Posts in category: Communism
By Antonio Escohotado
L. a. aparición de los angeles sociedad de consumo es un hecho muy reciente, precedido por dos milenios de modelos sociales hostiles a ella. Sin embargo, su éxito ha sido tan completo que unas pocas décadas han bastado para borrar no sólo muchas instituciones, sino hasta el recuerdo de sus alternativas morales y prácticas. Se nos ha olvidado, por ejemplo, que el fundador del cristianismo empezó y terminó su vida pública expulsando a mercaderes, e incluso que desde mediados del siglo XIX a finales del XX no hubo cuestión ethical y política related al comunismo. ¿Quiere esto decir que hemos pasado página definitivamente? Antonio Escohotado plantea l. a. pregunta sin dogmatismo, repasando con lupa de entomólogo las situaciones y los argumentos opuestos al tipo de mundo en el que acabamos de instalarnos. Tras localizar el complejo que precipitó l. a. proposal del comercio como un mal infeccioso, pasa a describir sus altibajos desde l. a. civilización grecorromana hasta el día de hoy. Este análisis supone compartir con el lector una larga peripecia, donde algo que ayuda a entender nuestros orígenes tiene también el colour insuperable de lo genuine. Los enemigos del comercio ofrece l. a. primera historia completa del comunismo, que al ir contextualizando sus etapas expone los angeles evolución paralela del individualismo y el pensamiento liberal.
By Stefan Heym
By Dan Hancox
100 kilometers from Seville lies the small village of Marinaleda, which for the final thirty-five years has been the guts of a tireless fight to create a dwelling utopia. this day, Marinaleda is a spot the place the farms and the processing crops are jointly owned and supply paintings for everybody who desires it.
As Spain's concern turns into ever extra determined, Marinaleda additionally suffers from the foreign downturn. Can the village hold its utopian imaginative and prescient? Can the long-lasting mayor Sánchez Gordillo carry directly to the dream opposed to the depredations of the area past his village?
The Dutch-German Communist Left, represented through the German KAPD-AAUD, the Dutch KAPN and the Bulgarian Communist staff social gathering, separated from the Comintern (1921) on questions like electoralism, trade-unionism, united fronts, the one-party kingdom and anti-proletarian violence. It attracted the ire of Lenin, who wrote his Left Wing Communism, "An childish disease opposed to the Linkskommunismus," whereas Herman Gorter wrote a well-known reaction in his pamphlet "Reply to Lenin." the current quantity presents the main sizeable heritage thus far of this tendency within the twentieth-century Communist circulation. It covers how the Communist left, with the KAPD-AAU, denounced 'party communism' and 'state capitalism' in Russia; how the German left survived after 1933 within the form of the Dutch GIK and Paul Mattick s councils stream within the united states; and in addition how the Dutch Communistenbond Spartacus persevered to struggle after 1942 for the realm energy of the staff councils, as theorised by way of Pannekoek in his ebook "Workers Councils" (1946)."
By Natasa Kovacevic
The transition of communist jap Europe to capitalist democracy post-1989 and within the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars has concentrated a lot scholarly realization - in heritage, political technology and literature - at the fostering of recent identities throughout japanese eu international locations within the absence of the previous communist social and ideological frameworks. This booklet examines a massive, yet hitherto mostly overlooked, a part of this tale: the ways that the West has outlined its personal identification and beliefs through the demonization of communist regimes and jap eu cultures as a totalitarian, barbarian and Orientalist "other". It describes how previous Orientalist prejudices resurfaced in the course of the chilly conflict interval, and argues that the institution of this discourse helped to justify transitions of japanese ecu societies to industry capitalism and liberal democracy, suppressing japanese Europe’s communist histories and legacies, while perpetuating its dependence at the West as a resource of its personal experience of identification. It argues that this technique of Orientalization was once bolstered via the literary narratives of japanese ecu and Russian anti-communist dissidents and exiles, together with Vladimir Nabokov, Czeslaw Milosz and Milan Kundera, of their makes an attempt to offer themselves as local, jap ecu specialists and likewise emancipate themselves – and their homelands – as civilized, enlightened and Westernized. It is going directly to recommend that the best capability for spotting and overcoming this self-Orientalization lies in post-communist literary and visible narratives, with their issues of unhappiness within the social, fiscal, or political adjustments because of the transitions, problem of the unequal discursive strength in East-West dialogues the place the East is situated as a disciple or a mimic of the West, and some of the guises of nostalgia for communism.
