Neoliberalism and the State

In this interview for textum‘s special series on neoliberalism, Kübra Altaytaş and Ozan Sisospoke with Pınar Bedirhanoğlu about “neoliberalism and the state”, in a broad intellectual exchange, which touched on issues ranging from the capitalist state to the modern state form, from the political Islamist transformation of society in Turkey to corruption across the globe,

Towards a History of the Trotskyist Tendencies after Trotsky

A Review of Memoirs of a Critical Communist: Towards a History of the Fourth International by Livio Maitan Daniel Gaido National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina Abstract This work, based on the premise that ‘Trotskyism’ in Trotsky’s lifetime was nothing but the name given to Marxism in its fight against the Stalinist

A Review of A Political Biography of Arkadij Maslow, 1891–1941: Dissident Against His Will by Mario Kessler

Daniel Gaido National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina Mario Kessler, (2020) A Political Biography of Arkadij Maslow, 1891–1941: Dissident Against His Will, London: Palgrave Macmillan. This scholarly and well-written biography can be read both as an independent book and as a companion volume to Mario Kessler’s massive biography of Maslow’s life-long companion, Ruth

For the Independence of Soviet Ukraine

Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski Abstract: Written in 1989, this article tells the true but unknown and dramatic story of Bolsheviks faced during the civil war with an unexpected national revolution of the oppressed Ukrainian people, the conflict-ridden relationships between Russian and Ukrainian communists and the great dilemma of what should be Ukraine: a part of the

Ukrainian Marxists, Russian Bolsheviks, and National Liberation: 1900-1921

Eric Blanc In the face of Russia’s deplorable invasion of Ukraine, we are publishing excerpts on the history of early Ukrainian Marxism, Bolshevism, and the national question from Eric Blanc’s recently published monograph Revolutionary Social Democracy: Working-Class Politics Across Imperial Russia, 1882-1917. Of course, one cannot find solutions to today’s crisis among the stances taken

New evidence of an early Korean Trotskyist organisation in the late 1940s: Research note on the ‘Bill Morgan Report’

Owen Miller,  SOAS, University of London In the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, I came across a post on Facebook that caught my eye immediately: images of a newly-discovered article from a Chinese Trotskyist journal of the 1940s containing news of a Trotskyist organisation in US-occupied South Korea.1 This was astonishing because I’d never

A Little Liberatory Introduction to Talking about Knowledge

“London anti-capitalist protest” bynicksarebi is licensed underCC BY-NC-ND 2.0 1 Darko Suvin Lenin’s note to Hegel’s Wissenschaft der Logik, “Human consciousness does not only reflect the objective world but also creates it” … takes into account that knowledge is areceptionof the natural and historicalworld of experience, aconstructionof aworld of knowledgeproper to human subjectivity, and an anticipationof thepossible

Can Leninists Explain the RR?

By Eric Blanc   Can Leninists explain the Russian Revolution and its lessons for today? My new book Revolutionary Social Democracy: Working-Class Politics Across the Russian Empire, 1882-1917 marshals extensive new primary data from across the Russian Empire to challenge longstanding myths about the Russian Revolution — and to challenge unhelpful Leninist (aka “revolutionary socialist”) political

Real Abstraction and the Real Break between Marx and Hegel

A Review of Un parricidio compiuto by Roberto Finelli Panagiotis Sotiris Hellenic Open University, Greece   Roberto Finelli, (2014) Un parricidio compiuto. Il confronto finale di Marx con Hegel, Milan: Jaca Book.   This book represents one of the most coherent versions of Roberto Finelli’s argument in regard to his reading of what constitutes