Revolutionary Politics in a non-revolutionary period

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

April 5th, 2014 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Co-Sponsored by Institute for the Radical Imagination and the journal, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination
Revolutionary Politics in a non-revolutionary period
Lukacs and Gramsci
Stanley Aronowitz

After the Russian Revolution and the defeat of Hungarian, German and Italian uprisings, the main stream of the revolutionary Left adopted a politics of compromise with social-democratic and liberal forces. The turn toward reformism was driven by fear of fascism and by a loss of confidence that radical change was possible in the most advanced industrial capitalist societies. But two Marxist theorists and political activists attempted to come to terms with the new situation and rejected the reformist line: Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukacs. Their work was independent of each other, but there are strong resemblances in their approach to problems of revolution and political organization.

This course will address the key works that attempted to forge new theoretical and strategic paths for the Left. Lukacs: History and Class Consciousness, especially Reification and Problems of Political Organization, and Tactics and Ethics. Gramsci: Selections from the Prison Notebooks on political strategy, education, intellectuals, the Southern Question and Philosophy. We will also consult selected commentaries.

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