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H I S T O R I C A L   M A T E R I A L I S M

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range of disciplines. If a resurgence of Marxian thinking occurs in the
twenty-first century, Historical Materialism will deserve a good part of the
 Tony Smith (author, Dialectical Social Theory and its Critics, 1993)
Issue 4 of Historical Materialism features the long-awaited first part of a
symposium on the recent global economic instabilities and Robert Brenner's
new theory of their historical basis.  This unique multidisciplinary debate
brings together some of the world's leading Marxist commentators, including
Alex Callinicos, Guglielmo Carchedi, Simon Clarke, Gerard Dumenil and
Dominique Levy, Chris Harman, David Laibman, Michael Lebowitz, Fred Moseley,
Murray Smith, and Ellen Meiksins Wood. The debate will be concluded in Issue
5 later in the year, featuring further contributions from Werner Bonefeld,
Francois Chesnais, Alan Freeman, Michel Husson, Anwar Shaikh, Tony Smith,
Richard Walker, and John Weeks.

"The birth of Historical Materialism was a major event, not only because it
provides a unique forum for non-sectarian Marxist debate but also because it
represents a change in the wind, a really promising sign of socialist
 Ellen Meiksins Wood (author, Democracy Against Capitalism,1995)
In addition Issue 4 continues the lively and refreshing mix of essays and
reviews that makes Historical Materialism both and essential resource and a
pleasure to read: a fascinating history of the distorted reception of
Lenin's What Is To Be Done? by the late Hal Draper, never before published;
an extended defence by Tony Smith of the Hegelian Marxism revival against
John Rosenthal's recent polemic; and a reviews section that ranges from
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F U L L   C O N T E N T S

Symposium: Robert Brenner and the World Crisis (Part 1)
Alex Callinicos: 'Capitalism, Competition and Profits:A Critique of Robert
Brenner's Theory of Crisis'
Gugliemlo Carchedi: 'A Missed Opportunity: Orthodox Versus Marxist Crises
Simon Clarke: 'Capitalist Competition and the Tendency to Overproduction:
Comments on Brenner's "Uneven Development and the Long Downturn"'
Gerard Dumenil and Dominique Levy: 'Brenner on Distribution'
Chris Harman: 'Footnotes and Fallacies: A Comment on Robert Brenner's "The
Economics of Global Turbulence"'
David Laibman: 'Perspectives on Brenner'
Michael A. Lebowitz: 'In Brenner, Everything is Reversed'
Fred Moseley: 'The Decline of the Rate of Profit in the Post-war United
States Economy:Due to Increased Competition or Increased Unproductive
Murray Smith: 'The Necessity of Value Theory:Brenner's Analysis of the "Long
Downturn" and Marx's Theory of Crisis'
Ellen Meiksins Wood: 'Horizontal Relations: A Note on Brenner's Heresy'

Alan Johnson: 'Introduction: Hal Draper: A Biographical Sketch'
Hal Draper: 'The Myth of Lenin's "Concept of Party":Or What They Did to
"What Is To Be Done"'

Tony Smith: 'The Relevance of Systematic Dialetics to Marxism Thought: A
Reply to Rosenthal'

Matthew Worley on Recent British Communist History
Edwin A. Roberts on Praxis American Style
Charles Post on Terence J. Byres
Alan Wald on Michael Lowy
Rick Kuhn on David Peetz

Conference Report
Emma Bircham on 'Historical Materialism and Globalisation' at Warwick, 1999

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B A C K   I S S U E S

- Historical Materialism 1, Winter 1997 -
Ellen Meiksins Wood 'The Non-History of Capitalism'  Colin Barker
'Reflections on Two Books by Ellen Wood'  Esther Leslie 'Woman&Ware,
Craving&Corpse in Benjamin's Arcades Project'  John Weeks 'The Law of Value
and the Analysis of Underdevelopment'  Tony Smith 'The Neoclassical and
Marxian Theories of Technology: A Critical Assessment'  Michael Lebowitz
'The Silences of Capital'  John Holloway 'A Note on Alienation'  Peter
Burnham 'Globalisation: States, Markets and Class Relations'  Fred Moseley
'The Rate of Profit and Economic Stagnation in the United States Economy'
reviews by Matthew Beaumont on Ernst Bloch, Benno Teschke on Guy Bois, Peter
Linebaugh on Robin Blackburn.

