Category: Ideas & Debates

The (Capitalist) Obligation To Be Happy

In addition to the daily difficulties of long working hours, unemployment, inflation, domestic, and care work, the very high cost of food and rent, and poor transportation, we must add the increased stress caused by the pandemic. But capitalism also imposes another obligation: the obligation to be happy, which only worsens the situation.

Reconnecting Gramsci to the Traditions of Revolutionary Marxism: A Review of “Hegemonía y Lucha de Clases”

Juan Dal Maso’s “Hegemonía y lucha de clases. Tres ensayos sobre Trotsky, Gramsci y el marxismo” represents an ambitious attempt to rethink the relation of Gramsci to the traditions of revolutionary Marxism, by means of a critique of those positions that emphasised the possibility of a reformist reading of Gramsci and of an attempt to suggest that Gramsci and Trotsky faced the same open challenges of redefining revolutionary strategy.

New Left Voice Website Launches May 1

Left Voice 2.0 launches on May 1, and our commitment to covering the struggles of the working class and the oppressed remains as militant as ever. 

Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too

Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — “like a candle burning at both ends.” But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.

Trotsky, Gramsci, and the Emergence of the Working Class as Hegemonic Subject

Employing the words of Trotsky and Gramsci, the authors analyze the development of the working class as a social and political subject in “Western” countries, with their complex socio-political structures. To argue against the idea of conquering spaces within the regime and coexisting peacefully with the bureaucracies of the mass movement, as well as against the adaptation to administering the state’s social assistance or to the current structure of unions, they draw on Trotsky’s writings on France, in which he introduces the concept of “committees of action” of the vanguard and sectors of the masses as a way to unify and coordinate their struggles.

The (Capitalist) Obligation To Be Happy

In addition to the daily difficulties of long working hours, unemployment, inflation, domestic, and care work, the very high cost of food and rent, and poor transportation, we must add the increased stress caused by the pandemic. But capitalism also imposes another obligation: the obligation to be happy, which only worsens the situation.

Reconnecting Gramsci to the Traditions of Revolutionary Marxism: A Review of “Hegemonía y Lucha de Clases”

Juan Dal Maso’s “Hegemonía y lucha de clases. Tres ensayos sobre Trotsky, Gramsci y el marxismo” represents an ambitious attempt to rethink the relation of Gramsci to the traditions of revolutionary Marxism, by means of a critique of those positions that emphasised the possibility of a reformist reading of Gramsci and of an attempt to suggest that Gramsci and Trotsky faced the same open challenges of redefining revolutionary strategy.

New Left Voice Website Launches May 1

Left Voice 2.0 launches on May 1, and our commitment to covering the struggles of the working class and the oppressed remains as militant as ever. 

Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too

Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — “like a candle burning at both ends.” But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.

Trotsky, Gramsci, and the Emergence of the Working Class as Hegemonic Subject

Employing the words of Trotsky and Gramsci, the authors analyze the development of the working class as a social and political subject in “Western” countries, with their complex socio-political structures. To argue against the idea of conquering spaces within the regime and coexisting peacefully with the bureaucracies of the mass movement, as well as against the adaptation to administering the state’s social assistance or to the current structure of unions, they draw on Trotsky’s writings on France, in which he introduces the concept of “committees of action” of the vanguard and sectors of the masses as a way to unify and coordinate their struggles.