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Extract from ‘The Unknown Marx’ by Martin Nicolaus

When he assessed his intellectual career in 1859, Karl Marx condemned to de- served obscurity all of his previous works but four. The Poverty of Philosophy (1847) first set forth the decisive points of his scientific views, although in polemical … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son by Roque Dalton

Once again the deep abyss, the old customs! What shall we do, then, with our laughter, with our freedom, with our morals based on anger? You talk to me about the spirit – an old Sunday theme -, you’re lovely … Continue reading

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Rent Strike Poem (1889)

Our husbands are on strike; for the wives it is not honey, And we all think it is right not to pay the landlord’s money, Everyone is on strike, so landlords do not be offended; The rent that’s due we’ll … Continue reading

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‘I know exactly what the British people feel when they see the Queen’s head on a £10 note’

  Quotation from: Esther Leslie, ‘Notes on Notes’, Inventory, Vol. 4 No.2, 2001, pp.28-47.  

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SS Prawer, Marx on Literature/Marx as a Bookworm

  One concept the older Marx used more sparingly and cautiously than the younger is that of ‘alienation’ — though the notion does still play a significant part in the Grundrisse of 1857-8 and in Capital.5 Marx never had to … Continue reading

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Theodor W. Adorno’s Advice to Writers

Memento. – A first precaution for writers: in every text, every piece, every paragraph to check whether the central motif stands out clearly enough. Anyone wishing to express something is so carried away by it that he ceases to reflect … Continue reading

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What is the Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question?

Nick Hubble formulates the question/answer as follows: ‘In Crisis and Criticism, first published in 1937, Alick West identified the question facing modernist writers in the interwar period: ‘When I do not know any longer who are the “we” to whom … Continue reading

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‘I am another’: Marx’s Objective Subject

  Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (pp.336-338) Whenever real, corporeal man, man with his feet firmly on the solid ground, man exhaling and inhaling all the forces of nature, posits his real, objective essential powers as alien objects by … Continue reading

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Attested Auditor of Books and Teaching Aid by Walter Benjamin

Attested Auditor of Books Just as this era is the antithesis of the Renaissance in general, it contrasts in particular with the situation in which the art of printing was discovered. For whether by coincidence or not, printing appeared in … Continue reading

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Mauss’ Gift

The war of 1914–18 […] almost wiped out the team of brilliant younger scholars whom Durkheim had taught, inspired and gathered around him […] [Mauss] took over the labours of his dead colleagues.’, pp.v–vi [Mauss] not only wrote about social … Continue reading

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