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Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm

HISTORY AFTER HOBSBAWM

A conference on the current trajectories of history

Starts: April 29, 2014 05:00 PM

Finishes: May 01, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Senate House, London

A major international conference, with plenary speakers and large parallel sessions, exploring where the study of history is currently heading. The conference draws inspiration from the capacious legacy of the late Eric Hobsbawm, but is not a memorial event. We aim, rather, to bring together discussion about what we are currently doing as socially-committed historians, where we are headed, and what it means to be an historian in the twenty-first century.

Please download a copy of the draft programme here.

To register, visit https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/history/hobsbawm.

Please note that the conference fee includes refreshments, lunches, and a drinks reception, but does NOT include accommodation which you will need to arrange separately.

 

Plenary Session Speakers

Mark Mazower (Columbia)
Gareth Stedman Jones (Queen Mary)
Catherine Hall (UCL)
Chris Wickham (Oxford)
Maxine Berg (Warwick)
Rana Mitter (Oxford)
Geoff Eley (Michigan)

Panels

Capitalism

Emma Rothschild (Harvard/Cambridge)
Prasannan Parthasarathi (Boston)
Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary)
Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck)

Frameworks of historical explanation

Peter Burke (Cambridge)
Joanna Innes (Oxford)
Renaud Morieux (Cambridge)
Filippo de Vivo (Birkbeck)

The Crisis of the 17th Century

Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA)
Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State)
John Elliott (Oxford)
Mike Braddick (Sheffield)

History of political conflict

Lucy Riall (EUI/Birkbeck)
François Jarrige (Bourgogne)
Steve Smith (Exeter)
Illaria Favretto (Kingston)

Britain, Empire, Europe

Antoinette Burton (Illinois)
Maya Jasanoff (Harvard)
Jan Rüger (Birkbeck)

What happened to class?

John Tosh (Roehampton)
Sonya Rose (Michigan/Birkbeck)
Marjorie Levine-Clark (Colorado)
Sean Brady (Birkbeck)

Global environmental history

Harriet Ritvo (MIT)
Paul Warde (UEA)
Christof Mauch (Munich)
Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck)

Latin America

Alan Knight (Oxford)
Paulo Drinot (UCL)
Joan Martinez Alier (ICTA, Barcelona)

Marxist and post-Marxist social history

Andy Wood (Durham)
Jane Whittle (Exeter)
Lucy Robinson (Sussex)

Nationalisms

Stefan Berger (Bochum)
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary)
John Breuilly (LSE)

Further details will be available closer to the conference dates.

The conference is organised by Birkbeck, University of London, where Eric Hobsbawm taught most of his life, and by Past & Present, which he co-founded. We are grateful for the support offered by the Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities and the Institute of Historical Research.

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Karl & Jenny Marx

Karl & Jenny Marx

WORKERS’ INTERNATIONALISM BEFORE 1914

Conference: “Workers’ Internationalism before 1914”
15-16 February 2014, School of History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

Call for Papers
2014 is the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the International Working Men’s Association in 1864. It is also the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Socialist International in 1889, and the centenary of the outbreak of the war which precipitated the collapse of that International.

To mark these anniversaries, UEA School of History, in conjunction with the journal Socialist History and the Institute of Working Class History (Chicago) are organising a conference on “Workers’ internationalism before 1914”. We are inviting proposals for papers on any aspect of the subject.

Themes might include:
• the historical experience of the internationals and their affiliated organisations
• cross-border labour organisation
• resistance to nationalist politics in multi-national states
• transnational and international solidarity
• migration and the transplantation of labour movement culture
• international causes celèbres
• political asylum and revolutionary exile
• speaking tours of socialist leaders

We are seeking papers of 5000 to 10000 words on various experiences or aspects of workers’ internationalism before 1914, to be presented at the seminar. Selected papers will be published in 2014 in a special issue of Socialist History devoted to the subject.

Queries and proposals for papers should be submitted by 1 October 2013 to internationalism1914@gmail.com. Attendance at the conference will be free of charge.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-workers2019-internationalism-before-1914-uea-15-16-february

 

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

HOW TO THINK ABOUT SYRIA? ANTI-IMPERIALISM, ASSAD REGIME BARBARISM, AND THE SEARCH FOR AN ALTERNATIVE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd. (free parking in rear)

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

Culver City (LA area)

 

Introducing the discussion:

Mike Pugliese, longtime left observer

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

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

 

The situation in Syria cries out for a comprehensive, dialectical response, not just a knee-jerk anti-interventionism that fails to mention the nature of the Assad regime.  For this reason, the International Marxist-Humanist Organization’s August 30 statement has a long title:

Against U.S Attack on Syria! Against the Assad Regime and Other Reactionary Forces!  For the Grassroots Syrian Revolution!

