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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.