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  • Cyberspace Lenin: Update on Clare Solomons deletion from facebook

    I set up new fb profile and this has also been disabled. So has
    Mutiny's. This is now more than a coincidence or glitch.

    I was asked to enter security words to prove I am a human and here is
    what I was provided with:

  • Marx Quiz

    Here's a brief true-false quiz about Marx's theory of value. This is to advertise my video series "The Law of Value" which will be appearing, one video at a time, over the next several months. Full text at: kapitalism101.wordpress.com
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  • Marxist analysis of the internet: read up b4 coming to my session...

    I have taken this straight from Counterfire.   
    We have posted this as a way to get people thinking about the various issues that are usually not considered with the internet. Read up before coming to my session on the internet - does anyone fancy helping to co-facilitate using Hoot suite or Scribble Live? (or something similar)

    Christian Fuchs analyses thecomplexities of the relationship between the internet, revolutionarytheory and the struggle for socialism.

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    Doesthe Internet mainly harm or advance socialist emancipation? Does itmainly destabilize or stabilize capitalism and exploitation? In myview, these questions are incorrectly asked and imply one-sided answers.Thetask for a critical analysis of the role of media and technology incapitalism is to conceive these phenomena as dialectical andantagonistic.
    Neither neo-Luddism nor techno-utopianism areadequate left-wing reactions to the fact that digital media to acertain extent shape the ways we work, live, communicate, act, andthink.
    The Marxian notion of the antagonism between theproductive forces and the relations of production is helpful foranalyzing the role of knowledge and the media in contemporarycapitalism in a more complex manner.
    Marx formulated thisantagonism in the following words: “The contradiction between thegeneral social power into which capital develops, on the one hand, andthe private power of the individual capitalists over these socialconditions of production, on the other, becomes ever moreirreconcilable, and yet contains the solution of the problem, becauseit implies at the same time the transformation of the conditions ofproduction into general, common, social, conditions”.
    In one ofthe most well-known passages of his works, Marx says that the “materialconditions for the existence” of “new superior relations of production”mature “within the framework of the old society” and that the“productive forces developing within bourgeois society create also thematerial conditions for a solution of this antagonism”.
    Informationsystems and knowledge in production are economic factors that influenceand enable the creation of knowledge goods and services that are soldas commodities.
    On the Internet, knowledge is commodified inseveral ways: it is either directly sold as commodity (you for examplepay for downloading music on iTunes) or is provided for free bycompanies in order to attract a large number of users to platforms sothat the users can be commodified and sold as a user/prosumer commodityto advertising clients.
    This shows that within capitalistsociety, knowledge and information systems are subsumed under thecapitalist relations of production. But this fact does not allow theconclusion that technologies and media in general are only means ofexploitation and means for the production of relative surplus value. Itis due to three specific characteristics of information networks thatnetworked productive forces come in contradiction with the capitalistrelations of:
    1. Information as a strategiceconomic resource is globally produced and diffused by networks. It isa good that is hard to control in single places or by single owners.
    2. Informationis intangible. It can easily be copied, which results in multipleownerships and hence undermines individual private property.
    3. Theessence of networks is that they strive for establishing connections.Networks are in essence a negation of individual ownership and theatomism of capitalism.
    The specific antagonism of networkedinformation systems (such as the Internet) is that they at the sametime have the potential to threaten and reproduce private property andcapitalist class relations. The openness, connectivity,communicability, co-operation, and sociality supported by the Interneton the one hand makes information a good that can easily be madeavailable without payment.
    Legal mechanisms (intellectualproperty rights, privacy statements, terms of use) and onlineadvertising strategies on the other hand enable companies tocriminalize information sharing and to accumulate capital by opening upplatforms without payment to users, setting advertising rates accordingto the attracted amount of users, storing, analyzing, assessing, andselling user data and usage behaviour data to advertising clients(economic surveillance).
    The Internet in capitalist society istherefore highly antagonistic. It is an expression of networkedproductive forces that anticipate the idea of a co-operativeparticipatory economy, in which the means of production orco-operatively controlled by the immediate producers. The Internet istherefore also, but not only, a Keimform (germ cell) of communism.
    Butthe very principles of networking, openness, decentralization that areat the heart of the Internet are also principles that enable newaccumulation strategies. The Internet opens up and closes downpossibilities for communism at the same time.
    This analysis castdoubts on the assumption that political action can operate outside ofantagonisms. It implies that progressive politics are, at least as longas we live in a capitalist society, in most instances antagonisticthemselves. Given the antagonistic Internet, what can socialist netpolitics look like?
    Communism most likely will not arrivetomorrow, it is not knocking on our doors in the current time of globalcrisis. This is at least what can be observed by the reactions of mostcitizens to the fact that capital has once again shipwrecked and hasbeen saved by states with the help of taxpayers’ money.
    Thereaction has not been a wave of mass protests, but a shift towards thepolitical right in many countries and a wait-see-hope-attitude inothers (let’s wait until the crisis is over, let’s see if I will beaffected, let’s hope that not I, but others will be damaged).
    Thisshows that dreaming of revolution is today rather utopian - it is onlyan idea that has no mass support. A politics of radical reformism isneeded that aims at changing the institutions in such a way thatcritical action can become more likely.
    For net politics thismeans that the likelihood that the antagonism between the networkedproductive forces and the relations of production will havepredominantly socialist and not capitalist effects can only beincreased by left wing political actions, both in parliament, civilsociety, and as a combination of both. Elements of socialist netpolitics could for example include:
    • the legalization of file sharing
    • the introduction of a guaranteed basic income for cultural producers, financed by increasing capital taxation
    • state subsidies for non-commercial, advertising-free, non-profit Internet projects
    • theintroduction of the legal requirement that commercial Internet platformproviders operate based on opt-in advertising mechanisms
    • the introduction of an Internet tax on online advertising revenues
    • affirmativeaction mechanisms that increase the visibility of alternative onlinemedia on the Internet, make the existence of these platforms known tothe people, and make the usage of alternative Internet platforms funand attractive
    Many more potential elements of socialistnet politics are imaginable. My argument is that progressive netpolitics require the connection to a movement for the renewal of a truesocial democracy. Such a social democracy cannot be a form of Bliarismor a kind of politics that is brown instead of red. It must recover andrenew its own socialist roots.
    The British elections 2010 willunfortunately not improve the possibilities or realities of socialistpolitics and socialist net politics, it will instead bring more of thesame uniform neoliberal one-dimensionality, disguised and media-hypedas being young, fresh, and dynamic.
    From a socialist perspective,the difference between Cameron, Glegg, and Brown is marginal. Britishneoliberalism will continue after just like before the elections. Andthis does not promise good times for net politics either.
    ChristianFuchs is associate professor at the University of Salzburg and memberof the executive board of the Unified Theory of Information ResearchGroup. His fields of interest are: social theory, critical theory,media and society, information society studies, ICTs and society. He isauthor of more than 120 publications, including “Internet &Society” (Routledge 2008) and “Foundations of Critical Media andInformation Studies” (Routledge 2010). Website:http://fuchs.uti.at,
  • Marxism and the crisis - a strategy for the left

