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A few good…communists?

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Chris Hedges’ Columns: This Country Needs a Few Good Communists This article disappeared to the back pages fairly quickly (took me ten minutes to find it). Clearly in the age of Tea Party idiots, commies don’t sell. Hedges is to be commended for a kamikazi article, which I found interesting. It is not clear what […]

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Booknotes: three studies of communism’s history

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Communism, Rising and Falling Michael Kimmage – May 4, 2010 The Red Flag: A History of Communism By David Priestland Grove Press, 2009 The Rise and Fall of Communism By Archie Brown, Harper Collins, 2009 Zhivago’s Children: The Last Intelligentsia By Vladislav Zubok, Harvard University Press, 2009 A RUSSIAN JOKE begins with the following question: […]

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The left and postdarwinism

May 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Notes Toward a Darwinian Left This article is sad to read, because it is proof the left no longer has any discrimination or any ability to stand beyond scientism, or Darwinism with a critique of bad theories, or reductionist science. Peter Singer’s book on this, which I reviewed at Amazon when it came out, is […]

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Tags: Evolution · Social Darwinism · Ultra Far Left

Exposing religious exploitation: doing it right

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

An Evolutionary Psychology: Classical Samkhya Antiquity also had its leftis revolt done right against religious exploitatioin, the classic Samkhya. By comparison the Feuerbachian Marxists, what to say of their New Atheist descendants, are pikers, incompetent on the whole question.

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The Nation and the left’s criminal embrace of Social Darwinism in disguise

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Yesterday’s post: Could Naomi Klein and the other celebrity idiots at Nation get with it on evolution? The failure of left groups on evolution/Darwinism is collosal, as the previous post makes clear. It’s one thing for a psychopath like Dawkins to promote social darwinism in disguise, but for the left to acquiesce is grounds for […]

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Leninist deadbeats

April 15th, 2010 · No Comments

More on 5th Internationale I don’t think that it is possible to save Lenin from the historical facts of the Bolshevik revolution. The history is pretty definite. Leftists fail to realize that Bolshevism was not a socialist experiment, if you study carefully Lenin’s clever endrun around the second internationale perspective. That should be the gateway […]

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Leftist daydreaming: a 5th Internationale

April 14th, 2010 · 10 Comments

History of the Marxist Internationals (conclusion, the call for a Fifth International) I think that the left should consider the absurdity of their position in light of the Tea Party movement. Idiocy still trumps the Leninist Third Internationale. The 4th is a Troykyist fiction. The first, and second, the real thing. A new internationale has […]

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Robert Paul Wollf

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Comment on The New Spirit of Capitalism Jim Buck said, March 31, 2010 at 11:32 am http://www.law.upenn.edu/academics/institutes/ilp/200708papers/WolffFutureofSocialism Robert Paul Wolff has a number of interesting books from the seventies, one on the labor theory of value. I converted the file to a text document which you can read here: http://www.redfortyeight.com/2010/03/31/the-future-of-socialism-robert-paul-wollf/

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Need for social democratic left

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Inequality James said, February 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm · “It’s important to realize how rapidly our inequality has grown, and how different our societies used to be. Inequality isn’t some entrenched characteristic. It’s become much worse since the 1970s. And we can shift things back.” The inevitable currency crisis should take care of this. […]

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The dead left

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments

A life in politics: New Left Review at 50′ Can a left intellectual project hope to thrive in the absence of a political movement? That remains to be seen’ Beyond the fancy leftist discourse, the reality is that the left can’t critique itself and is still stuck in the legacy of Leninism. The New Left […]

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Michael Harrington’s Socialism

February 15th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I was looking again at Socialism, by Michael Harrington, a book from the seventies that younger readers may not know. (isn’t Amazon great? you can get an old copy for two and half bucks) Watching the charade of rightwing ideology in action, to the point of accusing Obama (!) of socialism, I am mindful of […]

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Lenin’s hatred of liberalism

January 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Lenin post To be fair, the current logjam of manipulated liberalism producing idiocy is just the kind of situation that led Marx to his critique.

