The Interconnectedness of Everything — Capitalist Contradictions and Marx’s Metabolic Rift Theory

14 September 2020 — The Meaning of Life Type Stuff

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After the Wedding. L.S. Lowry.

By Daniel Tarade

No person is an island. It takes a village. Circle of Life. We are stardust. Seven generations. These truisms reference connections between people and what we owe each other. Appealing to chaos theory, an action, no matter how small, dominoes around the world. You accidentally wave at someone who looks like your friend Nevraj in Toronto, and a union goes on strike in Australia. In the same way, ecosystems interdigitate. Food webs explode beyond neat textbook boundaries, nutrients cycle between the atmosphere and the ocean, and capitalist extractive activities threaten everything. Everything. By appealing to these interconnections, we illuminate neon contradictions and build an eco-socialist theoretical base.

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Marx on British politics … and cab drivers

23 November, 2019 — Historical Materialism

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Pepijn Brandon

If you get nauseated by the perverse state of contemporary world politics and the slavish way in which mainstream media help to sustain the spectacle that is Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Rodrigo Duterte or their local variants, here is the perfect antidote: read Marx’s journalistic articles for the New York Daily Tribune.

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Movie Review: The struggle to live in the present

25 October 2019 — MROnline

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Many of my friends disliked it, and not without reason. And yet Raoul Peck’s film The Young Karl Marx seemed to me to get the essential thing right.1 I saw it as a film about the struggle to live in the present. As such, it’s a film that can help us do exactly that. The Young Karl Marx is fiction, but like all good fiction is more real than the documentary evidence on which it is based. It tells us not what actually happened, but a version of what happened with which to think what is happening now. In that sense, it is a species of realism.2 And in another sense too. It is a work of cinema. It is in Pasolini’s terms (and Barad’s also) cut from the real itself.

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The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

19 February 2019 — WSWS

There have now been two attacks on the grave of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in the space of just two weeks. The first and most damaging was an attempt to obliterate with a hammer Marx’s name from the original headstone marking the burial place of Karl and his wife Jenny, which was incorporated into the monument erected in his memory in 1956. The second was this weekend’s daubing of anti-communist slogans on the plinth supporting the monument’s bronze bust of Marx.

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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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David Harvey, "'Introduction' to A Companion to Marx's Capital"

7 October, 2010

My aim is to get you to read a book by Karl Marx called Capital, Volume I, and to read it on Marx’s own terms. . . . Mostly, though, I want you to come away with your own reading of Capital. There is, and can be, no ultimate and definitive reading precisely because the world perpetually changes. — David Harvey

This is the fourteen page Introduction from Harvey’s book, A Companion to Marx’s Capital in PDF format.

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Video: Marx and the Global South

15 May, 2010, Toronto — Socialist ProjectLeft Streamed

Vijay Prashad: George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford. Prashad is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (The New Press, 2008). Moderated by Shahrzad Mojab.

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Kevin Anderson: Professor of Sociology and Political Science at University of California-Santa Barbara. Anderson is the author of Marx at the Margins.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed: Associate Professor, Political Science, International Development Studies, York University, Toronto.

This was recorded at the Historical Materialism Conference at York University, Toronto.

Marx and the philosophy of time By Peter Osborne

9 May, 2010 — Radical Philosophy

What is Marx’s contribution to the philosophy of time? Or, to put it another way, what has a temporal reading of Marx’s writings to contribute to the understanding of the philosophical aspects of his thought? How, for example, might it reconfigure the relationship between the historical, analytical and political dimensions of his work?

Book Review: Ecology and Socialism: Inseparable Revolutions

6 August, 2009 — Climate and Capitalism

The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet, by John Bellamy Foster. Monthly Review Press, 2009. Reviewed by Simon Butler

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels famously urged the world’s workers to unite because they had a world to win, and nothing to lose but their chains. Today, the reality of climate change and worsening environmental breakdowns globally adds a further vital dimension to this strident vision of human liberation. We still have a world to win – but we also have a world to lose.

With books such as Marx’s Ecology and The Vulnerable Planet, John Bellamy Foster, editor of the US-based socialist journal Monthly Review, has earned a reputation as one of the English-speaking world’s most persuasive voices arguing for fundamental social change to tackle the looming ecological catastrophe.

His new book, The Ecological Revolution, could not have been published at a more timely moment. It argues a solution to the ecological crisis ‘is now either revolutionary or it is false.’ It is a call for urgent action and an intervention into the debates about the kind of action needed to win this ‘race’ for the future.

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New Socialist Project publication

The financial and economic crisis currently enveloping the world market is causing an enormous amount of social chaos. Workers and families are being dislocated from their communities as factories and workplaces are shutdown. Immigrants already forced to migrate to find work are amongst the first laid-off and pushed into even more exposed social settings.

Women’s work is becoming increasingly precarious, and the pressures on women to undertake unpaid care work increasing. A vulnerable planet is under greater pressures as measures to improve the world’s ecology are sacrificed to the need to restore corporate profits. As Mike Lebowitz notes in the pamphlet below, the logic of capital is opposed to the logic of human development. In an economic crisis, all is sacrificed to the restoration of capitalist profitability.

A new anti-capitalist movement is emerging. This is renewing the popularity of the writings of Karl Marx, and in particular his penetrating analysis in Capital, still the foremost analysis of why capitalist development inevitably leads to economic crises. The ideas of socialism are re-gaining popular resonance. New study groups and activist campaigns are growing daily. The Path to Human Development: Capitalism or Socialism? is a significant contribution to these efforts. Read it. Study it. Debate it. Circulate it among friends and comrades. Take part in the anti-capitalist movement that is emerging across the world.  Alternatives to financial greed, economic chaos and barbarism are not only possible, they have taken on an urgency.

The pamphlet is freely available for download. Printed copies are available at $3 each or $25 for a bundle of 10 copies (postage extra).

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