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Hegemony

THE END OF PROGRESSIVE HEGEMONY: REGRESSIVE TURN IN THE PASSIVE REVOLUTIONS OF LATIN AMERICA

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Evening Guest Lecture in the School of Politics and International Relations,

Queen Mary University of London

The End of Progressive Hegemony: Regressive Turn in the Passive Revolutions of Latin America

Massimo Modonesi, Professor of Sociology, UNAM, Mexico City

The experience of the so-called progressive governments in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela) seems to have entered an impasse that some authors have labelled the end of a cycle. Starting from their characterization as passive revolutions we can analyse the current processes of these governments according to a shared, defining feature: the relative loss of hegemony, that is to say of the capacity to construct cross-class consensus. This loss is traceable to a shift from a progressive profile to a more regressive one in these governments and their actions, perceptible as much in new equilibriums in their constituent blocs and social alliances, as in their public policy orientation and relationships to social movements. In the short term horizon, it does not appear that there will be an imminent break with the political-institutional order and a return of the Right, but  there is an observable conservative turn in the region ̵ 1; more perceptible in some countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Ecuador) than in others (Venezuela and Bolivia). On the other hand, alongside this emerging context of an offensive by the national and international Right within Latin America, there is also a clear reactivation of protest on the part of popular actors, organizations and movements; they are emphasizing their antagonistic profile once again, against the grain of the subordination they experienced during the progressive cycle of Latin American passive revolutions.

What: Lecture on the present state of progressive governments in Latin America, and the simultaneous reactivation of the Right and popular social movements of the Left.

When: Wednesday 2 December 2015, 18:00-20:00

Where: David Sizer Lecture Theatre (Francis Bancroft), Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus

Massimo Modonesi is a Professor of Sociology at the Autonomous National University of Mexico / Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. He is an editor of arguably the most important sociological journal in Latin America, Observatorio social de América Latina (OSAL), and sits on the editorial board of the leading leftist magazine in Mexico, Memoria. Modonesi is also an authority on the political writings of Antonio Gramsci, and an expert in both contemporary Marxist theory and socio-political movements and the Left in twentieth and twenty-first century Latin America. He is the author of Subalternity, Antagonism, Autonomy (Pluto, 2013), as well as several influential books in Spanish.

Attendance is free of charge, but please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/massimo-modonesi-the-end-of-progressive-hegemony-tickets-19634320782

First Published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/lecture-at-qmul-december-2-the-end-of-progressive-hegemony-regressive-turn-in-the-passive-revolutions-of-latin-america-massimo-modonesi

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Revolution

Revolution

REVOLUTIONS AND DEMOCRACY

Editors: Henrik Jøker Bjerre & Agon Hamza

The International journal of political philosophy, Crisis and Critique, announces a call for papers for its first issue, which will be devoted to the topic of revolutions and democracy.

During the last couple of years, we have witnessed popular uprisings all over the world, from Greece to London, from Egypt to Brasil. These events have awakened us from a dogmatic slumber of liberal-parliamentary consensus. These led Slavoj Žižek to argue that this was “the year of dreaming dangerously”, whereas Badiou interpreted them as “the rebirth of history.”

However, while there are upheavals, revolts and revolutions all around the globe, the response of the left is rather weak. The revolutions and popular revolts that have resulted in the overthrowing of autocratic governments, have been appropriated by the reactionary forces, i.e. Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, in Slovenia a right-wing government has been replaced by a technocratic one, etcetera. Apart from happily celebrating every popular revolt that has been happening all around the globe, our question is: has the Left been capable of providing a network for a critical analysis of these events?

The latest events in Egypt, Brasil, and elsewhere have made it incumbent upon us to rethink the relation between democracy and revolution. How and what should an emancipatory response be?

In this issue, we want to address questions like:

* Is democracy the name for radical political and social transformations?

* Does democracy present the terrain in which our struggle should take place?

