Sunday, March 28, 2010

Commonwealth by Hardt and Negri

Commonwealth, last and richest of the Empire trilogy, is a powerful and ambitious reappropriation of the whole tradition of political theory for the Left. Clarifying Foucault's ambiguous notion of biopower, deepening the authors' own proposal for the notion of multitude, it offers an exhilarating summa of the forms and possibilities of resistance today. It is a politically as well as an intellectually invigorating achievement.
--Fredric Jameson, Duke University

I approach this skeptically, but I’m due to reread the trilogy at some point.  I was introduced to Empire and Multitude by a few professors when I entered college a couple of years ago, but I was far more impressed by reading Marx, those from the Trotskyist tradition and the ‘humanist’ writing of the Praxis school and Marshall Berman.  That being said, I’m willing to give it another shot.  The series is too influential to be completely ignored.

DOWNLOAD: (quality PDF, OCRed)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

State, Power, Socialism by Nicos Poulantzas

Developing themes of his earlier works, Poulantzas here advances a vigorous critique of contemporary Marxist theories of the state, arguing against a general theory of the state, and identifying forms of class power crucial to socialist strategy that goes beyond the apparatus of the state. This new edition includes an introduction by Stuart Hall, originally published in New Left Review, which critically appraises Poulantzas's achievement.


11.8mb rar, expands to 13mb pdf scan, OCRed

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 4 National Day of Action

See here for more information about the national day of action.

Related reading:

Alex Callinicos’ short book Universities in a Neoliberal World

James Turley’s review of that book

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935


Can’t take credit for the scan and the upload, but I’ve been looking for Gramsci’s selected writings forever so I thought I’d share it.  Use it well and make the man proud (no ‘Eurocommunist’ bastardizations please).