Beyond Marx and Tito: Theory and Practice in Yugoslav Socialism

By Sharon Zukin

During this learn Dr Zukin combines the techniques of a political scientist and a sociologist to check the gap among idea and perform within the lives of standard Yugoslavs dwelling below socialist self-management. Going past prior paintings on socialist societies, she asks how Yugoslavs - as staff, as voters and as a society - have benefited from the shape of socialism that they've pioneered. She additionally considers the relevance of the respectable ideology of self-management, associations like staff' councils and communes, and political and financial controls to post-industrial in addition to industrializing societies. The booklet contains lengthy passages from in depth, in-depth interviews with participants of ten Belgrade households. The households, that are defined when it comes to their position within the Yugoslav social constitution, point out their political and socialist ideology via telling their existence tales, examining their very own position in social alterations, and reacting to those alterations and pressures. Participant-observation of neighborhood electorate conferences presents an exam of give-and-take in Yugoslav grass-roots politics.

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A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom

By Felix Abt

Business in North Korea: a paradoxical and interesting scenario is interpreted via a real insider.

In 2002, the Swiss strength corporation ABB appointed Felix Abt its state director for North Korea. The Swiss Entrepreneur lived and labored in North Korea for seven years, one of many few overseas businessmen there. After the adventure, Abt felt forced to write down A Capitalist in North Korea to explain the multifaceted society he encountered.

North Korea, on the time, used to be seriously sanctioned by means of the UN, which made it tremendous tough to do enterprise. but, he stumbled on that it was once a spot the place cosmetic surgery and South Korean television dramas have been wildly renowned and the place he not often had to stroll greater than a block to snatch a brief hamburger. He was once heavily monitored, and as soon as confronted accusations of spying, but he realized that younger North Koreans are hopeful—signing up for enterprise classes in anticipation of a brighter, extra open, destiny. In A Capitalist in North Korea, Abt stocks those and plenty of different strange proof and insights approximately one of many world's such a lot secretive international locations.

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Dance of the Dialectic: STEPS IN MARX'S METHOD

By Bertell Ollman

Bertell Ollman has been hailed as "this country's top authority on dialectics and Marx's technique" via Paul Sweezy, the editor of per month evaluate and dean of America's Marx students. during this e-book Ollman deals a radical research of Marx's use of dialectical approach. Marx made tremendous artistic use of dialectical approach to learn the origins, operation, and course of capitalism. regrettably, his promised publication on process used to be by no means written, in order that readers wishing to appreciate and assessment Marx's theories, or to revise or use them, have needed to continue with out a transparent take hold of of the dialectic during which the theories are framed. the end result has been extra war of words over "what Marx quite intended" than over the writings of the other significant philosopher. In placing Marx's philosophy of inner kin and his use of the method of abstraction--two little-studied points of dialectics--at the guts of this account, Ollman presents a model of Marx's strategy that's right now systematic, scholarly, transparent, and eminently invaluable. Ollman not just sheds very important new mild on what Marx rather intended in his diverse theoretical pronouncements, yet in conscientiously laying out the stairs in Marx's strategy he permits a reader to place the dialectic to paintings in his or her personal examine. He additionally convincingly argues the case for why social scientists and humanists in addition to philosophers probably want to accomplish that.

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Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

By Philip Mendes

The disproportionate ancient contribution of Jews to the political Left has been good documented. it will probably actually be argued that from nearly 1848 until 1970, a casual political alliance existed among Jews and the political Left. This used to be by no means an alliance of all Jews and all Left teams. however it was once an alliance among key sections of the Left and key sections of politically energetic Jews at numerous instances and in a number of locations. either companions to this alliance have been encouraged through a mixture of pragmatic self-interest and
idealism or altruism.

Philip Mendes'' paintings is the 1st e-book to supply a scientific historic and political evaluation of the connection among Jews and the Left. It argues that Jews have been interested in the Left by way of various structural and cultural impacts together with poverty and sophistication oppression, anti-Semitic violence and discrimination, Jewish moral teachings, and Left help for Jewish rights. however, so much Jews have been by no means sympathetic to left-wing politics, and an important variety of Jews grew to become sufferers of Communist regimes. both, the following decline of Jewish involvement within the Left will be attributed to really target elements akin to the Holocaust and the construction of the nation of Israel which remodeled Jewish dependence from foreign to nationwide forces.