This compelling and hugely unique e-book represents a disagreement among of the main radical thinkers at paintings in France at the present time: Alain Badiou and the writer, François Laruelle.
At face worth, the 2 have a lot in universal: either espouse a place of absolute immanence; either argue that philosophy is conditioned by way of technological know-how; and either command a pluralism of notion. Anti-Badiou relates the parallel tales of Badiou's Maoist 'ontology of the void' and Laruelle's personal performative perform of 'non-philosophy' and explains why the 2 are in truth considerably diverse. Badiou's complete venture goals to re-educate philosophy via one technological know-how: arithmetic. Laruelle rigorously examines Badiou's Being and Event and indicates how Badiou has created a brand new aristocracy that crowns his personal philosophy because the grasp of a whole theoretical universe. In flip, Laruelle explains the distinction together with his personal non-philosophy as a real democracy of proposal that breaks philosophy's continuous enthrall with arithmetic and as an alternative opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' locations the place pondering are available and practised.
By Saul Newman
In its comparability of anarchist and poststructuralist proposal, From Bakunin to Lacan contends that the main urgent political challenge we are facing this present day is the proliferation and intensification of strength. Saul Newman pursuits the tendency of radical political theories and routine to reaffirm energy and authority, in several guises, of their very try to conquer it. In his exam of thinkers comparable to Bakunin, Lacan, Stirner, and Foucault Newman explores very important epistemological, ontological, and political questions: Is the basic human topic the purpose of departure from which energy and authority will be adverse? Or, is the humanist topic itself a domain of domination that needs to be unmasked? because it deftly charts this debate's paths of emergence in political inspiration, the publication illustrates how the query of crucial identities defines and re-defines the boundaries and chances of radical politics at the present time.
The tale THEY could not HACK: during this infrequent insider’s view into modern North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his existence as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking get away to freedom.
“The basic will now input the room.”
Everyone turns to stone. no longer relocating my head, I direct my eyes to some extent midway up the archway the place Kim Jong-il’s face will quickly appear…
As North Korea’s nation Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed lifestyles. With foodstuff provisions (even because the state suffered via its nice famine), a trip cross, entry to strictly censored info, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his existence in Pyongyang appeared secure and safe. yet this privileged lifestyles used to be approximately to be shattered. while a strictly forbidden journal he lent to a chum is going lacking, Jang Jin-sung needs to flee for his life.
Never earlier than has a member of the elite defined the interior workings of this totalitarian nation and its propaganda desktop. An stunning exposé instructed during the heart-stopping tale of Jang Jin-sung’s get away to South Korea, Dear Leader is an extraordinary and remarkable perception into the world’s such a lot secretive and repressive regime.
By Terrell Carver, Daniel Blank
Since the Nineteen Twenties, students have promoted a suite of manuscripts, lengthy deserted by way of Marx and Engels, to canonical prestige in ebook shape because the German Ideology, and particularly its 'first chapter,' often called 'I. Feuerbach.' half one in every of this innovative research relates intimately the political heritage wherein those manuscripts have been editorially fabricated into versions and translations, so they may perhaps signify a massive exposition of Marx's 'theory of history.' half offers a wholly-original view of the so-called 'Feuerbach' manuscripts in a page-by-page English-language rendition of those discontinuous fragments. through together with the hitherto devalued corrections that every writer made in draft, the hot textual content invitations the reader right into a distinct laboratory for his or her collaborative paintings. An 'Analytical Introduction' indicates how Marx's and Engels's pondering built in duologue as they altered person phrases and words on those 'left-over' polemical pages.
By Victor S. Navasky
With a brand new Afterword by way of the Author
"An remarkable paintings referring to own honor and dishonor, disgrace and shamelessness. A booklet of attractive insights and suspense." ―Studs Terkel
Half a century later, the research of Hollywood radicals by means of the home Committee on Un-American actions nonetheless haunts the general public sense of right and wrong. Naming Names, reissued right here with a brand new afterword through the writer, is the definitive account of the hearings, a countrywide publication Award winner commonly hailed as a vintage. Victor S. Navasky adroitly dissects the motivations for the research and gives a poignant research of its outcomes. concentrating on the movie-studio employees who shunned blacklists in simple terms by means of naming names on the hearings, he explores the terrifying dilemmas of these who trained and the tragedies of these who have been expert on. Drawing on interviews with greater than a hundred and fifty humans referred to as to testify―among them Elia Kazan, Ring Lardner Jr., and Arthur Miller―Naming Names provides a compelling portrait of ways the blacklists operated with such chilling efficiency.