What are your favorite regularly updated Marxist blogs?

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yoda's walking stick
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Sep 9 2011 01:09
What are your favorite regularly updated Marxist blogs?

The two I read most often are Leninist. Despite the differences I have with the authors, I find their analysis often really good and helpful.

http://leninology.blogspot.com/

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/

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Sep 9 2011 01:20

This is one of my least favorite Marxist blogs I've come across. It will make a workerist anti-intellectual out of most readers I suspect. The most recent post is titled "The Spatiotemporal Dimensions of Abstract Art and the Genesis of Modernist Architecture."

http://rosswolfe.wordpress.com/

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Sep 9 2011 11:35

I'm biased and this is some shameless promotion.

http://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.com/

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Sep 9 2011 16:38

David Harvey: http://davidharvey.org/

And def this: http://recompositionblog.wordpress.com/

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Sep 9 2011 20:10

Not sure if Recomposition would be considered a Marxist blog and I'm biased, but I reread the pieces on there frequently.

Some blogs that I do check out by individuals or groups that consider themselves Marxists though are:

http://advancethestruggle.wordpress.com/
http://blackorchidcollective.wordpress.com/
http://gatheringforces.org/
http://kapitalism101.wordpress.com/
http://whatinthehell.blogsome.com/

A couple of solid folks of mine also frequent The Kasama Project, but I don't really get it or see the appeal, beyond liking to argue with other tendencies.

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Sep 10 2011 08:43
Juan Conatz wrote:
Not sure if Recomposition would be considered a Marxist blog and I'm biased, but I reread the pieces on there frequently.

Ah, maybe not explicitly... But you and I know both know there's nothing but a bunch of dirty commies behind it wink

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Sep 10 2011 08:45

Oh, lest we forget:

http://libcom.org/blog/1768

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Sep 10 2011 13:27

Hi Yoda's Walking Stick,

I'm of course familiar with libcom.org, but I came across this post specifically because I noticed that a number of page views on my site had been directed from the link you posted here. Not to antagonize you or anything, but can I ask what it is specifically that you dislike so much?

Best,
Ross

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Sep 10 2011 14:55

What's up with all these hipster-maoist blogs that's been rising up the last years? I was pretty sure that people left that crap 30 years ago, but i seem to be wrong. Kasama's the first one that i can recall, but i seem to have stumbled upon at least two or three more when i've been aimlessly wandered the net...

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Sep 10 2011 17:39

http://davidharvey.org/

Said before, but needs to be said again. David Harvey's website is so excellent that it is recommended as source material to studens taking classes on Marxism as a part of a Master's in Political Economy at the Uni of Manchester - and probably a lot of other places but this is the one I know of for certain.

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Sep 10 2011 18:29
RossWolfe wrote:
Hi Yoda's Walking Stick,

I'm of course familiar with libcom.org, but I came across this post specifically because I noticed that a number of page views on my site had been directed from the link you posted here. Not to antagonize you or anything, but can I ask what it is specifically that you dislike so much?

Best,
Ross

Well I hope I didn't and don't offend you. Most everything I've read on your blog seems completely disconnected from the real world. It feels like intellectualism for the sake of intellectualism. Maybe there is a constituency of people who are interested in really dense analysis of of obscure soviet architecture, but I don't fall into it. It The posts don't feel very useful for anything in my opinion.

Best,
YWS

P.S. I'm rereading this and it sounds really, really harsh. I'm sorry! You asked.

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Sep 10 2011 20:25

Yoda's Walking Stick,

Don't worry, I'm not offended. My studies of international avant-garde architecture and the Soviet Union are part of my Master's Thesis for UChicago. So yeah, it's a fairly narrow audience that I'm aiming for.

I have some posts about more immediately relevant political matters, but haven't written any in a while. Reading some of your other posts on this site, especially on vegetarian/vegan socialists, I was afraid that you might have been one of the vegetarians/vegans who were so offended by my essay on "Man and Nature." I'm not sure if this was the case or not.