- Historical Materialism 2, Summer 1998 -
China Miéville 'The Conspiracy of Architecture'  Gregory Elliott 'Velocities
of Change'  Andrew Chitty 'Recognition and Social Relations of Production'
Michael Neary & Graham Taylor 'Marx and the Magic of Money'  Paul Burkett 'A
Critique of Neo-Malthusian Marxism'  Slavoj Zizek 'Risk Society and its
Discontents'  reviews by Geoff Kay on Freeman & Carchedi,  Ben Watson on
Adorno & music,  Mike Haynes on Popular Violence & the Russian Revolution,
Elmar Altvater on David Harvey,  Martin Jenkins on Althusser &
Psychoanalysis,  Henning Teschke on the Amsterdam Benjamin Conference,
Esther Leslie.on Walter Benjamin.

- Historical Materialism 3, Spring 1999 -
Sympolium on Leninism and political organisation, featuring: Simon Clarke
'The Populist Roots of Marxism-Leninism'  Howard Chodos & Colin Hay 'So the
Party's Over? Marxism and Political Strategy after "the Fall"'  John
Molyneux 'How Not To Write About Lenin'  Alan Shandro 'Political Action,
Context and Conjuncture: Thinking About Political Organisation'  Jonathan
Joseph, 'Realistic Organisation?'  Peter Hudis 'Dialectics, the Party, and
the Problem of the New Society: A Marxist-Humanist Perspective'  John
Ehrenberg 'Problems of Leninism'  Plus Paul Burkett 'A Response to Benton's
Ecological Critique of Marx'  Werner Bonefeld The Politics of Novelty
reviews by Michael Lebowitz on Felton Shortall, Gareth Dale on East Germany,
Adrian Budd on Kim Moody, Giles Peaker on John Roberts, Christ Bertram on
Marcus Roberts, Ken Hammond on Gabriel Kolko.

C O M I N G   S O O N

- Historical Materialism 5, Winter 1999 -
The new debate on Brenner: Part 2, including Werner Bonefeld: 'Competion,
Capitalist Crises, & Class'  Francois Chesnais: 'Over-Capacity & Finance
Capital'  Alan Freeman: 'Crisis & the Poverty of Nations'  Michel Husson:
'Surfing on the Long Wave'  Anwar Shaikh: 'The Post-War Economic Crisis'
Tony Smith: 'Brenner & Crisis Theory: Issues in Systematic & Historical
Dialectics'  Richard Walker: 'Capitalism's Recurrent Self-Criticism'  John
Weeks: 'Surfing the Troubled Waters of Global Turbulence'  Plus Deborah
Cook, 'Critical Stratagems in Adorno & Habermas'   Geoff Kay, 'Abstract
Labour & Capital'  Craig Brandist, 'Ethics, Politics & the Potential of
Dialogism'  Felton Shortall, 'Reply to Lebowitz'  reviews including Noel
Castree on Castells, Gregor Gall on organising labour, John Gubbay on Erik
Olin Wright, Alan Johnson on Third Camp Marxism, Jonathan Joseph on Derrida,
Sean Sayers on late Marx.

Planned for future issues: new work by Andrew Brown  Tony Burns  Chik
Collins  Andrew Kliman  Patrick Murray  Gert Reuten  John Roberts  Wal
Suchting  Enzo Traverso  Jatin Wagle  Michael Williams

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Cyber Society -

Sent: 17/2/2000
Subject: Into the War Zone:The Virilio Reader

Hi all

If anyone is interested, I have recently written a review of James Der
Derian's THE VIRILIO READER (Blackwell, 1998). Titled 'Into the War Zone',
it can be found in:

PAGES 135-139.

