Could this be the most Marxist film ever made?

14 May 2019 — MROnline – The Public Autonomy Project by Steve Darcy (May 8, 2019)

Boots Riley’s masterpiece of socialist cinema — Sorry to Bother You — may be the most self-consciously marxist film ever made. It is an exhortation to rebel, but to do so with our eyes open, with ‘sober senses,’ so we don’t replicate uncritically the logics that we aspire to contest.

[Note: this contains some plot spoilers.]

Those who avoided reading Karl Marx’s three-volume, 2,500 page magnum opus, Capital, in the improbable expectation that someday a movie version would come out, have finally got their wish. Boots Riley’s film, Sorry to Bother You, may indeed be the most marxist film ever made.

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The Validity of Socialism By Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez

15 March 2019 — Internationalist 360°

It would be enough to listen to the hatred that the bourgeoisie injects into its denouncements against Socialism to deduce that there is something very good for human beings that implies ending the hierarchy of oppressors in order to proceed to a Socialist system capable of eradicating the interests of capital over the human being, as well as eradicating the entire individualist, racist, exclusionary and oppressive burden that has made our existence bitter for too long. To establish as a priority society itself, has been a struggle that is increasingly valid according to the ecological and humanistic ravages that capitalism has caused throughout its history. Realism reaffirms the validity of Socialism.

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István Mészáros: Capitalism and Ecological Destruction

2 October 2017 — Climate & Capitalism

In Memoriam

István Mészáros, Dec. 19, 1930 – Oct. 1, 2017

“István Mészáros is one of the greatest philosophers that the historical materialist tradition has yet produced. His work stands practically alone today in the depth of its analysis of Marx’s theory of alienation, the structural crisis of capital, the demise of Soviet-style post-revolutionary societies, and the necessary conditions of the transition to socialism. His dialectical inquiry into social structure and forms of consciousness — a systematic critique of the prevailing forms of thought — is unequaled in our time. No less a historical figure than Hugo Chavez referred to him as the ‘pathfinder’ of twenty-first century socialism.” —John Bellamy Foster


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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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Study Guide For those applying to the School of Anti-Economics By S. Artesian

13 February 2015 — The Wolf Report:Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Rumor has it that our GameBoy, Yanis Varoufakis, Minister of Finance and VIB (very important blogger)  somewhere said something like: 

” Marx’s first error, the one that I suggest was due to omission, was that he was insufficiently dialectical, insufficiently reflexive. He failed to give sufficient thought, and kept a judicious silence, over the impact of his own theorizing on the world that he was theorizing about. His theory is discursively exceptionally powerful, and Marx had got whiff of its power. How come he showed no concern that his disciples, people with a better grasp of these powerful ideas than the average worker, might use the power bestowed upon them, via Marx’s own ideas, in order to abuse other comrades, to build their own power base, to gain positions of influence, to bed impressionable students etc.?

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Book Review: Marxism and ecological economics By Martin Empson

9 January 2014 — Resolute Reader

“Marxist class analysis can help answer many of the questions raised by ecological economists, at the same time that the substantive agenda of ecological economics can enrich the materialist dimension of Marxism”

Burkett-Ecological-EconomicsPaul Burkett
Marxism and Ecological Economics: Toward a Red and Green Political Economy
Haymarket Books, 2009

Reviewed by Martin Empson

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Climate Change and Socialism: An interview with John Bellamy Foster By Steve da Silva

19 December 2013 — MRZine

Steve da Silva (SD): Over the last decade you have emerged as a leading thinker in synthesizing radical ecology with the Marxist tradition.  From Marx’s Ecology (2000) to The Ecological Rift (2010) and everything in between, you’ve carried out the much needed intellectual work of recovering the overlooked ecological content of Marx’s original thought, presenting us with a side of Marx that many Marxists may not have been aware of.   Continue reading

Climate change: What would Frederick Engels say? By Martin O'Beirne

30 September 2013  — The Ecosocialist

We had not yet destabilised the climate and trounced other planetary ecological boundaries back in 1876 when Frederick Engels wrote these passages in his unfinished The part played by labour in the transition from ape to man. But it is clear that back then Engels had established a biophilous ethic, or in his words: Continue reading

Video: The Impact of Robots: Abundance and the Need for Radical Structural Reform

1 September 2013 — Solidarity Economy

Marx anticipated the problem as capitalism’s systemic crisis, the growth in the ‘organic composition of capital’ (machines) in an inverse relation to ‘living labor’ (jobs). The way out, in the shorter run, is a social wage combined with shorter hours, and in the longer run, socialism on the path to a classless society. McAfee here sees the problem, if not the full solution. – Carl Davidson

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Paul Le Blanc: Revolutionary elements in London — Marxism 2013 and its context

20 July, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal 

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is an important “far left” organisation in Britain which, among other things, organises an annual educational conference — Marxism — in London. The SWP is undergoing a crisis which is only one aspect of a much larger phenomenon, taking place on a global scale within the revolutionary left. This involves a recomposition of the revolutionary socialist movement as a political force, in tandem with the struggles of the multi-faceted working class struggling against the effects of the present world crisis of capitalism.

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