic Crisis and the Peculiarities of Economic Science

Articles

Panagiotis Sotiris: Beyond Simple Fidelity to the Event: The Limits of Alain Badiou’s Ontology

Vivek Chibber: What Is Living and What Is Dead in the Marxist Theory of History

Stefano G. Azzarà: Settling Accounts with Liberalism: On the Work of Domenico Losurdo

Intervention

Bill Bowring: Marx, Lenin and Pashukanis on Self-Determination: Response to Robert Knox

Review Articles

Michael Löwy on Walter Benjamin’s Archive. Images, Texts, Signs, edited by Ursula Marx, Gudrun Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and Erdmut Wizisla, translated by Esther Leslie; and Esther Leslie’s Walter Benjamin, and Benjamin Handbuch’s Leben-Werk-Wirkung, edited by Burkhardt Lindner

Andrew Lawson on Richard Godden’s William Faulkner: An Economy of Complex Words

Bue Rübner Hansen on Jonathan Nitzan’s and Shimshon Bichler’s Capital as Power: A Study 
of Order and Creorder

Widukind De Ridder on Douglas Moggach’s The Philosophy and Politics of Bruno Bauer and Massimiliano Tomba’s Krise und Kritik bei Bruno Bauer: Kategorien des Politischen im nachhegelschen Denken

Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Trickle Down Theory

William W. Hansen
Fanonism

 

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Domenico Losurdo

DOMENICO LOSURDO COMES TO LONDON TO DISCUSS HIS NEW BOOK – ‘LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY’

Thursday, May 05, 2011, 7.30pm

King’s College London, Edmund J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

‘Liberalism: Slavery, imperialism and exploitation’

A panel discussion and book launch for LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORYwith Domenico Losurdo, Robin Blackburn, Richard Seymour, and chair Stathis Kouvelakis.

Hosted by the KCL European Studies Department in association with Verso Books

http://www.versobooks.com/events/141-liberalism-slavery-imperialism-and-exploitation

RSVP: marketing@verso.co.uk

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DOMENICO LOSURDO is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. He is the author of many books in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin. In English he has published HEGEL AND THE FREEDOM OF MODERNS and HEIDEGGER AND THE IDEOLOGY OF WAR.

ROBIN BLACKBURN is the author of THE AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: SLAVERY, EMANCIPATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS. He teaches at the University of Essex in the UK and at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is a contributor to NEW LEFT REVIEW and a member of its editorial committee.

RICHARD SEYMOUR is the author of THE LIBERAL DEFENCE OF MURDER. He lives, works and writes in London. He runs the Lenin’s Tomb website, which comments on the War on Terror, Islamophobia and neoliberalism.

STATHIS KOUVELAKIS is the author of PHILSOPHY AND REVOLUTION: FROM KANT TO MARX. He is a Reader in Political Theory at King’s College London.

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PRAISE FOR LIBERALISM: A COUNTER-HISTORY BY DOMENICO LOSURDO

‘Devastatingly exact in his dismantling of a Whiggish optimism, Losurdo thankfully avoids the historical dead-endism of postmodern critiques.’ Greg Grandin, author of FORDLANDIA

‘Anyone who thinks they know the history of liberalism will be surprised – and riveted – by this book. Every page is an experience.’ Corey Robin, author of FEAR: THE HISTORY OF A POLITICAL IDEA

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In this definitive historical investigation of the formation of liberalism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, Domenico Losurdo overturns complacent and self-congratulatory accounts by showing that, from its very origins, liberalism and its main thinkers—Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, Sieyès and others—have been bound up with the defense of thethoroughly illiberal policies of slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and elitism. Losurdo probes the inner contradictions of liberalism, also focusing on minority currents that moved to more radical positions, and provides an authoritative account of the relationship between the domestic and colonial spheres in the constitution of a liberal order.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 639 4 / $34.95 / £22.00 / Hardcover / 384 pages

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Academics based within North America may request an examination copy – please contact clara@versobooks.com  

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Sociology

ONLINE FIRST FOR CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Critical Sociology now publishes accepted articles on-line, in advance of their appearance in the pages of the print journal.  Anyone at an institution getting the journal has access to the online version of Critical Sociology, which includes all back issues from Vol.1 Issue 1, as well as the online first articles (these are removed from the web site and appear online in the journal version).

