The Science and Passion of Communism Book

The Science and Passion of Communism

  • Author : Amadeo Bordiga
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Date : 2020-08-10
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 540
  • ISBN : 9789004421653

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Amadeo Bordiga was one of the greatest figures of the Third Communist International. The Science and Passion of Communism presents his Soviet and internationalist battles in the revolutionary post-WWI period until that against Stalinism, and those in the post-WWII period against the triumphant U.S. capitalism and for an original, updated re-presentation of Marxist critique of political economy.

The Fundamentals for a Marxist Orientation Book

The Fundamentals for a Marxist Orientation

  • Author : Amadeo Bordiga
  • Publisher : Pattern Books
  • Date : 2020-11-30
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN : 9789940154356

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Amadeo Bordiga (1889-1970) was the founder of the Communist Party of Italy, and was one of the leading voices against the Stalinist hegemony of the 20th century left. Bordiga saw the Soviet Union as "state capitalist," and sought to rebuild a "true" Leninism as the basis for a revolutionary party. The Fundamentals for a Marxist Orientation, and Other Writings on Marxist Theory are the essential pieces of Bordiga's writing that demonstrate his strain of Marxism. This collection includes: 1. The Fundamentals for a Marxist Orientation 2. Characteristic Theses of the Party 3. The Fundamentals for a Revolutionary Communism 4. The Original Content of the Communist Program

The Romance of American Communism Book
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The Romance of American Communism

  • Author : Vivian Gornick
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Date : 2020-04-07
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN : 9781788735506

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Writer and critic Vivian Gornick’s long-unavailable classic exploring how Left politics gave depth and meaning to American life “Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class.” So begins Vivian Gornick’s exploration of how the world of socialists, communists, and progressives in the 1940s and 1950s created a rich, diverse world where ordinary men and women felt their lives connected to a larger human project. Now back in print after its initial publication in 1977 and with a new introduction by the author, The Romance of American Communism is a landmark work of new journalism, profiling American Communist Party members and fellow travelers as they joined the Party, lived within its orbit, and left in disillusionment and disappointment as Stalin’s crimes became public.

Marxism and Democracy Book

Marxism and Democracy

  • Author : Joseph V. Femia
  • Publisher : Clarendon Press
  • Date : 1993-06-24
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN : 9780191568619

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The collapse of the Soviet Union would seem to sound the death knell for Marxism as a blueprint for social change. Why has this doctrine - the repository of so many hopes and dreams - failed in its grand ambition to liberate the human race from poverty and oppression? Through a critical and systematic analysis of what Marx and his disciples had to say about democracy, Joseph Femia sheds light on the reasons for this failure.

Revolution  Defeat and Theoretical Underdevelopment Book

Revolution Defeat and Theoretical Underdevelopment

  • Author : Loren Goldner
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Date : 2016-08-01
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 9789004325821

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The historical studies presented here examine four ideologies—Leninism, Trotskyism, anarchism , and anti-imperialism— still with us, if diffusely. They attempt to overcome the legacies of the Second, Third and Fourth Internationals, and of “real existing socialism”, in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.

The Red Flag Book
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The Red Flag

  • Author : David Priestland
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Date : 2016-05-03
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN : 9780802189790

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If you would like a more detailed description of the book, please see the "Table of Contents" section, where there is a short summary of each chapter CONVERSATIONAL DESCRIPTION: This is a book by an Oxford professor that’s been a long time in the making—it’s been under contract for ten years—and that we’re very excited about and have a deep investment in. It’s a big, sweeping, incredibly ambitious book of history that tells the whole story of communism from its origins in the French Revolution with Rousseau and Robespierre all the way up to today in China and Cuba and North Korea and everything in between. We’re going to publish it in November, which is the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, which should give us a good news peg in terms of publicity and reviews. This book has a lot of things going for it but the biggest are probably the way it has a totally epic sweep from the 1700s onward, and its incredible cast of characters, and the way that it gives you the intellectual history of the movement—the idealogical stuff—along with the narrative of what literally happened over hundreds of years—the power struggles, the back-room stuff, the infighting—and the way that Communism affected the big picture of world history. It is reminiscent of Niall Ferguson’s new book The Ascent of Money as well as our book A Splendid Exchange because like those books this is history on a very large canvas that weaves together a lot of different threads—the ideas, the politics, the economics, the military stuff, the cultural stuff—into a compelling narrative. It's also similar to Laurence Wright’s recent book The Looming Tower, which gave you the intellectual roots of Al Qaeda at the same time as it was giving you this amazing human story of what actually happened. The author has done staggering research over the course of a decade and just puts the story together brilliantly. He brings to life Marx and Engels, who are working the intellectual

