Marxism in a lost century: a biography of Paul Mattick - Gary Roth

Marxism in a lost century: a biography of Paul Mattick - Gary Roth

Retells the history of the radical left during the twentieth century through the words and deeds of Paul Mattick.

An adolescent during the German revolutions that followed World War I, Paul Mattick was also a recent émigré to the United States during the 1930s Great Depression, when the unemployed groups in which he participated were among the most dynamic manifestations of social unrest. Three biographical themes receive special attention -- the self-taught nature of left-wing activity, Mattick’s experiences with publishing, and the nexus of men, politics, and friendship. Mattick found a wide audience during the 1960s because of his emphasis on the economy’s dysfunctional aspects and his advocacy of workplace councils—a popularity mirrored in the cyclical nature of the global economy.

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Spikymike
Sep 6 2016 16:01

A rattling good read - highly recomended

Steven.
Sep 6 2016 18:05

Never knew what he looked like before. He looks a bit like David Lynch

Hieronymous
Sep 7 2016 03:10
Steven. wrote:
Never knew what he looked like before. He looks a bit like David Lynch

You haven't seen him with a beard. A young African American Johnson-Forest member (John Allen) thought he looked like Marx when they used to meet in the back of a Chicago bar for a Das Kapital readng group. He and his comrades couldn't remember Mattick's name, so they referred to him as "Karl Marx."

I started reading the book a while back, after fnbrill steered me to it, and so far it's really, really good.

Steven.
Sep 14 2016 21:59
Steven. wrote:
Never knew what he looked like before. He looks a bit like David Lynch

For anyone who doesn't know what David Lynch looks like, Craftwork did this on FB:

Steven.
Sep 14 2016 22:14
Hieronymous wrote:
Steven. wrote:
Never knew what he looked like before. He looks a bit like David Lynch

You haven't seen him with a beard. A young African American Johnson-Forest member (John Allen) thought he looked like Marx when they used to meet in the back of a Chicago bar for a Das Kapital readng group. He and his comrades couldn't remember Mattick's name, so they referred to him as "Karl Marx."

Interesting. You know who else looks like Marx? Escobar in season 2 of Narcos:

Craftwork
Jul 3 2017 20:33

"I do not any longer take terms like marxism and anarchism seriously. I ask people what they think and what they propose to do and watch them to find out what they are actually doing. With some I can associate, with others not. But the isms I can do very well without."

– Paul Mattick to Kenneth Rexroth, 23rd March 1946; quoted from p.239.