I am writing with some brief, partial notes from our discussion at UChicago at yesterday’s (Sun. 3/8/09) reading group, on several essays from Georg Lukacs’s 1923 book History and Class Consciousness. I want to emphasize and discuss in particular a couple of passages, from the (original, 1922) Preface, and the essay “What is Orthodox Marxism?” […]Chris Cutrone | 0 comments | Continued
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I am writing with some notes and suggestions on Lenin’s What is to be done? (1902). I’d like to start with a quotation from Lenin’s first footnote, in the chapter “Dogmatism and Freedom of Criticism:” “At the present time (as is now evident), the English Fabians, the French Ministerialists, the German Bernsteinians, and the Russian […]Chris Cutrone | 0 comments | Continued
” ‘[Humanity] always sets itself only such problems as it can solve; since, looking at the matter more closely it will always be found that the problem itself arises only when the material conditions for its solution are already present or are at least understood to be in the process of emergence’ [Marx, Preface to […]Chris Cutrone | 2 comments | Continued
Chris Cutrone [Español] [Ελληνικό] [Deutsch] [The following is a talk given at the Marxist-Humanist Committee public forum on The Crisis in Marxist Thought, hosted by the Platypus Affiliated Society in Chicago on Friday, July 25, 2008.] I want to speak about the meaning of history for any purportedly Marxian Left. We in Platypus focus on […]Platypus Review editor | 7 comments | Continued
“The Left is Dead! — Long Live the Left!” Chris Cutrone “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” — Karl Marx, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852) “The theorist who intervenes in practical controversies nowadays discovers on a regular basis and to his shame that […]Platypus Review editor | 1 comment | Continued