Karl Marx: Revolutionary Heretic

(Originally published by Against the Current, and then published online by newsocialist.org on August 25, 2018, here: https://newsocialist.org/karl-marx-revolutionary-heretic/) DAVID MCNALLY Let us celebrate Marx the heretic. In a global moment in which “the old is dying and the new cannot yet be born” (Gramsci), let us embrace the Marx who, fully immersed in his historical moment,

“Adventure it was”: The Impossible Revolution of 1917

(Originally published at newsocialist.org on November 6, 2017, here: https://newsocialist.org/adventure-it-was-the-impossible-revolution-of-1917/ ) DAVID MCNALLY Through the wasteland of war and hunger emerged a simple flash of light. A message of hope from Russia: the Czar of Russia had been overthrown and a new workers’ government was declaring an end to war, poverty and exploitation. Victor Serge glimpsed this

Of Hegel and Bernie Sanders

In the spring/summer of 2016, I responded to Facebook postings about the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US with the following statement (it then elicited further debate and some additional musings I add below) True statements , Hegel pointed out, are frequently trivial. It is correct, but trivial to point out that 1+1=2.  This simple

Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Canadian State

The following article is part of a four-person symposium hosted by New Socialist webzine. You can find the full forum here: http://www.newsocialist.org/692-up-against-the-neoliberal-parties-what-should-the-left-do-four-views Anyone looking for easy answers to the challenges of radical politics today is sure to be disappointed. The terrain on which the left operates at the moment is messy, complicated and full of contradictions.