I read a library copy of Perry Anderson’s Considerations on Western Marxism. Previous readers have left it heavily underlined and have also left some notes in the margins. I was most surprised, and I suppose a bit gratified, when after reading Anderson describe Rosa Luxemburg’s distinctive path as marked by, “successive theorizations of the general strike as the archetypal aggressive weapon of the self-emancipation of the working class” (13), I looked over and say in the left margin, almost tucked into the binding ‘Sorel?’ My thought exactly.
Of course, this book is from the
“The circle of traits defining Western Marxism as a distinct tradition can now be summarized. Born from the failure of proletarian revolutions in the advanced zones of European capitalism after the First World War, it developed within an ever increasing scission between socialist theory and working-class practice. The gulf between the two, originally opened up by the imperialist isolation of the
One of my suspicions here has to do with the manner in which
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