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what is socialism from below 1). SOCIALISM'S CRISIS TODAY is a crisis in the meaning of ...
Seventy years ago, Victor Serge put the finishing touches on his masterpiece — Memoirs of ...
Women and revolution: Alexandra Kollontai, a leading fighter for women’s liberation In the first of ...
The highly opportunistic stance taken by the "big powers" who are veto-holding permanent members of ...
Althusser’s Lesson Translated by Emiliano Battista, Continuum, London and New York, 2011. 224pp., £14.99 / $19.95 ...
The Dunayevskaya-Marcuse-Fromm Correspondence, 1954-1978: Dialogues on Hegel, Marx, and Critical Theory   Reviewed by Joan Braune Joan Braune ...
Last year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestine ...
Poulantzas tried to envision how the left could simultaneously champion rank-and-file democracy at a distance ...
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Hugo Chavez is dead. But his spirit still lives. In the eulogies to the great ...
Malians gather to greet French President François Hollande in Timbuktu, February 2, 2013. (Benoit Tessier ...

The 19th Party Congress and Chinese Foreign Policy-MICHAEL D. SWAINE

The 19th Party Congress and Chinese Foreign Policy Source: Getty MICHAEL D. SWAINE ArticleOctober 16, 2017 Summary:  Comparing Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th Party Congress to earlier such documents provides an excellent indicator of continuities and recent changes in Chinese foreign policy. Chinese Communist ...

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: Changing Strategies, Gains-ASHLEY J. TELLIS,  JEFF EGGERS

To protect the integrity of the Afghan state, U.S. policy should aim to end the conflict in ways that mitigate the threats of terrorism, instability, and regional conflict. Although considerable security, political, and economic progress has been made in Afghanistan, much ...

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange ‘We Believe in What We’re Doing’-Interview Conducted by Michael Sontheimer

[caption id="attachment_7458" align="alignnone" width="300"] (FILES) This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (C) addressing the media and supporters from the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in central London.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faced another setback in ...

India tries to hasten US defense deals amid election uncertainty-Sanjeev Miglani and Rupam Jain

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington June 7. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is trying to hasten a ...

Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military-Cyril Almeida

ISLAMABAD: In a blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning, the civilian government has informed the military leadership of a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state. As a result of the most recent meeting, ...

China is the winner in India’s surgical strikes at Pakistan-M.K. BHADRAKUMAR

An Indian army soldier keeps guard from a bunker near the border with Pakistan in Abdullian, southwest of Jammu, September 30. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta In the current Indo-Pak flare-up, China has taken a mature stance. Also Beijing has begun replacing Washington as ...

The Castoriadis-Pannekoek Exchange (1953 – 1954): First letter

The two theorists, following different trajectories, reached a common conclusion: that the real content of socialism is the complete control of labour by the workers themselves. Letter 1: Pannekoek to Castoriadis I offer you many thanks for the series of eleven issues ...
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Confronting the Stalinist legacy-Corey Oakley

One of the magnificent features of the Arab revolutions is the ruthless manner in which they have exposed the dirty, duplicitous, hypocritical, blood-soaked truth about the global political establishment. As the revolutionary wave spread to envelop almost the whole of ...
20 September 2019 I Read the full story

The 19th Party Congress and Chinese Foreign Policy-MICHAEL D. SWAINE

The 19th Party Congress and Chinese Foreign Policy Source: Getty MICHAEL D. SWAINE ArticleOctober 16, 2017 Summary:  Comparing Xi Jinping’s report at the 19th Party Congress to earlier such documents provides an excellent indicator of continuities and recent changes in Chinese foreign policy. Chinese Communist ...
7 November 2017 I Read the full story

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what is socialism from below 1). SOCIALISM’S CRISIS TODAY is a crisis in the meaning of socialism. It is said that Socialism means “when the State owns the means of production”. But the important question is who”owns” the state? Certainly not the mass of workers, who are exploited, unfree, and alienated from all levers of […]

The Forgotten Democratic Socialist Republic of Georgia-Dan Gallin

March - 14 - 2020 Reporter: admin Comments Off on The Forgotten Democratic Socialist Republic of Georgia-Dan Gallin

