Marxist Sociology Blog: Theory, research, politics2018-10-24T10:00:29-04:00

Capitalism, Neoliberalism and Unfree Labour

Although most labour rights activists readily identify the status of these migrant workers as legally unfree, there is, however, a deeper form of unfreedom and coercion in the labour market that deserves much more attention than it receives in discussions of unfreedom. This unfreedom and coercion is not reducible to a legal status but is instead rooted in the very nature of the relationship between employer and worker in capitalist society.

By |Nov 27, 2019|Categories: Blog article, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Capitalism, Neoliberalism and Unfree Labour

States and Stakes: Relational Theory and the Politics of Class Struggle

How we conceive of the state has profound effects on how we understand political strategy. In this essay, written in response to Michael A. McCarthy's recent intervention, Zachary Levenson and Teresa Kalisz argue that only by seeing the state as truly relational can we avoid the pitfall of placing undue emphasis on organizing within the state, rather than the vital work of base building.

By |Nov 20, 2019|Categories: Blog article, Theory|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on States and Stakes: Relational Theory and the Politics of Class Struggle

Marx and the Dutch East India Company

Marx's examination of Dutch colonial violence in Indonesia highlight's important aspects of his approach to original accumulation that are easily lost when viewing the chapter, "the so-called original accumulation," through the lens of English exceptionalism, as many Marxists are prone to do.

By |Nov 5, 2019|Categories: Blog article, Research, Theory|Comments Off on Marx and the Dutch East India Company

Du Bois and the Jefferson School of Social Science

The Jefferson School of Social Science's mission was not only to educate cadre in Marxist theory, students were also expected to take that education into the street in mass actions including protests, and political organizing. This mission resonated with W.E.B. Du Bois’ goal to create inter-racial solidarity for an equitable future. The Jefferson School provided him the opportunity to bring that sentiment to the masses, and more importantly fix Africa and Black Americans in the vision for a socialist future predicated on the unity of all the oppressed.

By |Oct 29, 2019|Categories: Research|Comments Off on Du Bois and the Jefferson School of Social Science