Moishe Postone

Intersectional Identity and the Path to Progress

Eleanor Robertson looks at the debate over intersectionality and identity politics, and what these concepts can offer for a renewed version of class politics. This article originally appeared in Meanjin.

Time, labor, and social domination: a reinterpretation of Marx's critical theory - Moishe Postone

A significant text of modern value-form theory. Moishe Postone undertakes a fundamental reinterpretation of Karl Marx's mature critical theory. He calls into question many of the presuppositions of traditional Marxist analyses and offers new interpretations of Marx's central arguments.

Postone’s “Resolution” of Marx’s Imaginary Contradiction: On the revision of the concept of “abstract labor”

Time, Labor, and Social Domination

David Adam makes a critique Moishe Postone's interpretation Marx's Capital. Postone sees a contradiction between any account of abstract labor as physiological exertion and the historical specificity of Marx’s value theory. This article argues that the supposed contradiction in Marx described by Postone is entirely imaginary, and that only a more straightforward reading of Marx’s account of abstract labor can make sense of Capital. Taken from: http://www.marxisthumanistinitiative.org/philosophy-organization/postone’s-“resolution”-of-marx’s-imaginary-contradiction.html

Anti-semitism and National Socialism - Moishe Postone

Auschwitz, image wikipedia

No functionalist explanation of the Holocaust and no scapegoat theory of anti-Semitism can even begin to explain why, in the last years of the war, when the German forces were being crushed by the Red Army, a significant proportion of vehicles was deflected from logistical support and used to transport Jews to the gas chambers. The specificity of the Holocaust requires a much more determinate mediation in order even to approach its understanding.

History and Hopelessness

However difficult the task of grasping and confronting global capital might be, it is crucially important that a global internationalism be recovered and reformulated. Retaining the reified dualistic political imaginary of the Cold War runs the risk of constituting a form of politics that, from the standpoint of human emancipation, would be questionable, at the very best, however many people it may rouse.

Review: Moishe Postone's Time, labour and social domination - capital beyond class struggle?

Brighton-based libertarian Marxist magazine Aufheben critically reviews Moishe Postone's book Time, Labour and social domination.