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By C.L.R. James, Cornelius Castoriadis, Grace Lee Boggs

Writing in collaboration with Cornelius Castoriadis and charm Lee, James examines the sensible strategy of social revolution within the smooth global. encouraged by means of the October 1956 Hungarian employees’ revolution opposed to Stalinist oppression, in addition to the wildcat moves of U.S. staff (against Capital and the union bureaucracies), James and his co-authors regarded forward to the increase of latest mass emancipatory routine through African americans and anti-colonialist/anti-imperialist currents in Africa and Asia. almost by myself one of the radical texts of the time, dealing with truth, first released in 1958 via Marty Glaberman, rejected glossy society’s mania for “conquering nature,” and welcomed women’s struggles “for new relatives among the sexes.” a real masterpiece, and nonetheless one of many best expositions of staff’ self-emancipation round. This new 21st-century version contains a new advent via James’s longtime buddy, John H Bracey, situating the publication in its 1950s/60s context, and accentuating its persevered relevance in our time. “Springing forth from the utopian flames of self-emancipation kindled by way of the employees councils of the Hungarian Revolution, this pivotal e-book deals a socialist indictment of the miserabilism of nation capitalism and demands the continued rejection of either vanguardism and the bureaucratic rationalism of kingdom power.” [Ron Sakolsky]

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The ordinary citizen has no belief in official society, whether h e lives in Moscow, Washington, or London. On the surface he votes, he works, he salutes the flag ( or he does not salute it) , he listens to the politicians, but in the privacy of his own mind and heart, all this parade of politics and patriotism means nothing to him. This these serious spokesmen of official society know, and they know that the root cause of it is the modern octopus state, whether totalitarian or welfare . Our real problem today is rather "the millions in modern mass society who are without loyalty," who 56 FACING REALITY are apathetic 01' anaesthetic.

And. r;- g. g into the depths of the human personality armed WIth END OF A PHILOSOPHY 67 torchlights made by Freud and Jung, accumulating sta­ tistics in the spirit of Mr. Gallup and labeling it soeio­ logy. Though confused and deafened by the clamor above, it is the w orking class in every country more than any other class which faces vel'Y lSOberly the conditions of life as they are today and knows that the future of human experience lies in the reorganization of these conditions and not in dread, depth psychology, or the ineradicable sense of sin.

We should be powerless to resist, ex­ cept by passive means. The immediate consequence (unless the West European countries contrived to retain �n American strategic guarantee, backed by Amencan bombs, while Britain withdrew) would be the likelihood that the r ecent Soviet diplomatic thaw would be reversed. One c ountry after another beginning with Western Germany, would come undel: Soviet pressure . Britain at first might b e immune but her turn would come. Mr . Khrushchev after all' believes that the forces of history are oy{ his side : The transition from capitalism to socialism is ine­ vitable.

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