* What does it mean to be a revolutionary Marxist today?

* How can we account for the weakness of the left, in a time when capitalism is going through a terminal crisis?

Articles should be sent in English. The maximal length is 9000-10.000 words. Submissions should be sent to: editor@materializmidialektik.org

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2013.

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-on-democracy-and-revolution-crisis-and-critique-journal

 

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Dialectics

TOWARD A DIALECTIC OF PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION – BY EUGENE GOGOL

Just off the press from Brill — Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization, by Eugene Gogol 

Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization is an exploration of Hegel’s dialectic and its radical re-creation in Marx’s thought within the context of revolutions and revolutionary organizations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Does a dialectic in philosophy itself bring forth a dialectic in revolutionary organization? This question is explored via organizational practices in the Paris Commune, the 2nd International, the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, the Spanish Revolution of 1936-37 and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, as well as the theoretical-organizational concepts of such thinkers as Lassalle, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky and Pannekoek.

“What Philosophic-Organizational Vantage Point Is Needed for Revolutionary Transformation Today?” is examined by engaging the theoretical arguments of a number of thinkers. Among them: Adorno, Dunayevskaya, Hardt and Negri, Holloway, Lebowitz, Lukcás, Mészáros and Postone.

Table of contents

Introduction: Philosophy, Organization, and the Work of Raya Dunayevskaya
Prologue: The Dialectic in Philosophy Itself

PART I: ON SPONTANEOUS FORMS OF ORGANIZATION VS. VANGUARD PARTIES
1: Marx’s Concept of Organization: From the Silesian Weavers’ Uprising to the First Years of the International Workingmen’s Association
2: The Commune of Paris, 1871: Mass Spontaneity in Action and Thought; Responsibility of the Revolutionary Intellectual: The Two-War Road Between Marx and the Commune
3: The Second International, The German Social Democracy, and Engels after Marx—Organization without Marx’s Organization of Thought
4: The 1905 Russian Revolution: Mass Proletarian Self-Activity and Its Relation to the Organizational Thought of Marxist Revolutionaries
5: The Russian Revolution of 1917 and Beyond
6: Out of the Russia Revolution: Legacy and Critique—Luxemburg, Pannekoek, Trotsky
7: Organizational Forms from the Spanish Revolution
8: The Hungarian Workers’ Councils in the Revolution: A Movement from Practice that Is a Form of Theory 

PART II: HEGEL AND MARX
9: Can “Absolute Knowing” in Hegel’s Phenomenology Speak to a Dialectic of Organization and Philosophy?
10: Rereading Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program Today

PART III: HEGEL AND LENIN
11: Lenin and Hegel—The Profound Philosophic Breakthrough that Failed to Encompass Revolutionary Organization
12: Hegel’s Critique of the Third Attitude to Objectivity—Its Relation to Organization

PART IV: DIALECTICS OF ORGANIZATION AND PHILOSOPHY IN POST-WORLD WAR II WORLD: THE WORK OF RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA
13: Moments in the Development of Dunayevskaya’s Marxist-Humanism

PART V: CONCLUSION
14: What Philosophic-Organizational Vantage Point Is Needed?

Bibliograhy
Index

Originally published: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/new-from-brill-toward-a-dialectic-of-philosophy-and-organization-by-eugene-gogol

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Revolution

HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS? BOOK LAUNCH

You are invited to the launch of Neil Davidson’s new book:

How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?
(Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012)
7.00pm-1.00am
Saturday 13 October 2012
The Radisson BLU Hotel, 80 High Street, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
http://www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-edinburgh/location
The venue is a 5 minute walk from Waverley Station via Cockburn Street, Carrubbers Close or North Bridge (see link above). Parking is available on Blackfriars Street; there is disabled access.

