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The Holy Family: or Critique of Critical Critique
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Radical Reprint, 2020
During Engels’ short stay in Paris in 1844, Marx suggested the two of them should write a critique of the rage of their day, the Young Hegelians. In the doing was born the first joint writing project between the two men — and a life-long association that would change the world.
At the end of August, 1844, Engels passed through Paris, en route to his employment in Manchester, England, from visiting his family in Barmen (Germany). During 10 days in the French capital, he met Marx (for the second time).
After talking, they began drawing up plans for a book about the Young Hegelian trend of thought very popular in academic circles. Agreeing to co-author the Foreword, they divided up the other sections. Engels finished his assigned chapters before leaving Paris. Marx had the larger share of work, and he completed it by the end of November 1844. (Marx would draw from his Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, on which he’d been working the spring and summer of 1844.)
The foremost title line – “The Holy Family” – was added at the suggestion of the book publisher Lowenthal. It’s a sarcastic reference to the Bauer brothers and their supporters.
The book made something of a splash in the newspapers. One paper noted, that it expressed socialist views since it criticised the “inadequacy of any half-measures directed at eliminating the social ailments of our time.” The conservative press immediately recognized the radical elements inherent in its many arguments. One paper wrote that, in The Holy Family, “every line preaches revolt… against the state, the church, the family, legality, religion and property.” It also noted that “prominence is given to the most radical and the most open communism, and this is all the more dangerous as Mr. Marx cannot be denied either extremely broad knowledge or the ability to make use of the polemical arsenal of Hegel’s logic, what is customarily called ‘iron logic.’
Lenin would later claim this work laid the foundations for what would develop into a scientific revolutionary materialist socialism.
Bruno Bauer attempted to rebut the book in the article “Charakteristik Ludwig Feuerbachs” – which was published in Wigand’s Vierteljahrsschrift, Leipzig 1845. Bauer essentially claimed that Marx and Engels misunderstood what he was really saying. Marx would reply to that article with his own article – published in the journal Gesellschaftsspiegel, Elberfeld, January 1846. And the matter was also discussed in chapter 2 of The German Ideology.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline
by Andreas Malm
Property will cost us the earth
The science on climate change has been clear for a very long time now. Yet despite decades of appeals, mass street protests, petition campaigns, and peaceful demonstrations, we are still facing a booming fossil fuel industry, rising seas, rising emission levels, and a rising temperature. With the stakes so high, why haven’t we moved beyond peaceful protest?
In this lyrical manifesto, noted climate scholar (and saboteur of SUV tires and coal mines) Andreas Malm makes an impassioned call for the climate movement to escalate its tactics in the face of ecological collapse. We need, he argues, to force fossil fuel extraction to stop–with our actions, with our bodies, and by defusing and destroying its tools. We need, in short, to start blowing up some oil pipelines.
Offering a counter-history of how mass popular change has occurred, from the democratic revolutions overthrowing dictators to the movement against apartheid and for women’s suffrage, Malm argues that the strategic acceptance of property destruction and violence has been the only route for revolutionary change. In a braided narrative that moves from the forests of Germany and the streets of London to the deserts of Iraq, Malm offers us an incisive discussion of the politics and ethics of pacifism and violence, democracy and social change, strategy and tactics, and a movement compelled by both the heart and the mind. Here is how we fight in a world on fire.
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
AK Press, 2015
Edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith with a foreword by CeCe McDonald
“In American prisons today, the exact number of incarcerated transpeople remains unknown. The Prison Industrial Complex of the United States is the last bastion of unforgiving gender segregation—one’s natural genitalia determines their prison destination. For this reason, those who maintain databases containing information about the prisoners housed in different facilities do not bother to record inmate sex or gender. Lack of awareness on the part of prison officials and staff also leads to trans invisibility in the prison system, as most corrections personnel cannot distinguish between transpeople and queer cisgendered people. As the use of aliases by prison inmates is considered a violation of security, prison guards will refuse to call transpeople by their desired names or appropriate forms of address. And, as queer people traditionally receive the worst treatment in prison, a certain percentage of transpeople may keep quiet about their true identities. All of these reasons have contributed to the lack of trans visibility among the prison population, which has led to their continued abuse.
As LGBTA activists have worked to increase awareness of transpeople in the mainstream population in order to end discrimination against them in housing and employment, incarcerated transpeople often remain overlooked due to their criminal status and race. In Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, editors Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith successfully demonstrate that, even though transpeople were the initiators of the Stonewall uprising, forty-two years later they still face police brutality and incarceration for their existence.” – Rachel Wexelbaum via Lambda Literary
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the prison industrial complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics for a new understanding of how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/ queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation, to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle. This expanded second edition includes a new foreword from CeCe McDonald and essays by Chelsea Manning, Kalaniopua Young, and Janetta Louise Johnson and Toshio Meronek.
Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine
Graywolf Press, 2014
Citizen: An American Lyric is a 2014 book-length poem by American poet Claudia Rankine. Citizen stretches the conventions of traditional lyric poetry by interweaving several forms of text and media into a collective portrait of racial relations in the United States. The book ranked as a New York Times Bestseller in 2015 and won several awards, including the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, and the 2015 Forward Prize for Poetry Best Collection.
The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963:
The Intellectual as a Social Type
W. W. Norton & Co., 1997
“Extraordinarily creative . . . an important and engrossing contribution to a complex and elusive subject.”? Newsweek Around the turn of the century, the American liberal tradition made a major shift away from politics. The new radicals were more interested in the reform of education, culture, and sexual mores. Through vivid biographies, Christopher Lasch chronicles these social reformers from Jane Addams, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Lincoln Steffens to Norman Mailer and Dwight MacDonald.
Culture and Imperialism
by Edward Said
A landmark work from the author of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as the Western powers built empires that stretched from Australia to the West Indies, Western artists created masterpieces ranging from Mansfield Park to Heart of Darkness and Aida. Yet most cultural critics continue to see these phenomena as separate. Edward Said looks at these works alongside those of such writers as W. B. Yeats, Chinua Achebe, and Salman Rushdie to show how subject peoples produced their own vigorous cultures of opposition and resistance. Vast in scope and stunning in its erudition, Culture and Imperialism reopens the dialogue between literature and the life of its time.
Planet of Slums
by Mike Davis
According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the cities of the South. In this brilliant and ambitious book, Mike Davis explores the future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. From the sprawling barricadas of Lima to the garbage hills of Manila, urbanization has been disconnected from industrialization, and even from economic growth. Davis portrays a vast humanity warehoused in shantytowns and exiled from the formal world economy. He argues that the rise of this informal urban proletariat is a wholly unforeseen development, and asks whether the great slums, as a terrified Victorian middle class once imagined, are volcanoes waiting to erupt.
Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the US Working Class
by Mike Davis
Prisoners of the American Dream is Mike Davis’s brilliant exegesis of a persistent and major analytical problem for Marxist historians and political economists: Why has the world’s most industrially advanced nation never spawned a mass party of the working class? This series of essays surveys the history of the American bourgeois democratic revolution from its Jacksonian beginnings to the rise of the New Right and the re-election of Ronald Reagan, concluding with some bracing thoughts on the prospects for progressive politics in the United States.
Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories
by Ghassan Kanafani
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999
Men in the Sun (Arabic: رجال في الشمس Rijāl fī ash-Shams) is a novel by Palestinian writer and political activist Ghassan Kanafani (1936–72), originally published in 1962.
Men in the Sun follows three Palestinian refugees seeking to travel from the refugee camps in Iraq, where they cannot find work, to Kuwait where they hope to find work as laborers in the oil boom. The three men each arrange with a clerk at a local store to be smuggled to Kuwait by a driver. The men are treated gruffly and are humiliated by the process. Once they finally arrange for travel, they are forced to ride in the back of the truck across the desert on their way to Kuwait. At several check points, the men hide in a large, empty, water tank in the stifling mid-day heat as the driver arranges paperwork to get through. After going through the last check point, within easy driving distance of the travelers’ ultimate goal of Kuwait, the driver opens the tank to let the men out only to find they have died.
Men in the Sun has been translated into many languages. Its description of the hardships and insecurity of Palestinian refugee life, and its political and psychological subtext (subtly criticizing corruption, political passivity and defeatism within Arab and Palestinian society) affected the Arab cultural and political debate of the time. It also uses modernist narrative structures and storytelling methods.