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More on Lenin

January 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Two comments on Booknotes: Lenin bio Jim Buck said, January 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm · I’ve not read that book, but some of its reviewers describe the writer’s views as “slanted”. And, in any case, the ruthlessness–attributed to Lenin– is seen as a positive quality in some quarters. I’ve spent some time in Berlin, […]

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Booknotes: Lenin bio

January 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Comment on Great Lenin’s Ghost Jim Buck said, January 31, 2010 at 10:11 am Lenin may yet urn out to be the once-and-future king. You point is quite apt, and you may be right, the point of my remark, about the enduring ‘ghost of Lenin’. My point was that the left is stuck on Lenin, […]

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Where’s The People’s History of Bolshevism?

January 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Howard Zinn’s biggest failing Although Zinn was a hero of the left, he did not do enough to challenge the legitimacy of capitalist America Well, at least someone has the nerve to critique Zinn. I have always admired many aspects of his life and work, but in the final analysis his famour book/history palls as […]

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Great Lenin’s ghost

January 30th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Alfred Wallace, the true source of Darwism, and its first great repentant critic, considered the ghost question crucial to understanding evolution and humand psychology. It would seem that Marxism’s encounter with scientism was the first stage in its undoing. The Posthistoricity of Orthodox Marxism http://clarkmax.blogspot.com/2010/01/posthistoricity-of-orthodox-marxism.html 1. The orthodox Marxist ends the history of thought with […]

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Black Book of Capitalism?

December 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Siren Call Of Tyranny The hard-left former groupies of totalitarianism keep searching for new murderous ideologies to defend. Despite the sudden rightwing nosedive at the end of this review at hopeless-case WSJ it raises an issue discussed here several times, from a leftist, or ultra far left viewpoint (! to disown the current left_). […]

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Zinn’s classic omits Bolshevik crimes

December 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Review: Dave Zirin THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED The People Speak debuts this Sunday–the work of “people’s historian” Howard Zinn brought to life by an incredible collection of performers. http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/11/revolution-will-be-televised Zinn’s classic is one of my favorite books, but the problem is the one-sidedness of his history, which is filled with moral indignation over the […]

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First and last whigs…

December 1st, 2009 · No Comments

7.3.3 Last and First Men The issue of conservatives has its most confusing ‘clarification’ in the ‘end of history’ shennanigans.

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A Kantian foundation for marxism

December 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Marx’s thought was born under a bad star, I guess, and the result is a completely wrong-headed view on life that poisoned the well of socialism. A dose of Kant might help/ Alasdair Macintyre’s contribution to marxism Macintyre’s pronouncements are highly misleading, as is his history of ethics. There was no ‘Enlightenment project’ to be […]

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Hegel, Fukuyama, and the ‘end of history’

November 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last and First Men Fukuyama’s essay/book on the ‘end of history’ is starting to fade away now, having done its right wing work all too well, and having confused the left, who should have been able to deal with this ideologue. But Fukuyama is deceptive here, because what he had to say was more to […]

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What is the only revolution in world history to have succeeded?

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Commonwealth, By Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, By Slavoj Zizek In the Bolshevik cabaret Reviewed by John Gray I will leave John Gray, a bit of conservative ‘reactionary’, to sink Zizek. Lost on everyone, it seems, is that the only revolution in history to have succeeded was the plain […]

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Tags: 1848+ · Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Ultra Far Left

Van der Linden’s book on Kantian ethical socialism

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Theories of Stalinism — Paul Le Blanc The Marxism of Leon Trotsky By Kunal Chattopadhyay Kolkata: Progress Publishers, 2006, 672 pages, including index, $25 paperback. Western Marxism and the Soviet Union By Marcel van der Linden Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009, 379 pages, including index, $20 paperback. KARL MARX AND his comrades deemed their own approach […]

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Position paper on the Chinese Wall (work in progress)

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

I was just looking at: When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order (Hardcover) ~ Martin Jacques with a discussion here: Discussion at NPR This is a large book, and I have barely glanced at it, but I see at square one a host […]

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Tags: 1848+ · Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Ultra Far Left