From Marx to Gramsci: A Reader in Revolutionary Marxist Politics

From Marx to Gramsci: A Reader in Revolutionary Marxist Politics

by Paul Le Blanc
     
 

ISBN-10: 0391039601

ISBN-13: 9780391039605

Pub. Date: 05/01/1996

Publisher: BRILL

The readings collected here - of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Antonio Gramsci - reflect the experience of the labor, socialist, and communist movements that did so much to shape modern history. A dedication only working-class revolution gives coherence to the influential, philosophical, economic, sociological,…  See more details below

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The readings collected here - of Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Antonio Gramsci - reflect the experience of the labor, socialist, and communist movements that did so much to shape modern history. A dedication only working-class revolution gives coherence to the influential, philosophical, economic, sociological, and historical works of these writers. Key political concepts emerge from the vibrant selections offered in this reader: working-class independence, class consciousness, trade unionism, a labor party, international solidarity, revolution vs. reformism, the relation of democracy to socialism, the vanguard party, permanent revolution, the working-class struggle for cultural hegemony, and more. Never before have substantial political works by these authors been brought together a single volume. Paul Le Blanc's introductory essay probes the structure and dynamics of Marxism as a political orientation, tracing connections among components that can be found in the readings: the theory of capitalist development, the theory of the labor movement, the strategy of revolution, the conception of the transition to socialism. Others identified with the Marxist tradition - such as Plekhanov, Kautsky, Stalin, Mao - are also discussed, and attention is given to perspectives of such varied critics of Marxism as Sidney Hook, Bertram D. Wolfe, James Burnham, Daniel Bell, Robert Heilbroner, and C. Wright Mills. Historical reflections are blended with discussion of the durability of capitalism, the disappointment of hopes for workers' revolution, the "collapse of communism," issues of race and gender, the environment, and challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780391039605
Publisher:
BRILL
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
512

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Introduction to Revolutionary Marxist Politics
1The Revolutionary Marxist Synthesis2
2Theory of Capitalist Development24
3Theory of the Labor Movement44
4The Strategy of Revolution67
5The Conception of the Transition to Socialism83
6Does Revolutionary Marxism Have a Future?100
Pt. 2Readings, From Marx to Gramsci
Marx and Engels
Reading #1Manifesto of the Communist Party127
Reading #2"Marx's Capital"146
Reading #3"Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen's Association"152
Reading #4"The Hague Congress of the IWA"159
Luxemberg
Reading #5"Stagnation and Progress of Marxism"163
Reading #6"Reform or Revolution?"168
Reading #7"Mass Strike, Political Party and Trade Union"183
Reading #8"On Imperialism"190
Reading #9"Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle"192
Lenin
Reading #10"The Urgent Tasks of Our Movement"201
Reading #11"The Revolutionary Proletariat and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination"205
Reading #12"The State"208
Reading #13"Letters from Afar"222
Trotsky
Reading #14"In Defense of the Russian Revolution"239
Reading #15The Revolution Betrayed260
Reading #16"The USSR and the Problems of the Transitional Epoch"263
Reading #17"Letter to the Workers of the USSR"265
Reading #18"What Next? Vital Questions for the German Proletariat"268
Reading #19"The Transitional Program"272
Gramsci
Reading #20"Real Dialectics"284
Reading #21"What Is to Be Done?"285
Reading #22"Leader"288
Reading #23"Once Again on the Organic Capacities of the Working Class"291
Reading #24Prison Notebooks: "The Modern Prince"295
Reading #25Prison Notebooks: "State and Civil Society"315
Annotated Bibliography323
Index341

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