By Karl Marx
By Karl Marx
By Shari J. Cohen
By Paul Brooker
In the past due Eighties and early Nineties, as democratic events swept around the globe, yes dictatorial regimes held quick in contrast ancient tide. As a lot of japanese Europe emerged after many years of communist rule, dictators in China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Iran preserve a company snatch on their energy. How have those rulers remained so stable?
Illustrating how overt defiance of exterior army or political foes has been hired with lasting luck to shore up energy, Paul Brooker examines the political constructions of those 8 dictatorships as a method of explaining their toughness. An instructive and unique survey, Defiant Dictatorships lines rulers and international locations remarkably unaffected by means of the sunrise of the democratic age.
The proposal of socialism has given normative grounding and orientation to the outrage over capitalism for greater than a hundred and fifty years, and but at the present time it sort of feels to have misplaced a lot of its charm. regardless of becoming discontent, many could hesitate to invoke socialism in terms of envisioning lifestyles past capitalism. How will we clarify the speedy decline of this as soon as strong proposal? And what needs to we do to resume it for the twenty-first century?
In this lucid political-philosophical essay, Axel Honneth argues that the belief of socialism has misplaced its luster simply because its theoretical assumptions stem from the commercial period and aren't any longer convincing in our modern post-industrial societies. provided that we be ready to change those assumptions with an idea of background and society that corresponds to our present reports can we manage to repair self belief in a venture whose primary suggestion continues to be as appropriate this present day because it used to be a century in the past Ð the belief of an financial system that realizes freedom in solidarity.
The notion of Socialism was once provided the Bruno-Kreisky-Prize for the Political booklet of 2015.
Within the twenty years following the defeat of the 3rd Reich, East Germany used to be reworked from a war-ravaged profession area into an obvious version of Soviet variety socialism. in line with huge archival study, this ebook explores the development of socialism in East Germany now not from the normal viewpoint of the get together and kingdom gurus. It additionally examines the impression this had on the grassroots point, the place styles of well known opinion, social and cultural continuities from the pre-communist previous and the divided loyalties of neighborhood functionaries performed a vital function in shaping the face of genuine current socialism.
By Mary Davis
'Offers a resounding review of Pankhurst's position in Marxist politics after 1918.' historical past this present day In an extended and lively lifestyles (1882-1960), Sylvia Pankhurst used to be a tireless activist for quite a few radical motives, together with women's suffrage, labour stream and foreign team spirit campaigns. She made pioneering contributions to gender and sophistication politics, innovative communist politics and the struggles opposed to imperialism, racism and fascism. additionally, Pankhurst based and edited 4 newspapers, and wrote and released twenty-two books, and various pamphlets and articles. during this biography, Mary Davis presents a much-needed reappraisal of a lady whose contribution to a wide selection of factors is just too usually marginalised or neglected, no matter if because the organization of the 1st black journalist in Britain - the activist and author Claude McKay - or as an early campaigner for pan-Africanism. Pankhurst's altering affiliations and commitments - from her early suffragette actions, notwithstanding her involvement with disenfranchised and impoverished ladies in London's East finish, to her passionate include of the Soviet revolution, the reason for communism around the globe and the struggle opposed to imperialism and fascism - replicate the heritage of radical politics within the 20th century. Mary Davis's lucid and available account of Pankhurst's political lifestyles restores a impressive lady to her rightful position in twentieth-century background.
By Peter Marcuse
This learn explores the meanings ascribed to sexual distinction within the theories of Charles Fourier, the Saint-Simonians and plant life Tristan. Their inspiration of 'the female' as an ethical strength justified quite a lot of social roles for ladies. additionally, 'the female' turned a logo of the concord and co-operation envisaged for the long run. The learn indicates that, whereas those socialists challenged modern sex-role definitions, the hot differences which they created however circumscribed the chances for woman 'liberty'.
By Paul R. Josephson
After traveling Russia in 1921, the journalist Lincoln Steffens famously declared, "I have visible the long run, and it works." Steffens stated the social scan of technological utopianism he present in the Soviet Union, the place subway autos and farm tractors might hold the employee and peasant―figuratively and literally―into the 20 th century. Believing that socialism and know-how jointly created a courageous new global, Boleslaw Bierut of Poland and Kim Il Sung of North Korea―and different leaders―joined Russia’s Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky in embracing immense know-how with a verve and conviction that rivaled the western world's.
Paul R. Josephson right here explores those utopian visions of technology―and their unanticipated human and environmental charges. He examines the function of know-how in communist plans and rules and the interaction among ideology and technological improvement. He indicates that whereas expertise was once an emblem of regime legitimacy and an engine of growth, the alterations it spurred weren't unequivocally optimistic. rather than attaining a worker’s paradise, socialist applied sciences uncovered the proletariat to harmful equipment and lethal toxins; instead of liberating ladies from exploitation in kinfolk and hard work, they mockingly created for them the dual―and exhausting―burdens of mom and employee. the long run didn't paintings.
The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 marked the tip of communism’s self-proclaimed wonderful quest to "reach and surpass" the West. Josephson’s fascinating research of ways expertise either helped and hindered this attempt asks new and critical questions about the an important matters inextricably associated with the improvement and diffusion of know-how in any sociopolitical system.