The French Yellow Vests: A Self-Mobilized Mass Movement with Insurrectionist Overtones

The White-Hot Anger of French Working People as a Real Fact After rumbling on social media for weeks, the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement emerged suddenly on November 17, when no less than 300,000 protestors occupied roads, traffic circles in exurbs and rural areas. They wore the yellow safety vests the government requires all motorists […]

Marx at 200: Beyond Capital and Class Alone

As we mark Karl Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, it is clear that the emancipation of labour from capitalist alienation and exploitation is a task that still confronts us. Marx’s concept of the worker is not limited to European white males, but includes Irish and Black super-exploited and therefore doubly revolutionary workers, as well as women […]

Marxism and Freedom after Sixty Years, for Yesterday and Today

It is the sixtieth anniversary of the of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom, a work both of its time and out of joint with its time, in the sense that it was ahead of its time. First published in 1958 at the height of the Cold War but not long after the Hungarian Revolution of […]

War, Imperialism, and Class Polarization on a Global Scale – From East Asia to the Middle East and from South Africa to Europe

Today’s Nuclear World, Capital, and the State In January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their famous “Doomsday Clock” on the danger of nuclear holocaust to “two minutes to midnight–the closest the Clock has ever been to Doomsday, and as close as it was in 1953, at the height of the Cold War.”  This resulted, they […]

Trump and Netanyahu Seek Imperial Realignment of Middle East via Brute Force, Massacring Palestinians and Threatening War on Iran

US President Donald Trump’s ripping up of the Iran nuclear pact, his shocking relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s equally shocking mass murder of peaceful Palestinian demonstrators has revealed the utter depravity of today’s rulers.  Despite their sometimes chaotic and reckless appearance, however, these moves amount to nothing short […]

Joel Kovel, 1936-2018, Ecosocialist and Psychoanalytic Marxist, But Socialist Humanist Above All

The sad death of ecosocialist and Marxist psychologist Joel Kovel leaves a terrible void in both theory and practice, especially for Marxist-Humanists. A lifelong social justice activist, Kovel also made major theoretical contributions.  Less known is his direct relationship to our founder Raya Dunayevskaya and to Marxist-Humanism more generally, which also needs to be considered […]

The Althusserian Cul-de-Sac

This interview of first appeared in Logos, was republished in the International Marxist-Humanist, June 2, 2014. The Persian translation appeared in Critique of Political Economy and can be accessed HERE

Massacre of Peaceful Gaza Demonstrators: An Israeli Crime Against Humanity

On March 30, over 30,000 Palestinians — children, women, and men — gathered near the Gaza border with Israel. As they assembled several hundred yards away from the border fence, 18 peaceful demonstrators were gunned down by Israeli military snipers using live ammunition, with over a thousand reportedly suffering bullet wounds. Many of the demonstrators […]

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 […]

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 […]