Best,
Ross

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Sep 11 2011 00:40

Proyect claims to be a Marxist, but he doesn't even come close. His real orientation in life is to become the scribe of disaffected readers of the US liberal publication, The Nation

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Sep 11 2011 01:06

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/blogs/marginal-utility/

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Sep 11 2011 01:33
S. Artesian wrote:
Proyect claims to be a Marxist, but he doesn't even come close. His real orientation in life is to become the scribe of disaffected readers of the US liberal publication, The Nation

What makes you say that?

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Sep 11 2011 14:20

I say that after being on/off/on/off his listserv for years-- arguing with him over his belief "peak oil," "overpopulation;" his support for Allende, Chavez, Peron, Correa, etc. ; causes for WW2 [among which he stated that a shortage of oil precipitated Hitler's invasion of the fSU]; his belief, more or less, that black slaves in the US South were proletarians; his contempt, more or less, for anything in Marx's work that can't be, more or less "Mandel-i-lized;" oh yeah, and for his argument that Ho Chi Minh was "a great revolutionist."

Other than that, I think he's a two-fisted, hard-hitting, real asset to the class struggle.

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Sep 11 2011 15:21

Here are some of the blogs in my RSS reader, in no particular order:

http://antigerman.wordpress.com/
http://poumista.wordpress.com/
http://communism.blogsport.eu/ *
http://entdinglichung.wordpress.com/ *
http://raumgegenzement.blogsport.de/
http://marxdialecticalstudies.blogspot.com/
http://permanentcrisis.blogspot.com/
http://www.rote-ruhr-uni.com/
http://thewolfatthedoor.blogspot.com/
http://whatinthehell.blogsome.com/ *
http://uncomfortablescience.org/
http://criticismetc.wordpress.com/
http://www.metamute.org/

I think you could reasonably call most of them "marxist".

As a bonus, those with an asterisk are blogs of people who I know are on libcom smile. (Sorry if I've left any out.)

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Sep 11 2011 18:02

pfff, I don't know how anyone can be impressed by Ross's writings on architecture, he probably isn't even familiar with stuff like this .

http://planet.kommunismus.net/

Updates about a few of the sites related to Gegenstandpunkt.

http://proletariatuniversel.blogspot.com/

Editor of Chirik's writings, for the gossip about the condition of the communist milieu with particular focus on the ICC.

Mixing Bordiga with mystical anarchists is a crime.

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Sep 11 2011 18:07
Noa Rodman wrote:
pfff, I don't know how anyone can be impressed by Ross's writings on architecture, he probably isn't even familiar with stuff like this .

Since when do you read Russian, bratwurstboy? smile

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Sep 11 2011 21:02

Noa Rodman,

I find it strange that you would point to a lightweight lecture transcript by Sarab'ianov from 1952 when I have personally uploaded Современная архитектура (1926-1930), Строительство Москвы (1923-1940), & Советская архитектура (1931-1934):

1. Современная архитектура (1926-1930)
2. Строительство Москвы
3. & more throughout my blog

Also, here are some recent translations of Russian and French modernist texts that I've done, in which you might be interested:

1. Moisei Ginzburg, “New Methods of Architectural Thought”/Моисей Гинзбург, «Новые методы архитектурного мышления» (1926)
2. Moisei Ginzburg, “The International Front of Modern Architecture”/Моисей Гинзбург, «Международный фронт современной архитектуры» (1926)
3. A Hitherto Untranslated Letter from Le Corbusier to Anatolii Lunacharskii (1932)
4. «Москва «историческая» и социалистическая (Николай Ладовский)»/“Moscow, ‘Historical’ and Socialist,” 1930 (Nikolai Ladovskii)
5. «РАСПАД города» (Бруно Таут)/“The DISINTEGRATION of the City”/Die Auflösung der Städte, 1930 (Bruno Taut)

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Sep 11 2011 20:28

So you confirm that you don't know Sarab'ianov?
I'm kidding Ross. But seriously, all the effort in uploading that architecture stuff could be better spent imo on scanning articles from Pod Znamenem Marksizma (or alternatively Rubin's articles from Letopisi Marksizma and Archiv Marksa i Engel'sa).

