Noted in Passing: Dunayevskaya, the Iranian Left, Rimbaud

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1958 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya called “Colonial Revolts and the Creativity of People.” ••• The editors of the journal Revolutionary History have released a new issue on the Iranian revolutionary movement, “The Left in Iran: 1941-1957” (Vol. 10, No. 3). Unfortunately, this valuable resource for the history […]

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 […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Walter Reuther and the Plan

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1955 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on rank-and-file opposition to UAW leader Walter Reuther (“New Stage of Struggle Against Labor Bureaucracy“). 1955—the year Reuther achieved the reunification of the CIO with the AFL—may well have been the high point of his influence in U.S. society, but here Dunayevskaya […]

Allen Willis, Filmmaker and Marxist-Humanist

Allen Willis, pioneering African-American filmmaker and Marxist-Humanist, passed away in February. He led a long and extremely productive life and was involved in radical politics since his youth in Washington, D.C. He lived in Chicago for a time in the 1930s (where he was active in the Revolutionary Workers League) before moving to San Francisco, […]

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 […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on revolt in Stalin’s arctic prison camp

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available two pieces by Raya Dunayevskaya on revolt inside the U.S.S.R. at the close of the Stalin period: “‘Russia, More Than Ever Full of Revolutionaries…’” (1954) and “The Revolt in the Slave Labor Camps in Vorkuta” (1955). The first appeared in Correspondence, the second in one of the first […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the Lovestoneites

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on Jay Lovestone and the Lovestoneites. This piece, “The Evolution of a Social Type,” was Dunayevskaya’s inaugural column in the first issue of Correspondence, the newspaper of Correspondence Committees, the organization launched by C.L.R. James, Dunayevskaya, and Grace Lee after the Johnson-Forest Tendency’s 1950 […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Khrushchev’s U.S. Visit

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a column by Raya Dunayevskaya on Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to the U.S. (“Eisenhower-Khrushchev Spectacular“). The trip marked the high point of amity between the two state-capitalist superpowers before the U2 incident of 1960 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. This was also the occasion […]

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 […]