A delegation of the Second International meets with leaders of the Democratic Republic of Georgia in the small town of Dusheti, 1920. Courtesy of Eric Lee. The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution, 1918-1921 by Eric Lee (Zed Books, 2017, 259 pp). At the end of the First World War a revolutionary wave swept over Europe. In […]

Nicos Poulantzas: Philosopher of Democratic Socialism-David Sessions

March - 14 - 2020 Reporter: admin Comments Off on Nicos Poulantzas: Philosopher of Democratic Socialism-David Sessions

Poulantzas tried to envision how the left could simultaneously champion rank-and-file democracy at a distance from the state and push for radical transformation from within it. As Marxism’s old messianic character faded in the late twentieth century, too many forgot that wandering in the wilderness is often the precondition of a prophet’s appearance. With the […]

The Castoriadis-Pannekoek Exchange (1953 – 1954): First letter

January - 30 - 2020 Reporter: admin Comments Off on The Castoriadis-Pannekoek Exchange (1953 – 1954): First letter

The two theorists, following different trajectories, reached a common conclusion: that the real content of socialism is the complete control of labour by the workers themselves. Letter 1: Pannekoek to Castoriadis I offer you many thanks for the series of eleven issues of Socialisme ou Barbarie that you gave to comrade B… to give to me. I read […]

The Outcast as Witness: Victor Serge and the Russian Revolution-Anjan Basu

November - 17 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on The Outcast as Witness: Victor Serge and the Russian Revolution-Anjan Basu

In Serge, the spirit of the Revolution found its perfect embodiment. But in the end, the same Revolution disowned and very nearly destroyed him. Only a few hours before he died in Mexico City on November 17, 1947, Victor Serge wrote what were to be his last few lines, a poem meditating on ‘a Renaissance […]

Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status-Federico PIERACCINI

October - 6 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on Iran Is China’s Secret Weapon for Killing off the US Dollar’s Global Reserve Status-Federico PIERACCINI

There is a strong current of change affecting the international political arena. It is the beginning of a revolution brought on by the transition from a unipolar to multipolar world order. In practice, we are faced with the combination of several factors, including the application of US tariffs on Chinese exports, Washington’s sanctions on Iran, […]

Bhagat Singh Is Not the Man the Right Wants You to Think He Is-Christophe Jaffrelot

September - 28 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on Bhagat Singh Is Not the Man the Right Wants You to Think He Is-Christophe Jaffrelot

An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism In the mid 1920s, the Kakori Conspiracy Case left the revolutionary movement headless, as all […]

Confronting the Stalinist legacy-Corey Oakley

September - 20 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on Confronting the Stalinist legacy-Corey Oakley

One of the magnificent features of the Arab revolutions is the ruthless manner in which they have exposed the dirty, duplicitous, hypocritical, blood-soaked truth about the global political establishment. As the revolutionary wave spread to envelop almost the whole of North Africa and the Middle East, Western politicians, diplomats, university heads, business executives and government […]

THESIS ELEVEN SPECIAL ISSUE: ON ‘HEROIC FURY’ AND QUESTIONS OF METHOD IN ANTONIO GRAMSCI-lizhumphrys

September - 20 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on THESIS ELEVEN SPECIAL ISSUE: ON ‘HEROIC FURY’ AND QUESTIONS OF METHOD IN ANTONIO GRAMSCI-lizhumphrys

I was most pleased to see our special issue of Thesis Eleven — On ‘heroic fury’ and Antonio Gramsci — published this week. Edited by Ihab Shalbak and myself, it has articles by Peter Thomas, Phil Roberts, Andreas Bieler, Adam Morton, as well as ourselves. This volume has had a long gestation and I’m particularly indebted to […]

Karl Kautsky as Architect of the October Revolution: Part 1-Lars T. Lih

July - 13 - 2019 Reporter: admin Comments Off on Karl Kautsky as Architect of the October Revolution: Part 1-Lars T. Lih

Before the War: The Bolsheviks Applaud Kautsky’s Tactics Lenin remained true to the tactical ideas of Karl Kautsky after the latter had abandoned them. By Lars T. Lih Karl Kautsky In recent months, Jacobin has seen an exchange of views on the theme of Kautsky vs Lenin. Many good points were made, but on the […]

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