Three Forthcoming Books and a Rimbaud Review

None of these three books will be available soon, but they look interesting. ••• Sojourning for freedom : Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism. by Erik S. McDuffie. Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2011. McDuffie has written on Black women in the Communist Party. His perspective seems to be the “revisionist” […]

List of Texts by Raya Dunayevskaya in News & Letters

News & Letters has compiled a list of all of the texts by Raya Dunayevskaya that have been reproduced in the print and online versions of the newspaper since 1997. Needless to say, there is much of great interest here. A cursory set of recommendations includes: A Restatement of Some Fundamentals of Marxism against ‘pseudo-Marxism’ […]

New and Forthcoming Books

As the stacks of unread books linger, titles appear on my list of new and forthcoming books I hope to be able to write something about in 2011: · Grace Lee Boggs, The Next American Revolution (University of California Press) Available April 2011, but the text of the first chapter (“These Are the Times to Grow Our […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Bert Cochran and James P. Cannon

I never ceased to be amazed at the amount of S.W.P. nostalgia floating around out there (Alan Wald, Paul Le Blanc, etc). One consistent thread in much of this school of thought is the unnecessity of the many splits the party underwent in its history (for one example, see Paul Le Blanc’s “What Happened to […]

New Dunayevskaya text in Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive has just made available a 1953 text by Raya Dunayevskaya, “Malenkov Pledges H-Bomb and Caviar.” This document appeared in Correspondence, the newspaper of the group that had been known as the Johnson-Forest Tendency until 1951, when its members openly broke with Trotskyism and left the Socialist Workers Party to embark upon […]

New Dunayevskaya text on Marxists Internet Archive

The Marxists Internet Archive has just made available one of Raya Dunayevskaya’s analyses of the political aftermath of Stalin’s death in March of 1953. “Russian Regime Cannot Afford a Beria Show Trial,” which appeared in Correspondence on January 9, 1954, recounts the execution of Lavrenti Beria, chief of the Russian secret police, in the context […]

Struggling with James

Urbane Revolutionary: C.L.R. James and the Struggle for a New Society (University Press of Mississippi , 2008, 282 pages) *** While not exactly a new book, Frank Rosengarten’s Urbane Revolutionary: C.L.R. James and the Struggle for a New Society is an important addition to the large body of James literature and deserves a serious critical […]