Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren

Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren

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Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren advances Marcuse scholarship by presenting four hitherto untranslated and unpublished manuscripts by Herbert Marcuse from the Frankfurt University Archive on themes of economic value theory, socialism, and humanism. Contributors to this edited collection, notably Peter Marcuse, Henry Giroux, Peter McLaren, Zvi Tauber, Arnold L. Farr and editor, Charles Reitz, are deeply engaged with the foundational theories of Marcuse and Marx with regard to a future of freedom, equality, and justice. Douglas Dowd furnishes the critical historical context with regard to U.S. foreign and domestic policy, particularly its features of economic imperialism and militarism. Reitz draws these elements together to show that the writings by Herbert Marcuse and these formidable authors can ably assist a global movement toward intercultural commonwealth.

The collection extends the critical theories of Marcuse and Marx to an analysis of the intensifying inequalities symptomatic of our current economic distress. It presents a collection of essays by radical scholars working in the public interest to develop a critical analysis of recent global economic dislocations. Reitz presents a new foundation for emancipatory practice—a labor theory of ethics and commonwealth, and the collection breaks new ground by constructing a critical theory of wealth and work. A central focus is building a new critical vision for labor, including academic labor. Lessons are drawn to inform transformative political action, as well as the practice of a critical, multicultural pedagogy, supporting a new manifesto for radical educators contributed by Peter McLaren. The collection is intended especially to appeal to contemporary interests of college students and teachers in several interrelated social science disciplines: sociology, social problems, economics, ethics, business ethics, labor education, history, political philosophy, multicultural education, and critical pedagogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739183076
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Charles Reitz retired in 2006 as Professor of Philosophy and Social Science at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where he also served as Director of Intercultural Education and President of the Faculty Association (KNEA). He has co-edited a Special Edition of the Radical Philosophy Review on Herbert Marcuse (with Andrew Lamas, Arnold L. Farr, and Douglas Kellner, 2013), and is the author of several publications on the educational and political philosophy of Herbert Marcuse: Art, Alienation, and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse (SUNY Press, 2000); “Herbert Marcuse and the Humanities: Emancipatory Education and Predatory Culture,” and “Herbert Marcuse and the New Culture Wars,” in Douglas Kellner, Tyson Lewis, Clayton Pierce, K. Daniel Cho, Marcuse’s Challenge to Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Table of Contents


Introduction. Crisis and Commonwealth: Politics, Pedagogy, Praxis
Charles Reitz
Chapter 1. The Political Economy of Predation and Counterrevolution: Recalling Marcuse on the Radical Goals of Socialism
Charles Reitz and Stephen Spartan
Chapter 2. Socialism One Sector at a Time
Peter Marcuse
Chapter 3. Charter 2000: A Transitional Program for Labor
David Brodsky
Chapter 4. “Vote for a Job”? A Short History of Contemporary Strategic Failure on the Organized Left, with Lessons for the Present
Fred Whitehead
Chapter 5. U.S. Capitalism and Militarism in Crisis? Our Political Work Today
Douglas Dowd
Chapter 6. Empire as a Way of Life: CourseOutline and Bibliography
John Marciano
Chapter 7. Surplus Over-Appropriation and the Reproduction Crisis in the Western Roman Empire
Stephen Spartan
Chapter 8. An Essay on Repressive Education: Marcuse, Marx, Adorno, and the Future of Emancipatory Learning
Arnold L. Farr
Chapter 9. Can Democratic Education Survive in a Neoliberal Society?
Henry A. Giroux
Chapter 10. Defeating Corporate Blueprints, White Papers, and Blue Ribbon Task Forces:
Academic Labor Reclaims Public Higher Education for the Public
Patricia P. Brodsky
Chapter 11. Art as a Manifestation of the Struggle for Human Emancipation: A Non-Dogmatic Marxist Position in Aesthetics
Zvi Tauber
Chapter 12. A Labor Theory of Ethics and Commonwealth: Recalling a “New” Marcuse
Charles Reitz
Chapter 13. Diversity, Equality, Empowerment in Politics and Education
Charles Reitz
Chapter 14. Cultural Origins of African Humanism and Socialism (Ujamaa)
Alfred T. Kisubi
Chapter 15. The Second Assassination of Dr. King
Lloyd C. Daniel
Chapter 16. Year Two of Arab Revolutions
Kevin Anderson
Chapter 17. Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy for a Socialist Society: A Manifesto
Peter McLaren
Chapter 18. The Communist Horizon
Jodi Dean
Conclusion. The Commonwealth Counter-Offensive
Charles Reitz
Appendix. Four Manuscripts on Value Theory, Humanism, and Socialism
Herbert Marcuse

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