Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Brenner Debate (Part 3)

The more Brenner I read, and the more I read of his critics, the more I come to believe that he is misread more often than comprehended. Perhaps this is due to his combative and critical engagement with historical texts … Continue reading

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Octobre à Paris

I had the opportunity to see the once-banned and long-repressed 1962 French documentary “Octobre à Paris” this week at Columbia University’s Maison Francaise. The film has the distinction of bearing witness in an almost singular way to a state-sanctioned urban … Continue reading

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The Brenner Debate – a reply to Louis Proyect (Part 2)

In part 1 I attempted to give a sketch of Robert Brenner’s thesis on the origins of Capitalism. As Rodney Hilton himself does in his introduction to “The Brenner Debate”, I should have noted that this debate “might be regarded … Continue reading

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The Brenner Debate – a reply to Louis Proyect (Part 1)

In a recent entry on Louis Proyect’s blog titled “The Birth of Capitalism” he reviews a recently published book of that name by Henry Heller. Unfortunately there are several misrepresentations of what is known as the Brenner Debate –in particular … Continue reading

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(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)

Because Occupy Wall Street is obviously heating up, and events like this are becoming more common, where drafts of potential horizons will be discussed along with responses and more responses (there are probably more responses elsewhere) — I wanted to … Continue reading

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Notes on Negri’s “Crisis of the Planner State”

In “Crisis of the Planner State”, Negri attempts a definition of the radically changing dynamic of capitalist economic transition in Italy in the late 1960s-1970s. This definition interlocks two paths, one theoretical, the other historical. The theoretical path begins with … Continue reading

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“Irenic” sketches

“…and the creek was an untrustworthy fellow traveler. One day it would be a gentle rustic beauty smiling shyly at admiring fishermen; the next day–thanks to one of the heavy rainstorms characteristic of the Catskills–it might become an angry giant … Continue reading

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