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Decadence

"All in it Together" or Class against Class

The following is the outline of a presentation for a CWO local education "virtual" meeting on Marxist theory of economic crisis for members and sympathisers. For obvious reasons the discussion centred round the current economic situation in which, as the meeting concluded, "The class nature of the alternatives are becoming clearer – all shades of government are embracing ‘leftism’, creating all the debt they need as they try to stabilise the system. For communists, there is still the need to intervene where we can, to spread our analyses, and to work towards building the future party."

The Four Horsemen of Capitalist Decay

Capitalism – the current social system based on private property, wage labour and production for profit – is at a turning point. Day by day it becomes clearer that the existing relations of production have become fetters preventing humanity from addressing the urgent problems facing the whole planet. Unable to resolve its own contradictions, capitalism is instead hurtling us towards barbarism.

An Ode to Chomsky

A 'personal essay' on dichotomies like decadence vs. health, particularity vs. universality, subjectivity vs. objectivity, and misanthropy vs. 'philanthropy,' which uses Noam Chomsky as a symbol of the 'positive' side of these dichotomies and a device to help us avoid the negative. It's important to reject misanthropy and (generally speaking) decadence. Along the way are thoughts on intellectuals, postmodernism, empiricism, left-wing intolerance, etc.

US Power and the New Course Towards War

We live, and have been living, in an epoch of capitalist decadence. Notwithstanding longer life expectancy, technological advance, and the claims of its defenders, the capitalist system is incapable of addressing existential questions such as the destruction of the environment via man-made climate change. After all, to do so would get in the way of making profits. Short-term expediency portends long term disaster.

The decline of decadence - Malcolm Bull

From Nietzsche to Lukács, decadence was a matter of cultural disintegration and social atomization under pressure of capitalist modernity, but such talk has dwindled. Malcolm Bull asks whether the private languages of conceptual art are decadent or undecadent. And is the market a substitute communicator of shared values?

Impossibility of Capitalist Development - Grandizo Munis

An article published in 1972 in issues no. 23-24 of Alarma, publication of the F.O.R. (Fomento Obrero Revolucionario) group in Spain, led ideologically by Grandizo Munis. A heterodox Trotskyist, Munis broke from the Fourth International in 1948. His political development ultimately led him towards the positions of the communist left. In this article, Munis elaborates the Marxist concept of decadence and highlights its significance for revolutionary practice.

Interview: the situation of left communism today

Loren Goldner's interview with the Korean Socialist Workers' Newspaper Group (SaNoShin), November-December 2007.

Theories of Decadence: Decadence of Theory

Draft translation of GCI-ICG’s text originally published in French in “Le Communiste” N°23 (November 1985) and in Spanish in “Comunismo” N°25 (October 1988).

The Theory of Decline, or the Decline of Theory? Preface to the Swedish Translation 2004 - Aufheben

A preface to the Swedish translation of Aufheben's series on 'decadence', which originally appeared in Riff-Raff # 6.

The historical moment that produced us: global revolution or recomposition of capital? - Loren Goldner

Introductory article to the first issue of Insurgent Notes (June 2010).