Friday April 25th, 2014

Books

Books from MR press

The Explosion

The Explosion

Marxism and the French Upheaval

Explores the full sweep of Marxist Thinking on social change in the light of the 1968 French explosion.… | more |

Nationalism and Socialism

Nationalism and Socialism

Marxist and Labor Theories of Nationalism to 1917

Nationalism and Socialism is a study in the history of Marxian ideas; but it is also an attempt to show how the ideas are related to the society from which they sprang, and how the changes in social relations were reflected in the emergence of a whole new formulation of nationalist theory. Marx and Engels had perforce to modify their early ideas on nationalism in light of later events, and Lenin revolutionized the whole approach.… | more |

War Crimes in Vietnam

War Crimes in Vietnam

From the opening pages of this harsh and unsparing book, Bertrand Russell offers what he considered to be the unvarnished truth about the war in Vietnam. For Lord Russell, the war, and the way it was being conducted, was the responsibility of the United States. And, he adds, “To understand the war, we must understand America.”… | more |

Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America

Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America

Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil

The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases. Dr. Frank lays to rest the myth of Latin American feudalism, demonstrating in the process the impossibility of a bourgeois revolution in a part of the world which is already part and parcel of the capitalist system.… | more |

Monopoly Capital

Monopoly Capital

An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order

This landmark text by Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy is a classic of twentieth-century radical thought, a hugely influential book that continues to shape our understanding of modern capitalism. “This book… deals with a vital area of economics, has a unique approach, is stimulating and well written. It represents the first serious attempt to extend Marx’s model of competitive capitalism to the new conditions of monopoly capitalism.” — Howard J. Sherman, American Economic Review … | more |

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Freedom and Power in the Caribbean

Details the history of modern Puerto Rico, advancing independence and socialism as the answer to the Puerto Rican tragedy.… | more |

The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker's Notebook

The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook

Boggs offers both a keen analysis of U.S. society and a passionate call for revolutionary struggle. He sees the growing trend toward automation, the decline of organized labor, the expansion of imperialism, and the deepening of racial strife as fundamentally rooted in the contradictions of U.S. capitalism. And he concludes that the only way forward is a new American revolution—one that, from his perspective writing in the 1960s, appeared to have already begun.… | more |

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Tressell’s great working-class novel.… | more |

An Essay on Economic Growth and Planning

An Essay on Economic Growth and Planning

This important essay dates from the end of the fifties. At that time, the rapid rate of Soviet industrialization had directed the attention of economists to problems of economic growth of former colonial areas which had won political independence. As Dobb points out, economists were chiefly concerned with the problems of growth under conditions of private ownership of capital and where investment is primarily under the control of private individuals or firms. The theories of economic growth in vogue at the time derived largely from the well-known growth conditions set forth by Roy F. Harrod and Evsey D. Domar.… | more |

The Alienation of Modern Man

The Alienation of Modern Man

This intriguing work deals with the plight of the alienated individual, estranged from humanity and the surrounding world. It examines such questions as: Why do writers like Kafka, Thomas Wolfe, Rilke, and the existential philosophers, who portray man as a stranger in the world, have such a strong appeal? Is estrangement limited to individual cases or has it become a universal fate? Is alienation a consequence of the triumph of the machine? Is it caused by the increasing complication of our political life and by the growing separation between leaders and masses? Is it characteristic of the human condition, or is it a specific development of modern society? Should mankind resign itself to alienation, or can it be overcome, conquered?… | more |

The Political Economy of Growth

The Political Economy of Growth

One of the most influential studies ever written in the field of development economics, this book has, since first publication in 1957, bred a whole school of followers who are producing further works along the lines indicated by Baran. Concerned with the generation and use of economic surplus, it analyzes from this point of view both the advanced and the underdeveloped countries. A work in political economy rather than solely in economics, this book treats the economic transformation of society as one facet of a total social and political evolution. … | more |