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Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

Dictatorship Dies in Darkness

This trou­ble­some phrase “dic­ta­tor­ship of the pro­le­tari­at” is a messy lump of sev­er­al poor­ly defined con­cepts. To under­stand the word “dic­ta­tor­ship” as we do now – as the oppo­site of democ­ra­cy, an author­i­tar­i­an regime in which an indi­vid­ual or minor­i­ty group exerts vio­lent and absolute pow­er – is an anachro­nis­tic pro­jec­tion which total­ly dis­torts Marx’s usage.

The Yemen Primer: A History of Violence for Anti-Violence

The Yemen Primer: A History of Violence for Anti-Violence

A study of Yemeni pol­i­tics and its ongo­ing civ­il war is not mere­ly local in its appli­ca­tion. Yemen pro­vides a win­dow into the com­bined elite strate­gies of balka­niza­tion and mil­i­ta­riza­tion of social strug­gle in the Mideast, North Africa, and South Asia, impart­ing lessons with a more gen­er­al pur­chase.

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It once was com­mon prac­tice for rad­i­cal jour­nals to solic­it feed­back from their read­ers. It anchored the­o­ret­i­cal devel­op­ments and point­ed to new areas of inquiry. As View­point expands its work, we hope our read­ers can help us revive the prac­tice here.

Rethinking International Relations: An Interview with Benno Teschke

Rethinking International Relations: An Interview with Benno Teschke

As we know, Marx nev­er wrote a dis­tinct tome on either inter­na­tion­al trade or on war and geopol­i­tics – a tome that would have prob­lema­tized the space­less assump­tions of either a stag­ist con­cep­tion of world his­to­ry or a uni­ver­sal­iz­ing cap­i­tal­ist world mar­ket. And in that sense Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions – less as a dis­ci­pline but more as a prob­lem­at­ic – remains very press­ing and urgent for Marx­ists to reap­pro­pri­ate.

Women turning away from man on horse

Argentina: A Dictatorship by Democratic Means?

We in Argenti­na are faced with a right-wing that is more mod­ern, ver­sa­tile in the world of mass media and social net­works, much more atten­tive and lucid in every­thing that has to do with the pro­duc­tion of con­sen­sus. We must ask our­selves, how is a gov­ern­ment like this pos­si­ble in the coun­try today?

Crisis and the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany

Crisis and the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany

Eight months after a co-ordi­nat­ed attack against a refugee cen­ter in Hei­de­nau, East­ern Ger­many, we dis­cuss the new­ly emerg­ing right-pop­ulist PEGIDA move­ment and the Alter­na­tive for Ger­many par­ty with anti-fas­cists on the ground. What are the pos­si­bil­i­ties for left regroup­ment? And how can we move beyond “fire­fight­ing” and regain the offen­sive momen­tum the Ger­man left had last spring?

Fifty Years Since Its Founding: 
A History of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR)

Fifty Years Since Its Founding: 
A History of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR)

The MIR was born on August 15, 1965, out of the con­flu­ence of sev­er­al small cur­rents of the crit­i­cal left that at that time opposed par­lia­men­tar­i­an­ism and the legal­ism of the major­i­ty of the left and aspired to con­struct a Marx­ist rev­o­lu­tion­ary orga­ni­za­tion, rup­tur­ing with elec­toral strate­gies and the state.