We’ll always have Petrograd

October: the story of the Russian Revolution China Miéville Verso, 2017 An enormous amount of intellectual effort is necessary to unearth what significance, if any, the Russian revolutions of 1917 hold for us today. Before it is possible to do so, the mind must travel backwards from the integrated spectacle of Putin’s Russia to confront, […]

New Volume of Marcuse Collected Papers

The recently-released sixth volume of the Herbert Marcuse Collected Papers series, Marxism, Revolution and Utopia, includes selections of Marcuse’s correspondence with Raya Dunayevskaya, as well as his introduction to her Marxism and Freedom. In this latter document, Marcuse introduces some of the ideas he would develop at greater length in the influential One-Dimensional Man. These […]

Tracing the Contours of Anti-Capitalism

The Philosophical Roots of Anti-Capitalism: Essays on History, Culture, and Dialectical Thought David Black, Lexington Books (2013) Capitalism in the U.S. and Europe has evidently survived the massive financial crisis it found itself confronted by in late 2007. What’s more, at least in the U.S., capitalism was neither seriously threatened with mass political or social […]

Marx’s Capital (Fowkes Translation) Available in the Internet Archive

Those interested in locating a digital version of Marx’s Capital, Volume I may be interested to learn that a scanned copy of the 1976 Ben Fowkes translation published by Penguin (now Penguin Random House—Marx called this process the centralization of capital) is available for download and in-browser reading in the Internet Archive. At the time […]

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 […]

Raya Dunayevskaya on Spanish Eurocommunist Santiago Carillo

Confirming the adage that bureaucrats die at home in bed, Santiago Carillo, one of the chief architects of the trend called Eurocommunism, expired last month in Madrid at the age of 97.The New York Times recently published a mildly  sympathetic obituary for Carillo, in which he was quoted as offering this less-than-comforting observation on the […]