Category Archive: Intellectuals

Democracy for Dummies

  Bravo Rachel Stewart for taking on the ‘sour Old Men’. It is true that a few ‘grown-up boys’ chose to lecture her in public. That is their problem. Not that I mind… Continue reading

How the ‘Labour left’ sold out NZ workers in the 1990s

Book Review No Left Turn: The Distortion of NZ’s history by Greed, Bigotry and Right-wing politics By Chris Trotter. Random House, NZ, 2007 Part One: Keeping the social democratic torch alight Chris Trotter’s… Continue reading

Saint Jacques: Derrida and the Ghost of Marxism

  Introduction For the bourgeoisie, the collapse of “communism” made the world-historic victory of capitalism seem certain. Yet the contradictions of capitalism immediately called the new world order into question as globalisation brought… Continue reading

Lost in the Crowd? Hardt and Negri’s Empire and Multitude in Argentina

Introduction In their book Empire Hardt and Negri argue that today world capitalism has entered a new stage of development. ‘Empire’ is different from imperialism and is bigger than any particular country including… Continue reading

John Mulgan: A Modern Greek Tragedy

  Review of Vincent O’Sullivan’s Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan Penguin Books 2003 Introduction John Mulgan has a big name in New Zealand. He is portrayed in the… Continue reading

Situations Vacant

Marx and Engels looking forward This is a session on ‘Social Critics’ and ‘Public Intellectuals’. But what do these terms mean in the current context? What ‘Society’? What ‘criticism’? What ‘Public’? What ‘intellectuals’?… Continue reading

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