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GET POLITICAL CAMPAIGN

Fifty key figures on the left, including China Miéville, Lindsey German, Ken Loach, Suzi Weissman, Michael Yates and Immanuel Ness, have backed a Pluto Press campaign urging activists fighting for the 99% to draw inspiration from the lives and writings of three giants of 20th century political change: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and VI Lenin. The Get Political campaign statement (www.getpoliticalnow.com) contends that ‘It will not be a simple thing to win the battle of democracy … Luxemburg, Trotsky and Lenin were among the most perceptive and compelling revolutionaries of the 20th century. The body of analysis, strategy and tactics to which they contributed was inseparable from the mass struggles of their time. Critically engaging with their ideas can enrich the thinking and practical activity of those involved in today’s and tomorrow’s struggles for a better world.’

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‘The Occupy movement and the anti-cuts movement have made a huge impact in a short space of time, but we must build on these successes in order to advance struggles of the future. By engaging with the lives and ideas of Lenin, Luxemburg and Trotsky, activists will find vital analyses and organisational strategies which can help us overcome setbacks and cause a leftward shift of the political mainstream.’ – PAUL LE BLANC, author and co-ordinator

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NEW ‘GET POLITICAL’ CAMPAIGN WEBSITE

FEATURES STUDY GUIDES, READING LISTS AND SLIDE SHOWS ON THE IDEAS OF TROTSKY, LENIN AND LUXEMBURG AND AN INTRODUCTION TO MARXISM

VISIT: www.getpoliticalnow.com

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Leon Trotsky

Writings in Exile
Leon Trotsky, edited by Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc
Paperback | 9780745331485 | £14.99 / $25
Hardback | 9780745331447 | £50 / $80

To browse contents or buy the book visit: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745331485

‘This bracing book provides theoretical nourishment for our times, just as millions take to the streets worldwide demanding a just economic system. Leon Trotsky hit the world stage as President of the St. Petersburg Soviet in the 1905 Russian Revolution and he continues to educate and inspire. His flame refuses to be extinguished.’ – Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics, Saint Mary’s College of California

‘Leon Trotsky’s ideas inspired Minnesota teamsters and Bolivian miners, Filipino peasants from Mindanao and rebel students in the Latin Quarter, New York intellectuals and French Surrealist poets. Thanks to the initiative of Kunal Chattopadhyay and Paul Le Blanc, some of the most important writings from this period are now available in one volume; considered with an open and critical mind, they will certainly provide precious tools for a Socialism of the 21st Century.’ – Michael Löwy, Emeritus Research Director in Social Sciences at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris
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V.I. Lenin

Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings

V.I. Lenin, edited by Paul Le Blanc

Paperback | 9780745327600 | £14.99 / $25
Hardback | 9780745331447 | £55 / $89

To browse contents or buy the book visit: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745327600& 

‘We desperately need the resurrection and revival of the kind of strategic thinking and principled commitment that Lenin epitomised in the era of 1917, and all that it promised.  For those interested in this rebirth of the politics of alternative to capitalism, Paul Le Blanc’s account of the democratic, socialist, and revolutionary Lenin will prove indispensable.  Reading it is a reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew.’ – Professor Bryan Palmer,TrentUniversity

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Rosa Luxemburg

Socialism or Barbarism: Selected Writings
Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Paul Le Blanc and Helen C. Scott
Paperback | 9780745329888 | £12.99 / $19.99
Hardback | 9780745329895 | £40 / $65

To browse contents or buy the book visit: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745329888& 

‘Rosa Luxemburg has never been more relevant!  Here, at last, in a single volume is an accessible introduction to one of the most important radical political thinkers of the 20th century with analysis and insight for a new generation of activist.’ – Elaine Bernard, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
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INSPECTION COPIES
To request an inspection copy please send the following details to jonm@plutobooks.com:

– the course name
– the level of the course (level one, two, three or post-graduate)
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– name of local (or university) bookshop
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We need all these details to be able to be able to process a request. Inspection copies are provided with an invoice that is cancelled if the book is adopted for a course, or returned in a resalable condition.

You can also request inspection copies using our online form at www.plutobooks.com/lecturers.asp.

REVIEW COPIES
If you would like to request a copy of a book to review for a journal or other publication, please email our publicity manger Jon Wheatley atjonw@plutobooks.com, providing your contact details and the name of the publication you intend to review the book for.

EBOOKS
Many Pluto books are available electronically. Libraries can subscribe to the Pluto eBook list via The Academic Library (www.theacademiclibrary.com). Individual titles can be ordered from many vendors, including Dawson (www.dawsonera.com) in the UK and Ingram (www.myilibrary.com) in the UK, US and worldwide.

ORDERS
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Best regards,
Jonathan Maunder

Academic Marketing
Pluto Press
Email: jonm@plutobooks.com
Tel: 020 8348 2724
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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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