A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein

By Nelson Lichtenstein

For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship—on hard work, politics, and social thought—to chart the heritage and clients of a revolutionary the United States. a competition of principles collects and updates a lot of Lichtenstein's so much provocative and arguable essays and experiences. those incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the exertions circulation to the adjustments within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights circulation, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such very important roles. Tracing huge styles of political suggestion, Lichtenstein bargains vital views at the courting of work and the nation, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the belief of harmony, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislation, and highbrow existence. the amount closes with pics of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been very important to the conflicts that have interaction the exertions move, public coverage, and political tradition.

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In Marcuse’s view, although the majority of the population resists the thought and action of the New Left, it reflects a growing discontent and dissatisfaction with the system and contributes to undermining its power further (CR&R, p. 31). The problem is that the “countervalues, counterbehaviour” and its Marxist-socialist theory and practice are alien to the large majority of the working population, who are not aware of the radical cleavage between what is possible and what is actual, or of the existing possibilities for qualitative change.

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21 20 In works like EC, SM and ODM, Marcuse’s commitment to socialism is muted and is often expressed elliptically. In his post-1965 writings, however, he articulates his commitment to socialism much more explicitly. : Beacon Press, 1970) (hereafter 5L), pp. 67ff. ; EL, passim; and a 1968 lecture given in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Guardian, where he says, “I believe that the alternative is socialism,” and affirms his solidarity with the struggle for socialism. See Kellner, Herbert Marcuse, Chapter 10, for more detailed discussion of his concept of socialism.

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