Karl Marx

Socialists Are Urgently Looking for the Future: American Marxist Mike Davis Talks to Algerian Journalist Mohsen Abdelmoumen.

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:22
Marx in Diego Rivera's mural

 

 

The Algerian journalist Mohsen Abdelmoumen interviewed Mike Davis recently. This is a fascinating interview that ranges from the question of Marxism today to the politics of Middle East to the necessity of socialism. I highly recommend it. Mike Davis is an American Marxist who has published some very important books: Prisoners of the American Dream (1986), City of Quartz (1990), Late Victorian Holocausts (2001), Planet of Slums (2006) and Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb (2007). He is an editor of New Left Review. His essay in New Left Review on the US election of Trump is

Marx, Journalism and his Handwriting

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 01:49
Marx, Journalism and his Handwriting

 

Marx - impoverished - relied on handouts from his family and from his best friend Engels. But even that rankled him. In 1862, when the New York Tribune decided to concentrate on the US Civil War and not on European news, Marx - the journalist - found his income dry up. He wrote to Engels on 20 August 1862,

Say what you will, dear boy. It is really embarrassing to have to bother you as I do with my miseries! If only I knew how to start some sort of business! All theory, dear friend, is grey, and only business green. Unfortunately, I have come to realise this too late.

It is common in the