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Slavoj Žižek, un idealista Caballo de Troya

El filósofo Slavoj Žižek es un fenómeno global de la izquierda, Simon Hardy examina algunas de sus ideas
En los últimos quince años el filósofo esloveno Slavoj Žižek ha alcanzado la prominencia en toda Europa y más allá de sus fronteras, como uno de los principales intelectuales de izquierda actualmente vivos. Como escritor prolífico ha producido una montaña de libros, muchos de ellos disfrutados por su estilo enérgico, su ingenio y su tan pregonada capacidad para pasar de un análisis de Ópera Clásica al Capital y luego a las películas de Alfred Hitchcock en unas pocas páginas. Read more...

Can Marxist theory and class struggle avert environmental catastrophe?

Must human progress lead to environmental degradation? The writings of classical Marxism have often been accused of identifying progress with the ceaseless march of industry and production, regardless of its environmental consequences. As Luke Cooper shows, this common misconception could not be more wrong. Marxism not only explains the causes of the current ecological crisis, but also shows how working class struggle can overcome it. A harmonious relation with our natural environment and the development we need to fight global poverty is perfectly possible and necessary. But it means overthrowing global capitalism Read more...

The postmodernist sickness in the anticapitalist movement

Probably the most sophisticated expression of the postmodern theory that has been used to support the idea that the World Social Forum should not organise struggles and should remain merely a space is that of Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra in Portugal. Read more...

Marxist Philosophy

Marxist philosophy can sound complicated, but it is not at all. This article explains some of the basics Read more...

Marxism versus postmodernism

Postmodernism is not yet the dominant form of bourgeois thought. But it is, increasingly, the predominant form of critical academic thought. A Marxist critique of postmodernism has to challenge its intellectual core and uncover its material roots. The aims of this article are: to summarise the theory which underpins postmodernism; to offer a Marxist critique of that theory; and to explain the material roots of its plausibility.\n“The last few years have been marked by an inverted millenarianism in which premonitions of the future, catastrophic or redemptive, have been replaced by the end of this or that (the end of ideology, art or social class, the ‘crisis’ of Leninism, social democracy or the welfare state etc. etc.); taken together, all of these perhaps constitute what is increasingly called postmodernism.”(Frederick Jameson)1 Read more...

Analytical Marxism: Socialism without class struggle

Gil Hyle reviews Analytical Marxism by Tom Mayer
Sage Publications, California, 1994, £12.99 Read more...

Engels 1820-1895: The struggle for scientific socialism

To mark the centenary of the death of Fredrick Engles, Dave Stockton chronicles Marx and Engles' fight for scientific socialism the rank of the early German workers' movement and explains the lasting Read more...

Marxism, psychology and the Bulger case

Since publishing Arthur Merton’s article on the outcome of the James Bulger murder trial Workers’ Power’s letters page has been deluged with responses. We have been able to print only a few of these. Here Jack Tully responds on behalf of the Workers Power Editorial Board Read more...

Ways of thinking: Trotsky on dialectics

Leon Trotsky’s writings are a rich source of advice to activists about how to solve difficult political problems. Keith Harvey draws attention to his insights Read more...

Gramsci and the revolutionary Tradition

An article by Andy Cleminson and Keith Hassell about the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci Read more...

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