Chattopadhyay on “Proletarian Dictatorship” vs. “Socialism”

Paresh Chattopadhyay, author of The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience, contributed a short piece to a recent issue of Economic and Political Weekly (published in Mumbai). Chattopadhyay criticizes an earlier piece by Markar Melkonian on the fate of socialism in the 20th century (“A Marxist Post-mortem of Soviet Socialism”, May 28, 2011). […]

Department of Needed Translations: Jacques Camatte

While Criticism &c. categorically and definitively rejects the position that capital is the self-developing subject of history, the French revolutionary thinker Jacques Camatte—the former Bordigist who developed ideas along this line—deserves a higher profile than the one he currently enjoys. As Loren Goldner pointed out in a review of Moishe Postone’s Time, Labor and Social […]

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 […]