The evening will begin at 7.00 in the Dunedin Room where Neil will give a talk on the themes raised by his book, followed by a discussion chaired by Professor Alex Law of Abertay University, Dundee. From around 8.30 guests will be invited to move downstairs to the St Giles Suite for canapés, a paying bar, music from DJ Wattrax and dancing until 1.00. For those whose musical tastes do not extend to funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and jazz, space will be available for quieter conversation and drinking outside the St Giles Suite. Bookmarks: the Socialist Bookshop will have stall open throughout the event.

Please feel free to bring partners, colleagues or comrades.
RSVP to cauther.ha@btinternet.com

About the Book
Once of central importance to left historians and activists alike, recently the concept of the “bourgeois revolution” has come in for sustained criticism from both Marxists and conservatives. In this comprehensive rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to answer the question “how revolutionary were the bourgeois revolutions” by systematically examining the approach taken by a wide range of thinkers to explaining the causes, outcomes, and content of the French, English, Dutch, and other revolutions. Through far-reaching research and comprehensive analysis, Davidson demonstrates that what’s at stake is far from a stale issue for the history books–understanding these struggles of the past offer far reaching lessons for today’s radicals.
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About the Author
Neil Davidson teaches sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000) and Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize and the Fletcher of Saltoun award. He has also co-edited and contributed to Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement with Marxism (2008) and Neoliberal Scotland (2010). He is on the Editorial Board of International Socialism.
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Reviews
“I was frankly pole-axed by this magnificent book. Davidson resets the entire debate on the character of revolutions: bourgeois, democratic and socialist. He’s sending me, at least, back to the library.” — Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums
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“What should our conception of a bourgeois revolution be, if it is to enlighten rather than to mislead? Neil Davidson’s instructive and provocative answer is given through a history both of a set of concepts and of those social settings in which they found application. His book is an impressive contribution both to the history of ideas and to political philosophy.” —Alasdair MacIntyre, author of After Virtue
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“Neil Davidson wends his way through the jagged terrain of a wide range of Marxist writings and debates to distil their lessons in what is unquestionably the most thorough discussion of the subject to date. If the paradox at the heart of the bourgeois revolutions was that the emergence of the modern bourgeois state had little to do with the agency of the bourgeoisie, then Davidson’s study is by far the most nuanced and illuminating discussion of this complex fact. A brilliant and fascinating book, wide-ranging and lucidly written.” —Jairus Banaji, author of Theory as History
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“[This] is a monumental work. Neil Davidson has given us what is easily the most comprehensive account yet of the ‘life and times’ of the concept of ‘bourgeois revolution’ … This would have been enough. However, Davidson has also provided us with a refined set of theoretical tools for understanding the often complex interactions between political revolutions which overturn state institutions and social revolutions which involve a more thorough-going transformation of social relations.” —Colin Moores, author of The Making of Bourgeois Europe

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/book-launch-neil-davidson-how-revolutionary-were-the-bourgeois-revolutions-edinburgh-13-october

 

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Revolt!

REVOLUTIONS

Revolutions: Call for Articles and Open Space
Pieces for this Feminist Review
Special Issue, No. 106, February 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS

Revolutions as a deliberately open special issue title references revolution as a phenomenon, social movement or form of transformation both contemporarily and historically. The editors are particularly interested in highlighting the difference it makes to the theory or practice of revolution to consider gender, or to gender to consider ‘revolution’. We want to ask not so much ‘what about the women?’ (although this remains an important question), but ‘what kind of revolution can or cannot attend to gender relations?’ The title also references changes that might be made in the world that might not usually be thought of as revolutionary, and our plural form ‘revolutions’ stresses both different forms (including counterrevolution) and the effects of and contests within revolutionary practices. Where does activism end and revolution begin? How might that distinction itself be gendered? 

