Marxism

Dr. Charles McKelvey: « Venezuela is a threat to the neocolonial world-system »

Publié le Mis à jour le

Charles-McKelvey

Dr. Charles McKelvey. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen:  You have written a very relevant and important book to understand the Cuban Revolution: The Evolution and Significance of the Cuban Revolution. In the light of your book, can we say that the Cuban revolution was very important for the emancipation not only of the Cuban people but of all the peoples of Latin America?

Dr. Charles McKelvey: I consider the Cuban Revolution to be a paradigmatic Third World Revolution.  It has the dual character that essentially has defined Third World movements and revolutions: (1) an anti-colonial/neocolonial revolution that seeks the liberation of the nation from foreign imperialist domination, and (2) a revolution of social liberation, seeking the transformation of capitalist economic-political-cultural institutions.  Lire la suite »

Publicités

Prof. Martin E. Jay: “We all, alas, live in a war zone now”

Publié le Mis à jour le

martin-e.-jay1

Prof. Martin E. Jay. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote “Marxism and Totality: The Adventures of a Concept from Lukacs to Habermas”. Why, in your opinion, has totality been at the center of the thought of early Marxist philosophers such as Lukács, Korsch, Gramsci and Bloch?

Prof. Martin E. Jay: The category of totality, whose importance for Marxist theory Lukács emphasized in History and Class Consciousness (1923), was introduced to overcome the exaggerated role given to the economy by traditional, Second International Marxism. Although under capitalism, the economy as a distinct sub-sphere of society as a whole did play an exorbitant role, it was never simply a “base” or “substructure” on which a “superstructure” of culture, politics, religion, etc. was entirely dependent. Even more importantly, in the transition away from capitalism, which the theorists you mention hoped was actually happening, the relative autonomy of culture and politics within the totality of social relations would grow. Lire la suite »

Peter Mertens: “There is a counter-power that exists on the world scale as long as the Palestinian people will resist”

Publié le Mis à jour le

Peter Mertens3

Peter Mertens. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of the revival of populist and neo-Nazi movements in Europe in general and in Belgium in particular?

Peter Mertens: After the crisis of overproduction in 1973 and the financial bubble that erupted in 2008 by banks and speculators, we knew very well that the world could only take two directions, either the camp of the establishment itself and therefore of the elite who wanted to go even further and who wanted to install an unlimited capitalism, that is to say without counter-powers, without unions, without communist party, without alternatives, in eliminating the very idea of an alternative, unions and organized labor movements and install a kind of oligarchy, that is, an open dictatorship of capital. On the other hand, we can also see that the alternative movement, that is to say the workers’ movement and the communist forces, the Marxist forces, are seeking their way to remobilize themselves and remobilize the working class in the broad sense of the term. Lire la suite »

Peter Mertens : « Il y a un contre-pouvoir qui existe à l’échelle mondiale tant que le peuple palestinien résistera »

Publié le Mis à jour le

Peter Mertens2

Peter Mertens. DR.

English version here

Por traducir, haga clic derecho sobre el texto

Per tradurre, cliccate a destra sul testo

Um zu übersetzen, klicken Sie rechts auf den Text

Щелкните правой кнопкой мыши на тексте, чтобы перевести

Για να μεταφράσετε, κάντε δεξί κλικ στο κείμενο

Mohsen Abdelmoumen : Que pensez-vous du retour en force des mouvements populistes et néo-nazis en Europe en général et en Belgique en particulier ?

Peter Mertens : Après la crise de surproduction de 1973 et la bulle financière qui a éclaté en 2008 par les banques et par les spéculateurs, on savait très bien que le monde ne pouvait prendre que deux directions, soit le camp de l’establishment même et donc de l’élite qui voulait aller encore plus loin et qui voulait installer un capitalisme sans limite, c’est-à-dire sans contre-pouvoirs, sans syndicats, sans parti communiste, sans alternatives, en éliminant l’idée même d’alternative, de syndicats et de mouvements ouvriers organisés, et installer une sorte d’oligarchie, c’est-à-dire une dictature du capital ouverte. D’un autre côté, on voit aussi que le mouvement alternatif, c’est-à-dire le mouvement ouvrier et les forces communistes, les forces marxistes, sont en train de chercher leur voie pour se remobiliser et remobiliser la classe ouvrière dans le sens large du terme. Lire la suite »

Prof. Mike Davis: “There was once a generation of lions”

Publié le Mis à jour le

Mike_Davis_(scholar)

Prof. Mike Davis. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You call yourself an « old school socialist ». Can you tell us why?

Prof. Mike Davis: Hm, ‘old school Socialist.’  I suppose I’m making three claims.  First, socialism – the belief that the earth belongs to labor – is my moral being.  In fact it is my religion, the values that anchor the commitments that define my life.  Second, ‘old school’ implies putting in work year after year for the good cause.  In academia one runs across people who call themselves Marxists and go to lots of conferences but hardly ever march on a picketline, go to a union meeting, throw a brick or simply help wash the dishes after a benefit.  What’s even worse they deign to teach us the ‘real Marx’but lack the old Moor’s fundamental respect for individual working people and his readiness to become a poor outlaw on their behalf.  Lire la suite »

Louis Proyect: “What is happening in South Africa today and Algeria for decades now is a tragedy.”

Publié le Mis à jour le

Louis Proyect2Louis Proyect. DR.

 

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the decline of the American Left?

Louis Proyect: The left that I joined in 1967 embraced a “Marxist-Leninist” model that led to deeply sectarian concepts and even cult-like tendencies. This was true of both Trotskyist groups, such as the one I belonged to, and Maoist groups. I have written many articles about these problems that can be read at:  http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/organization.htm but would recommend “Lenin in Context” as a good place to start. Lire la suite »

Prof. Harry Targ: « The neoliberals and the neocons are working together to undermine the new Trump administration »

Publié le Mis à jour le

Harry Targ 3

Prof. Harry Targ. D.R.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book « International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle » is for me relevant and especially visionary.In your opinion, what are the most effective tools to fight against the ultra-liberalism and imperialism?

Prof. Harry Targ: That book was written to challenge the dominant discourse among those of us who study international relations. Reigning paradigms—realism, liberalism, and behavioral science—did not address imperialism, dominance, and dependency. The book was written in the early 1980s and reflected my growing engagement with theories of imperialism, particularly Lenin, and dependency, primarily scholar/activists from the Global South such as Walter Rodney, Samir Amin, Andre Gunter Frank, Fernando Cardoso and others. I wanted researchers and teachers of international relations in North America to incorporate these theories into how we looked at the world. Most importantly, I wanted our students to be confronted with ideas about imperialism and dependency, particularly the predominant imperial power of the United States. Lire la suite »