The General Will: Rousseau, Marx, Communism by Andrew Levine

By Andrew Levine

This daring and unabashedly utopian e-book advances the thesis that Marx's thought of communism is a defensible, normative excellent. even though, not like many others who've written during this quarter, Levine applies the instruments and strategies of analytic philosophy to formulate and guard his radical, political application. The argument proceeds via filtering the beliefs and associations of Marxism via Rousseau's proposal of the "general will." as soon as Rousseau's rules are effectively understood it really is attainable to build a neighborhood of equals who proportion a few imaginative and prescient of a standard reliable that may be accomplished and maintained via cooperation or coordination that's instantaneously either voluntary and authoritative. The ebook engages with liberal idea in an effort to determine its alterations from Rousseauean-Marxian political idea. This provocative booklet might be of specific curiosity to political philosophers and political scientists eager about Marxism, socialist concept, and democratic idea.

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Gramsci's Politics of Language: Engaging the Bakhtin Circle by Peter Ives

By Peter Ives

Antonio Gramsci and his notion of hegemony have permeated social and political concept, cultural stories, schooling reviews, literary feedback, diplomacy, and post-colonial concept. The centrality of language and linguistics to Gramsci's idea, even though, has been fully overlooked. In Gramsci's Politics of Language, Peter Ives argues college schooling in linguistics and a preoccupation with Italian language politics have been critical to the theorist's idea. Ives explores how the mix of Marxism and linguistics produced a special and intellectually robust method of social and political analysis.To explicate Gramsci's writings on language, Ives compares them with different Marxist techniques to language, together with these of the Bakhtin Circle, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt institution, together with J?rgen Habermas. From those comparisons, Ives elucidates the consequences of Gramsci's writings, which, he argues, retained the explanatory energy of the semiotic and dialogic insights of Bakhtin and the severe point of view of the Frankfurt university, whereas while foreshadowing the major issues of either methods that post-structuralist evaluations might later exhibit. Gramsci's Politics of Language fills a very important hole in scholarship, linking Gramsci's writings to present debates in social conception and delivering a framework for a completely historical-materialist method of language.

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The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs by Ray Ginger

By Ray Ginger

Allow the folks take center and wish far and wide, for the pass is bending, the nighttime is passing, and pleasure cometh with the morning.—Eugene Debs in 1918 Orator, organizer, self-taught student, presidential candidate, and prisoner, Eugene Debs’ lifelong dedication to the struggle for a greater global is chronicled during this exceptional biography by means of historian Ray Ginger. This relocating tale offers the definitive account of the existence and legacy of the main eloquent spokesperson and chief of the U.S. hard work and socialist routine. With a brand new creation by means of Mike Davis. “The most sensible biography of Eugene Debs but published….A precious contribution to the background of yank political and financial radicalism.”—American old assessment “Masterful.”—Michael Harrington “The Bending move bargains us an old-fashioned—and, certain, incorrigibly romantic—ethos for activism; an antidote to jaded postmodernist cynicism, made compelling and coherent through the instance of Debs’s personal lifestyles. it really is ironic that the Socialist chief used to be imprisoned for ‘disloyalty,’ for the reason that what so much distinct Debs was once his ethical steadfastness and unbreakable loyalty to the exertions movement.”—Mike Davis, from the creation

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Democracy and Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe: The by Christian W. Haerpfer

By Christian W. Haerpfer

Democracy and expansion in Post-Communist Europe offers the central findings of a special in-depth examine of the beginning of democracy and the industry economic climate in fifteen post-Communist nations. Haerpfer analyses and compares the data gathered via the recent Democracies Barometer public opinion surveys to supply an outline of the method of democratization throughout significant and jap Europe.This is a really worthwhile source and should be important for all these drawn to the ecu Union, comparative politics and democracy and the Communist legacy. It includes facts from Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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Adventures of the Symbolic: Postmarxism and Democratic by Warren

By Warren

Marxism's cave in within the 20th century profoundly altered the fashion and substance of Western eu radical concept. to construct a better type of democratic idea and motion, trendy theorists moved to reject revolution, abandon type for extra fragmented types of social motion, and raise the political over the social. Acknowledging the constructedness of society and politics, they selected the "symbolic" as an idea robust sufficient to reinvent leftist notion outdoors a Marxist framework. Following Maurice Merleau-Ponty's Adventures of the Dialectic, which reassessed philosophical Marxism at mid century, Warren Breckman severely revisits those exciting experiments within the aftermath of Marxism.The post-Marxist inspiration of the symbolic is dynamic and complicated, uncannily echoing the early German Romantics, who first complicated a contemporary perception of symbolism and the symbolic. Hegel and Marx denounced the Romantics for his or her otherworldly and nebulous posture, but post-Marxist thinkers liked the wealthy power of the ambiguities and paradoxes the Romantics first well-known. Mapping varied rules of the symbolic between modern thinkers, Breckman strains a desirable mirrored image of Romantic subject matters and resonances, and he explores extensive the trouble to reconcile a thorough and democratic political time table with a politics that doesn't privilege materialist understandings of the social. enticing with the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Marcel Gauchet, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, and Slavoj Žižek, Breckman uniquely situates those vital theorists inside of 200 years of eu notion and extends their profound relevance to present day political activism.

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Nomad Citizenship: Free-Market Communism and the Slow-Motion by Eugene W. Holland

By Eugene W. Holland

Nomad Citizenship argues for reworking our associations and practices of citizenship and markets that allows you to unlock society from dependence at the kingdom and capital. It adjustments Deleuze and Guattari’s inspiration of nomadology right into a utopian venture with fast useful implications, constructing principles of a nonlinear Marxism and of the slow-motion common strike.

Responding to the problem of making philosophical ideas with concrete purposes, Eugene W. Holland appears open air the kingdom to research modern political and fiscal improvement utilizing the guidelines of nomad citizenship and free-market communism. Holland’s nomadology seeks to displace capital-controlled loose markets with actually loose markets. Its objective is to rescue industry trade, no longer perpetuate capitalism—to let noncapitalist markets to coordinate socialized construction on a world scale and, with an eye fixed to the typical strong, to free up them from capitalist control.

In suggesting the slow-motion basic strike, Holland goals to rework citizenship: to resume, enhance, and invigorate it through supplanting the monopoly of country citizenship with plural nomad citizenships. within the technique, he bargains evaluations of either the Clinton and Bush regimes within the broader context of reviews of the social agreement, the exertions agreement, and the shape of the kingdom itself.

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Work, Sex, and Power. The Forces that Shaped Our History by Willie Thompson

By Willie Thompson

Choosing the forces that experience formed our historical past is usually a contentious topic. noticeable during the paintings of authors from Jared Diamond to Eric Hobsbawm, people’s fascination with what drives the activities of the human race is inexhaustible.

This ebook seeks to arrive a wider viewers than his earlier, extra educational books. Purged of any jargon, this quantity can be obtainable to an viewers who're rather new to Marxism. It makes an attempt to debate and clarify the principles of social buildings and topics that experience recurred during the levels of world background within the interplay among people and their atmosphere. From groups of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers to the machine-civilisation of contemporary centuries, Thompson takes us on a trip in the course of the most up-to-date considering in regard to long term old improvement.

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