Why Kautsky Was Right (and Why You Should Care)

By Eric Blanc, Karl Kautsky’s vision for winning democratic socialism is more radical, and more relevant, than most leftists care to admit. With the recent upsurge in democratic socialism in the United States and the United Kingdom, a new generation of radicals is searching for a viable strategy to overcome capitalism. So it’s not surprising … More Why Kautsky Was Right (and Why You Should Care)

Breaking Through: Towards Second-Generation Neo-Marxist Class Theory

By Dave Neilson, The neo-Marxist challenge to the orthodox Marxist approach opened up a period of exciting, but short-lived, innovation. By the end of the 1980s, first generation neo-Marxism was already reaching its limits. It lives on in the present as an unconsciously accepted ‘normal science’ that is overdue for critical renovation. Orthodox Marxism identifies … More Breaking Through: Towards Second-Generation Neo-Marxist Class Theory

New Book: Marx’s Capital – An Unfinishable Project?

Edited by Gerald Hubmann & Marcel van der Linden. From Haymarket Books: For almost 150 years, scholars have been debating how to interpret Marx’s seminal work Capital while they had access to just some of Marx’s economic manuscripts. This changed in 2013 with the publication of all the known economic writings of Marx and Engels … More New Book: Marx’s Capital – An Unfinishable Project?

Claiming Too Much for Exchange

By Bill Dunn, The theories of monopoly capitalism and unequal exchange make important contributions to economic theory. They emphasize, respectively, how big companies can use their power over consumers and smaller-firm suppliers, and how rich countries can exploit poorer ones. Capitalist exchange is not a realm of freedom and equality. However, both theories continue to … More Claiming Too Much for Exchange

Remembering Erik Olin Wright: A Real Utopian in Theory and Praxis

By Michael Burawoy, Erik Olin Wright died just after midnight on January 23, in Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital. He was seventy-one years old. The world lost one of its great social scientists, practitioner as well as thinker. He died as he lived — to the fullest. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia the previous April, throughout the subsequent ten … More Remembering Erik Olin Wright: A Real Utopian in Theory and Praxis

New Book: The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems

By Nancy Folbre. From Verso: In this groundbreaking new work, Nancy Folbre builds on a critique and reformulation of Marxian political economy, drawing on a larger body of scientific research, including neoclassical economics, sociology, psychology, and evolutionary biology, to answer the defining question of feminist political economy: why is gender inequality so pervasive? In part, … More New Book: The Rise and Decline of Patriarchal Systems

The Roots of Marx’s Anti-Colonialism

By Thierry Drapeau, In his film The Young Karl Marx, director Raoul Peck features a scene where an anonymous Frenchman of African descent makes a heartfelt intervention during one of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s outdoor speeches in Paris. Contrasting with the crowd of laborers gathered around him, the elegantly dressed, top-hatted black gentleman briefly interrupts the famous … More The Roots of Marx’s Anti-Colonialism