Marxism

​​Pity, manifestos, and the left

The left is dead; it died of pity for itself. Questions of where the ‘radical’ non-liberal left is going, of where it needs to go, of where it could go if (only any given line of programmatic measures were applied), all are the staples of any properly rounded left-academic polemic which may appear in the spectacular of today.

Solidarité: Journal of the Radical Left (September-October 2013)

Solidarité is a non-tendency anti-capitalist journal, self-published by workers and students, which focuses on leftist theory, politics, and philosophy.

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A companion to Marx's Capital, volume 2 - David Harvey

David Harvey's reading guide to Karl Marx's Capital volume 2.

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close and Marx’s work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession.

Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory

Keynesian economics claimed to have overcome the problem of economic depressions. However, as Mattick argues that crises are inherent within capitalism and that neither the market nor Keynesianism can stop "the steady deterioration of the economy". Written in 1974, Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory is one of Mattick's most valuable contributions to the Marxist critique of political economy and radical theory in general.

One-dimensional man: Studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society - Herbert Marcuse

Originally published in 1964, One-Dimensional Man quickly became one of the most important texts in the ensuing decade of radical political change.

Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. It expressed the hopes of a radical philosopher that human freedom and happiness could be greatly expanded beyond the regimented thought and behaviour prevalent in established society. For those who held the reigns of power Marcuse's call to arms threatened civilization to its very core.

The enigma of capital and the crises of capitalism - David Harvey

Taking a long view of the current economic crisis, eminent academic David Harvey explains how capitalism came to dominate the world and why it resulted in the current financial crisis.

For three centuries, the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking closely at the nature of capitalism, how it works and why sometimes it doesn't.

Disassembly required: A field guide to actually existing capitalism - Geoff Mann

To imagine how we might change capitalism, we first need to understand it.

To succeed in actually changing it, we need to be able to explain how it works and convince others that change is both possible and necessary. Disassembly Required is an attempt to meet those challenges, and to offer clear, accessible alternatives to the status quo of everyday capitalism.

Essays on Marx's theory of value - Issak Rubin

Essays on Marx's theories of value by a seminal Marxist writer.

Originally published in the former Soviet Union, Rubin's work was suppressed and after 1928 it was never re-issued. Translation by Miloš Samardžija and Fredy Perlman.

A history of socialist thought: Volume II - Marxism and anarchism 1850-1890

G.D.H. Cole's volume chronicling the history of socialist thought from 1850-1890.

The value of radical theory: An anarchist introduction to Marx's critique of political economy - Wayne Price

The Value of Radical Theory achieves two main goals. It explains Marxs economic theory, providing readers with a solid foundation in his critique of capitalism. Prices political insights also offer a framework through which anarchists can understand and use Marx, while remaining anarchists.

The result is an insightful primer that sidesteps the typical anarchist vs. Marxist debates. Price presents Marxs theory as an as-yet-unsurpassed explanation of contemporary capitalism, one that will aid in the task of overcoming the market and ushering in an era of collective, participatory control of the economy, inspired by anarchist political and ethical traditions.