The Marginal Marx

Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies by Kevin B. Anderson The University of Chicago Press, 2010, 319 pp. Marx is journalistically rediscovered  at regular intervals, at least when business writers have to confront an economic crisis. He makes good copy. The academic intellectual consensus, however, is that Marx is no longer relevant. […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on May 1 and ‘human power which is its own end’

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1959 column by Raya Dunayevskaya on the history of May Day and the meaning of the struggle to shorten the working day (“May 1 and the Shorter Work Day“). While it is always a good idea to refamiliarize people with the trans-Atlantic origin of May Day, this […]

New Essay by Paresh Chattopadhyay

The latest issue of the academic journal Socialism and Democracy features a special section titled “Re-reading Marx in 2010.” Paresh Chattopadhyay, author of The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience has an essay in it: “The Myth of Twentieth Century Socialism and the Continuing Relevance of Karl Marx.” I haven’t seen it yet, […]

Paresh Chattopadhyay on Marx’s ‘Critique of the Gotha Program’

Paresh Chattopadhyay has published an interesting article in the latest issue of Science and Society, the theoretical journal long associated with the Communist Party. In “On the Question of Soviet Socialism,” he replies to an extremely hostile review of Marcel van der Linden’s Western Marxism and the Soviet Union by David Laibman, the journal’s current […]

More New Books

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, post festum and status nascendi, go best together when learning is in question. —Ernst Bloch (From the “Prefatory Note” to A Philosophy of the Future) … Two more books I hope to get to this year: • Kevin Anderson, Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (University […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the CP and Black America

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available an excerpt from American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard by Raya Dunayevskaya. This work was originally published as a pamphlet in 1963 (the title of the original was American Civilization on Trial: The Negro As Touchstone of History) and distributed in large numbers at the massive […]

Surrealism and the Non-White World

Black, Brown and Beige: Surrealist Writings From Africa and the Diaspora Edited by Franklin Rosemont and Robin D.G. Kelley University of Texas Press. 2009. 395 pages. A title in the Surrealist Revolution series. ••• African-American historian Robin Kelley and Surrealist Franklin Rosemont (who passed away in 2009) have produced a provocative compilation of Surrealist texts […]

Marxist Scholars: Paresh Chattopadhyay

The list of contemporary academics producing scholarship on Marx worth reading is, sadly, a short one. Paresh Chattopadhyay, however, has a secure place on it. Chattopadhyay, a faculty member of the Department of Sociology of the University of Montreal, has made an interesting intellectual journey from close association with the thought of Charles Bettelheim, a […]