Marxism and postmodernism
Click here for Tony Brown's article from Workers' Liberty 55.
The lesson that we may be obliged to draw from our current economic and political condition is that a humane, ‘social’, truly democratic and equitable capitalism is more unrealistically utopian than socialism” concludes Ellen Wood in Democracy against capitalism (p 293).
Some architects defend hated modern buildings by saying "The Eiffel Tower (Crystal Palace, etc.) was hated in its day!" However, many modern buildings were not hated or protested about in their "day". It's now, after years of looking at them, that the outcry has come against soulless tower blocks and ugly offices. In their day they were praised.
Capitalism has changed and is changing. Vast new areas in the Third World have industrialised. The introduction of small, cheap, flexible computers is revolutionising finance, administration, retailing, manufacturing. The majority of the workforce in many capitalist countries is now "white-collar" - but white-collar work is becoming more industrial.
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London
Peter Thomas examines the work of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died in October
Click here for Barbara Epstein's article from from New Politics, vol. 6, no. 2 (new series), whole no. 22, Winter 1997.
by Gerry Byrne
My immediate reaction to the Madrid bombing I imagine I shared with millions across the political spectrum. It is the second thoughts that divide us. I don't quite know how to express my disquiet at some of those second thoughts expressed on the left.
'How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World: a History of Modern Delusions' by Francis Wheen
This book comes with a fluffy duck on the cover and a recommendation from Nick Hornby, so I expected to find it dire. Fortunately my expectation was confounded. This is a sustained political polemic from one of the most talented polemicists alive.