In this special issue, we hope to explore the gendered nature of revolutions of a variety of kinds, some but not all of which might also be called feminist, and to situate the question of revolutions in historical and cultural context, making it a question rather than a presumption: revolutions? Revolutions as a term has a further openness that may not reference recent or past social movements, even where contested. It may refer to the transformation or return (in altered form) of ideas, to the phrase that ‘what goes around comes around’. In this sense our pluralisation resists an easy periodisation of revolution as well as the assumption that we already know what a revolution is when we see one, what makes a revolution gendered or feminist, or who its proper subject is. Revolution is always a relationship, always one with actors who exchange fantasies and desires as well as strategies and practices.

Themes under this framework may include but are not limited to the following:
* Interrogations of the concepts of ‘revolution’ and ‘feminist revolution’
* Case studies theorizing gender and revolution in original ways
* Innovative theoretical and historical approaches to gender and revolution
* Intersectional, transnational and/or comparative approaches to (en)gendering revolution
* Engagement with gendered symbolization within revolutions, including masculinity and femininity, motherhood, fatherhood and nation
* The impact and affects of revolution, including feelings of rage, disillusionment, joy, and forms of attachment
* Inclusion and exclusion of particular bodies (e.g. racialised and queer) in revolutionary movements/moments
* Counter-revolution and post-revolution, their impact on e.g. women’s participation and gender relations
* Revolutionary icons, their roles and relations to e.g. race, gender and class
* Interrogation of the subject and object of revolution

Special Issue Editors: Carrie Hamilton, Clare Hemmings and Rutvica Andrijasevic

Deadline for first drafts of papers marked clearly ‘REVOLUTIONS’ submitted online and following Feminist Review guidelines by: Friday, 14 December 2012.

The editors are happy to discuss possible papers informally with potential contributors. Please contact: c.hamilton@roehampton.ac.uk; c.hemmings@lse.ac.ukr.andrijasevic@le.ac.uk

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/revolutions-call-for-articles-and-open-space-pieces-for-this-feminist-review  

 

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Revolution

AUTUMN EVENTS AT BOOKMARKS

 

The Cinema of Globalisation & Labour with Tom Zaniello

Thursday 13 September, 6.30pm, £2*

As part of the London Labour Film Festival, American author Tom Zaniello will be discussing radical cinema with a focus on films addressing globalisation and the working class wordwide. He addresses themes of neocolonialism, the growth of migratory labour, and movements to counter or protest its adverse effects. Looking at films from The Constant Gardener to Dirty Pretty Things and Syriana, Zaniello provides an inviting and accessible introduction to left-wing cinema today.

Tom Zaniello is the author of Working Stiffs, Unions Maids, Reds and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films about Labor and The Cinema of Globalisation: A Guide to Films about the New Economic Order. Read Tom Zaniello’s blog on the cinema of labour and globalisation, featuring a great selection of reviews http://tzaniello.wordpress.com

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members and Criminals to fight the War on Terror with Matt Kennard

Tuesday 18 September, 6.30pm, £2*

Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals and the mentally ill. Based on several years of reporting, Irregular Army includes extensive interviews with extremist veterans and leaders of far-right hate groups—who spoke openly of their eagerness to have their followers acquire military training for a coming domestic race war. As a report commissioned by the Department of Defense itself put it, “Effectively, the military has a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy pertaining to extremism.”

Irregular Army connects some of the War on Terror’s worst crimes to this opening-up of the US military.

Matt Kennard is a journalist based in London. He has worked for the Financial Times in Washington, New York, and London, and has written for Salon, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. 

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

European Revolutionaries and Algerian Independence 1954 – 1962 with Ian Birchall

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm, £2*

2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence.

National liberation was achieved after an exceptionally bitter war lasting seven-and-a-half years, though it was not recognised as a war by the French authorities, who treated Algerian combatants as criminals.

Ian Birchall introduces the first full account of how revolutionary socialists gave solidarity with the Algerian Independence struggle. From encouraging desertion from the French Foreign Legion to the actions of militants at Renault-Billancourt.  