    An image of graph illustrating economic crisis superimposed over one of Marx's face.

    John Rees looks at the left's analysis of the crisis and outlines a strategy for resisting our rulers attempts to make us pay for it

  • "Crisis, Value and Marx's Order of Operations" Brendan Cooney 2 of 3.mov

    Left Forum 2010: "Economics and Politics of the Current Crisis" a panel featuring: Andrew Kliman, Roots of the Economic Crisis: The Persistent Fall in Profitability and Debt Financing Brendan Cooney, Value, Crisis, and Marx's Order of Operations" Anne Jaclard, Do We Have an Uncoupled Economy?
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  • "Crisis, Value and Marx's Order of Operations" Brendan Cooney 1 of 3

    Left Forum 2010: "Economics and Politics of the Current Crisis" a panel featuring: Andrew Kliman, Roots of the Economic Crisis: The Persistent Fall in Profitability and Debt Financing Brendan Cooney, Value, Crisis, and Marx's Order of Operations" Anne Jaclard, Do We Have an Uncoupled Economy?
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  • "Crisis, Value and Marx's Order of Operations" Brendan Cooney 3 of 3.mov

    Left Forum 2010: "Economics and Politics of the Current Crisis" a panel featuring: Andrew Kliman, Roots of the Economic Crisis: The Persistent Fall in Profitability and Debt Financing Brendan Cooney, Value, Crisis, and Marx's Order of Operations" Anne Jaclard, Do We Have an Uncoupled Economy?
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  • Sadism, Nazis and Swedish Trotskyism

    Girl with the Dragon Tattoo clipWhat connects these three things? The answer is Stieg Larsson's novel 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. The film version opens in UK cinemas this Friday.

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  • Leninism in the 21st century-welcome to Counterfire

    Well, now the lack of stuff on this blog is explained...we have all been busy beavering away behind the scenes with a brand new project. More details on how to get involved on the front page-sign up for our weekly bulletin which will provide details of how to register for the sight, how to send in articles, videos, photo's etc.

    We look forward to working with you in this brand new way.

