Dissident Marxism: Past Voices for Present Times by David Renton

By David Renton

we're witnessing the delivery of a brand new politics -- anti-capitalist, libertarian and anti-war. yet the place do brand new dissidents come from? Dissident Marxism argues that their roots are available within the existence and paintings of an previous iteration of socialist revolutionaries, together with such inspiring figures because the Soviet poet Mayakovsky, the Marxist thinker Karl Korsch, Communist historians Edward Thompson and Dona Torr, the Egyptian surrealist Georges Henein, American New Left economists Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy, advocates of 3rd global liberation together with Walter Rodney and Samir Amin, Harry Braverman, the writer of work and Monopoly Capital, and David Widgery, the journalist of the may well '68 revolts.

What those writers shared was once a dedication to the values of socialism-from-below, the concept that swap needs to be pushed by way of the mass pursuits of the oppressed. In a global ruled by way of stoop, fascism and warfare, they retained a dedication to overall democracy.

Dissident Marxism describes the left in heritage. a few readers will take pleasure in it as a historical past of progressive socialism within the years among Stalin's upward thrust and the autumn of the Berlin Wall. Others will locate right here a tough thesis -- that the main enduring of left-wing traditions, and hugely correct to the days we are living in this present day, have been situated in an area among the hot Left and Trotskyism. Dissident Marxism explores the lives and contemplating the most artistic and amazing contributors of the 20th century left, and asks if the recent anti-capitalist flow could provide a chance for simply such one other left-wing iteration to emerge?

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