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The 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

A presentation on restoring the real history of the Russian Revolution on its 100th anniversary and what it means for today. Continue reading

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Essay: Karl Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program as ground for organization

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters: Today’s vital debate about revolutionary organization is illuminated by Marx’s concept of organization in his “Critique of the Gotha Program.” Read more: Essay: Karl Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program as ground for organization

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Unchaining the revolutionary dialectic

Marx, by unchaining the dialectic, discovered a whole new continent of thought and of revolution. Marx’s critique of Hegelian dialectic meant not merely a substitution of materialism for idealism, but an extension of the dialectic from its seeming burial in Thought alone by the presence of the dialectic in the development of reality. Continue reading

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On THE Philosophic Point and Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy

To understand today we must begin at the beginning, that is to say, as always, with Marx. Specifically the two periods are: the first and the last, the first being the philosophic moment, 1844 [Marx’s Humanist Essays or Economic-Philosophic Manuscripts]. That laid the ground for all future development. The last being the long hard trek and process of developments–all the revolutions, as well as philosophic-political-economic concretizations, culminating in Capital. Yet the full organizational expression of all came only then, i.e., the last decade, especially the 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program. Why only then? Continue reading

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Charles Denby, worker-editor

As a contribution to Black History Month we reprint Raya Dunayevskaya’s memorial for Charles Denby (1907-1983), her comrade of 35 years, Editor of News & Letters from its founding in 1955 until his death and the author of Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal. Continue reading

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Tahrir three years later

Three years ago, the Egyptian Revolution was fighting for its life in Tahrir Square. For 18 days and nights, the women and men of the Square faced off against President Hosni Mubarak’s security forces and thugs. In the end Mubarak was forced to follow Tunisia’s President-for-life, Ben Ali, into retirement and shame. The light of freedom spread–Square to Square, occupation to occupation. It was a historic turning point. Continue reading

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Economism vs. Marx’s humanism

Today’s revival of interest in Marx, especially since the onset of the 2008 economic meltdown, includes a significant strain of economism and has revived controversies and issues addressed by Dunayevskaya in this review-essay of Paul Mattick’s book Marx and Keynes. Continue reading

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