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)
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
Michael LöwySociologist and PhilosopherΤWELFTH ANNUAL NICOS POULANTZAS MEMORIAL LECTURE, GOETHE Institute
The Combahee River Collective Statement appeared as a movement document in April 1977. The final, definitive version was published in Zillah Eisenstein, ed., Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism (Monthly Review Press, 1979), 362–72. The version below is commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of its publication by Monthly Review Press. originally posted here … More A Black Feminist Statement
By Paul Le Blanc, TEN YEARS after the murder of Rosa Luxemburg in January 1919, playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht wrote in his typically stark, homely verse: Red Rosa now has vanished too. Where she lies is hid from view. She told the poor what life’s about. And so now the rich have rubbed her … More Rosa Luxemburg’s Revolutionary Socialism
Political organizing is hard — political education shouldn’t have to be. In the best tradition of socialist pedagogy, Catalyst and Jacobin are partnering up for a new series of pamphlets, called The ABCs of Capitalism. Each one is self-contained, and can be read on its own. But the series as a whole will be internally … More Introducing The ABC’s of Capitalism
From Haymarket Books. Edited by Greg Albo, Leo Panitch, and Alan Zuege An expertly selected collection of articles on class, party, and revolution from one of the world’s most important socialist journals Since beginning publication in 1964, The Socialist Register has been one of the most important sources of engaged, critical, and influential theoretical interventions on … More New Book: Class, Party, Revolution – A Socialist Register Reader
The questions of understanding and fighting racism are central ones for socialists in the US. At the moment, there is a set of conversations on the left about how socialists understand white privilege, and they are related to the question of where the fight against racism fits in the class struggle.
Zillah Eisenstein is Emerita Professor of Political Science at Ithaca College. Her work centers on ‘capitalist patriarchy’, as a descriptive of the mutually reinforcing dialectical relationship between capitalist class structure and hierarchical racial & sexual structuring.
Michael Löwy is Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) Lecturer, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.