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Class versus Nation

A History of Richard Turner’s Eclipse and Resurgence

Ian Macqueen

. Andrew Nash (1999) compellingly argued that Turner and the New Left failed to engage with the salience of nationalism. This article aims to give historical texture to this account, to qualify this criticism by pointing to other factors that led to

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William R. Caspary

confrontational politics of the New Left,” which provoked repressive mechanisms of the state, was the only way to “‘tear the mask of hypocrisy’” from the social order ( Stears 2010: 194–195 ). The marriage equality movement has won a great victory in a number of

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The Weight of Absence

Rick Turner and the End of the Durban Moment

Billy Keniston

liberation struggle in South Africa moved into more orthodox forms of organisation and leadership, as well as more orthodox and rigid ideas of socialism and of revolution. In other words, the so-called New Left for which Turner is widely acknowledged as being

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Don Nonini

pressures on the state led to the emergence of the housing commons. One social movement formed in the late 1960s was the New Left (Nieuw Links), an unofficial faction within the Dutch Labor Party committed to the radicalization of the party’s objectives

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Rivka Gordon

In her essay On Violence (1970), Hannah Arendt criticizes what she calls Sartre’s ‘new faith’ of violence. She argues that his call to the oppressed peoples to turn to a violent struggle to achieve freedom from colonialisation is an idea that was not known in the history of revolutions. In addition, Sartre’s glorification of violence is totally opposed to the Hegelian and Marxian tradition, and to any ‘leftist humanism’. Therefore, Sartre should be included, she holds, among ‘the new militants’ or ‘the new preachers of violence’ of the New Left. To support her views, Arendt criticizes passages in Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason and in his preface to Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

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Ronald Aronson

When published, Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason appeared to be a major intellectual and political event, no less than a Kantian effort to found Marxism, with far-reaching theoretical and political consequences. Claude Levi-Strauss devoted a course to studying it, and debated Sartre's main points in The Savage Mind; Andre Gorz devoted a major article to explaining its importance and key concepts in New Left Review. Many analysts of the May, 1968 events in Paris claimed that they were anticipated by the Critique. But the book has had a very quiet 50th anniversary: it is now clear that the project has had little lasting effect beyond a narrow band of specialists. It has not entered the wider culture, has not been picked up beyond Sartre scholars except by one or two philosophically interested social scientists and feminist thinkers; and after the energy of 1968 wore off the Critique faded as well from the radar of political activists. This article asks and attempts to answer the perplexing question: Why? What became of the great promise of Sartre's project?

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Alex Lichtenstein

1973 sought to reconcile Christian humanism with new currents in socialist thought generated by the New Left thinkers he was reading and interpreting for a South African audience. The Eye of the Needle , in fact, hardly resembled an academic text

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L’heure du laitier ou la contestation

Résistance, anticolonialisme et nouvelle gauche sur une « petite théorie » de Claude Bourdet

Fabrice Usman

influencent le débat public. Nouvelle gauche indépendante D’ailleurs, c’est à cette époque que la New Left britannique naît de la rencontre de jeunes penseurs anglais et de Bourdet. Stuart Hall, sociologue et théoricien de la culture résidant en Grande

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Dethroning Deliberation

A Response to Caspary

Jeff Jackson

basis. Caspary and I are thus on the same page here. Another central element of Caspary’s argument is that we must turn to the New Left movement of the 1960s to find “the explicit call for direct action” that he says is lacking in Dewey (2017: 115). I

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Revisiting Existential Marxism

A Reply to Alfred Betschart

Ronald Aronson

. I have come to this over a lifetime of study and political involvement. Alfred saved me from embarrassment by not citing my early work for his argument. As a young new-Left activist and scholar under the influence of Herbert Marcuse, I was much