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/articles/u-s-attack-syria-assad-regime-reactionary-forces-grassroots-syrian-revolution-international-marxist-humanist-organization

 

These are the kinds of questions that we will address, followed by a free and open discussion:

Can the left fight imperialism at the same time as opposing the Assad regime?

Can it support the Syrian uprising while also opposing fundamentalism?

What effect would a U.S. bombing of Syria have on Iran, including on the reform currents inside that country? 

 

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

More information: arise@internationalmarxisthumanist.org

http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org

 

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Feminism

Feminism

WORKSHOP ON FEMONATIONALISM

Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS)

Gender & Sexuality Workshop

“Femonationalism, civic integration and their discontents”

Sara R. Farris

(IAS, Princeton 2012-2013;

Sociology Department, Cambridge University, UK)

 

Discussant:

Saskia Bonjour

(LeidenUniversity, Institute for History)

 

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study of the recent ‘civic integration’ turn in Europe and its emphasis upon women’s equality. Civic integration refers to the main principle guiding the common EU agenda for the integration of third country nationals (i.e., immigrants from the Global South). It emphasizes the need for immigrants to learn the language, history and values of the European country of destination in order for them to achieve successful integration. Civic integration programs put particular emphasis on gender equality, both in terms of promoting immigrant women’s participation in the EU labor market and in terms of presenting gender equality as one of the pillars of European values. By showing how the gender mainstreaming of integration programs is concretely implemented, particularly in countries such as the Netherlands, France and Italy, this paper will address the paradoxes lying at the heart of the European agenda on integration. In particular, such paradoxes will be addressed in terms of (a) the nationalist translation of EU supranational directives and the nationalist mobilisation of gender equality, or what I call Femonationalism, which have been deployed mainly in an Islamophobic manner; (b) the contradictions of ‘emancipatory liberal feminism’ which interprets women’s emancipation as women’s wage work ‘outside the household’; (c) the role of immigrant women and reproductive labor under neoliberalism. The paper will analyze these trends by means of the conceptual tools provided by the sociology of migration, political economy and feminist theory.

 

Date: Friday, March 15

Time: 10:30-12:30

Location: Bushuis, F0.22 (Kloveniersburgwal 48)

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/workshop-on-femonationalism-with-sara-r.-farris-amsterdam-15-march

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Anarchism

Anarchism

ANARCHISTS, MARXISTS, AND NATIONALISTS IN THE COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL WORLD, 1870s-1940s: ANTAGONISMS, SOLIDARITIES, AND SYNTHESES

CALL FOR PAPERS

EUROPEAN SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY CONFERENCE (ESSHC) 2013

From its inception in the First International, the anarchist and syndicalist movement played a significant role in the colonial and post-colonial world as an influential force in revolutionary, national liberation, and anti-imperialist movements. While this role has received increasing attention in a growing scholarship, the literature remains underdeveloped and rather limited. The intersections between anarchism and syndicalism, and other Left oppositional currents, including Marxist and nationalist movements, are understudied and lack systematic examination especially with respect to the global South. Such intersections provide an important index of anarchist and syndicalist influence by drawing attention to their role in larger coalitions as well as their imprint on other movements and ideologies; conversely, to properly understand the history of other Left and labor currents it is necessary to take into account their interactions with anarchism and syndicalism. These interactions assumed a wide range of forms:  although historical antagonisms between anarchism and Marxism often shaped their relations, there were also many instances of solidarity and collaboration; while anarchism generally opposed nationalism in principle, it cooperated with a surprising number of nationalist movements; finally, anarchism and syndicalism contributed key elements to a broad spectrum of oppositional currents that reflected syncretic ideologies, organizational forms, and practices.

We invite papers that examine examples of antagonisms, solidarities, and syntheses between anarchism and syndicalism on one hand, and Marxist and nationalist currents on the other. The papers should address historical movements, rather than intellectual history, narrowly conceived; they should analyze intersections, not parallels or apparent similarities between different currents; and explore the complex relations and overlaps between anarchist, Marxist, and nationalist movements. Case studies should focus on the colonial and post-colonial world (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean).

Possible lines of enquiry include interactions in the following areas:
– national liberation and anti-colonial struggles
– anti-imperialist networks and alliances
– agrarian struggles
– international labor solidarity, trade unionism, as well as activities in state-run unions
– struggles against colonial and neo-colonial racial oppression
– interracial, multiethnic, local/diasporic solidarities
– student and worker alliances
– underground networks and struggles

This CFP is for two planned panels to be held at the European Social Science History Conference in Vienna, Austria, April 23-26, 2014.

