Automation, the Absolute, and Socialist Humanism: the Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence

The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory Edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell Lexington Books, 2012 Revolutionary and Hegelian-Marxist philosopher Raya Dunayevskaya struggled throughout her life to win a hearing for her ideas, developed in decades of intense participation in the international Marxist movement. A new collection of correspondence […]

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 […]

NATO in Chicago: Is the Whole World Watching?

NATO meets in Chicago at a time when its foundations are being profoundly undermined by the ongoing economic crisis. While the heads of state and defense ministers in attendance may hope that discussions of economic matters are left to the near-concurrent G8 meeting (six G8 members are signatories to the NATO agreement), there is no […]

The Specter of Depression: Paul Mattick’s Business as Usual

Business as Usual: the Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism Reaktion Books (London), 2011 Paul Mattick’s Business as Usual is an attempt to come to grips with the global economic crisis that began in 2007 in Marxist terms, an entry into a growing category books which includes David Harvey’s The Enigma of Capital. Mattick […]

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 […]

Retrospective Review: Paul Buhle’s Marxism in the United States

Marxism in the United States: Remapping the History of the American Left by Paul Buhle Verso, 1991 (revised edition; original edition 1987) Buhle’s book undertakes the formidable task of presenting a concise history of the experience of American Marxism, from its arrival with the German émigrés of 1848 to the Ronald Reagan era. He is […]