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Revolutionary Crisis, Lenin today, and Daniel Bensaïd (‘Leaps, Leaps, Leaps’ essay excerpt)

“The revolutionary crisis appears as the critical moment of the possible resolution, where theory becomes strategy: ‘History in general and more particularly the history of revolutions is always richer in its content, more varied, more many-sided, more alive, more ingenious … Continue reading

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Marx on what characterized the dawn of capitalism

“The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the indigenous population of that continent, the beginnings of the conquest and plunder of India, and the conversion of Africa into a preserve for … Continue reading

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Daniel Singer’s advice to young radicals

  “Don’t run, young comrades. Don’t climb onto exposed barricades just to be shot at. Watch your step, because the ground is full of pitfalls. For you, workers in industry, some traps will be dressed up as “truly revolutionary.” For … Continue reading

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Ellen Meiksins Wood makes the case for the centrality of class struggle in any analysis of emancipatory politics and human emancipation. Check it: “Capitalism is uniquely indifferent to the social identity of the people it exploits. Unlike previous modes of production, its … Continue reading

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May 1968

“No revolution, yet many symptoms of one. Whoever, living through those days in France, dared to stick his neck outside the safety of his room has plenty to see and to learn. It was not just a question of barricades, … Continue reading

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Do what you love mantra: Capitalist optimism in hindsight.

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it’s critical to ask, “Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like non-work?” “Why should workers feel as … Continue reading

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