New Left Review, Volume 324 (November - December 2014)
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The New Left Review is a bimonthly political magazine covering world politics, economy, and culture. It was established in 1960. In 2003, the magazine ranked 12th by impact factor on a list of the top 20 political science journals in the world. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 1.485, ranking it 25th out of 157 journals in the category "Political Science"and 10th out of 92 journals in the category "Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary".
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A 160-page journal published every two months from London, New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics. It runs a regular book review section and carries interviews, essays, topical comments and signed editorials on political issues of the day. ‘Brief History of New Left Review’ gives an account of NLR’s political and intellectual trajectory since its launch in 1960.
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Susan Watkins: The Political State of the Union
Debt, deflation and stagnation have now become the familiar economic stigmata of the EU. But what of its political distortions? A survey of the three principal—and steadily worsening—imbalances in the outcome of European integration: the oligarchic cast of its governors, the lop-sided rise of Germany, and the declining autonomy of the Union as a whole in the North Atlantic universe.
Bhaskar Sunkara: Project Jacobin
Opening a series on new radical media, the founder of the most imaginative, and successful, US socialist journal of the new century explains how it was created, what its editorial and political strategy has been, and why it has met such a warm response.
Daniel Finn: Rethinking the Republic
Nowhere else in the West does a single figure occupy the same position in national life as the political writer Fintan O’Toole in Ireland. The first full consideration of the cursus and corpus of this powerful critic of the island’s establishment, and the society over which it has presided. Merits and limitations of another understanding of ‘republicanism’ in Ireland.
Francesco Fiorentino: Ambition
How and when did ambition cease to be a moral fault in the European mind and acquire the trappings of ambiguous virtue it possesses in modern times? The ardent hero of Stendhal’s novel of Restoration France as cynosure of the change, and its implications for the social order.
Enrica Villari: Duty
In diametric contrast, a sense of duty as the condition of an ethical life in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. No longer, however, dictated by tradition or convention, but designed as individual choice—in illusion or fulfillment—through the modest routines of daily life.
Gopal Balakrishnan: The Abolitionist—1
Opening salvo of a two-part reconstruction of Marx’s intellectual passage through the Hegelian—then Ricardian—conceptual landscape of his early years, taking him to the threshold of his mature architectonics of capitalism as a mode of production. From a starting-point in the philosophical empyrean of the 1830s to a turning-point with the economic upturn of the early 1850s, the development of one sketch of an historical materialism to the brink of another.
Vivek Chibber on Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen, An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions. Sombre balance-sheet of the failures of Indian development, and remedies insufficient for them.
Michael Denning on Nikil Saval, Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace. Transitions from counting-house to typing-pool to playpen, as capital’s designers sought to contain the discontents of labour.
Blair Ogden on Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life. The lost wanderer of legend in new and more searching biographical light.
delayed, the Chancellor is now proclaiming that the eu ‘will not yield to Moscow’— ‘and that doesn’t just apply to Ukraine. It applies to Moldova, it applies to Georgia. If the situation continues, we’ll have to ask about Serbia, we’ll have to ask about the western Balkan countries.’13 This is the new German Europe—the very outcome that integration was designed to prevent. 18 November 2014 Stefan Wagstyl, ‘German diplomacy: Dominant by default’, ft, 5 August 2014. ‘Putin’s Reach: Merkel
enshrined in law. A second major theme of O’Toole’s writing was the crisis afflicting secular power-holders in the Republic. The stench of political corruption emanating from the Fianna Fáil hierarchy was at its most pungent during the controversy incited by financial malpractice in the meat industry. O’Toole was assigned by the Irish Times to cover a long-running tribunal that scrutinized the affairs of Larry Goodman, Europe’s leading beef exporter and one of Ireland’s most powerful men, who had
now ready for destruction in an atheist apocalypse. Marx pointed out that Bauer’s theological supersessionism failed to explain the persistence of a supposedly superseded Judaism. Christianity and Judaism were no longer even relevant objects of criticism: their relationship could only be considered as an allegory of the secular opposition of state and civil society, in which the relation between the two was one of mutual presupposition, not supersession. ‘Judaism reaches its highest point with
to health, education and other services have been among the lowest for countries at comparable levels of development. To make the state more relevant to the betterment of its citizens’ life-chances, a massive redirection of priorities is needed. This is not a matter that can be addressed merely by institutional reform; it requires a shift in political culture and the balance of power in society. The problem with Drèze and Sen’s diagnosis is not just that a focus on institutional reform is too
Moholy-Nagy, Curtius and Leo Strauss, not to speak of the companions of his youth. An exile in France, in much more difficult circumstances, he consorted or was on terms with Bataille, Klossowski, Monnier, Aron, Wahl, Gide, Paulhan, Malraux, Kojève, Leiris and Caillois. There too, his writing was not simply ignored, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction—translation corrected by Aron— attracting the attention of Malraux, among others. Materially, too, Benjamin came from a wealthier