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Michael Löwy on Marx

Michael Löwy on Marx

Michael Löwy 22 March 2022 Isabelle Garo and Alex Cukier interviews Michael Löwy about his way into Marxism and the challenges for Marx's thought in the world today. Originally From: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/5306-michael-lowy-on-marx?fbclid=IwAR2CZaSSHBVYsFqvt8H5Ym4Fq2hO9liR4zXP0vm8zSVznwMUwDn1-6EiAYQ How did you first come across Marx’s thought? Let me start from the beginning. I was born in Brazil in 1938, in the city of São Paulo, the son of Jewish parents from Vienna who emigrated to Brazil in the 1930s. I discovered Marx at the age of fifteen, reading the Communist Manifesto that my brother had lent me. It was an immediate revelation, and I started looking for other writings by the same…
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Luxemburg’s critique of bourgeois feminism and early social reproduction theory

Luxemburg’s critique of bourgeois feminism and early social reproduction theory

25th Feb, 2018 Originally From: https://www.historicalmaterialism.org/blog/luxemburgs-critique-bourgeois-feminism-and-early-social-reproduction-theory Ankica Čakardić is an assistant professor and the chair of Social Philosophy and Philosophy of Gender at the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Her research interest include Marxist critique of social contract theory, Political Marxism, Marxist-feminist and Luxemburgian critique of political economy, and history of women’s struggles in Yugoslavia. She is currently finishing her book on the social history of capitalism, Hobbes and Locke. A longer version of this paper, presented at the 2017 London Historical Materialism conference, has been published in the journal's Issue 25.4 as 'From Theory of…
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Class Struggle and the Revolutionary Party: A Reappraisal of Rosa Luxemburg’s Theory and Practice of Party Building

Class Struggle and the Revolutionary Party: A Reappraisal of Rosa Luxemburg’s Theory and Practice of Party Building

1999, by MARIK Soma Republished From: http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article13677 “ In 1903, when the RSDLP was facing dissension on the question relating to membership in the Party, Luxemburg stood on the side of the Mensheviks. She criticized the Leninist-Stalinist teaching about the Party of a new type, resulting from an opportunist theory of spontaneity; she vigorously gave representation against the Bolsheviks, accusing them of ultra-centralism and Blanquisim … In the brochure The Mass Strike she was heavily on the side of the strikers. The pamphlet was characterised by the theory of spontaneity and underestimation of the role of the political party of the proletariat…
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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unexpectedly transformed Europe.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unexpectedly transformed Europe.

A European Union flag at an anti-war rally in Prague.Eva Korinkova/Reuters Accustomed to peace Europe’s assertive response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a possibility that was hard to imagine a month ago: the European Union as a superpower that can alter the global order, promoting liberal democratic values worldwide. Before the war, the E.U. focused largely on economic growth. It resisted calls, particularly from the U.S., to increase its military spending and become more self-sufficient at defending Europe. Vladimir Putin’s invasion drove European countries to be more aggressive. They imposed tough sanctions, helping to cripple Russia’s economy, and…
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Ukraine, Russian Negotiators Say They’re Inching Closer to Peace Deal

Ukraine, Russian Negotiators Say They’re Inching Closer to Peace Deal

A girl with an anti-war message takes part in a protest in support for Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country, in Zagreb's main city square on March 5, 2022.DENIS LOVROVIC / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES BY Chris Walker, Truthout PUBLISHED March 16, 2022 Negotiators said they’ve made progress on a potential peace deal to end the war in Ukraine. The deal would require a number of concessions from both Ukraine and Russia — chief among them, Ukraine would have to agree to drop any intention of joining the NATO military alliance, and would also have to agree to not host any foreign…
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The Military’s Return to Brazilian Politics

The Military’s Return to Brazilian Politics

MARCH 14, 2022 Dossier No. 50 Originally From: https://thetricontinental.org/dossier-50-brazil-armed-forces/ Throughout history, the Brazilian Armed Forces have looked inwards towards their own territory and peoples. They are centred around the construction of an ‘internal enemy’ to justify its tactics, strategies, and accumulation of forces. The art for this dossier highlights emblematic ‘internal enemies’ constructed throughout history. These portraits, placed alongside other historical artifacts, rekindle a collective memory. They are, in fact, portraits of ourselves – the people, the poor, and the dispossessed – in the act of resistance. Introduction Brazil is in danger of becoming a country whose political economy is…
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