Please send abstracts (250 words) to the panel organizers, Steven Hirsch (shirsch@artsci.wustl.edu) or Lucien van der Walt (l.vanderwalt@ru.ac.za) by March 1, 2013.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-esshc-2014-panels-anarchists-marxists-and-nationalists-in-the-colonial-and-postcolonial-world-1870s-1940s-antagonisms-solidarities-and-syntheses

 

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ERIC HOBSBAWM (1917-2012) – A TRIBUTE

Readers may well have registered the death of the historian Eric Hobsbawn earlier this year. Some colleagues from Sussex and Brighton universities, and from Kings College, have organised a tribute event for this December (Saturday 8th) to celebrate and commemorate his work.

Details are copied below. Please print and display as appropriate, bring to the notice of interested students, and forward to any relevant academic or other lists.

The event is free to staff and students, and to residents of Brighton and elsewhere, but you are encouraged to book a place by e-mail in advance to prevent disappointment (e-mail  T.Hickey@brighton.ac.uk).

Tom Hickey and Gill Scott

School of Humanities, University of Brighton

 

Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) – A Tribute

Saturday 8th December

University of Brighton

10-11 Pavilion Parade

Brighton BN2 1RA

 

“Human beings are not efficiently designed for a capitalist system of production.”

Age of Extremes (1994), p.414

 

“The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people.”

Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 (1990), p.143

 

Bandits, Rebels and Resistance * Marx and the Historical Imaginary * Jazz and the Sounds of the Subaltern * History in Theory and Theory in History * Culture, Biography and Politics * Socialism, Communism and Labour History * Industry, Empire and Revolution * Long and Short Centuries * Education, Activism and the Academy

Alex Callinicos, Mark Perryman, Eileen Yeo, Stuart Laing, Patricia McManus, Louise Purbrick, Paddy Maguire, Mark Erickson, Tom Hickey, Lucy Robinson, Mark Abel

This one-day symposium is dedicated to the work and the life of Eric Hobsbawm as a tribute from some of the many who have benefited from his insights and collegiality, in their work as historians and as activists for a better world. It is hosted by the ‘Politics, Aesthetics, Philosophy’ group in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton. Admission is free but places can be booked in advance via T.Hickey@brighton.ac.uk.

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/eric-hobsbawm-1917-2012-2013-a-tribute-brighton-8-december

 

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Books

Books

THE POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALISM

The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance
Rumina Sethi

Paperback | 9780745323633 | £17.99 / $28
Hardback | 9780745323640 | £60 / $90

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ADOPTED ON 20 UNIVERSITY COURSES

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‘This book develops an argument that is both even-handed and radical. Rumina Sethi explores the history and the difficulties of post-colonial theory and without jettisoning its value she urges quite fresh thinking about its political and social implications.’ — Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

‘Rumina Sethi challenges postcolonial critics to put their feet back on the ground and to link the postcolonial once again to the political activism by which it has always been inspired.’ — Robert J.C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English & Comparative Literature at New York University

‘”If postcolonial studies is to be relevant today,” Rumina Sethi argues, “it must become the voice of the people and theorize about movements against globalization, not become part of its grand design.” Her critical analysis of the “politics of postcolonialism” and the lack of constructive dialogue with the Marxist perspective, interweaving with analysis of globalization and the state of “postcoloniality,” seeks to overcome the academic ossification of concepts that should be integrated with social change and activism.’ — Noam Chomsky

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In a period of global restructuring, unrestricted capital has eroded the traditional distinctions between nations and nationhood. In ‘The Politics of Postcolonialism’, Rumina Sethi devises a new form of postcolonial studies that makes sense of these dramatic changes.

Returning to the origins of the discipline, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America, emphasising postcolonial politics, dissent and resistance. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, need to seek fresh ways to express their discontent.

This original and persuasive work frees the discipline from its current preoccupation with hybridity and multiculturalism, giving students of politics, cultural studies and international relations a new perspective on postcolonialism.

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RUMINA SETHI is a Professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is the author of ‘Myths of the Nation: National Identity and Literary Representation’ (1999). She wrote her doctoral thesis atTrinityCollege,Cambridge, and was a British Academy Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. She was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 2006.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

1. Postcolonialism and its Discontents: An introduction
2. The End of the Nation?
3. Globalization and Protest
4. The United States and Postcolonialism
5. Conclusion: New Directions

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Karl Marx in Film

MARX BEYOND EUROCENTRISM

Marx Beyond Eurocentrism: The Late Writings on Non-Western Societies and Alternative Pathways to Liberation

Kevin Anderson, November 20, 2011, 2:00 PM, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501  Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94609

By his last decade, 1872-83, when Marx again devoted himself to the extensive study of non-Western societies like India, Russia, and Latin America, he had moved away from the Eurocentrism and determinism found in some of his 1853 writings on British colonialism in India.