    I shamelessly copied the blurb from our news editor's blog The Sauce because, in true internet fashion, we operate on a creative commons licence :-) Thanks Brendan!

    News and theory publication Counterfire was launched today with a plethora of reports and essays focusing on the crisis in capitalism, imperialism and war and popular culture.

    The website is being launched on International Women's Day with a 60 strong team including an investigations team, an industrial unit, arts reviews and peer reviewed publications.



    Lindsey German, author of Material Girls, Women, Sex and Work and convenor of Stop the War said: “We live in a world of growing conflict, crisis and inequality and Counterfire is a much needed new voice calling for fundamental change.”

    Adrian Cousins, editor of the new site, said: “Counterfire includes snappy news articles alongside expert analysis of the most important issues today with original design, photography and video. There is a blog aggregate so those interested in the movements know where to come.”

    John Rees, broadcaster and author, said: “The journalism and analysis on Counterfire will provide a welcome alternative to the discredited and failing policies of the political elite.”

    Elly Badcock, women's officer at SOAS and women's editor, said: “It's fantastic that on the 100th International Women's Day this powerful new site which uses the latest technology is providing a platform for the new feminism of the 21st Century.”



    The site features daily news from the movements including articles on protests, petitions and campaigns alongside theory analysing the economy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and campaigns against the BNP and the English Defence League.

    The site is available at counterfire.org with news being fed through twitter at www.twitter.com/counterfire with a video feed at youtube.com/counterfire. Articles on the site can be reproduced with permission and attribution.

    Launch articles on the site include:

    The Feminist Manifesto for the 21st Century, with video from Saturday's packed meeting at Housmans bookshop by Lindsey German and Nina Power

    Report from Joe Glenton's court martial, from the organiser of the Stop the War protest

    An examination of Gramsci's relevance today
  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 1 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 2 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 3 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 4 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 5 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 6 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 7 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 8 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 9 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Marx and Temporalism- a tutorial 10 of 10

    This is a workshop on the Temporal Single System Interpretation (TSSI) of Marx's value theory. It was recorded in November of 2009 at the Rethinking Marxism conference in Amherst Mass. The presenters are Andrew Kliman and Alan Freeman, two of the leading figures in the TSSI. The TSSI aims to show that by viewing Marx's value theory through a temporal lens the claims by Marx's opponents that his value theory is inconsistent are refuted. I have discussed the TSSI in my video "What... TSSI...
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  • Rethinkig Marxism: Andrew Kliman 2 of 2 "Contradictions of Capitalism's Value Production"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinking Marxism: questions

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney
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  • Rethinkng Marxism: Brendan Cooney 1 of 2 "Crisis, Value and Marx's Order of Operations"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinkng Marxism: Brendan Cooney 2 of 2 "Crisis, Value and Marx's Order of Operations"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinking Marxism: answers

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney
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  • Rethinking Marxism: David Calnitsky 2 of 2 "Capitalist Competition, Self-Organization and Crsis"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinkig Marxism: Andrew Kliman 1 of 2 "Contradictions of Capitalism's Value Production"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinkig Marxism: Alan Freeman 2 of 2 "How Did 1929 End?"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinking Marxism: David Calnitsky 1 of 2: Capitalist Competition, Self-Organization and Prices

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinking Marxism: Radhika Desai 2 of 3 "The Demand Problem in the Current Crisis"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Rethinking Marxism: Radhika Desai 3 of 3 "The Demand Problem in the Current Crisis"

    Rethinking Marxism Conference 2009 "Temporal Value Theory in a Moment of Crisis: A Roundtable on the Economic Crisis" with: Andrew Kliman Alan Freeman Radhika Desai David Calnitsky Brendan Cooney This was a great panel which might help viewers understand some of the debates among the left on how to properly understand the crisis. There was a good deal of agreement among the panelists on some issues like the idea that the crisis is more than a financial crisis, and that the theory of the...
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  • Chris Harman - The Crisis Now - Marxism 2009

    Debate with David Harvey at Marxism 2009 http:///www.counterfire.org.uk If you have problems watching this video you can download it here: www.flashload.net
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  • Egypt - rise of the working class: The Independent Union of Real Estate Tax Collectors: Marxism 2009

    Tariq from the Independent Union of Real Estate Tax Collectors - te first independent trade union established in Egypt since 1957
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  • Egypt - rise of the working class: Center for Socialist Studies: Marxism 2009

    Speaker from the Center for Socialist Studies in Egypt
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  • Mark Steele on Karl Marx: part 2


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  • Hossam el-Hamalawy - Resistance in Egypt - Marxism 2008

    Hossam el-Hamalawy - Resistance in Egypt - Marxism 2008

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  • Still a Marxist after all


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