Marxism

An Ode to Chomsky

A 'personal essay' on dichotomies like decadence vs. health, particularity vs. universality, subjectivity vs. objectivity, and misanthropy vs. 'philanthropy,' which uses Noam Chomsky as a symbol of the 'positive' side of these dichotomies and a device to help us avoid the negative. It's important to reject misanthropy and (generally speaking) decadence. Along the way are thoughts on intellectuals, postmodernism, empiricism, left-wing intolerance, etc.

Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa"

Notes on a classic work of dependency theory.

The rise of the right in the United States

Staughton Lynd’s classic "Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism" (1968)

Staughton Lynd

Notes that were taken in graduate school.

Notes on a Marxist history of empiricism

George Novack

A summary of an old critical Marxist history of empiricism.

The Book of Joe: A Satire of Capitalist Society

An updating of the Bible's Book of Job for modern society.

Thoughts on overcoming despair

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will. But perhaps even some cautious optimism of the intellect, too?

Two cheers for the decline of the middle class

A short piece that challenges an article of faith among most commentators.