Contested Reproduction and the Contradictions of Socialism By Michael A. Lebowitz

13 September 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 877

Some Explanations About the Fall of ‘Real Socialism’

Why did ‘real socialism’ and, in particular the Soviet Union, fall? Let me note a few explanations that have been offered. With respect to the Soviet Union, one very interesting explanation that has been suggested is that it’s all the fault of Mikhail Gorbachev. And not simply the errors of Gorbachev but the treachery. Those who offer this explanation rely in particular upon a document which is sometimes described as his confession. This document begins as follows:

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The actuality of a successful capitalist offensive By Richard Seymour

29 March 29, 2013 — Lenin’s Tomb

We’ve been waiting five years for a coherent left-wing response to the recession. We’ve been waiting three years for a coherent left-wing response to the cuts. Two years ago, I was asked at a talk how we could communicate the socialist solution to the crisis; I said it would be nice if we had one. It would still be a step forward today. If the extant strategies, groups or alliances were sufficient to deliver this, we would have it by now.

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What went wrong with ‘real socialism’?

22 November <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>2012 — Climate and Capitalism

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Michael Lebowitz.The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted   012

reviewed by Roy Wilkes

If you don’t know where you want to go, suggests <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Michael Lebowitz, then no road will take you there. Our class cannot overthrow the rule of <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>capital unless we have some idea of what we want to replace it with. But therein lies a problem.

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The Death Agony of Anti-Imperialism, 2 Egypt, 1 By S. Artesian

17 November, 2012 — Wolf at the Door
 
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1.   The organization of landed property, of the landed estate, and of landed labor in <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Egypt was driven and determined by that which could not truly be appropriated as property—water.  Water and the lack thereof, regulated, so to speak, the oscillations between scarcity and abundance.  Water and the lack thereof imposed an approximate egalitarianism; a communalism among those who settled along the banks of the Nile, just as water and the lack thereof compelled a rough equality among the Bedouins, the nomads of the desert. Continue reading

Book Review: Wages without work

16 November 2012 — Red Pepper

Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federici and The Problem with Work by Kathi Weeks, reviewed by Nicholas Beuret

It is no longer a question of being out of work. The question is: on whose terms will we be unemployed? The financial crisis has thrown millions out of work and destroyed the future possibility of decent work for millions more. Many, if not most, of the unemployed and unemployable are women. With the TUC calling for ‘A future that works’ at its recent march, the publication of two books that pay attention to the legacies of feminist and anti-work traditions such as Wages for Housework is welcome. Continue reading

Book Review: Can’t see the wood for the trees? by William Bowles

18 March 2005

A Review of Caliban and the Witch – Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici

The subject of this book goes to the very heart of what it is to be a man or a woman in our world and as someone who feels very much to contain equal portions of both, it means delving into those areas of one’s ‘self’ that are the most vulnerable, what we choose to call our identities and attempting to reassess how we came to be what we are.

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