By Terry Eagleton
In this pithy, warmhearted, and extremely humorous e-book, Eagleton melds an exceptional outdated roast with real admiration for his friends "across the pond."
Americans have lengthy been interested by the oddness of the British, however the English, says literary critic Terry Eagleton, locate their transatlantic associates simply as unusual. basically an alien race may admiringly consult with a colleague as “aggressive,” use superlatives to explain every little thing from one’s puppy puppy to one’s rock assortment, or communicate often of being “empowered.” Why, asks Eagleton, needs to we broadcast our children’s tuition grades with bumper stickers saying “My baby Made the dignity Roll”? Why don’t we relish the indispensability of the teapot? And why needs to we stay so irritatingly confident, even if all indicators aspect to failure?
On his quirky trip in the course of the language, geography, and nationwide personality of the us, Eagleton proves to be straight away an off-the-cuff and completely idiosyncratic consultant to our abnormal race. He solutions the questions his compatriots have continuously had yet (being British) dare no longer ask, like why american citizens willingly upward thrust on the first light, even on Sundays, or why we publicly chastise cigarette people who smoke as though we’re all spokespeople for the healthcare professional general.
In this pithy, warmhearted, and extremely humorous ebook, Eagleton melds an excellent out of date roast with actual admiration for his pals “across the pond.”
Read Online or Download Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America PDF
Best marxism books
During this man made, interdisciplinary paintings, Neil Brenner develops a brand new interpretation of the transformation of statehood less than modern globalizing capitalism. while so much analysts of the emergent, post-Westphalian global order have excited by supranational and nationwide institutional realignments, "New kingdom Spaces" indicates that strategic subnational areas, equivalent to towns and city-regions, characterize crucial arenas within which states are being reworked.
"Ernst Bloch's precept of wish is among the key books of our century. half philosophic hypothesis, half political treatise, half lyricvision, it truly is workout a deepening impression on concept and on literature. .. . No political or theological appropriations of Bloch's leviathan can exhaust its visionary breadth.
Out of the chaos following Lenin’s dying and the mounting fury opposed to Lukács and his freshly penned historical past and sophistication cognizance (1923), this e-book bears an overview of Lenin as “the purely theoretical equivalent to Marx. ” Lukács indicates, with exceptional readability, how Lenin’s ancient interventions—from his forefront politics and repurposing of the country to his detection of a brand new, imperialist degree of capitalism—advanced the conjunction of concept and perform, type awareness and sophistication fight.
The 12 months 1968 was once a watershed. hundreds of thousands of staff in France struck in protest at police violence, the black ghettos within the usa rose in protest on the assassination of Martin Luther King, and it used to be the yr of the Prague Spring whilst scholars and staff rose opposed to Stalinism, merely to be beaten by means of Russian Tanks. considerably revised and up-to-date to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the rebel, this paintings analyses the interval and attracts classes from the occasions of 1968 that may nonetheless have relevance at the present time. - from re-creation (1998)
- Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism
- Marxist Ethics Within Western Political Theory: A Dialogue with Republicanism, Communitarianism, and Liberalism
- Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx
- The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and the Conducted
- Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, Volume 2: The Politics of Social Classes
- The Legacy of Marxism: Contemporary Challenges, Conflicts, and Developments
Extra resources for Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America
The Everyday and the Origins of Cultural Theory Nevertheless, Lukács’ turn to the question of the ‘everyday’ out of Hegel’s theory of alienation is propitious, inseparable as it is from the need for Marxism to reconnect its critical-practical modalities to a non-reductionistic theory of consciousness and Roberts 01 chaps 36 25/1/06 17:14:58 THE EVERYDAY AN D T H E P H I L O S O P H Y O F P R A X I S 37 to the cultural determinations of bourgeois power. As such, by the late 1920s the philosophy of praxis began to take on a kind of prescient anti-Stalinist status, hence its ‘clandestine’ value for the next wave of critique of orthodoxy in the writings of Lefebvre in France and in Antonio Gramsci in prison in Italy in the early 1930s and Walter Benjamin in Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
By drawing out Marx’s understanding of alienation as the objective basis of the production of human production and development, Lefebvre argues that the dialectical method ‘joins up again with a profound materialism’:53 a materialism, that is, which is centred on the active engagement with the conflicts and contradictions of living subjects. Thus, even though the everyday is experienced naturalistically as a universal realm of habit and custom by workers, its routinizations and repetitions are not simply the expression of dominant social relations, but the very place where critical thinking and action begins.
In this light, Korsch is emphatic: after 1917 Marxism faces a clear choice: between its collapse into a positive science, and a return to the dialectic philosophy of Hegel. 43 The importance of Hegel, then, for the philosophy of praxis in the 1920s lies in its recovery of Marx’s connection to the philosophy of consciousness. For in producing a ‘rationalist and negative’ theorization of social consciousness, orthodox Marxism, the philosophy of praxis argues, is incapable of grasping Marx’s Hegelian insistence on human beings’ recognition of their own alienation as the basis for its eventual supersession.