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Klaus Dorre, Stephan Lessenich, and Hartmut Rosa, Sociology, Capitalism, Critique

(New York: Verso Press, 2015), 342 pp., $24.95. As sociology became further embedded in the academy, the production of knowledge became increasingly bureaucratized and professionalized. In The Sociological Imagination (1959), C. Wright Mills argued that the field was in danger … Continue reading

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Introduction: Overview of Cuban Political Institutions1

By Peter Roman Cuba’s Organs of People’s Power (OPP) function at three levels: municipal, provincial and national. There are 168 municipal assemblies. The City of Havana, because of its size, is divided into several municipalities, with the city as a … Continue reading

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Stanley Aronowitz, The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement

(New York: Verso, 2014), 192 pp., $26.95. Stanley Aronowitz’s critique of American labor unions is searing without being cynical. The reversal of the natural order of life and death in the title indicates that his is not a deathwatch, not … Continue reading

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Lucia Pradella, Globalisation and the Critique of Political Economy: New insights from Marx’s writings

(New York: Routledge, 2015), 218 pp., hardcover, $155 While many heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union as the final nail in the coffin for Marxist thought, the ascendance of neoliberal globalization has given new life to Marx’s economic analysis. … Continue reading

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Kristin Ross, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune

(Verso 2015) 148 pages, $23.95 Familiar to socialists, anarchists, and other radicals is the historical significance of the Paris Commune. Beginning in March 1871 and lasting only a couple of months, the Commune gave the first glimpse of how the … Continue reading

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Tamás Krausz, Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography, trans. Balint Bethlenfalvy with Mario Fenyo

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015), 552 pp., $34 It is no easy task that Tamás Krausz has set himself in Reconstructing Lenin. However, the editor of Eszmelet (the only Marxist theoretical and political quarterly in Hungary) demonstrates himself to … Continue reading

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Seamus O’Malley, Making History New: Modernism and Historical Narrative

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 296 pp., $53. Seamus O’Malley’s Making History New seeks to insert modernism into the story of the historical novel. “Criticism of the postmodern historical novel,” O’Malley argues, “has been eager to cast modernism as averse … Continue reading

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WHAT WAS IT ANYWAY?

Sean Matgamma (ed.), The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: Debates, essays and confrontations of post-Trotsky (London: Workers Liberty, 2015), 780 pp., $30. Not so many decades ago, Susan Sontag pronounced Communism to be “successful fascism,” presumably a system that would endure … Continue reading

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Opening All of the Windows

Randy Martin, ed. The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics (London: Routledge, 2015), 348 pp., $240. Randy Martin, a professor at New York University who founded and chaired the program in Arts Politics, died on January 28, 2015. The Routledge … Continue reading

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Paul Le Blanc, Leon Trotsky (London: Reaktion Books, 2015), 220 pp., $16.95.

Few historical figures are as complex, perhaps even as seemingly contradictory, as Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky. The man with two names was born Jewish but, according to his most accomplished biographer, Isaac Deutscher, epitomized the non-Jewish … Continue reading

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