You can sign up for table of content alerts and announcements of additions to the OnlineFirst page by going to the link below and registering.

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(Potential authors–this counts as a publication date and the Document Object Identification [DOI] serves as a direct link to the article.)

The most recent additions to Critical Sociology OnlineFirst are:

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Neoliberal Globalization and Trade Unionism: Toward Radical Political Unionism?
Martin Upchurch and Andy Mathers
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396384
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396384v1?papetoc

The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the USA
Robert Silverman and Kelly L. Patterson
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510396385
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510396385v1?papetoc

Independent Travel: Colonialism, Liberalism, and the Self 
Kristin Lozanski
Crit Socio l published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510379443
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510379443v1?papetoc

Urban Workers’ Leisure Culture and the ‘Public Sphere’: A Study of the Transformation of the Workers’ Cultural Palace in Reform-era China
Guoxin Xing
Crit Sociol published 11 January 2011, 10.1177/0896920510392078
http://crs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0896920510392078v1?papetoc

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Dept of Sociology
Wayne State University

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Radical Politics

RADICAL DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

Call for Papers: Radical Democracy Conference

April 4 – April 5, 2011, New York, NY

Paper Abstracts Submission Deadline: January 31

Notification Date: February 18

Full Papers Deadline: March 21

The Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research, in collaboration with the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, is sponsoring a two-day graduate student conference interrogating the concept, history, and implications of radical democracy. Striving to assess the legacy of antiquity on contemporary radical democratic theory, as well as explore the work of contemporary theorists such as Abensour, Arendt, Castoriadis, Mouffe, Negri, Ranciere, and Wolin, we invite you to submit abstracts on any theme pertaining to the history, meaning, development and application, or critique of the concept OF “radical democracy.”

We strongly encourage submissions that touch upon any of the following themes, however, papers exploring other relevant topics and issues are also strongly encouraged:

    • Promises, limits and critiques of the concept of radical democracy

    • Ancient democratic thought in relation to modernity and post-modernity

    • Technology and the mediums of (radical) democracy

    • Consensus building/agonistic democracy

    • Engendering radical democracy: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class

    • Post-Leftist democratic politics

    • Radical democracy and anarchism

    • Relationship between radical democracy and traditional regime forms such as oligarchy, liberalism, republicanism, socialism, communism

    • Exploring the relationship between radical democracy and key concepts in political theory such as: participatory/direct democracy; agency and autonomy; state and nation; capitalism; imperialism; anarchy and authority, dictatorship and tyranny; sacrifice and violence; revolution and reform

Interested participants should submit a one-page abstract (up to 300 words) that includes institutional affiliation, academic level, and contact information by Monday, January 31.

You will receive a notification of our decision by Friday, February 18.

Full conference papers will be due by Monday, March 21.

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Fanaticism

FANATICISM

On the Uses of an Idea

By ALBERTO TOSCANO

Published 7h June 2010

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EVENTS:

Thursday 3 June, 1pm at the RSA, London: A special introduction to Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea. For more information and book your free place: http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/fanaticism-on-the-uses-of-an-idea

Friday 2 July, 2-3.30pm at the Marxism 2010 Festival in London, Room 3E at ULU, 2-3.30. For more information and to book:  https://www.marxismfestival.org.uk/2010/bookonline.html

Thursday 8 July, 6.45pm: Launch talk at the ICA. Further details to be announced here: http://www.ica.org.uk/7945/Talks/Talks-listings.html

Monday 11 October, 6.30 -8.00pm at the LSE, Wolfson theatre as part of the Forum for European Philosophy talks. Further details to be announced here:http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/forumForEuropeanPhilosophy/events/Default.htm

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“A tour de force in every sense – Toscano wipes the smug smiles off the self-righteous faces of the New Philosophers.” Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

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Fanaticism is usually seen as a deviant or extreme variant of an already irrational set of religious beliefs. Drawing a straight line from the Peasant Wars to Bolshevism, this view of fanaticism is today invoked by the West in order to demonize and psychologize any non-liberal politics. Alberto Toscano’s compelling counter-history explores the critical role fanaticism played in forming modern politics and the liberal state, and undermines the idea that liberalism and fanaticism are irrevocably opposed. 

