As Leon Trotsky once wrote, the revolutionary party is the memory of the working class. It is, it must be, also the memory of the Marxist movement itself. Documents, newspapers, reminiscences, carbon copies are the repositories of this memory.
Dan Katz looks at the social and political background to Tariq Mehmood’s novel While there is light (Carcanet press)
Bruce Robinson reviews Gone Tomorrow — The Hidden Life of Garbage by Heather Rogers, (The New Press, 2005)
In the USA, the most wasteful society in the world, each person throws out two-thirds of a ton of rubbish each year.
Tom Unterrainer reviews Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Volume V: War and Revolution by Hal Draper
Review by Stan Crooke of: “Raising Lazarus from the Dead: The Future of Organised Labour” (David Coats)
The public launch of “Raising Lazarus from the Dead: The Future of Organised Labour” took place shortly before Christmas.
The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories
By Christopher Booker (Continuum)
As the giant ape climbs to his doom in Peter Jackson’s new King Kong, a friend who doesn’t normally cry at movies was sobbing his heart out beside me. And he wasn’t the only one. What is it about this story that has touched audiences for seventy years? Is there something, moreover, which echoes other, older stories? I can imagine – probably there is, somewhere – a cod-Marxist reading: Kong represents the proletariat, its exploitation highlighted by the Depression, murdered by capitalist greed. But I don’t think that would be why my friend was crying. Not that he’s unmoved by the horrors of capitalist greed; but the purely symbolic death of revolutionary hope wouldn’t, I think, be so moving. He (okay, my eyes were moist, too) was touched by something deeper.
David Broder reviews ‘Is it just me or is everything shit?’, by Steve Lowe and former solidarity deputy editor Alan McArthur
Rosalind Robson reviews Insurgent Iraq, Al Zarqawi and the new generation
The politics of Loretta Napoleoni in this book are a bit hard to pin down.
Paul Hampton reviews Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution by Richard Gott (Verso, 2005)
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