Theory and Analysis

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Against Post-Modernism: A Marxist Critique
Callinocos, Alex
Book
1982
Callinocos argues that the relativism preached by post-modernists leaves us with no objective criteria by which to reject those who would falsify the past.
Bound By Power: Intended Consequences
Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.)
Book
These essays focus on how power and ideology work within society. Interviews are with Noam Chomsky, Linda McQuaig, Robert Bertuzzi and others. They speak to the issues of the understanding of power an...
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Chomsky on Post-Modernism
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1995
What I find in the writings of the post-modernists is extremely pretentious, but on examination, a lot of it is simply illiterate, based on extraordinary misreading of texts that I know well (sometime...
The C. L. R. James Reader
James, C. L. R.; Grimshaw, Anna (eds.)
Book
Critical Theory
Horkheimer, Max
Book
1968
Essays by the founder of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt.
Deeply Re-examining Marxism
Smith, Cyril
Article
1998
Having just read Michael Lowy's “The Centrality of Self-emancipation for a Critical Marxism”, I agree strongly with many of Lowy's remarks about the next steps for those who consider themselves to be ...
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Ernest Mandel's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 93
Wainer, Kit Adam
Article
2001
Ernest Mandel was perhaps the best known revolutionary Marxist of the second half of the twentieth century. As an activist and leader of the Fourth International for most of his adult life, Mandel bec...
Essays on Marx's Theory of Value
Rubin, Issak Illich
Book
1928
A discussion of concepts at the root of Marxism: the theory of value and commodity fetishism.
The Expo Files: Articles by the Crusading Journalist
Larsson, Stieg
Book
2012
Collected here for the first time are Stieg Larsson's essays and articles on right-wing extremism and racism, on violence against women and women's rights, on homophobia and honour killings.
Four Books on Hegemony and Resistance: Against The Current vol. 120
Vandermeer, John
Article
2006
There are times when a key analysis has a wakeup effect. The last year saw the publication of four books that together have a potential of such an event, at least for those U.S. citizens who are motiv...
Global Crisis and Opportunity: Against The Current vol. 134
Terrall, Ben
Article
2008
Ben Terrall interviews Mike Davis. Mike Davis is a veteran writer and activist who cut his progressive teeth in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. He has worked as a meat cutter, long-dista...
Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001: Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95
Fletcher, Bill Jr.
Article
2001
For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard ...
Gramsci's Marxism
Boggs, Carl
Book
1976
Carl Boggs introduces Gramsci as one of the first marxist theorists to grapple with the problems of revolutionary change in advanced capitalist society and as the first to identify the importance of t...
Introduction to the Red Menace
Article
1976
An introduction to, and the mission statement of, the libertarian socialist publication, The Red Menace.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
Marx Myths & Legends
Website
A critical reading of the work of Karl Marx now requires us to lay to one side the myths and legends which have obscured his ideas over the past one hundred and twenty years- distortions and misinterp...
Marx, theoretician of anarchism
Rubel, Maximilien
Article
1973
Under the name communism, Marx developed a theory of anarchism; and further, in fact it was he who was the first to provide a rational basis for the anarchist utopia and to put forward a project for a...
The Myth of the Labor Aristocracy, Part 1: Against The Current vol. 123
Post, Charles
Article
2006
The persistence of reformism and outright conservatism among workers, especially in the imperialist centers of North America, Western Europe and Japan, has long confounded revolutionary socialists. Th...
Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Taylor, Astra; Gessen, Keith (eds)
Book
2011
An unofficial record of the New York branch of the Occupy movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and...
On Criticizing Marx
Haberkern, Ernest
Article
1998
MICHAEL LOWY'S ARTICLE in ATC 71 was titled “For a Critical Marxism.”This is obviously a misprint. The original title could only have been “Where Marx Went Wrong.”
On Marxism and Method
Glaberman, Martin
Article
1998
Martin Glaberman writes that the essay by Michael Lowy, "For A Critical Marxism," provides a useful beginning for discussion. His subtitle, “The Centrality of Self-Emancipation,”is an important depart...
The Phenomenology of Mind
Hegel, G.W.F.
Book
1807
The birthplace and essence of Hegel's dialectic.
Postmodernism: Paralysed by postmodernism
Kitching, Gavin
Article
2008
A great deal of "theory" in the humanities and social sciences -- and not just postmodern theory -- involves the creating of a kind of conceptual landscape filled with curious kinds of abstract object...
