The following is continuation of my exchange with Pavle Pavlović on Marxist theory.
As section officers and general Marxist scholars, sometimes we receive questions regarding Marx and his work. I really appreciate these questions because they allow me to contemplate issues I have not really considered, or speak to issues about which I have great passion. The following is a brief email exchange, edited slightly to fit the format of our website. The questions are from Pavle Pavlović, a PhD student from the Philological Faculty, University of Belgrade.
Enough! Somewhere, somewhere perhaps in the desert of Iraq, [...]
Seemingly helpless in a democracy beyond repair, on a world [...]
* Dedicated to the Reservists who refused to take part [...]
Red stains the walls of the mosque of proud Hebron, [...]
In my dissertation, The History of Criminal Selectivity: A Reading from Marx, Engels, and Contemporary Marxist Thought, I assess the historical and social-economic conditions that underpin the unequal legal treatment and selective prosecution of people based upon class, race, gender, and age. I identify particular patterns of “criminal selectivity.” I consider this phenomenon from the rise of capitalism to today, throughout Europe and the United States. Although the unequal functioning of the criminal justice system is widely recognized today as a key concept for analyzing crime and punishment, the selectivity phenomenon has not been strictly conceptualized and developed.
Originally published in Sensations Magazine, 2002 (Spring): 10-11. Reprinted in Home Planet News 50 (Vol. 12, No. 4), Spring 2004: p. 4.… This poem is from Grief and Rage: An American Jew’s Poems on Palestine by Marxist Sociology section member Sam Friedman. You can obtain one or more copies of Grief and Rage from him by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.