Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics 2018-06-08T16:45:08+00:00

Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States

The task at hand is to place the political economy of repression within the contours of U.S. history. It involves sketching in broad terms how, over time, repression is the product of dynamic and fixed relations between capital and labor. The goal is to represent how capital is able to repress labor given essential prerequisites.

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What Is the Relation between Theory and Practice, and Did Marx Discuss Engineering Society?

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.

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somewhere perhaps

in the desert of Iraq,

or perhaps in Palestine

or the Afghan hills,

amidst the cacophony of shells,

the reek of boiled-off flesh,


a voice awakens,

a voice in Arabic, in English,

a voice that speaks

in every tongue,

that utters


No more!”

a voice of utter empathy

that fills the world

as billions join its cry

“Enough! No more!”

as armies refuse to flay

their fellow flesh,

as workers turn war plants

to temples of revolt,

as rulers tremble

when none obey,

as the Earth

begins to heal.



Originally appeared in Critical Sociology 36/5 (Sept 2010), p. 690.

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


By | August 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog articles, Submissions|Comments Off on Enough!


Seemingly helpless

in a democracy beyond repair,

on a world brewing the floods, droughts

and endless wanderings

of a vengeful planet,

I live as a godless Jew in an age

when the leaders of Judaism

spit the fires of Uzis and smart bombs

like the bowels of Ba’al

in eras past.


I, you, we anguish our selves,

turn one upon the other

in a frenzy of utter helplessness,

week after month for a decade,

lonely, beleaguered, bereft.


‘Nam begets Afghanistan,

Afghanistan begets Iraq,

Iraq begets, begets,



Emmett Till begets Medgar Evers,

Medgar Evers begets Rodney King,

Rodney King begets Amadou Diallo,

Amadou Diallo begets Troy Davis,

Troy Davis begets Trayvon Martin,

Trayvon Martin begets Michael Brown,

murdered by racist mob or racist cop or racist system,

begotten, begotten, forgotten,

in every shore, in every county,

week after month after decade,


but slowly, slowly, slowly, I, you, we

beget a


a leviathan We

that thinks, that feels, that struggles, that loves,

a We that strikes,

a We that talks,

a We that seizes,

a We that thinks,

a We that destroys,

a We that loves the They

while hating the It,

that disperses the They as They

that destroys the It,

that builds our We

to rebuild.


I, you, we, We live,

we struggle that the Earth may live,

that our We

can supplant the It,

liberate the Palestinians, liberate the Jews,

and liberate the Earth

from the It, from the They,

that the We can grow a universal Us,

that Earth […]

By | August 6th, 2016|Categories: Blog articles, Submissions|Comments Off on We