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Post-Scarcity Anarchism (Working Classics)

By Murray Bookchin

In this sequence of essays, Murray Bookchin balances his ecological and anarchist imaginative and prescient with the promising possibilities of a “post-scarcity” period. Technological advances through the twentieth century have elevated creation within the pursuit of company revenue on the price of human desire and ecological sustainability. New probabilities for human freedom needs to mix an ecological outlook with the dissolution of hierarchical social relatives, capitalism and canonical political orientation. Bookchin’s utopian imaginative and prescient, rooted within the realities of up to date society, continues to be refreshingly pragmatic. “Book-chin makes a trenchant research of recent society and provides a pointed, provocative dialogue of the ecological crisis.”—Library Journal

Murray Bookchin has been an lively voice within the ecology and anarchist activities for greater than forty years.

In Oakland, California on March 24, 2015 a fireplace destroyed the AK Press warehouse in addition to numerous different companies. Please contemplate traveling the AK Press site to profit extra in regards to the fundraiser to aid them and their neighbors.

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Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: (Volume 4) Critique of Other Socialisms

A lot of Karl Marx's most crucial paintings got here out of his critique of different thinkers, together with many socialists who differed considerably of their conceptions of socialism. The fourth quantity in Hal Draper's sequence appears at those evaluations to light up what Marx's socialism used to be, in addition to what it used to be no longer. a few of these debates are recognized parts in Marx's paintings, resembling his writings at the anarchists Proudhon and Bakunin. Others are much less popular, akin to the writings on "Bismarckian socialism" and "Boulangism," yet promise to turn into higher identified and understood with Draper's exposition. He additionally discusses the extra common ideological traits of "utopian" and "sentimental" socialisms, which took a number of varieties and have been materials in lots of varied socialist activities.

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Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900-1937

By Vera Mackie

This ebook tells the inspiring tale of a gaggle of ladies who challenged the expectancies in their society of their writings and of their activities. Vera Mackie surveys the advance of socialist women's activism in Japan from the 1900s to the Thirties, within the broader context of the economic and political improvement of contemporary Japan. She outlines the main socialist womens' firms and their debates with their liberal and anarchist sisters. The ebook additionally bargains shut analyses of the political and inventive writings of socialist girls.

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Socialist and Labor Songs: An International Revolutionary Songbook

Compiled from numerous generations in the USA and from worldwide, the songs and sheet song during this compendium have been initially written in English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Yiddish. From commercial staff of the realm anthems reminiscent of “The Preacher and the Slave” to Lenin’s favourite 1905 progressive anthem “Whirlwinds of Danger,” a number of the world’s maximum radical songwriters are anthologized herein: Edith Berkowitz, Bertolt Brecht, Ralph Chaplin, James Connolly, Havelock Ellis, Emily effective, Arturo Giovaniti, Joe Hill, Langston Hughes, William Morris, James Oppenheim, Teresina Rowell, Anna Spencer, Maurice Sugar, and dozens extra. outdated favorites and hidden gemstones can once more energize and accompany wood traces, demonstrations, conferences, sit-ins, marches, and will Day parades.

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Jacobin, Issue 1 (Winter 2011)

That includes wide-ranging interviews with best-selling authors Walter Benn Michaels and Azar Nafisi.

Essays on American ideology, hard work and enjoyable within the twenty first century, apocalypticism, the Zapatista craze of the Nineteen Nineties, why humans resent hipsters, and ecu social democracy, between different topics.

Index and articles at http://jacobinmag.com/category/winter-2011/

Jacobin is of tradition and polemic that Edmund Burke perpetually berates on his Twitter web page. each one of our issue’s contents are pored over in taverns and different homes of unwell reputation and most sensible loved with a well-shaken can of lukewarm beer.

Published in long island urban 4 occasions in step with 12 months, we supply a wide-range of writers and artists who target to motivate serious discussion within the age of Fukuyama.

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Is God Happy?: Selected Essays

By Leszek Kolakowski

The overdue Leszek Kolakowski used to be probably the most influential philosophers of the 20 th century. A admired anticommunist author, Kolakowski used to be additionally a deeply humanistic philosopher, and his meditations on society, faith, morality, and tradition stand along his political writings as commentaries on intellectual—and everyday—life within the 20th century.

Kolakowski’s amazing empathy, humor, and erudition are on complete exhibit in Is God Happy?, the 1st number of his paintings to be released when you consider that his loss of life in 2009. obtainable and extensive ranging, those essays—many of them translated into English for the 1st time—testify to the notable scope of Kolakowski’s paintings. From a provocative and deeply felt critique of Marxist ideology to the witty and self-effacing “In compliment of Unpunctuality” to a rigorous research of Erasmus’ version of Christianity and the way forward for faith, those essays distill Kolakowski’s lifelong engagement with the everlasting difficulties of philosophy and a few of the main important questions of our age.

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