By the way, I would be careful about writing reviews for this journal. I
have found out to my cost that mere reviewers do not recieve either a copy
of the journal their review appears in or any offprints. Indeed, in order
to get hold of a copy one has either to buy a copy of the issue or
photocopy it oneself!

If anyone wants a copy for 'private research' let me know. I will send you

Best wishes


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Stop Russia's war in Chechnya!
- self-determination for Chechnya!

Vigil and street meeting:
6.00 - 7.00 Wednesday 23 February
outside the Russian embassy in west London
Assemble: corner of Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Palace Gdns
(Notting Hill tube)

This protest has been called to mark the anniversary of the deportation of
the Chechen population by Stalin in 1944.
Similar protests and vigils will be taking place across Europe and America
in solidarity with the Chechen people.

Protest organised by the Campaign Against the War in Chechnya
46 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RZ

Mark Osborn, Workers' Liberty
Phone +44 171 207 3997/0706/4774
Fax +44 171 277 8462

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**Call Axis Reader on Gender and New Media**

(apologies for cross-posting)

Axis, the Amsterdam based Foundation for Art and Gender, is publishing its
second reader!

As an organisation querying and promoting gender-critical cultural
production, with a strong emphasis on New Media praxis, this reader sets out
to illustrate how gendered and technological performances are continuously

*Ctrl+Shift Art - Ctrl+Shift Gender*
More often than not art still is disciplinary categorised in order to stage
a semblance of stability and demarcation.  This is very similar to dominant
gender ideology, where gender is viewed as a static given, and not as
continuously in flux.  Developments in New Media seem to have a profound
impact on the interrelationships between producers, consumers and their
respective participation within the cultural field.  The blurring of these
controlled  categories, and by corollary the shift in representation, forms
a fertile matrix for questioning gender issues.

For our reader we are especially interested in pieces addressing the
resistance to traditional artistic and gender classifications.  Moreover,
our main question probes how technological developments have affected and
will probably continue to affect the interstices between art and gender

Please send us your favourite tips and links before 10.3.2000 (message with
subject heading <reader>).

In addition to the print version an on-line environment based on the reader
will be designed.

Participants receive a free copy and our warm smiles!

Contact Nat Muller & Deanna Herst at:

Axis, bureau voor de kunsten v/m
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 72
1012 GE Amsterdam
T +31 (0)20 4274525
F +31 (0)20 4271412

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Check out ART-ACT's latest submission - by Jason Bowman - "Death to Racism" at

Also visit the NEW Screen Print Workshop for Artists submissions at:

Irvin Cravatt - Skins

Diana Berek - Labor and Arts 2

Darryl John White - Untitled

Irvin Cravatt - Untitled

Tracy Evans - Fertility Symbol

C. COLUMN by C. Drew
The time seems correct to begin this column, the C. Column. Enough people have
asked about something missing with comments like "repetitious", and the same
thing again and again. Some on this list have voted with their unsubscribe
e-mails. Only occasionally do I get an illuminative note. I appreciate them all.
The overall message I get is add content.

Easier said than done! When your other duties include all the tasks of managing
a community art center.

I approach another hefty chunk of regular work added to my schedule like a
turkey approaches Thanksgiving. But in this case - just for you - I will give it
a try. I will do it because "content is King".

This C. Column will have two sections. The first will tell the on-going story of
the origins of our art center as an outgrowth of the CETA Community Arts Program
of the late 1970's.  How have times been for artists working in urban

It is known, that at times, people are willing to kill to end art - and under
those conditions we must ask ourselves, "Is art valuable enough to die for?" The
freedom to create art is always the most real test of a democracy. When it can
not tolerate its artists - it does not exist as a democracy. If art is greatly
discouraged from existing in urban communities then discourse, democracy and our
real intellectual standard of living suffer in many, too easily overlooked,
ways. To illustrate a struggle to build an inner-city community art initiative
is the goal of this segment.

Al and I came around the curve in rural Mississippi on the freeway north through
Illinois headed to Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were tired and happy to have had a
successful showing at the Bogalusa Voter League. We had documented the entire
adventure to put on a second show in the Twin Cities. The year was 1980. The
month February, Black History Month.

