A Witness to the Revolution in Portugal, 1974-1975

Portugal: The Impossible Revolution? by Phil Mailer PM Press, 2012, 300 pages. PM Press (of Oakland, California) is set to re-publish Portugal: The Impossible Revolution?, Phil Mailer’s fascinating first-hand account of the Portuguese Revolution of 1974-1975. The book was originally published in 1977 by Solidarity, a relatively large group of British co-thinkers of Cornelius Castoriadis. […]

An Antidote for Tito Nostalgia

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1961 column by Raya Dunayavskaya (“Tito’s Turnabout“) on the U.S.S.R.’s Khruschev-era reconcilliation with Yugoslavia. This piece serves as a bracing antidote to the Marshal Tito nostalgia which one encounters from time to time, particularly with regards to what was called the system of “workers’ self-management.” One point […]

Marxism and Freedom available in Arabic

Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom has been translated into Arabic and published in a small edition. The project was undertaken by the Victor Serge Foundation, based in Montpellier, France, and organized by the American expatriate and Serge translator Richard Greeman (New York Review Books has just published his translation of Serge’s novel Conquered City). A […]

Missing Pages Added to Dunayevskaya Pamphlet on Arab-Israeli War

The HathiTrust Digital Library contacted Criticism &c. to report that the missing pages from the News & Letters pamphlet  Two Articles on New Emerging Forces have been added to the scanned image (see message below). Readers can now view the entire Political-Philosophic Letter on the Six Day War by Raya Dunayevskaya, a particularly important document […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on the Sino-Soviet Split, Circa 1961

The Marxists Internet Archive has made available a 1961 piece by Raya Dunayevskaya on the political tensions inside the Communist world at the time (“The New Russian Communist Manifesto“). Dunayevskaya was an early critic of Mao’s attempt to create a rival center for world Communism and kept a sharp eye on the Russia-China split. Many […]

A Comment on Trotsky, Defeatism and the U.S.S.R.

Several weeks ago, Criticism &c. noticed a statement released by the Marxist-Humanist Initiative on the subject of the Libyan revolt and U.S. and NATO intervention (“Support Libyan Rebels While Opposing U.S./NATO Intervention“—March 12, 2011). At that time, comment was not deemed worth the effort involved. Upon a second reading, however, at least one distortion of […]

Scanned Issues of Radical America and Cultural Correspondence

Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives hosts a collection of scanned images of two important U.S. New Left/post-New Left journals, Radical America and Cultural Correspondence. The two journals, closely connected with the prolific historian of the left and left culture Paul Buhle, were among the more interesting intellectual by-products of Students for a Democratic […]