150, 100…Zero

17 June 2017 — Anti-Capital

1. One hundred and fifty years ago,  Marx’s Capital (volume 1) was published.  Nobody, OK, almost nobody thought it was a big deal.

One hundred years ago, the event voted “least likely to succeed” by the senior class attending the Second International’s Karl Kautsky Gymnasium, occurred.  Everybody, everywhere knew the Russian Revolution was a really big deal.

And that’s OK.  Marx was first, foremost, last, and always a revolutionist.  “Economics” is, in his own word, shit. 

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John Berger 1926 – 2017

12 January 2017 — Institute of Race Relations

Written by Jenny Bourne

John Berger, writer, art critic and poet has died. John Berger, anti-imperialist, socialist man and peasant has died.

It is perhaps inevitable that the establishment should claim John Berger for their own, as the famous critic who provided the BBC and them with ‘Ways of Seeing’ in 1972 – and that despite his Marxism. It was and still is a milestone in interpreting art and ‘the gaze’. But he did not live his life in compartments or by accepting borders –geographical or disciplinary. For many of us who now mark his passing, his greatness lies in his practice as a committed and true intellectual and internationalist.

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The Wealth of the Commons: Hope from the Margins By Gustavo Esteva

28 August 2016 — The Wealth of the Commons

A world beyond market & state

These notes offer a quick glance to ways, in the south of Mexico, in which people are regenerating the society from the bottom up. It is a new kind of revolution without leaders or vanguards, which goes beyond development and globalization. It is about displacing the economy from the center of social life, reclaiming a communal way of being, encouraging radical pluralism, and advancing towards real democracy.

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In Defense of Ecological Marxism: John Bellamy Foster responds to a critic

6 June 2016 — Climate & Capitalism

“Jason Moore has joined the long line of scholars who have set out to update or deepen Marxism in various ways, but have ended up by abandoning Marxism’s revolutionary essence and adapting to capitalist ideologies.”


John Bellamy Foster

John Bellamy Foster

One of the most important books of Marxist theory published in recent years is Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature, in which John Bellamy Foster rediscovered and expanded on Marx’s understanding of the alienation of human beings from the natural world, crystallized in the concept of metabolic rift.

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‘Buen vivir’ and the dilemmas of the left governments in Latin America – I

28 August 2015 — Life on the Left

 ‘Buen vivir’ and the dilemmas of the left governments in Latin America – I

Excerpt from a prize-winning book by Atilio A. Boron

Introduction

Argentine Marxist scholar Atilio Boron’s book, “Latin America in the Geopolitics of Imperialism” — América Latina en la geopolítica del imperialismo — was awarded Venezuela’s coveted Libertador Prize in Critical Thinking for 2012.

Published in several editions throughout Latin America, the book has attracted much attention, and some debate, for its detailed analysis of Latin America’s strategic importance to the United States and the challenge this poses to the continent’s left governments and progressive social movements.

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Thinking Beyond Capitalism with André Gorz BY Christophe Fourel & Olivier Corpet

21 May 2015 — – Green European Journal

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While we ‘miserably await a future, which restores the past’, we should ‘break with this dying society never to be reborn’. Such was the certitude of philosopher André Gorz, who passed away just five years ago, recall both Christophe Fourel, author of André Gorz: Un penseur pour le XXIème siècle, and Olivier Corpet.

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“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a socialist state in Europe”

7 December 2014 — Slavyangrad.org

Preamble: Of the two texts published below, the first is a translation of an article written some weeks ago from Lugansk for the Basque language magazine, Argia. Following its publication on Slavyangrad.es, in Spanish, part of the Spanish (mostly Catalan) Left used the article to try to discredit the volunteers. They argued that the fact that they were fighting alongside French nationalists meant that the Novorossiyans are no better than Kiev. In their argument it does not matter who bombs who and both sides are bad. In practice this meant whitewashing almost all Kiev’s actions, as well as mocking the Spanish volunteers themselves. Continue reading

The Commons As a Fount of Hope By Richard Swift

9 July 2014 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 1006

The commons is not just a battlefield between corporate predators and those who resist them – it is also a source of hope for those willing to imagine a world beyond capitalism. It represents a space between the private market and the political state in which humanity can control and democratically root our common wealth. Both the market and the state have proved inadequate for this purpose. In different ways, they have both led to a centralization of power and decision-making. Both private monopolies and state bureaucracies have proved incapable of maintaining the ecological health of the commons or managing the fair and equitable distribution of its benefits.

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If “Stalin = Communism = Bad,” Why not “Hitler = Capitalism = Bad?” Part II By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

12 June 2014 — The Greanville Post

stalin-Lenin_and_stalin-284x400The publication of Part I of what with the appearance of this column is now a series, elicited quite a bit of commentary.  And so those comments stimulated to write further on this subject, expanding the focus just a bit.  First, a variety of views were presented on just what “capitalism” is.  Here is my consideration of the topic, actually starting rather further back in the historical development of our species.

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Book Review: Eleanor Marx – A Life by Ben Gliniecki

10 June 2014 — Marxist Student Federation

Eleanor Marx, daughter of the greatest political scientist in history, faced the formidable task of living up to her family name in the turbulent period during the birth of the organised labour movement in Britain. What she managed to achieve in this period, under the influence of her father’s ideas, makes Rachel Holmes’ new biography Eleanor Marx – A Life, an appropriately impressive project.

[Purchase a copy of Eleanor Marx – A Life through WellRed Books]

Revolutionary theory and the revolutionary movement

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If Stalin Equals “Communism, Bad,” Why Doesn’t’ “Hitler Equals Capitalism, Bad?” By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

4 June 2014 — Greanville Post

“Many critics of the Soviet Union conveniently forget that the Soviet experience was shaped in a significant part by what someday will come to be known as ‘The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union, 1917-1992.’”

A Special Column for The Greanville Post (Annotated)

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