The Spartanettes at Alvin Carter's old high school had raffled off a painting
Alvin sent down there to raise the money to bring him home. They funded what
foundations had refused to support in a series of proposals Alvin had submitted.
They brought a native son home to exhibit his provocative surrealistic images
portraying contemporary African American themes to their high school for Black
History Month.

After little success with grants Alvin turned to one of his high school teachers
still teaching at that school. She organized the Spartanettes. He turned to me
because he knew I was available, had the spirit to buck the grain, could return
with the documentation with an artists touch to throw down with his return show
and maybe also to rub it into the crackers' faces because I am Caucasian. The
time was 2:35 am. We were pressing 65 miles per hour. Did I say, we just came
around a curve and we saw the semi-trailer's running tail lights.

Al held the wheel with his right hand at twelve o'clock. That familiar sight -
the trailers running lights - in a flash the familiar twisted into a frightening
realization. The truck - directly in front of us, which we were

approaching at 65 miles per hour, was not moving.

It was parked in the outside lane of a major freeway at 2:35 am with its running
lights on! My eyes must have widened. I whispered "wow" and Al jerked the wheel
right then left. We swung into the inside lane, missing by a few feet a fiery
fate, then we reeled back across to the outside lane averting barely the threat
of rolling the van. Centering down the highway we did not slow down to wonder
why. We rode on out of Mississippi back home to Minnesota, to bring an art show
back from Bogalusa Louisiana - alive - able to tell about it. (Continued Next

The second part of C. Column is notes on building our website. Many who visit us
are building websites also or are thinking about it. I will mention our
successes and our failures. We are mostly trying simple ideas and testing them.
A website grows slowly with continuous change if it is to keep a growing
audience. Regularity is important. Our art center hosts a "Website Design and
Promotion" Special Interest Group every 1st Saturday.

One of the goals of our website is to involve visitors and readers in building
our content. Your content. We want to showcase your comments on the pages with
the art but received little response. Instead of abandoning the idea of
interactions - we are expanding the opportunities. Readers can also contribute
URL's of significant articles and essays on Racism and Diversity. We ask you for
links to sites that are related to subjects of the submitted art pieces.

We will add links as well. To understand our motives in building this website -
realize that we intend to make this a permanent segment of our site. When this
ART-ACT contest is over we will either start another with new prizes or find
some way to continue to build stimulating content on Diversity and Racism. Why.
Because that is a big part of the theme of our mission for the Uptown
Multi-Cultural Art Center by simple definition.

To develop a website your content depends on - first and formost - who you are
and what your goals are.

If you can bring enough art together - eyes can open and minds can change. We
need more of that.

If you give us links that fit under our ART-ACT art - I will add them with your
comments to this newsletter.

Help build an Internet Community against Racism. Volunteer one hour a week. To
read about the HELP we need - Click

Thanks for reading of us as we grow.

Chris Drew
Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center   We dress Chicago and the
Internet in t-shirt art.  Come get some! 773/561-7676

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Ars Electronica 2000
Festival of Art, Technology and Society
September 2-7, 2000, Linz, Austria


Sex in the Age of its Procreative Superfluousness

As never before, the fundamentals of life have become the immediate
concern and direct object of scientific-technological processing. The
civilizational principle of the transformation of nature into art has
finally arrived at human beings themselves, and is now set to liberate the
process of our own origination from the purported inadequacies of
biological haphazard. As this attains a high-profile presence in the
spotlight of mass-media coverage, the borders between responsible research
and the race to make a killing in the business of life become blurred, and
nameless fear of ethical disaster is commingled with shamelessly trivial
curiosity about that impending moment when the photo of a proud and happy
mother holding the first cloned child in her arms is transmitted around
the world.

Continuing the festivalmodern reproductive biology. A dual approach
combining scientific and artistic points of view will scrutinize the
contours of a society in which human beings are genetically
configuredfunctional indispensability for reproduction, and thus one in
which the battle of the sexes as well as the moral steering mechanism of
our very society undergo reordering.

Gerfried Stocker

NEXT SEX in the Internet:

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