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

*£2 redeemable against any book purchase on the night

 

Shalom Comrade: A Musical Event with the London Klezmer Quartet

Monday 8 October, 6.30pm, £5 (advance booking strongly advised)

Join the London Klezmer Quartet and the founders of Jewish Socialist Magazine for an exploration of Jewish music, cultural and political life in the

Soviet Union before World War II. With Julia Bard and David Rosenberg.

“Dynamic and authentic.” Time Out, London

“The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul… I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!” Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE

Please contact us to reserve a place on 020 7637 1846 or events@bookmarks.uk.com

 

Liberate Your Mind!

Bookmarks Bookshop

1 Bloomsbury Street

London

WC1B 3QE

020 7637 1848

http://www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

 

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First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/autumn-events-at-bookmarks

 

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Revolt

2011-2012: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2:00 PM

 

2011-12: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Speakers: Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson

 

The Arab revolutions of 2011-12 have ushered in an era of upheaval and social protest around the world, as seen especially in the Occupy movement. Kevin Anderson will discuss in brief the achievements and the contradictions of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, including their emergence as a new type of revolution, the dangers of authoritarianism (both nationalist and Islamist), and possibilities for the future.  Barbara Epstein will give a brief survey of the formation, rise, and decline of Occupy Oakland, address the ways in which it took the same path, and faced the same problems, as OWS and other Occupy movements, and the ways in which its development was unique; and she will open up a discussion of where we go from here.

Kevin Anderson teaches in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the author of Marx at the Marginsand the co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution.

Barbara Epstein teaches in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and writes about social movements. Her books include The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943:  Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism and Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s.

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave.Oakland, CA94609

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2011-12-years-of-revolution-and-radical-protest-oakland-ca-22-september

 

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Revolution

EUROPEAN REVOLUTIONARIES AND ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE 1954-1962

Meeting to Launch Volume 10 Number 4 of Revolutionary History

This volume considers the course of the Algerian War 1954-1962, and the response of the French and European left. It gives the fullest account in English of the role of the revolutionary left in giving political and practical solidarity to the Algerian liberation struggle. It presents substantial extracts from Sylvain Pattieu’s Les camarades des frères (Paris 2002), and gives the fullest account of the role of Trotskyists in this period, drawing on documents and interviews with participants.

Speakers:  

Ian Birchall
Fritz Keller (Vienna – author of Internationalism in Practice: The Austrian Left and the Algerian Resistance.)
John Plant

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm, at Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE: entry £2 redeemable against any purchase on the night.

Call 020 7637 1848 or e-mail events@bookmarks.uk.com to reserve your place.

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/meeting-to-launch-vol.-10-no.-4-of-revolutionary-history-european-revolutionaries-and-algerian-independence-1954-1962-london-27-september

 

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Revolution

HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS?

NOW AVAILABLE

BY NEIL DAVIDSON

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“I was frankly pole-axed by this magnificent book.  Davidson resets the entire debate on the character of revolutions: bourgeois, democratic and socialist. He’s sending me, at least, back to the library.”

—Mike Davis, author, Planet of Slums

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Once of central importance to left historians and activists alike, recently the concept of the “bourgeois revolution” has come in for sustained criticism from both marxists and conservatives. In this comprehensive rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to answer the question “how revolutionary were the bourgeois revolutions” by systematically examining the approach taken by a wide range of thinkers to explaining the causes, outcomes, and content of the French, English, Dutch, and other revolutions. Through far reaching research and comprehensive analysis, Davidson demonstrates that what’s at stake is far from a stale issue for the history books – understanding these struggles of the past offer far reaching lessons for today’s radicals.

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PRAISE FOR HOW REVOLUTIONARY WERE THE BOURGEOIS REVOLUTIONS?

“Neil Davidson wends his way through the jagged terrain of a wide range of Marxist writings and debates to distil their lessons in what is unquestionably the most thorough discussion of the subject to date. If the paradox at the heart of the bourgeois revolutions was that the emergence of the modern bourgeois state had little to do with the agency of the bourgeoisie, then Davidson’s study is by far the most nuanced and illuminating discussion of this complex fact. A brilliant and fascinating book, wide-ranging and lucidly written.”

