[Marxism] Check out the new issue of Socialism and Democracy (on the First International, 150 years later)

George Snedeker george.snedeker at verizon.net
Sun Sep 7 15:15:33 MDT 2014

I think that many of you will be interested to check out the recently released special issue of Socialism and Democracy.

This issue focuses on the 150th Anniversary of the First Workers International, exploring the relevance of this legacy for working-class struggles today.

You can read the introduction to the volume here: http://sdonline.org/65/introduction-24/

Also, I'm here passing along a particularly valuable piece from the issue, a group interview of militant trade union leaders from across the world, conducted by Babak Amini.  Worth checking out!  file:///C:/Users/PC/Downloads/Interview%20Babak.pdf

I've pasted the nice shout out this issue of S&D received in Monthly Review, below.

Sincerely, and in solidarity,

P.S.  The December issue of S&D will focus on Mass Incarceration, and has been co-edited by Johanna Fernandez and Mumia Abu-Jamal.


» Notes from the Monthly Review Editors

This year is the 150th anniversary of the International Working Men’s Association (IWMA), often referred to as the First International. Formed in 1864 under the leadership of Karl Marx, it operated—in contrast to what were subsequently called the Second, Third, and Fourth Internationals—under the principle of unity with diversity, rejecting a policy of absolute doctrinal unity. After considerable successes, however, it fell prey to sectarian struggles and finally expired in 1876. The 150th anniversary coincides with growing worldwide calls for the construction of a New International. In February 2014, MR published a paper, “Reflections on the New International,” that István Mészáros had drafted in 2010 at the request of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In June 2014, we published Samir Amin’s “Popular Movements Toward Socialism,” addressing the same subject. Both Mészáros and Amin insisted that despite the eventual decline of the IWMA into the factionalism which led to its demise, it—and not the Second, Third, or Fourth Internationals—constituted the model for a New International.

The July 2014 issue of our sister publication Socialism and Democracy, edited by George C. Comninel, Marcello Musto, and Victor Wallis, is devoted entirely to the International’s anniversary, and adopts this same general position. In addition to the editors, the issue includes articles by MR authors Patrick Bond, Bill Fletcher, Jr., and Michael Löwy. As managing editor of Socialism and Democracy, Wallis (also a long-time MR contributor) wrote the introduction to the issue, emphasizing the need for a new internationalism. Musto’s “Notes on the History of the International,” written originally as the “Introduction” to an anthology of key documents under his editorship entitled, Workers Unite!: The International 150 Years Later (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), provides a remarkable history of the International. It ends with the words: “The new International cannot evade that twin requirement: it must be plural and it must be anticapitalist.” For more on Socialism and Democracy, go to http://sdonline.org.

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