Manifesto Book
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  • Author : Ernesto Che Guevara
  • Publisher : Ocean Press
  • Date : 2015-04-10
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN : 9780987228338

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“If you are curious and open to the life around you, if you are troubled as to why, how and by whom political power is held and used, if you sense there must be good intellectual reasons for your unease, if your curiosity and openness drive you toward wishing to act with others, to ‘do something,’ you already have much in common with the writers of the three essays in this book.” — Adrienne Rich With a preface by Adrienne Rich, Manifesto presents the radical vision of four famous young rebels: Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto, Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform or Revolution and Che Guevara’s Socialism and Humanity.

The Tailor of Ulm Book

The Tailor of Ulm

  • Author : Lucio Magri
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Date : 2019-08-13
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9781786635556

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The Italian Communist Party was once one of the most powerful and vibrant parties of the West. In this detailed and probing work, Lucio Magri, one of the towering intellectual figures of the Italian Left, assesses the causes for its demise. The PCI survived almost a century of Italian history, from its founding in 1921 to the partisan resistance, the turning point of Salerno in 1944 to the de-Stalinization of 1956, the long '68 to the 'historic compromise,' and to the opportunity-missed forever-of democratic transformation. With rigor and passion, The Tailor of Ulm merges an original and enlightening interpretation of Italian communism with the experience of a militant "heretic" into a riveting read-capable of broadening our insights into contemporary Italy, and the twentieth-century communist experience.

Factors of Race and Nation in Marxist Theory Book

Factors of Race and Nation in Marxist Theory

  • Author : Amadeo Bordiga
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Date : 2020-02-04
  • Category :
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1090488246

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This text is the written report of a meeting on the topic that took place on August 29-30, 1953, in Trieste, and which appeared in issues 16-20 of Il programma comunista ("the communist programme"). At that time the destiny of the "Free Territory" was still uncertain, one of the many political and economic monstrosities of the post-war "settlement" in Europe and the world. The Trieste drama was a small event in the world picture, but nevertheless enormous for those who had to endure it. During the war, Istrian Italians had suffered ethnic cleansing at the hands of Tito's partisans, but this was kept out of mainstream information channels by the Italian Stalinists, who did not want "communism" to be associated with the persecution of ethnic Italians. These sordid contemporary events gave the International Communist Party the opportunity to present fundamental and classical Marxist theses, in a trenchant way, directly antithetical to the deformation operated on them by opportunism; deformations coming either from the Stalinist counter-revolution or from false left groups; all of them unable to appreciate factors such as those of race and nation which, although not belonging to the totality of direct objectives of the communist revolution, are historically present on the path that dialectically leads to it. In this quality, such factors draw the revolution closer and at the same time compete against it in an interplay that Marxism has never ignored; in given times and in definite historical contexts they have their say within the framework of the proletarian strategy of double revolutions. This powerful party text is within the great Marxist tradition of "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" and of "Anti-Dühring", and possesses the same dialectical vigour and sharp sarcasm.

Chinese Village  Socialist State Book
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Chinese Village Socialist State

  • Author : Edward Friedman
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Date : 1991-01-01
  • Category : Social Science
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN : 0300054289

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This portrait of social change in the North China plain depicts how the world of the Chinese peasant evolved during an era of war and how it in turn shaped the revolutionary process. The book is based on evidence gathered from archives and interviews with villagers and rural officials.

