January 29th, 2018
Marxisme et liberté 60 ans après, pour hier et aujourd’hui
Nous nous approchons du soixantième anniversaire de la publication originale en anglais deMarxisme et liberté de Raya Dunayevskaya, un travail ancré dans son époque et en même temps hors de son époque, puisqu’en avance sur son époque. Nous commémorons aussi la réédition de ce travail par les camarades des Éditions Syllepse en 2016. D’abord publié en […]
January 14th, 2018
Trump’s War Threats and a World in Crisis
The missile alert scare in Hawaii this morning has far larger significance than its immediate cause, a glitch in the warning system plus the absence of a quick way of correcting and reversing the alert. For at no time since the Cold War have U.S. citizens felt so vulnerable to nuclear attack. This is not […]
November 26th, 2017
On the Centenary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
Discussion of 1917 in terms of Lenin’s concepts of state and revolution, imperialism/national liberation, and the need to uproot capitalism. Also looks at Lenin’s and Trotsky’s differences with Luxemburg and the relevance of the experience of 1917 for today, in the era since Occupy and the Arab revolutions. Originally appeared as part of an international […]
November 09th, 2017
Marx’s Capital After 150 Years: Revolutionary Reflections
What does it mean to celebrate and concretize for today Marx’s greatest work, Capital, Vol. I? Such a discussion is terribly important at this juncture, when we are in a new situation where even some sectors of the right have started to attack neoliberalism. The Brexit vote in the UK, the large vote for Le […]
July 11th, 2017
French Elections Install a New Political Order, But Is It Built on Sand?
At one level, France’s 2017 elections were a huge triumph for global capital. A young and very modern neoliberal candidate, Emmanuel Macron, won huge majorities for his new political party, On the Move (En Marche), in both the presidential and the legislative elections. At another level, however, Macron’s pathway forward is fraught with challenges, both […]
May 20th, 2017
Slavery, War, and Revolution
Marx’s writings on the American Civil War have long languished in obscurity. Despite the fact that they address race, class, and revolution — and that major figures including W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James, and Raya Dunayevskaya have viewed them as central to Marxist theory — most of them had been out of print for decades […]
April 14th, 2017
The Imperialist Logic Behind Trump’s Attack on Syria in the Wake of Assad Regime War Crimes
Within a few days in April, the Trump administration pivoted away from its nearly open support for the Assad regime to a military attack on it. This was followed by harsh language against Russia, the setting off of a huge bomb in Afghanistan, and the dispatch of an aircraft carrier armed with nuclear weapons toward North Korea.
March 30th, 2017
Marx’s Intertwining of Race and Class During the Civil War in the U.S.
As the U.S. marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, some attention was given to African-American resistance to slavery and to the northern radical abolitionists. Increasingly, it was admitted, even in the South, that the Confederacy’s supposedly “noble cause” was based upon the defense of slavery.
December 07th, 2016
The Criminal Siege of Aleppo and Its Consequences
United Nations aid convoys and civilian hospitals and clinics regularly attacked by planes. Civilians deprived of water and food. Hundreds dying every week. Thousands of refugees fleeing, while hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped. Such is the situation in eastern Aleppo, Syria, as the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran and its proxies commit one […]
November 21st, 2016
The Trump Election: Mourn, Reflect, and Organize
The old Wobbly slogan says, “Don’t Mourn, Organize,” but I think we can amend that to say that we should mourn the fateful events of Nov. 8, but not for too long. Then, we need to reflect theoretically and organize in response to the monstrous reality we are now facing. Here’s one way to think […]