—Jairus Banaji, author, Theory as History

“[This] is a monumental work. Neil Davidson has given us what is easily the most comprehensive account yet of the ‘life and times’ of the concept of ‘bourgeois revolution’ … This would have been enough. However, Davidson has also provided us with a refined set of theoretical tools for understanding the often complex interactions between political revolutions which overturn state institutions and social revolutions which involve a more thorough-going transformation of social relations.”

—Colin Mooers, author, The Making of Bourgeois Europe

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NEIL DAVIDSON teaches at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he is the Vice-President of the local University and College Union branch. He is the author of The Origins of Scottish Nationhood (2000), Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, and also co-edited Alasdair MacIntyre’s Engagement With Marxism (2008) and Neoliberal Scotland (2010). Davidson is on the Editorial Board of International Socialism.

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ISBN: 978-1-60846-067-0 / $32 / Paperback / 813 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org. To request review or examination copies, please write tojohn@haymarketbooks.org

Originally at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/out-now-how-revolutionary-were-the-bourgeois-revolutions-by-neil-davidson  

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‘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)  

 

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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

 

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WORKERS OF THE WORLD: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STRIKES AND SOCIAL CONFLICT
Workers of the World – International Journal of Strikes and Social Conflict is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the English language, for which manuscripts may be submitted in Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese. Workers of the World publishes original articles, interviews and book reviews in the field of labour history and social conflicts in an interdisciplinary, global, long term historical and non Eurocentric perspective.

It publishes articles about crisis, working classes, internationalism, unions, organization, peasants, women, memory, propaganda and media, methodology, theory, protest, strikes, slavery, comparative studies, statistics, revolutions, cultures of resistance, race, among other subjects.

 

The editors of the journal are:

– Alvaro Bianchi – Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth, UNICAMP (Brazil),  abianchi@unicamp.br

– Andreia Galvão – Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth, UNICAMP (Brazil),  agalvao@unicamp.br

– Marcel van der Linden* – International Institute of Social History,Amsterdam, (The Netherlands), mvl@iisg.nl

– Raquel Varela – Instituto de História Contemporânea, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal),

– Serge Wolikow – Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Université de Bourgogne,Dijon, (France),

– Sjaak van der Velden – Independent researcher,Rotterdam, (The Netherlands),  

– Xavier Domènech Sampere – Centre d’Estudis sobre les Èpoques Franquista i Democràtica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain),

 

Website: http://www.workeroftheworldjournal.net/

 
Articles should be sent, according to the instructions for authors, to the executive editor António Simões do Paço at workersoftheworld2012@yahoo.co.uk

 

Editorial statement

The first issue of Workers of the World. International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict will appear online at the end of June 2012. The journal is an important step to consolidate the initiative, decided on at the Lisbon Labour Conference in March 2011, of creating an international association of researchers and institutions involved in the study of this subject.

The working class repeatedly continues to make its presence known and by doing so refutes the pessimistic predictions about the end of social conflicts that were popular in past decades. Different forms of popular struggle emerged in response to deteriorating living conditions, precarious employment of labour, and the change or elimination of social and labour protection legislation. In addition to the renewed labour movement in its classical forms of collective action and organization through strikes and unions, we saw the emergence or re-creation of movements of the unemployed or underemployed, of the landless and the homeless, just to mention some of the most widely known.

Despite numerous attempts to theoretically declare the end of social classes, strikes, and social movements, the inherent social contradictions in society and workers’ own actions constitute imposing evidence to the contrary. Industrial conflicts repeatedly have intersected with other social conflicts and ethnic, gender and generational issues complexity and renew interest in collective action, bringing in new theoretical and analytical challenges to researchers.