The Passing of an Illusion Book

The Passing of an Illusion

  • Author : François Furet
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Date : 1999-06-01
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 600
  • ISBN : 0226273407

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François Furet was acknowledged as the twentieth century's preeminent historian of the French Revolution. But years before his death, he turned his attention to the consequences and aftermath of another critical revolution—the Communist revolution. The result, Le passé d'une illusion, is a penetrating history of the ideological passions that have fueled and characterized the modern era. "This may well be the most illuminating study ever devoted to the question of appeal exerted not only by Communism but also by the Nazi and other fascist varieties of totalitarianism in this century."—Hilton Kramer, New Criterion "A subtle, nuanced but gripping study of the most pervasive and destructive illusion in the 20th century." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "The Passing of an Illusion . . . is both a profound work of intellectual history that takes its place alongside other great studies of the leftist heresy . . . and a relentless diagnosis of the self-subversive risks that are inherent in democratic regimes. "—Roger Kaplan, Washington Times " A remarkable book. . . . Stimulating and challenging. . . . A man widely read in several languages, Furet clearly knew his way around 20th-century Europe, even unto the dark alleys that figure on no existing map. "—Mark Falcoff, Commentary "A history of ideas, this work is not for the faint of heart, yet those who challenge it will discover a signal contribution to the literature of Communism."—Booklist "Imperious and stunningly confident, grand in conception and expansive in manner, packed with fascinating detail and often incisive judgements."—John Dunn, Times Higher Education Supplement "The Passing of an Illusion is brilliant, and one would be hard pressed to find better writing of history than the first chapter, which traces the roots of modern political thinking back to the nineteenth century."—J. Arch Getty, Atlantic Monthly "A brilliant and important book. . . . The publication of the American edition makes a

Fully Automated Luxury Communism Book
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Fully Automated Luxury Communism

  • Author : Aaron Bastani
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Date : 2020-06-16
  • Category : Political Science
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN : 9781786632630

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A different kind of politics for a new kind of society--beyond work, scarcity and capitalism In the twenty-first century, new technologies should liberate us from work. Automation, rather than undermining an economy built on full employment, is instead the path to a world of liberty, luxury and happiness—for everyone. Technological advance will reduce the value of commodities—food, healthcare and housing—towards zero. Improvements in renewable energies will make fossil fuels a thing of the past. Asteroids will be mined for essential minerals. Genetic editing and synthetic biology will prolong life, virtually eliminate disease and provide meat without animals. New horizons beckon. In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology, and establish meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society merely heralds the real beginning of history.

Lenin s Tomb Book
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Lenin s Tomb

  • Author : David Remnick
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 2014-04-02
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN : 9780804173582

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times From the editor of The New Yorker: a riveting account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has become the standard book on the subject. Lenin’s Tomb combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism. Remnick takes us through the tumultuous 75-year period of Communist rule leading up to the collapse and gives us the voices of those who lived through it, from democratic activists to Party members, from anti-Semites to Holocaust survivors, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Sakharov. An extraordinary history of an empire undone, Lenin’s Tomb stands as essential reading for our times.

Continuity and Rupture Book

Continuity and Rupture

  • Author : J. Moufawad-Paul
  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Date : 2016-12-09
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 9781785354779

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A philosophical examination of the theoretical terrain of contemporary Maoism premised on the counter-intuitive assumption that Maoism did not emerge as a coherent theory until the end of the 1980s.

Hammer and Hoe Book
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Hammer and Hoe

  • Author : Robin D. G. Kelley
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Date : 2015-08-03
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN : 9781469625492

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A groundbreaking contribution to the history of the "long Civil Rights movement," Hammer and Hoe tells the story of how, during the 1930s and 40s, Communists took on Alabama's repressive, racist police state to fight for economic justice, civil and political rights, and racial equality. The Alabama Communist Party was made up of working people without a Euro-American radical political tradition: devoutly religious and semiliterate black laborers and sharecroppers, and a handful of whites, including unemployed industrial workers, housewives, youth, and renegade liberals. In this book, Robin D. G. Kelley reveals how the experiences and identities of these people from Alabama's farms, factories, mines, kitchens, and city streets shaped the Party's tactics and unique political culture. The result was a remarkably resilient movement forged in a racist world that had little tolerance for radicals. After discussing the book's origins and impact in a new preface written for this twenty-fifth-anniversary edition, Kelley reflects on what a militantly antiracist, radical movement in the heart of Dixie might teach contemporary social movements confronting rampant inequality, police violence, mass incarceration, and neoliberalism.