Scanned Collection of Marxist-Humanist Pamphlets

The HathiTrust Digital Library has made available full-text scans of sixteen pamphlets published by News & Letters between the years 1960 and 1984. Among them are several classics which have never received the audience they deserve, including Workers Battle Automation (1960) by Black autoworker Charles Denby and American Civilization on Trial (1963), published as an […]

Department of Needed Translations: Ernst Bloch, Again

The HathiTrust Digital Library has made available a scan of a copy of Ernst Bloch’s, Thomas Munzer, Theologian of Revolution. This book, which has not been translated into English, was first published in 1921—between the Kapp Putsch and the onset of the Ruhr Crisis. With the recent publication by Verso of a new edition of […]

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 […]

A Text for Our Times

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) was an important and, sadly, now little-known American literary and cultural figure. He was brought to my attention by Franklin Rosemont’s Jacques Vaché and the Roots of Surrealism (reviewed earlier on this blog). I  provide here a link to a HathiTrust scanned image of his most enduring essay, “The War and the […]