Red Door Co-operative Limited Recent Publications

stevei stevei at world.net
Thu Jun 8 15:45:31 MDT 1995


Greetings from Australia. I thought you might like notice of our
recent publication:

The Poverty of Dialectical Materialism
Eric Petersen

In  these days of postmodernism, everyone is taking another look. Here is
"another look" that is long overdue. In this book Eric Petersen critically
examines a century of received wisdoms and questions a consistent theme
within Marxism, namely that Dialectics has something to do with Nature.

SYNOPSIS
The Marxist tradition has never completed a comprehensive statement of its
own philosophy. Consequently, dialectical materialism has wrongly occupied
centre stage. Marx and Engels based their political theory on the "dialectic
of history", which proved to be an extremely useful tool for understanding
how society has changed and how it can be changed. But the notion that
everything in nature is in constant change, driven by internal
contradictions, did not receive the same attention and generally seems to
have been worked on by Marxists when the working class was in retreat or
during periods of defeat.

Marx and Engels first speculated about dialectics in nature. This was taken
up by Plekanov who popularised the idea that Marxism was a guide to nature.
Lenin, more interested in politics than philosophy, made important
contributions to historical materialism. But he simply continued with
Plekanov's ideas in regard to nature. Stalinism, however, turned dialectics
into an authoritarian  state religion and this gave the dialectics of nature
an important philosophical position.  Mao used dialectical materialism to
justify Stalinist politics and state oppression in China. Although he
opposed the Stalinists in politics, Trotsky continued with the tradition of
dialectics in nature, with disastrous consequences for understanding
Stalin's counter-revolution. Most Trotskyists remain loyal to Trotsky on
this point, even though it does not assist their politics.

Not all Marxists have agreed, but none have formulated a coherent critique
of dialectical materialism. This book aims to rescue Marxism from attempts
to elevate it to some form of super philosophy and restore it to what it was
originally: a guide to human liberation by socialist revolution.

This book is published by Red Door Co-op, a group of independent artists set
up to publish and market all forms of art for artists who have no other
outlet for their work. Red Door are happy to receive enquiries from other
artists.

The book retails for $18.95. (Australian) To obtain  your copy, fill in the
order form and send $18.95plus $2.00 postage to Red Door, 24 Morris Street,
Summer Hill  NSW 2130 Australia

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Red Door Co-operative Limited, Morris Street, Summer Hill  NSW 2130
Australia Phone 61 2 798 6074  Fax 61 2 798 6786 Email stevei at world.net

Regards steve irons



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