Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Monday, January 11, 2010

International Socialism # 125

Issue 125 of International Socialism journal includes, among many many other goodies, a short analysis of the shifting sands of the crisis, Mike Gonzalez on Honduras and Jeffrey Weber on Bolivia, Paul Blackledge on Marxism and anarchism, an article on the sex work debate and John Rose on Jewish intellectuals and Palestinian liberation. It also includes the final two articles of the late Chris Harman - former editor of International Socialism - on the legacy of Louis Althusser and a defence of Marx's concept of the Tendency for the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in the context of the current crisis. Ernest Mandel once wrote a book entitled Late Capitalism - implying capitalism was at least in some sense dead or at least rather past its sell by date as a system - and Chris's last book Zombie Capitalism seems to play on this idea, suggests the system is maybe not only partly 'dead' but also possibly also 'undead'. Well, maybe - but for another more serious examination of Zombie Capitalism see this piece by Guglielmo Carchedi. There are also a number of tributes to Chris in the journal - which I will add to the others collected on this blog at some point - see here.

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