- Category: Theory
- Created on Friday, 04 November 2011 07:39
- Written by John Steele
The eruption of occupations from Tunisia to Oakland put difficult and inspiring questions on the table. Kasama's sister site, Khukuri, has been digging into these issues from the perspective of communist theory.
Who is "the 1 %" -- who rules the world and how? What is current the structure of global capital? See essays concerning a transnational capitalist class (TNC) -- truly the global 1% (or less) -- by Leslie Sklair, by William Robinson, Jerry Harris, and by William K. Carroll, as well as in the recent piece on global corporate networks.
What has caused the crisis and the desperation of people? How do we go forward from it? See this by David Harvey, as well as essays by Don Hamerquist, on the crisis of both capitalism and the left, and hollow states in a time of austerity and chaos, and John Steele’s notes from a conference devoted to this subject.
What kind of communist theory do we need, what does it look like? This important question is explored in this essay by Vern Gray and in these by John Steele: Our Relation to Revolutionary Tradition; We Need a Politics We Haven’t Got; and To what extent is revolutionary theory detachable?, as well as Bill Martin’s extensive essay Into the Wild.
How do such moments as this erupt? How do we identify, learn from and embrace the new: John Steele has written a series of essays learning from Alain Badiou: Another take on revolutionary theory; on Badiou and the event; Revolutionary fidelity and the radically new; on Badiou's political value; and on Badiou's Maoism. J. Ramsey’s essay addressing the question. Don Hamerquist: Barack, Badiou, and Bilal-al-hasan; and “…that which in them divides itself from the old”. And here too, Bill Martin, in the essay cited above. Understanding the new wind it's worth noting an essay by Don Hamerquist .