A Response on "Critical Marxism"
Lowy, Michael
Article
1998
Lowy writes "I'm very happy that my article provoked debate among readers of Against the Current. Several of the remarks seem to me very relevant and I'll try to answer at least some of them."
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
A Slice of Socialist History: Against The Current vol. 121
Fried, Frank; Rodney, Lester
Article
2006
The following correspondence sheds light on a lesser-known period in U.S. socialist history during the 1950s. Frank Fried was a member of the Socialist Union, led by Bert Cochran, following the “Cochr...
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
The Socialist Register 1968: Volume 5: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1968
Theory & Practice: A polemic against Comrade Kautsky's theory of the Mass Strike
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1910
Rosa Luxemburg confronts Karl Kautsky on the crucial questions of the General Mass Strike and on the relationship of spontaneity to organization, as well as on the unity of theory and practice. This c...
The Tradition of Scientific Marxism
Holloway, John
Article
2002
John Holloway challenges the myth that Marx promoted a "scientific socialism" in the positivistic understanding of "science" and insists rather on the "negative" and critical aspects of science. For H...
The Trouble with Theory: The Educational Costs of Postmodernism
Kitching, Gavin
Book
2008
Postmodern theory has engaged the hearts and heads of the brightest students because of its apparent political and social radicalism. Yet Kitching writes: "At the heart of postmodernism is very poor, ...
The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin
Howard, Dick, Klare, Karl E.
Book
1972
The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Mar...
The Weapon of Theory
Cabral, Amilcar
Article
1956
Address delivered to the first Tricontinental Conference of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America held in Havana in January, 1966.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical Theory
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej
Book
2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers readers an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Staughton Lynd and Andrej Grubacic meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Mar...
Yes, But What Are You For?: Occupy Wall Street and its Evil Twin, the Tea Party
Frank, Thomas
Article
2013
Reading all the accounts of Occupy Wall Street’s theorising in Zuccotti Park can send you to sleep: all academic prose and no real world action or demands. They also make explicit Occupy’s resemblance...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Arusha Cross-Cultural Centre
Stimulate reflection and action by Canadians to promote equitable development of peoples at home and abroad, and communication and understanding among people of different cultures.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Committee of Canadian Labour History
Promotes the study of Canadian workers and their contribution to Canadian History. It publishes Labour/Le Travail and occasional books.
Canadian Environmental Network
The Canadian Environmental Network is a neutral conduit for communications between 1500+ environmental groups in Canada. Nine regional networks also provide more regionally based networking services.
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Labour Capital & Society
An interdisciplinary, bilingual, refereed journal on labour issues concerning the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Red Menace, The
The online archive of the libertarian socialist newsletter The Red Menace. Articles on socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, h...
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Studies in Political Economy: A Socialist Review
Studies in Political Economy is an interdisciplinary journal committed to the publication of original work in the various traditions of socialist political economy. Researchers and analysts within the...
This Magazine
This Magazine tells you what's happening and why. News across Canada, award-winning investigations, columnists, fiction, poetry, comics, more!

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Improbable Research
What is Improbable Research? Improbable research is research that makes people laugh and then think. Improbable Research is the name of our organization. We collect (and sometimes conduct) improbable research. We publish a magaz...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Against Theory: Literary Studies and the New Pragmatism
Mitchell, W. J. T.
1985
"Against Theory," the title essay in this volume, challenges the notion that literary theory has any real work to do, or any results to show. This challenge—issued by Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Mich...
The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies
Kolker, Robert (ed.)
2008
Examines film and new media in the light of their convergence. Draws on leading scholars in the field to discuss traditional areas of history and theory of film and digital media. Its focus is on the ...

From the Connexions Archives

Bureau of Public Secrets
Website
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...