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(en) UK, Libertarian Marxist Aufheben #12 (2004) now available

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Date Fri, 14 Nov 2003 14:15:37 +0100 (CET)

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Contents of this year’s issue:
Oil wars and world orders new and old p. 1
While the American-led interventions in Bosnia and
Kosovo during the 1990s were presented as
‘humanitarian wars’, it was hard to disguise the fact
that the invasion of Iraq was primarily motivated by a
drive to reassert American power, and in particular
its control over the world’s oil supplies. However, in
reasserting its power, America has exposed serious
fault lines within the 'international (bourgeois)
community'. Indeed, in finishing off the job that his
father had left done Bush Jnr ended up undermining the
New World Order that Bush Snr had proclaimed with his
war on Iraq. In this article we seek to place the
recent Gulf War in the context of the evolving
geo-political-economy that has shaped American foreign
policy since the Iran-Iraq conflict.

A phenomenal anti-war movement? p. 28
The movement against the war on Iraq was larger and
more exciting than other recent anti-war movements.
This article focuses on the organization and character
of the movement in the UK, and describes how some of
the dynamics of the movement as a whole were played
out in one UK town, where we were involved. We argue
that the feeling that what happened was challenging
lay not so much in the nature of the actions, but
rather in the number and variety of people brought
into the movement and in the failure of the liberal
peace movement to exercise the usual control.

Communist Theory: Beyond the ultra-left? A reply to TC p. 36
In our last issue, we carried an article by the French
group Théorie Communiste (TC) which offered a critique
of our articles on decadence theory. Like ourselves,
for TC the theory of the ultra-left is a basic
reference point and at the same time something which
we attempt to go beyond. TC argued that we fail to
escape the classic ultra-left objectivism-subjectism
problematic. In our reply, we acknowledge some of
their criticisms, but question features of their own
analysis, in particular their distinction between
'early' and 'late' Marx, and their periodization of
capital in terms of the real and formal subsumption of
labour to capital.

Hotlines Review article: ‘We have ways of making you talk p. 50
For the last three years, the German collective
Kolinko have been engaged in a project of workers'
inquiry. Researching class struggle (or lack of it)
through working in call centres, Kolinko locate their
project in the tradition of operaismo, and argue for
workers' inquiry as a key strategy for revolutionaries
today. This article addresses some of the issues
thrown up by the tension between inquiry and
intervention, including the question as to the role
(if any) for ‘revolutionary’ groups.

Aufheben subscriptions
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Europe: £9 for three issues
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Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers Centre
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Aufheben #12 (2004) is now available for £3 (Cheques -
sterling only please - payable to Aufheben) from the
following address:

Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers Centre
PO Box 2536

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