Tracing its development from the traumatic Peasants’ War of early sixteenth-century Germany, to contemporary Islamism, Toscano tears apart the sterile opposition of “reasonableness” and fanaticism. Instead, in a radical new interpretation, he places the fanatic at the very heart of politics, arguing that historical and revolutionary transformations require a new understanding of its role. Showing how fanaticism results from the failure to formulate an adequate emancipatory politics, this illuminating history sheds new light on an idea that continues to dominate debates about faith and secularism.

The ‘fanatic’ is the figure that we are all scared of – whether it’s the Islamic fundamentalist primed for a suicide bombing or the Christian anti-abortionist planning to murder a doctor. The fanatic is a whirl of contradictions: at once cold-blooded and insanely passionate, opportunistic but principled, backward and yet technologically sophisticated, murderous and prepared to risk everything to human rights. He or she is driven by abstract principles, whether religious or secular, that threaten the very basis of a pragmatic liberal democracy. But are these oppositions really the way to understand the conflict between religion and state, terror and democracy?

In this tour de force examination of political and philosophical rhetoric through the ages, Alberto Toscano examines the use of the term ‘fanatic’. Following its use by Martin Luther in the Reformation, the rationalists in the Enlightenment, and liberals in the Cold War and the present day, he finds our understanding of it dictated by the prejudices of the day.

Toscano argues that there is an unsettling intimacy between political behaviour regarded as fanatical, and rational, emancipatory politics: supposedly liberal political projects are also marked by fanaticism. Moreover, while a liberal would claim that passion and abstract principles (such as universal rights) are the jurisdiction of the fanatic and have no place in rational politics, we should seek to reclaim a place for these supposedly negative terms at the heart of contemporary politics. For example, finding that nineteenth century slavers called abolitionists fanatics for their ‘mad’ adherence to the Rights of Man, he asks us to reconsider who we regard as a fanatic.

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ALBERTO TOSCANO is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production, translator of Alain Badiou’s The Century and Logics of Worlds and co-editor of, among others, Alain Badiou’s Theoretical Writings and Antonio Negri’s Political Descartes. He has published numerous articles on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory, and is an editor of Historical Materialism.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 424 4 / $26.95 / £16.99 / CAN$33.50 / 304 pages

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The Dialectic

CAPITALISM AND THE DIALECTIC: THE UNO-SEKINE APPROACH TO MARXIAN ECONOMY

JOHN R BELL

Capitalism & the Dialectic introduces the approach pioneered by Japanese economist, Kozo Uno and refined perhaps most dramatically by Thomas Sekine. This approach progressively increases its comprehension of capitalism by moving sequentially through three distinct levels of analysis. In the theory of pure capitalism, Uno and Sekine reproduce the logic that capital and its society-wide market employ in the attempt to reproduce material economic life. By adhering to Marx’s Hegelian dialectical method more consistently than did Marx, they are able to correct and complete Capital and to provide a convincing defence of value theory. The stages theory of capitalism’s historical development recognizes that in any historical society capital must also contend with more intractable use-values than the light cotton-type goods that are contemplated by pure theory (and that did indeed dominate British liberal capitalism). In theorizing each of the stages capitalism (mercantilism, liberalism, imperialism), the Uno-Sekine perspective recognizes that stage-specific economic policies must be advanced to tame use-value to the point that the market can operate effectively to reproduce economic life. Subsequent empirical studies are informed by these two levels of theory. The Uno-Sekine approach does not overlook the possibility that a society might still strive to be capitalist after use-value resistance has become so great that no bourgeois policy can provide the market with sufficient support to allow it to successfully regulate economic life.

