David Adam

When Language Goes on Holiday: Philosophy and Anti-philosophy in Marx and Wittgenstein

David Adam examines the overlapping analyses of philosophical language put forward by Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Marx’s critique of socialist labor-money schemes and the myth of council communism’s Proudhonism - David Adam

Anton Pannekoek

In this article, David Adam takes aim at Gilles Dauvé's critique of the council communists, which has been influential in the communisation milieu.

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

Lenin the liberal? A reply to Chris Cutrone

Lenin in disguise

David Adam replies to an article by Chris Cutrone of the Platypus Affiliated Society (http://platypus1917.org/2011/09/26/lenin-the-liberal/). This reply questions Cutrone's characterization of Lenin's liberalism, focusing on the themes of socialist transition and single-party rule. The Platypus Review published this article, along with a response from Chris Cutrone, in their October 2011 issue: http://platypus1917.org/category/pr/issue-40.

Marx, Bakunin, and the question of authoritarianism - David Adam

Marx and Bakunin

David Adam casts doubt on the traditional narrative regarding the question of authoritarianism in the Marx-Bakunin conflict.

Karl Marx and the state

David Adam addresses Marx’s concept of a socialist society in relation to various concepts of the state.