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 2 (June 2018)
- “Notes from the Editors, June 2018”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “The Politics of Food in Venezuela” by Ana Felicien; Christina Schiavoni; Liccia Romero
- “The Birth of the Cuban Polyclinic” by Don Fitz
- “The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor” by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar
- REVIEW: “A Marxist Correspondence” by Tom Mayer
- REVIEW: “Two Intellectual Giants of the American Left” by Paul Buhle
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 4 (September 2018)
- “Notes from the Editors, September 2018”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “Making War on the Planet: Geoengineering and Capitalism’s Creative Destruction of the Earth” by John Bellamy Foster
- “South Africa’s ‘Radical Economic Transformation’” by Lekgantshi Console Tleane
- “The Reserve Army of Labor in China’s Economy, 1991–2015” by Fusheng Xie; Xiaolu Kuang; Zhi Li
- “Rural Communities and Economic Crises in Modern China” by Sit Tsui; Qiu Jiansheng; Yan Xiaohui; Erebus Wong; Wen Tiejun
- POETRY: “She Works Like a Man; If a Woman’s Word” by Linda Backiel
- DOCUMENTS: “‘The Deadly Implications of Capital for the Human Habitat’: A Letter to István Mészáros from Paul M. Sweezy, October 16, 1992” by Paul M. Sweezy
- REVIEW: “Beyond the Class–Race Binary” by Joe R. Feagin
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 6 (November 2018)
- “Notes from the Editors, November 2018”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “Value Isn’t Everything” by John Bellamy Foster, Paul Burkett
- DOCUMENTS: “The Social Character of Value” by Rosa Luxemburg
- “Renminbi: A Century of Change” by Sit Tsui; Qiu Jiansheng; Yan Xiaohui; Erebus Wong
- “Cuba’s First Military Doctors” by Don Fitz
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 7 (December 2018)
- “Notes from the Editors, December 2018”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “Marx and Alienated Speciesism” by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark
- “On the Origins of Animalist Marxism: Rereading Ted Benton and the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844” by Christian Stache
- REPRISE: “Posture Maketh the Man” by Stephen Jay Gould
- POETRY: “#MeToo” by Wilderness Sarchild
- “The Enigma of China’s Growth” by Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 8 (January 2019)
- “Notes from the Editors, January 2019”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “South Africa Suffers Capitalist Crisis Déjà Vu” by Patrick Bond
- “Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- REPRISE: “A Black Feminist Statement” by Combahee River Collective
- “Cuba, Che Guevara, and the Problem of “Socialism in One Country”” by Ron Augustin
- “Capitalism and Mental Health” by David Matthews
Monthly Review Volume 70, Number 10 (March 2019)
- “Notes from the Editors, March 2019”
- REVIEW OF THE MONTH: “Global Commodity Chains and the New Imperialism” by Intan Suwandi; R. Jamil Jonna; John Bellamy Foster
- “Economic Surplus, the Baran Ratio, and Capital Accumulation” by Zhun Xu
- “Self-Knowledge, Estrangement, and Social Metabolism” by Boris Hennig
- REVIEW: “The Criminal Dimension of Climate Change” by Andrew Glikson
The Illusion of Anarchism
by Dora Marsden
“Anarchists are an interesting body of people whom governments take too seriously and who, unfortunately, do not take themselves seriously enough.” So begins Dora Marsden in this essay from The Egoist.
The Illusion of Anarchism was written in September 1914. Anarchism was so avant that Kropotkin was still alive. Britain was taking its first steps into World War One. The world was not yet on fire, but Dora was ready to stoke the flames against anyone who would dampen them.
Against the mutualist murmuring of anarchism comes Dora’s egoist exhortation that “men do not act after the anarchistic fashion one towards another. They are friendly and affectionate animals in the main: but interests are as imperative with them as with the tiger and the ape. [The world] is a bundle of interests, and falls to those who can push their own furthest.” But by its conclusion, The Illusion of Anarchism offers “the stirrings of a power sufficient” for anarchists willing to set aside their illusions.
The Revolutionary Catechism
by Mikhail Bakunin
Radical Reprint, 2020
The Revolutionary Catechism is primarily concerned with the immediate practical problems of the revolution. It was meant to sketch out for new and prospective members of the International Fraternity both the fundamental libertarian principles and a program of action. The Revolutionary Catechism does not attempt to picture the perfect anarchist society – the anarchist heaven. Bakunin had in mind a society in transition toward anarchism. The building of a full-fledged anarchist society is the work of future generations.
I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent: A Facsimile Reprint of the Popular Nineteenth Edition 1923
PM Press, 2014
Undoubtedly the most popular book in American labor history, the I.W.W.’s Little Red Song Book has been a staple item on picket lines and workers’ gatherings for generations and has gone through numerous editions. As a result of I.W.W. efforts to keep up with the times, however, recent versions of the songbook have omitted most of the old-time favorites, especially the raucous lyrics of the free-spirited hoboes who made up such a large portion of the union’s membership in its heyday. Reprinted here is the 19th edition, originally issued in 1923, the year the I.W.W. reached its peak membership. Of the 52 songs in this book, the overwhelming majority have not been included in the I.W.W.’s own songbooks for many years. Here are such classics as Joe Hill’s “John Golden and the Lawrence Strike,” “We Will Sing One Song,” “Scissor Bill,” “The Tramp,” and others; T-Bone Slim’s “I’m Too Old to Be a Scab,” “Mysteries of a Hobo’s Life,” “I Wanna Free Miss Liberty,” and others; Ralph Chaplin’s “All Hell Can’t Stop Us,” “Up from Your Knees,” “May Day Song,” and more; and other songs by C. G. Allen, Richard Brazier, Pat Brennan, James Connelly, Laura Payne Emerson, and many others.