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historical materialism

What's the System? Review of an Angry Workers Pamphlet

The Angry Workers of the World (AWW), a group based in West London which publishes the irregular workplace bulletin WorkersWildWest, has released a pamphlet collecting their articles on history, crisis, and revolution. We want a new society – and don’t we need it! seeks to explain in a straightforward manner how the current system emerged and how a new society can replace it.

The value of Noam Chomsky

A "personal essay" from 2015 on some of the reasons why Chomsky's fame -- unlike that of most public intellectuals -- is more than justified. Despite his rejection of the label, he is, in many respects, the quintessential Marxist.

Thoughts on "The Reactionary Mind"

Brief reflections on Corey Robin's bestseller "The Reactionary Mind." It's a good book, but one can argue that, in the end, Robin takes the ideologies of conservatives a little too seriously.

The original content of the communist program is the obliteration of the individual as an economic subject, rights-holder, and agent of human history (Part II)

Día de Muertos in Janitzio (credit: México Destinos)

The second part of Amadeo Bordiga’s exposition of the features of communist society and of the revolutionary party that, in his estimation, is the only entity able to bring it into being. Critique of democracy, and of the “immediatist” conceptions of those who would like to see the party replaced by different forms of organization, is here tightly interlinked with a vision of society which will know nothing of classes or exchange and which will spatially and temporally integrate the entire human species into the Social Man, who will not even have any use for “freedom” in the conventional sense of the word.

Bakunin, historical materialism, and social philosophy – Brian Morris

Two chapters from Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom by Brian Morris which illustrate Bakunin’s views in terms of historical materialism and social philosophy which have often been misunderstood or overlooked.

El Manifesto de Aceleracionismo de Género

El Manifesto de Aceleracionismo de Género by Eme Flores and Vikky Storm

¡Muerte al género que nos da muerte! ¡Libertad para lxs cuirs! Pero el género muere al engullir su propia cola. El género ya está muriendo. Su último aliento está cerca, pero aún tiene tiempo para salvarse. En nosotrxs está el apresurar a su fin. Impulsarlo, darle rapidez, hacerlo…

Acelerar.

The Gender Accelerationist Manifesto

Th Gender Accelerationist Manifesto by Eme Flores and Vikky Storm

Death to gender! Freedom to the queers! But gender dies through eating its own tail. Gender is dying already. Its death rattle is upon us, but it still has time to save itself. It is on us to hurry it along to its final end. To speed it on. To make it...

Accelerate.

Walter Rodney's "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa"

Notes on a classic work of dependency theory.

Gabriel Kolko's "The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History 1900–1916"

(See wrightswriting.com for more commentaries on left-wing scholarship.)

Notes on a Marxist history of empiricism

George Novack

A summary of an old critical Marxist history of empiricism.