Richard Donnelly

Marx and Human Nature

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Norman’s Geras’s classic defence of human nature has been republished as part of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series.

Geras wrote this tightly argued little book as a riposte to Louis Althusser’s idea of an “epistemological break” in Marx’s writing. Althusser contended that Marx had decisively broken with his earlier humanist theories based on alienation, instead moving towards a “scientific” analysis of human beings as completely defined by their place within larger economic, political and ideological systems.

Why Read... Lessons of October

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The year 1923 was a decisive year in the history of the international movement. It was the point at which the revolutionary movement sweeping Europe after the victory of the Bolsheviks in 1917 finally broke and began to ebb. And it was also the time at which the Soviet bureaucracy began to firmly consolidate its grip over Russian society.

Spoken Word: Brand New Ancients

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Kate Tempest's award-winning and critically acclaimed theatrical spoken-word epic reopened this month and will soon be touring nationwide.

A collection of beautiful and delicately loving stories about the lives of working class people, Brand New Ancients mixes hip hop and high art in a glorious celebration of everyday life.

Tempest's poetry is an outstanding interweaving of dextrous and powerful verbal depth with a keen attention to the way in which language is actually used.

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