Towards a history of the Fourth International
by Livio Maitan,
Preface by Daniel Bensaid
Translated by Gregor Benton
Edited and with an introduction by Penelope Duggan
“Livio Maitan helped inspire the growth of Italian Trotskyism. There was also a wave of Maoism in the 1960s and a debate ensued, to which Livio contributed his book on China, Party, Army, and Masses. I was deeply influenced by it, and I translated it for New Left Books. The book combined criticism of the Chinese Revolution with support. From it, I learned how to write engaged scholarship. Livio could have shone at a leading university had he wanted, but instead he spent most of his life working on a shoestring. In 2002, he wrote this history of the Fourth International to go alongside his autobiography. Translating this new book was a bittersweet experience. Through it, I was able to relive chapter by chapter my wild political youth and my middle age. Livio Maitan’s spirit lifts this story from a catalogue of false starts into a chronicle of heroism and optimism. He died before Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Corbynism, Gilets Jaunes, Extinction Rebellion and other new struggles, but he paved the way for them. This book shows the road to socialism remains open." – Gregor Benton.
Watch here Gregor Benton talk about Livio Maitan and what his work meant for him.
Order Memoirs of a Critical Communist here.
Penelope Duggan, who edited the book and worked with Livio Maitan, will introduce a discussion on the strategic and programmatic problems that we face in the struggle for a democratic socialist alternative. Penelope Duggan is editor of International Viewpoint.
Oxford – Monday 17 February, 7pm
London – Tuesday 18 February, 7.30pm
Manchester – Wednesday 19 February, 7pm
Glasgow – Thursday 20 February, 7pm
Essays on fascism, anti-Semitism and the use of history
By Enzo Traverso
In this new collection of essays, Enzo Traverso examines the relationships between anti-Semitism, modernity and the Holocaust. Traverso analyses multiple dimensions of the destruction of the European Jews, debates over the historical memory and left-wing debates on the nature of anti-Semitism.
“The essays and book chapters collected in this remarkable volume represent a watershed in the history of Marxist critical thinking. For the first time, a comprehensive reflection of the historical meaning of Auschwitz as a “civilisational break” is developed, from a Marxist viewpoint which critically analyses the limitations, and sometimes blindness, of most Marxist writings on the Holocaust. In our days, when post-fascist or neo-fascist regimes are in spectacular rise on a planetarian scale, this book is not only timely: it is an indispensable intellectual tool for the resistance against Barbarism.”- Michael Löwy.
Read here a review of this book by Herman Pietersen
Order Critique of Modern Barbarism here.
FACING THE APOCALYPSE
Arguments for ecosocialism
By Alan Thornett
We are facing a multifaceted threat to life the planet. From a defence of the remarkable ecological content of classical Marxism – lost during the 20th century to the rise of productivism – the book is an appeal to the socialist left to take the ecological crisis far more seriously. Thornett engages directly with major debates such as the rising human population and carbon pricing that remain unresolved on the socialist left. His approach is to promote a transitional approach, distinct from both those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough. He argues that defending the planet against this crisis today requires broadest possible movement of those – the 99 per cent – who are victims of it.
Order Facing the Apocalypse here
Meeting with the author, Alan Thornett
Tuesday 25 February, 7.30pm, Waltham Forest Resources Hub, 1 Rusell Road, Leyton, E10 7ES.
DECOLONIAL COMMUNISM, DEMOCRACY & THE COMMONS
By Catherine Samary
Contributions from Samuel Farber, Silvia Federici, Franck Gaudichaud, Zagorska Golubović, Ernest Mandel, Goran Marković, Svetozar Stojanović and Raquel Varela.
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