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Sep 11 2011 21:43

I was pretty sure that V.A. Sarab'ianov was the father of the fairly prominent art historian Dmitrii Vladimirovich Sarab'ianov, but apparently I was wrong.

I work sometimes with the Platypus Affiliated Society, which has produced a couple translations from Pod znamenem marksizma recently.

And S. Artesian, your assessment of Proyect is completely correct. Worthless, in terms of his political and theoretical outlook. Occasionally he writes a decent movie review, but that's about all I can say for him.

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Sep 11 2011 22:12

RossWolfe: Thanks.

Jura: Thanks for including The Wolf Report among your favorites.

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Sep 11 2011 22:16

http://working-class-self-organisation.blogspot.com/ is better than all the blogs about value form theory as applied to graphic design in 70s Poland posted in this thread so far put together, though not specifically Marxist (whatever that means these days).

Also, a few of my friends have a blog called the great unrest which is often good: http://thegreatunrest.net/

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Sep 11 2011 22:33

Platypus....are they the pro-Iraq war, Hitchens style socialists? Am I thinking of the right people?

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Sep 11 2011 23:37
yoda's walking stick wrote:
Platypus....are they the pro-Iraq war, Hitchens style socialists? Am I thinking of the right people?

No, those are the Eustonites and certain Schachtmanite Leftist tendencies. According to Proyect, whose readings always remain superficial, Platypus is nothing other than an American version of Eustonism (which is a decidedly British phenomenon). Although the Spartacists have accused us of supporting the Iraq invasion, no one in the group has ever said anything of the kind. I believe the misconception stems from the fact that we have challenged some of the knee-jerk "anti-imperialist" reactions in the West that tend to support reactionary groups as heroic "resisters" of American/Zionist/European imperialism. Our general thesis is that most of the Left is in ruins, however, and has been regressing substantially for almost a century.

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Sep 11 2011 23:41
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Our general thesis is that most of the Left is in ruins, however, and has been regressing substantially for almost a century.

this is a solid thesis! Luckily Gramscian optimism will see us through!

All jokes aside, what the hell is 'Eustonism'?

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Sep 12 2011 00:08

Yeah, apparently Proyect isn't a big fan of you folks.

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/q-what-is-a-platypus-a-an-american-eustonite/

Edit: For the record, I don't care a whit about these self-aggrandizing sectarian squabbles that don't matter to a group larger than thirty people (too generous?). They're kind of sadly pathetic, but you get sucked into watching them anyway. It's like reality television.

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Sep 12 2011 00:26

Proyect's a jerk. Even when he's right, he's a jerk.

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Sep 12 2011 00:26

Ok by 'Eustonism' do we mean these people around the Euston Manifesto? Just been reading about these guys, I'm suprised I never come across it before. Made my blood boil a bit to be honest. Why are there so many self appointed groups that claim to be 'realigning the left'?

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Sep 12 2011 02:50
yoda's walking stick wrote:
Yeah, apparently Proyect isn't a big fan of you folks.

http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/q-what-is-a-platypus-a-an-american-eustonite/

Edit: For the record, I don't care a whit about these self-aggrandizing sectarian squabbles that don't matter to a group larger than thirty people (too generous?). They're kind of sadly pathetic, but you get sucked into watching them anyway. It's like reality television.

Thirty people? Quite a few more than that. Well over a hundred paying members, in Chicago, New York, Boston, Toronto, Frankfurt, London, etc., and a number of non-paying affiliates. Platypus has only existed since 2006, and it has a rather idiosyncratic political mission, so I'm not surprised that we have a limited base. Either way, we've engaged a number of major figures on the Left, so I wouldn't write off the organization so easily. Not to overstate our importance or anything. It obviously has its limitations, and isn't a broad-based mass movement or anything. But that's not really its aim, either.