Oliver Stone’s Mythic Man: Henry A. Wallace

Film director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick have produced a cable television documentary series and book—The Untold History of the United States—which packages Stone’s left liberal and small-bourgeois populist interpretation of the twentieth century into some serious infotainment. Stone passes for an incisive crititc of U.S. politics only because of the extremely narrow spectrum […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Khrushchev and the Russian Bureaucrats

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1956 analysis of post-Stalin Russia (“Where Is Russia Going?“) by Raya Dunayevskaya. This unsigned piece appeared in the March 30, 1956 issue of News & Letters, the same issue which carried a column by Dunayevskaya on the 20th congress of the Communist Party, at which Khrushchev delivered […]

Cover Added to Scanned News & Letters Pamphlet on Middle East

The HathiTrust Digital Library has added the previously missing cover to the 1969 News & Letters pamphlet “Two Articles on New Emerging Forces.” This publication contains two texts by Raya Dunayevskaya, “The Arab-Israeli Collision, the World Powers and the Struggle for the Minds of Men,” on the 1967 war and “U.S. and Russia Enter Middle […]

Ernst Bloch Section Added to Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive has launched an Ernst Bloch section. The first text to appear there is the chapter on Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach from Vol 1 of Bloch’s The Principle of Hope. This excerpt appears to be the Plaice-Plaice-Knight translation of the entire work, which was published in Britain in 1986. A US edition of […]

Cover of Worker-Student Action Committees Pamphlet Now Available

The front and back covers of the Black and Red pamphlet Worker-Student Action Committees: France, May ’68 by Roger Gregoire and Fredy Perlman are now visible in the HathiTrust Digital Library. Full a longer comment on the text, see the post below. Previously, the scanned image began with the table of contents.   Earlier post: […]

Dunayevskaya, Marcuse, Fromm: Dialectics, Automation, Humanism

Russell Rockwell, co-editor of the new book The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978, has made the text of his recent talk on the book available on the blog Marxist-Humanist Dialectics. Rockwell delivered the talk on May 5 at the Alternative Press Center in Chicago.

For International Women’s Day 2012: Margaret Ellingham, An American Marxist in Italy

Margaret Ellingham, an American expatriate who lived for decades in northern Italy, participated in and wrote about many of the profound social struggles that took place in that country from the 1960s through the 1980s. Ellingham contributed her penetrating commentary on Italian events to the pages of News & Letters from 1964 through 1991, the […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the Crisis in Independent Marxism, circa 1960

Raya Dunayevskaya’s “The World Crisis and the Theoretical Void“, a 1960 article that first appeared in Prometeo, a journal edited by the Italian independent revolutionary Onorato Damen, has just been made available by the Marxists Internet Archive. Dunayevskaya travelled to Europe in late 1959 to attend an international conference in Milan of tendencies adhereing to […]

André Breton: 1968, 1996, 2012

To mark André Breton’s birthday—February 19, 1896—Criticism &c. presents here an excerpt from an essay by Julien Gracq, author of The Castle of Argol and Balcony in the Forest, which was written on the 100th anniversary of Breton’s birth and was printed in Le Monde. This English translation appeared in the journal L’Esprit Createur. • • • […]

Another Comment on Charles Denby’s Indignant Heart

Among the chapters of Indignant Heart recently made available by Libcom, Chapter 16 (“The Trotskyist Party”) is extremely important for its depiction of the strong current of racism that pervaded the Marxist parties, an under-acknowledged aspect of the history of the U.S. left. It’s not possible to discern any difference between the attitudes Denby faced […]