By Michael A. Lebowitz
About the writer Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser collage. His booklet, Beyond ‘Capital': Marx's Political economic climate of the operating Class used to be offered the Deutscher Memorial Prize in 2004. His construct it Now: Socialism for the Twenty-first Century has been republished in different languages.
By Bill Martin
By Neil Faulkner
This magisterial research of human heritage - from 'Lucy', the 1st hominid, to the present nice Recession - combines the insights of prior generations of Marxist historians with radical new rules concerning the ancient technique. interpreting heritage opposed to the grain, Neil Faulkner finds that what occurred long ago was once no longer predetermined. offerings have been widespread and various. diversified results - liberation or barbarism - have been usually attainable. Rejecting the top-down method of traditional historical past, Faulkner contends that it's the mass motion of normal people who drives nice occasions. at the start of the twenty first century - with fiscal catastrophe, struggle, weather disaster and deep category divisions - people face probably the best difficulty within the lengthy historical past of our species. The lesson of A Marxist background of the area is that, seeing that we created our previous, we will additionally create a greater destiny.
By Kieran Allen
If we're fascinated with discovering a special solution to run the post-credit crunch society, we needs to commence via introducing choices to undergraduates. Kieran Allen starts off the duty with an available and entire examine the information of Karl Marx.
Dispensing with the dryness of conventional factors of Marx, Allen exhibits how Marx's rules observe to fashionable society. the 1st part in brief outlines Marx's existence and the advance of his paintings, then is going directly to truly clarify his key theories, together with ancient materialism and surplus price. the second one part examines possible choices to capitalism, the idea that of ‘anti-capitalism’ and offers concrete, modern examples of Marx’s theories being positioned into perform in today’s world.
This publication presents an important substitute for undergraduates in sociology and politics.
By Louis Althusser
From Althusser's such a lot prolific interval, this ebook is destined to turn into a classic.
In the past due Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, Louis Althusser persisted a interval of severe psychological instability in which he murdered his spouse and was once devoted to a psychiatric sanatorium. Spanning this deeply troubling interval, this fourth and ultimate quantity of political and philosophical writings finds Althusser wrestling in an artistic and unorthodox model with an entire sequence of theoretical difficulties to supply a few of his very most interesting paintings. In his profound exploration of questions of determinism and contingency, Althusser built a "philosophy of the encounter," which he hyperlinks to a hidden and subterranean culture within the heritage of Western notion which stretches from Epicurus via Spinoza and Machiavelli to Marx, Derrida and Heidegger.
Ideology hasn't ever prior to been rather a lot in facts as a truth and so little understood as an idea because it is at the present time. during this now vintage paintings, initially written for either beginners to the subject and for these already acquainted with the talk, Terry Eagleton unravels the numerous various definitions of ideology, and explores the concept’s torturous heritage from the Enlightenment to postmodernism.
The booklet presents lucid bills of the concept of key Marxist thinkers, in addition to of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud and some of the post-structuralists. Now up to date within the gentle of present theoretical debates, this crucial textual content via one in every of our most crucial modern critics clarifies a notoriously pressured subject.
Ideology is center analyzing for college kids and lecturers of literature and politics.
By Gopal Balakrishnan
New Left overview ninety one, January-February 2015
By Alex Callinicos
Anything dramatic occurred within the past due summer time and autumn of 2008. The post-Cold conflict global got here to an abrupt finish. This was once the results of conjoined crises. First, in its short battle with Georgia in August 2008, Russia asserted its army energy to halt the growth of NATO to its very borders. Secondly, on 15 September 2008 the Wall road funding financial institution Lehman Brothers collapsed. This caused a serious monetary crash and helped to push the area economic system into the worst hunch because the Nineteen Thirties.
either crises marked a serious setback for the worldwide energy of the U.S., which had pushed NATO enlargement and compelled throughout the liberalization of economic markets. extra extensively they challenged the consensus that had reigned because the cave in of the Soviet bloc in 1989 US-orchestrated liberal capitalist order may supply the realm peace and prosperity. Already badly broken by way of the Iraq debacle, this consensus has now suffered very likely deadly blows.
In Bonfire of Illusions Alex Callinicos explores those dual crises. He strains the credits crunch that constructed in 2007-8 to a way more protracted concern of overaccumulation and profitability that has gripped international capitalism because the overdue Sixties. He additionally confronts the interplay among fiscal and geopolitical occasions, highlighting the recent assertiveness of geographical regions and analysing the demanding, complicated dating of interdependence and clash that binds jointly the united states and China. ultimately, in line with the revelation that the marketplace isn't the technique to the world's difficulties, Callinicos studies the clients for possible choices to capitalism.
By Ellen Meiksins Wood
Capitalism isn't really a typical and inevitable final result of human nature, neither is it easily an extension of age-old practices of exchange and commerce.
In this unique and provocative e-book Ellen Meiksins wooden reminds us that capitalism isn't a normal and inevitable outcome of human nature, neither is it easily an extension of age-old practices of alternate and trade. fairly, it's a overdue and localized fabricated from very particular ancient stipulations, which required nice variations in social kinfolk and within the human interplay with nature.
This re-creation is considerably revised and improved, with huge new fabric on imperialism, anti-Eurocentric heritage, capitalism and the geographical region, and the variations among capitalism and non-capitalist trade. the writer lines hyperlinks among the starting place of capitalism and modern stipulations comparable to ‘globalization’, ecological degradation, and the present agricultural challenge.
By Gerhard Schweppenhäuser
After supplying a quick assessment of Adorno’s existence, Schweppenhäuser turns to the theorist’s center philosophical innovations, together with post-Kantian critique, determinate negation, and the primacy of the thing, in addition to his view of the Enlightenment as a code for global domination, his prognosis of recent mass tradition as a software of social keep watch over, and his realizing of modernist aesthetics as a problem to conceive an alternate politics. alongside the way in which, Schweppenhäuser illuminates the works generally thought of Adorno’s most vital achievements: Minima Moralia, Dialectic of Enlightenment (co-authored with Horkheimer), and Negative Dialectics. Adorno wrote a lot of the 1st of those in the course of his years in California (1938–49), the place he lived close to Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas Mann, whom he assisted with the musical aesthetics on the middle of Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus.