The Productive Base as the Ground of Society and History: Marx’s Base-Superstructure Theory

By John McMurtry, “One basis for life and another basis for science is an a-priori lie” –Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, 1845. Base-Superstructure Theory (BST) is Marx’s guiding general theory, but is long misunderstood.  Deeply embedded in a monumental corpus of system-challenging analysis, it has become lost in secondary interpretations with partial takes and … More The Productive Base as the Ground of Society and History: Marx’s Base-Superstructure Theory

Historical Materialism Presents The Great Transition – Setting the Stage for a Post-Capitalist Society

The Great Transition: Setting the Stage for a Post-Capitalist Society 17-20th May 2018 at Universitie du Quebec Montreal, Quebec, Canada After years of revolt and mobilization following the economic crisis of 2008, from Occupy Wall Street to Bernie Sanders, from the Maple Spring through Nuit Debout (and without forgetting the tragic backlash aimed at Syriza) … More Historical Materialism Presents The Great Transition – Setting the Stage for a Post-Capitalist Society

Historical Materialism Sydney 2017 – Capital and the Revolt Against Capitalism

The sixth annual Historical Materialism Sydney conference on new Marxist research will be held at The University of Sydney New Law Building on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December, 2017. This year the conference will feature a keynote by Jason W. Moore, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University, and Coordinator of the World-Ecology Research … More Historical Materialism Sydney 2017 – Capital and the Revolt Against Capitalism

Josep Maria Antentas: Strategic Imagination and Party

Josep Maria Antentas teaches Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has published in English and Spanish several articles on the Spanish regime crisis, 15M movement, Podemos and political strategy. He has also worked on Daniel Bensaïd’s oeuvre and was a contributor to the special symposium on Bensaïd in Historical Materialism 24.4. 1. … More Josep Maria Antentas: Strategic Imagination and Party