Contents

Part 1 Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Circulation
     1 Commodity,Value, Money and Capital Forms
Part II Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Production
     2 Capitalist Production
     3 Circulation and Reproduction of Capital
Part III Dialectical Theory of Capitalism: Distribution
     4 Theory of Profit
     5 Business Cycles
     6 Rent, Commercial Credit
     7 Interest-Bearing Capital Closes the Dialectic
Part IV Capitalism and History
     8 Stages Theory of Capitalist Development
     9 Conclusion: Capitalists Beyond Capitalism

“This is a clear introduction to a ground-breaking but little-known approach to Marxian economics: the Uno-Sekine approach. … With this perceptive and thoughtful volume, John Bell renders a great service to the interested Western reader.” — Thomas Sekine, author of An Outline of the Dialectic of Capital (1997)

“Many thinkers have been influenced by the work of Japanese political economist Kozo Uno. Thomas Sekine’s two volume work, An Outline of the Dialectic of Capital, has done the most to reflect and enlarge Uno’s work. John Bell’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the core concepts and principles of this important 
school of thought.” – Robert Albritton, author of Economics Transformed (Pluto Press, 2007)

“Japanese political economist Kozo Uno made major interventions [on important questions of Marxist theory] … but due to language barriers these were passed over. John Bell’s book helps to fill an intellectual gap with an overview of Uno’s compelling reconstruction of Marx ‘s Capital.” – Richard Westra, author of Political Economy and Globalization (2009)

Publication date October 2009
ISBN hardcover 97807745329349
ISBN  paperback 9780745329338
h 9.25″ x 5.87″
Pluto Press   http://www.plutopress.com
Author’s site http://capitalismandthedialectic.com

John R Bell taught for over three decades at Seneca College. He was co-editor of New Socialisms (2004) and is currently working on a book on the subject of socialism. He co-authored, “The Disintegration of Capitalism: A Phase of Post of Ex-Capitalist Transition” with Tom Sekine, whom he is now asisting with the translation of Kozo Uno’s 
Economic Policies Under Capitalism.

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Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War

NEW TITLE: ANTAGONISTICS: CAPITALISM AND POWER IN AN AGE OF WAR 

GOPAL BALAKRISHNAN

Published June 2009

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Praise for ANTAGONISTICS:

 

“Hegel wrote that the moment of triumph of a social movement is simultaneously the moment of its disintegration … Gopal Balakrishnan shows how this holds for the worldwide triumph of liberal democracy in the 1990s … Antagonistics is a book for all those who want to orient themselves in the chaos of our historical moment …” – Slavoj Zizek

 

“This collection is an intellectual feast and a dazzling commentary on political thinking, contemporary and classical.  Here an intelligence honed on Schmitt and Machiavelli reviews a range of theoretical texts with courteous sarcasm and radical interrogation; the results are witty, devastating and full of suggestive speculation …” – Fredric Jameson

 

“This collection of essays by New Left Review’s Balakrishnan expounds his prescient view that the debt-driven expansion that fuelled US hegemony was unsustainable.” – New Statesman, http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/05/short-amidon-largely

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To see some of Gopal’s pieces as they originally appeared in New Left Review see below:

On Hardt and Negri’s ‘Empire’: http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2275

On multiculturalism:  http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2309

On Machiavelli: http://www.newleftreview.org/?page=article&view=2551

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ANTAGONISTICS addresses central political and theoretical questions: how should we conceive the relationship between neo-imperial warfare and neoliberalism, American hegemony and capitalist globalization? Reflections on the major issues of the new international order are set within a larger framework, tracing the intertwined evolution of the modern state system and the capitalist mode of production, from the Treaty of Westphalia to the Occupation of Iraq. Balakrishnan interrogates three key political perspectives—Tocqueville’s liberalism, Althusser’s Marxism and Schimtt on the radical right – for their insights into state power and civil society, democracy, and class. Antagonistics combines intellectual history, political philosophy, and historical sociology to produce a highly distinctive portrait of an age of capital and war.

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GOPAL BALAKRISHNAN is the author of The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmitt, and editor of Debating Empire and (with Benedict Anderson) Mapping the Nation. He is a member of the New Left Review editorial board and a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California , Santa Cruz .

ISBN 978-1-84467-269-1/ £14.99/$26.95/ Paperback / 304 pages

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