State Capitalism & World Revolution

Written in collaboration with Raya Dunayevskaya Grace Lee, this is another pioneering critique of Lenin and Trotsky, and reclamation of Marx, from the West Indian scholar and activist This edition includes the original introduction from Martin Glaberman, a new introduction from Paul Buhle, and one from the author himself Two generations ago, CLR James and a small cWritten in collaboration with Raya Dunayevskaya Grace Lee, this is another pioneering critique of Lenin and Trotsky, and reclamation of Marx, from the West Indian scholar and activist This edition includes the original introduction from Martin Glaberman, a new introduction from Paul Buhle, and one from the author himself Two generations ago, CLR James and a small circle of collaborators set forth a revolutionary critique of industrial civilization Their vision possessed a striking originality So insular was the political context of their theoretical breakthroughs, however, and so thoroughly did their optimistic expectations for working class activity defy trends away from class and social issues to the so called End Of Ideology , that the documents of the signal effort never reached public view Happily, times have changed Readers have discovered much, even after all these years, to challenge Marxist or any other orthodoxy They will never find a succinct version of James general conclusions that State Capitalism and World Revolution In this slim volume, James and his comrades successfully predict the future course of Marxism Paul Buhle, from his Introduction When one looks back over the last 20 years to those men who were most far sighted, who first began to tease out the muddle of ideology in our times, who were at the same time Marxists with a hard theoretical basis, and close students of society, humanists with a tremendous response to and understanding of human culture, Comrade James is one of the first one thinks of E P Thompson
State Capitalism World Revolution Written in collaboration with Raya Dunayevskaya Grace Lee this is another pioneering critique of Lenin and Trotsky and reclamation of Marx from the West Indian scholar and activist This edition inc

  • Title: State Capitalism & World Revolution
  • Author: C.L.R. James Paul M. Buhle Raya Dunayevskaya Grace Lee
  • ISBN: 9780882860794
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “State Capitalism & World Revolution”

    1. While I am a big fan of James, I was not a big fan of this book. James can't seem to find it in himself to ever, in this book, criticize Lenin. He lays the blame always with Stalin. Stalin was a bad man, but everything didn't just start with him. The seeds, and more, for the development of state capitalism, for one party rule by a vanguard party, for the continued oppression of the working class in the so called workers state, for the development of a strong centralized "Soviet" state and more w [...]

    2. CLR James wonderful critique and (perhaps) departure from more orthodox Trotskyism. This book is steeped in the sometimes esoteric splits among the Trotskyist, but is still worth while as a peak into the discourse between those who follow Trotsky's opposition to Stalinism, but also See Trotsky as failing to really overcome Stalinism in the end. The more important aspect from my perspectives were the almost anarchist leanings presented throughout the book--the trouble is that he attributes these [...]

    3. It's a short book, at just over 100 pages, but a very solid critique of Stalinism & the State Capitalism of his government in Russia that was "Socialist" in name only. James breaks down quickly different parts of what the government in Russia actually was under Stalin. He takes critics to task who did not see it as State Capitalism & thus missed important things in their critiques. State Capitalism is but the other side of the coin in regards to how Capitalism functions I'm the U.S. Focu [...]

    4. I read this in a few days and every bit of Marxist theory helps prepare me for actually reading more of Marx. Well, I also read Grace Lee Boggs autobiography and so I know more the context of this left tendency. And I've heard CLR lays down some solid writing elsewhere--all reasons to read it. Ok OK. basically, I'm reading Marcus Rediker's The Slave Ship and needed something to break it up a little to process what I was reading. That's why I read this book.So, now that you know the why, how was [...]

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