This talk will examine three strands in Marx’s thought during his last decade:  

(1) The changes introduced into the 1872-75 French edition of Capital, Vol. I, in order to specify that Western European development was not necessarily a model for the rest of the world;

(2) New writings onRussiathat suggested that its communal villages could be the starting point for a socialist development; and

(3) The extensive 1879-82 notebooks on non-Western and precapitalist societies, many of them still unpublished in any language, which cover a far wider range of societies and historical periods, including Indian history and village culture, Dutch colonialism and the village economy in Indonesia, gender and kinship patterns among Native Americans and in ancient Greece and Rome, and communal and private property in precolonial and colonial Algeria and Latin America.

 

The 1879-82 notebooks are to appear in the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2), a projected 114-volume edition of the whole of the writings of Marx and Engels.  Kevin Anderson, who teaches at UC-Santa Barbara, is the author of Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010) and a member of the editing group for the MEGA volume containing Marx’s 1879-82 Notebooks.

 

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Karl Marx

MARX FROM A MULTICULTURALIST PERSPECTIVE

You are invited to attend these open discussions on…
Marx from a Multiculturalist Perspective

First & Third Wednesdays, October 2011- January 2012
6:30-9.00 pm @ Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State St. Chicago IL

In an increasingly globalized world, the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and struggles between those in developed and developing countries takes on added importance. It is often overlooked that one thinker who had a lot to say about the role of multiculturalism in an increasingly globalized world was capitalism’s most important critic—Karl Marx. This series of six discussions will explore Marx’s lesser-known writings on nationalism, ethnicity, and non-Western societies that take on new importance in light of today’s realities. Readings will include excerpts from Marx’s works as well as Kevin Anderson’s new book Marx at the Margins. Readings are available from USMH.

Sponsored by the U.S. Marxist-Humanists
Email: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org   Website: www.usmarxisthumanists.org    Phone: 773-561-3454

Books: Page numbers in the schedule refer to the following books. An earlier translation of Capital & other Marx readings are online at Marxists.org, & are linked in the schedule. Starred readings* are available by emailing USMH. The Anderson can be bought from USMH & as an e-book. The Dunayevskaya is also available from USMH.
Anderson, Kevin. Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Print.
Dunayevskaya, Raya. Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution. 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991. Print.
Marx, Karl, Ben Fowkes, and Ernest Mandel. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy Vol 1. Tran. Ben Fowkes. New York:NY: Penguin Classics, 1992. Print.

Schedule and Readings

October 19th

Room 7N-5 (7th Floor)

Marx’s Initial Response to the European Encounter with India & China.
Did Marx support the European colonization of Asia and Africa, or was he a sharp critic of it? How do his views speak to the today’s increasingly globalized world? This meeting will explore Marx’s writings of the 1850s on Asia, especially his response to the Sepoy revolt in India and the Tai’ping rebellion in China.

Suggested readings:  Marx: British Rule in India (6/25/1853), Future Results of British Rule in India (8/8/1853); Revolution in China and Europe (6/14/1853) Marx at the Margins, pp. 9-41.

Leading the discussion: Peter Hudis, General Editor, The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg

November 2nd 

Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

In Defense of National Self-Determination: Marx on Poland & Ireland.
Although Marx famously proclaimed, “Workers of the word, unite!” he also strongly supported struggles against national oppression and racism. This meeting will explore his defense of national liberation movements in Poland and Ireland and how he viewed their relation to the overall aims of the labor movement.

Suggested Readings:  Marx: Proclamation on Poland (October 1863)*
      Letter to Engels (12/10/1869)
      Marx at the Margins, pp. 56-78, pp. 115-95.

Leading the discussion: J Turk, U.S. Marxist Humanists

November 16th

Room 7N-5 (7th Floor)

Racism as the Achilles Heel of U.S. Society: Marx’s Writings on the Civil War
Marx was a strong supporter of the North in the U.S. Civil War, as seen in his journalism, his correspondence with Abraham Lincoln, and the text of his greatest theoretical work, Capital. This meeting will explore why Marx held that “labor in the white skin cannot be free where labor in the black skin is branded.”

Suggested Readings:  Marx: Letter to Engels (8/7/1862)
      Marx at the Margins, pp. 79-114.

