Philosophers with no clothes: A Review of ‘The War Against Marxism’ | MR Online

We have been critical of Marxism here but this is not the same as what we see in this book which, however, has some important issues. The question of the Frankfurt school is hard to resolve but as a critic of Marxism I include the Frankfurt school in the general critique. We have cited a quotation from the MR article: it is as obscurantist as anything in the Frankfurt Group. The discussion of the commodification of labor is both profound and yet sophistical. Who can understand a Marxism based on these abstractions of the Marx canon, always subjected to the confusions inherited from the Marx era. If the point however is to challenge the failure to focus on the working class, OK. But in general, Marxism doesn’t make any sense. Is the paragraph below of much help to the working class? It is very hard to know what the core of Marxism is really about. A kind of fetishism of Marx arcana seems to reign over the practical tasks of bringing about socialism. The commodification of labor is a crucial point of discussion but these renderings end up creating a peculiar metaphysics that is impossible to resolve, or for that matter even understand. And the psychology emerging from Marx is at best plain scientism, unable to resolve itself to an account of consciousness. In any case the capitalist system remains in place. A new start is needed:

We have proposed instead to simply ditch Marxism and start over beyond its theoretical confusions but also to be able to consider its class focus on class, ideology. Without complicated theory. Once we do that we can certainly put Marx in a larger perspective of the challenge to emerging capitalism of the early socialists whose work Marx annexed to a system that is flawed. We have created a recipe approach instead of theory. And we can see via a new approach to history as in the eonic model that the general understanding of evolution and history both is fallacious theory. Continue reading “Philosophers with no clothes: A Review of ‘The War Against Marxism’ | MR Online”

Labour in 1950: betrayal is inherent in reformism

The following article was published in 1981, shortly after the opening of the so-called Cabinet Papers for 1950. These documents revealed the extent to which the post-war Labour government, so-often heralded by reformists as ‘real socialism in action’, was obsessed with routing communists and radicals out of the party

Source: Labour in 1950: betrayal is inherent in reformism

Happy Striketober. Let’s Restore the Legal Right to Strike. 

The United States is experiencing a wave of worker militancy and a White House administration that actually wants to take concrete actions to defend and grow labor unions. That strange sensation you’re feeling is optimism about labor’s prospects, reflected in the giddiness of #Striketober. Let’s take this opportunity to restore the legal right to strike.

Source: Happy Striketober. Let’s Restore the Legal Right to Strike. | Portside

Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Paved the Way for Donald Trump’s America | Portside

Ten years ago, after overcoming a monthslong protest movement and legal battle, a law called Act 10 took effect in Wisconsin. The nondescript name cloaked the most significant attack on labor rights since President Ronald Reagan broke the air traffic controllers union in 1981.

Source: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Paved the Way for Donald Trump’s America | Portside