Catalyst Journal Volume 1 Number 2 out now!

Contents:   Mike Davis – Old Gods, New Enigmas: Notes on Historical Agency Dylan Riley – Bourdieu’s Class Theory: The Academic as Revolutionary Kim Moody – The New Terrain of Class Conflict in the US Sam Ashman, Zachary Levenson &Trevor Ngwane – South Africa’s ANC: The Beginning of the End? Daniel Finn – Irish Politics…

Richard Seymour – Does David Roediger disagree with Ellen Meiksins Wood?

“How does race relate to class in capitalism? Is it intrinsic and essential to the reproduction of capital, or merely an accidental feature of particular capitals? In this recent essay by Richard Seymour, and originally published on his Patreon, Seymour considers a debate within Marxism on the relationship between class, race and capitalism.”   https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3321-does-david-roediger-disagree-with-ellen-meiksins-wood

Announcing Catalyst

Jacobin is launching Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy. Edited by Robert Brenner and Vivek Chibber. First issue out now! Contents: Vivek Chibber: Rescuing Class from the Cultural Turn. Mike Davis: The Great God Trump and the White Working Class. Cedric Johnson: The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now. Nivedita Majumdar: Silencing the Subaltern. Joshua…

Charles Post – The Roots of Trumpism

Charles Post – The Roots of Trumpism   Donald Trump’s nomination and election is the most recent chapter in an ongoing leadership struggle that began in the aftermath of the global recession and the 2008 Democratic electoral victory. Capital successfully beat back the first wave of middle-class radicalism in the Republican Party—the Tea Party—during the…

“The Republicans Have Been Trumped” by Charlie Post

“For over eighty years, the reformist left in the United States has sought to transform one of the capitalist parties into a “people’s” party. Both the Communist Party’s popular front strategy and the social-democratic strategy of “realignment” (formulated by the brilliant ex-Marxist Max Shachtman) sought to transform the Democratic Party. The Democrats, through the 1950s,…

Notice of New Book – “The Social History of Agriculture” by Christopher Isett and Stephen Miller, published October 2016

“This innovative text provides a compelling narrative world history through the lens of food and farmers. Tracing the world history of agriculture from earliest times to the present, Christopher Isett and Stephen Miller argue that people, rather than markets, have been the primary agents of agricultural change. Exploring the actions taken by individuals and groups…

“Markets in the Next System” – Jesse A. Myserson

“In her seminal work “The Origin of Capitalism,” the late scholar Ellen Meiksins Wood took on the credo that “capitalism emerged when the market was liberated from age-old constraints and when, for one reason or another, opportunities for trade expanded.” Schoolchildren in the US are commonly taught to conceive of the broad variety of political-economic…

The Meaning of Marxism – Gopal Balakrishnan interview

“My version of an early and a late Marx can be traced to the account that Robert Brenner presents of two stories of the origins of capitalism in Marx. There’s an earlier account in which bourgeois society arose out of the spread of commerce from its modest medieval beginnings. In his later work Marx develops…

Charles Post – The Republicans’ Trump Problem

“The Republican Party has a problem. At the time I am writing (March 24, 2016), Donald Trump enjoys a clear lead in the race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. With nearly 60% (739) of the 1,237 delegates required for the nomination, more than both of his remaining opponents, Ted Cruz of Texas (465) and…