Workers of the World: International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict aims to be innovative. This journal aims to stimulate global studies on labour and social conflicts in an interdisciplinary, global, long term historical and non Eurocentric perspective. It intends to move away from traditional forms of methodological nationalism and conjectural studies, adopting an explicitly critical and interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, it will publish empirical research and theoretical discussions that address strikes and social conflicts in an innovative and rigorous manner. It will also promote dialogue between scholars from different fields and different countries and disseminate analyzes on different socio-cultural realities, to give visibility and centrality to this theme.

 

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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)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

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Rosa Luxemburg

GLOBAL UPHEAVAL: FROM TAHRIR SQUARE TO WALL STREET

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011
2:00-4:00 PM
Westside Pavilion, Community Room A
Corner of Pico and Westwood Boulevards, Los Angeles
Community Room A is on 3rd floor, behind food court
Free parking – first 3 hours

Speakers:

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Greg Burris, radical film critic just returned from the Middle East

Kevin Anderson, author of Marx at the Margins

The Arab revolutions of 2011 have helped to touch off a global upheaval against neoliberal capitalism and for democracy. This meeting will reflect upon the events of the past year and prospects for the future of the burgeoning anti-capitalist movement.

Sponsored by West Coast Marxist-Humanists, an affiliate of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

More information: arise@usmarxisthumanists.org

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

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

http://www.usmarxisthumanists.org/

NOVEMBER 2011

“‘Occupy Wall Street’ Goes Global”
November 7, 2011

Greg Burris, “Between Barbarisms: The Arab Spring, Marx, and the Idea 
of Revolution”

October 28, 2011
Richard Abernethy, “Red Rosa and the Arab Spring”

October 23, 2011
Dyne Suh, “Until We Are All Abolitionists: Marx on Slavery, Race, and Class”

October 22, 2011
Kevin Anderson, “On the Dialectics of Race and Class: Marx’s Civil War Writings, 150 Years Later”

October 21, 2011
Sam F., “Occupy Wall Street: The October 5 Demonstration”

October 9, 2011
Kevin Anderson, “Persian Translation of ‘Arab Revolutions at the Crossroads’”

October 8, 2011
Sam Friedman, “Two Poems on Occupy Wall Street”

October 7, 2011
International Marxist-Humanist Organization, “Greetings to the Iranian Left Alliance Abroad”

September 30, 2011
Peter Hudis, Jacqueline Rose, Chris Cutrone, and David Black,  “Did Rosa Luxemburg Take Back Her Critique of the Russian Revolution? — A Debate”

September 10, 2011
Yassin Ali Haj Saleh, “The Syrian ‘Common’: The Uprising of the Working Society

August 14, 2011
The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Annelies Laschitza, George Adler, and Peter Hudis – Links to reviews in Jewish Review of Books and elsewhere

Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies, by Kevin Anderson – Links to reviews in Political Studies Review and elsewhere

U.S. MARXIST-HUMANISTS IS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST ORGANIZATION. The IMHO seeks to work out a unity of theory and practice, worker and intellectual, and philosophy and organization. We aim to develop and project a viable vision of a truly new, human society that can give direction to today’s many freedom struggles. 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.

AFFILIATES

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

The Hobgoblin Collective, UK – http://www.thehobgoblin.co.ukhobgoblinlondon@aol.com

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Space

SPACES OF TRANSFORMATION

Topology
Spaces of Transformation
The Vast Space-Time of Revolutions Becoming

Saturday 12 May 2012, 14.00–17.00

With Drucilla Cornell on ‘The Site of Revolution’, David Harvey on ‘The Spaces of Anti-Capitalist Transition’ and Achille Mbembe.

Chaired by Doreen Massey

This keynote conversation is followed by a performance by Rubedo in the Starr Auditorium starting at 19.00.

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£15 (£12 concessions)
For tickets book online
or call 020 7887 8888.

Details: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/talksdiscussions/24993.htm

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