Leading the discussion: Miguel A. Rodriguez, student at Loyola University

November 30th Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

The “Rosy Dawn” of Capitalist Accumulation: The Impact of Capitalism on the Developing World-
Why is each period of capitalist expansion accompanied by the penetration and destruction of non-capitalist economic formations in technologically less-developed countries? This class will explore the “so-called primitive accumulation of capital”—which Marx held accompanies all periods of renewed capitalist expansion.

Suggested Readings:  Marx: Capital Vol. I, chapters 26 and 33 (pp. 873-76, pp. 931-42)
      Marx at the Margins, pp. 154-95

Leading the discussion: Eileen Grace, Hobgoblin Collective

December 14th

Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

Marx on the Peasantry and Communal Agrarian   Relations: Pillar of Reaction or Force of Revolution?
Are peasant movements inherent conservative and patriarchal, or are they a progressive factor in fostering social transformation—especially in the developing world? This meeting will explore Marx’s writings on the Russian peasantry and the liberatory potential of its communal social relations, composed at the end of his life.

Suggested Readings:  Marx: Draft Letters to Vera Zasulich (1881)*
      Marx at the Margins, pp. 224-236.

Leading the discussion: Ali Reza, Iranian activist: Solidarity with the People of Iran and their struggles for bread, freedom and democracy.

January 11th   Room 3N-6 (3rd Floor)

Marx’s Late Writings on India, China, Native Americans, and Islam-
Marx engaged in a series of important studies of indigenous cultures and non-Western societies in the last decade of his life as he searched for new pathways to liberation. This meeting will discuss this long-neglected dimension of his work speaks to debates over the meaning of multiculturalism today.

Suggested Readings:  Marx at the Margins, pp. 196-224.
Dunayevskaya, Raya, “The Last Writings of Marx” in Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution, pp 175-98 *

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

 

 

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The Future Present

THE FUTURE PRESENT – ISSUE 1 OUT NOW!

THE FUTURE PRESENT

Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

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

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

Issue No.1 includes:

·         Gregor Gall: Creating Coalitions against the Cuts

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

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

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

GLOBAL REVOLUTONARY STRATEGY IN the 21st century

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

·         Emiliano Alessandroni: Libya, Gramsci and Historical Dogmatism

·         Kevin Anderson:  The Arab Revolution at the Crossroads

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

·         Allan Armstrong: Communism and   ‘Internationalism from Below’

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

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

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

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

·         Zakhar Popovych:  Ukrainian capitalism and Russification

·         Moshé Machover: TheMiddle East– Still at The Crossroads

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

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

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

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

·         Lev Yurkevych: Jesuit Politics (1914)

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

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

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

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

THE FUTURE PRESENT

Critical Marxist Review of Class and Society

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

Email: editortfp@aol.com

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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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.

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

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Evo Morales

THE REFORM OF THE BOLIVIAN STATE

Out now!

The Reform of the Bolivian State: Domestic Politics in the Context of Globalization
by Andreas Tsolakis

First Forum Press/Lynne Rienner Publishers (Boulder, CO)
393 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935049-27-2

“A remarkably sophisticated study of the transnationalization of class and state in Bolivia. Tsolakis makes a valuable theoretical contribution to the literature.”—Henk Overbeek, VU University, Amsterdam

“Innovative and novel…. A substantial contribution to the scholarship on Bolivia.”—John Crabtree, University of Oxford

Description:
In 2005, two decades after President Victor Paz Estenssoro’s New Economic Policy heralded the beginning of a profound transformation for Bolivia, violence had become endemic in the country, economic growth was weak, and political corruption was flourishing. Evo Morales was elected to the presidency in a climate of intense social conflict and disorder, promising to deconstruct the entire political and economic edifice so painfully built since 1985. Andreas Tsolakis investigates Bolivia’s trajectory since 1985 in the context of the country’s deepening integration into the world market.

From a historical materialist perspective, Tsolakis assesses why neoliberal restructuring efforts failed, as well as the implications of the continuing internationalization of the Bolivian state for Morales’s reform program and his foreign relations in Latin America and beyond. He provides both a nuanced analysis of collaborative practices among transnational social forces and an up-to-date, critical analysis of the Morales administration.

About the author:
Andreas Tsolakis is a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick and an analyst at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.

Contents:
·         Bolivia’s Political Trajectory Since 1985
·         The Impact of the National Revolution
·         Transnational Forces and Global Restructuring
·         The Internationalization of the Bolivian State
·         Polyarchy in Bolivia
·         Evo Morales, the MAS, and Elite Resistance to Change
·         The Bolivian Case and Beyond
·         Appendices

More information at: https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Reform_of_the_Bolivian_State_Domestic_Politics_in_the_Context_of_Globalization

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