Problems of Everyday Life
And Other Writings On Culture & Science

Trotsky, Leon
Publisher:  Monad Press, New York, USA
Year Published:  1973   First Published: 
Pages:  352pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7582

The focus of this book is the impact of the Russian Revolution of the culture life of the country -- and conversely, the effect of the country's cultural backwardness on the course of the revolution. Among the topics discussed are religion, communications media, language, education, science, industry, cinema, marriage, the position of women, child care, "proletarian" literature, art, philoosphy, primitive rural conditions, the dangers of overspecialization and bureaucracy.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

I. PROBLEMS OF HISTORY AND CULTURE

1. The Intellectuals
Introduction
The Formation of the Intellectuals
The Different Position of urban and Rural-Type Intellectuals

2. On Education
Introduction
The Organisation of Education and Culture
In Search of the Educational principle

3. Notes on Italian History
Introduction
History of the Subaltern Classes: Methodological Criteria
The Problem of Political Leadership in the Formation and Development of the Nation and the modern State in Italy
The City-Countryside Relationship
The Moderates and the Intellectuals
The Function of Piedmont
The Concept of Passive Revolution
First Epilogue
Material for a Critical Essay on Croce's Two Histories
The History of Europe seen as "Passive Revolution"

II NOTES ON POLITICS

1. The Modern Prince
Introduction
Brief Notes on Machiavelli's Politics
Machiavelli and Marx
Politics as an Autonomous Science
Elements of Politics
The Political party
Conceptions of the World and Practical Stances
Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Economism
Prediction and Perspective
Economic-Corporate Phase of the State
Analysis of Situation. Relations of Force
On Bureaucracy
The Theorem of Fixed Proportions
Number and Quality in Representative Systems of Government
Continuity and Tradition
Spontaneity and Conscious Leadership
Against Byzantinism
The Collective Worker
Voluntarism and Social Masses

2. State and Civil Society
Introduction
Political Parties in Periods of Organic Crisis
Caesarism
The Fable of the Beaver
Agitation and Propaganda
The "Philosophy of "Epoch"
Political Struggle and Military War
The Transition from the War of Manoeuvre (Frontal Attack) to the War of Position
Politics and Military Science
Internationalism and National Policy
Problems of the "Collective Man" or of "Social Conformism"
Sociology and Political Science
Hegemony (Civil Society) and Separation of Powers
The Conception of Law
Parliament and the State
Self-criticism and the Hypocrisy of Self-criticism
The State
Organisation of National Societies
Who is a Legislator?
Religion, State, Party
State and Parties
Statolatry
"Merits" of the Ruling Classes
Historical Belles-Letters
"Subversive"
"Wave of Materialism" and Crisis of Authority"

3. Americanism and Fordism
Introduction
Americanism and Fordism
Rationalisation and the Demographic Composition of Europe
Super-City and Super-Country
Financial Autarky of Industry
Some Aspects of the Sexual Question
Feminism and "Masculinism"
"Animality" and Industrialism
Rationalisation of Production and Work
Taylor and Americanism
Quantity and Quality
Taylorism and Mechanisation of the Worker
High Wages
Shares, Debentures and government Bonds
American and European Civilisation

III. THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAXIS

1. The Study of Philosophy
Introduction
Some Preliminary Points of Reference
Problems of Philosophy and History

2. Problems of Marxism
Introduction
Some Problems in the Study of the Philosophy of Praxis
Critical Notes on an Attempt at Popular Sociology

INDEX

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