Category: Ideas & Debates

ARGENTINA: The Scope of a New Strike

In a strike that took place all over the country, the Left and fighting sectors raised their voices within the transportation strike and “piquetes” (roadblocks), aside from bureaucratic unions, demanding the rights of all the workers.

Amidst growing workers’ discontent with Dilma and PT, Brazil’s Conlutas union holds its second conference

There’s a growing discontent in Brazil’s large working class that was partially expressed by two minor “national days of strikes and protests” held by most trade unions in Brazil, An upsurge in industrial unemployment comes hand in hand with austerity package bills that cut down on social security benefits and the budget of important programs as in the Federal Universities, amongst other ares.

Passive Revolution, Permanent Revolution and Hegemony

It is a recurrent commonplace from most Gramscian intellectuals (as well as some fuming anti-Gramscian intellectuals) to present Gramsci’s theorizations concerning the question of the passive revolution as the ‘objective foundation’ of a ‘hegemonic’ strategy which is in opposition to the permanent revolution.

Is it the ’empire’ or else imperialism?

The massive attacks against the WTC and the Pentagon back on September 11, 2001 and its aftermath -particularly, the growing interventionism and “unilateralism” of the

ARGENTINA: The Scope of a New Strike

In a strike that took place all over the country, the Left and fighting sectors raised their voices within the transportation strike and “piquetes” (roadblocks), aside from bureaucratic unions, demanding the rights of all the workers.

Amidst growing workers’ discontent with Dilma and PT, Brazil’s Conlutas union holds its second conference

There’s a growing discontent in Brazil’s large working class that was partially expressed by two minor “national days of strikes and protests” held by most trade unions in Brazil, An upsurge in industrial unemployment comes hand in hand with austerity package bills that cut down on social security benefits and the budget of important programs as in the Federal Universities, amongst other ares.

Passive Revolution, Permanent Revolution and Hegemony

It is a recurrent commonplace from most Gramscian intellectuals (as well as some fuming anti-Gramscian intellectuals) to present Gramsci’s theorizations concerning the question of the passive revolution as the ‘objective foundation’ of a ‘hegemonic’ strategy which is in opposition to the permanent revolution.

Capital in the 21st Century; Considerations on Thomas Piketty and inequality as manifest destiny

Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the 21st Century has reached second place on the Amazon bestsellers list, and third on the The New York Times’ list. According to The Guardian “Carrying it under your arm has, in certain latitudes of Manhattan, become the newest tool for making a social connection among young progressives.” The book that some consider the counterpart of the Fukuyama “moment” that took place more than a decade ago, and which is suggestively known just as “Capital” in the US, has generated an overwhelming variety of reviews from every position of economic theory. In the context of

Challenging the ideology of ‘what is possible’

‘Capitalism has been unable to develop a single one of its trends to the ultimate end. Just as the concentration of wealth does not abolish the middle class, so monopoly does not abolish competition, but only bears down on it and mangles it.’ Leon Trotsky, Marxism in Our Time There is no doubt that during the last 30 years a strategic change of scenario of the international situation has been taking shape. This change has modified the relations of forces between the fundamental classes under capitalism, as well as state-systems, as they were during the ‘world of Yalta’. Among the

Is it the ’empire’ or else imperialism?

The massive attacks against the WTC and the Pentagon back on September 11, 2001 and its aftermath -particularly, the growing interventionism and “unilateralism” of the US’s foreign policy- has raised an intense debate among the intellectuals and all the strands of politics worldwide. Many old (and not so old) ideas are being put to the harsh test of the new events. Toni Negri’s views -one of the most outstanding Autonomist thinkers-, which were outlined in his book Empire, are also facing a litmus test now. We took issue with his views in an earlier issue of this journal. (1) In

A balance sheet of the political strategies of the left

Introduction In the previous issues of Estrategia Internacional we pointed out that the situation in Argentina was characterized by a crisis of bourgeois hegemony, with the political institutions of the regime questioned by the mass movement and the ruling class was mired by internecine disputes.In this historical crisis, however, none of the classes or class factions in conflict were capable of imposing a complete victory upon their enemy. The general picture is somehow a “strategic tie”, in which all contestants are bleeding out, the crisis of power remains unresolved and the ongoing revolutionary process is drawn out in time, with

The war in the Balkans and the international situation

Introduction On March 24 this year NATO bombs and cruise missiles started to rain down the Yugoslav territory. The war would rage for almost three months. As it unfolded, the world witnessed the various acts of the drama: the devastation of Serbia from the air, Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing, the flood tide of Kosovar refugees, the disputes within the Alliance and the rows between the latter and Russia, and finally, Russia acquiescing to an agreement aimed at imposing an imperialist “peace” in the region. In fact, the war turned out to be the most important international development in the last few