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The Trial of Thomas Hardy A Forgotten Chapter in the Working-Class Fight for Democratic Rights by Ian Angus, Monthly Review, Volume 71, Issue 06 (November 2019)

The Trial of Thomas Hardy A Forgotten Chapter in the Working-Class Fight for Democratic Rightsby (Nov 01, 2019)Topics: , , , Places: , Copenhagen house' (John Gale Jones; Joseph Priestley; William Hodgson; John Thelwell; Charles James Fox), by James Gillray (died 1815), published 1795. National Portrait Gallery: NPG D12546. Link. Ian Angus edits the website Climate and Capitalism and is the author, most recently, of A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism (Monthly Review Press, 2017).
An earlier version of this article was published in Socialist Voice in November 2009. November 5, 2019, is the 225th anniversary of the acquittal of Thomas Hardy on charges of High Treason. Hardy is nearly forgotten today, but for decades workers and democrats in England celebrated November 5 as the anniversary of a major victory, a triumph over a powerful state that had deployed immense resources to crush working-…
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(dis)Functions: Marxist Theories of Architecture and the Avant-garde, Michael Chapman

(dis)Functions: Marxist Theories of Architecture
and the Avant-garde

  Michael Chapman






Abstract
This paper investigates the relationship between architecture and theories of the avant-garde in the critical projects of the 1970s, with a focus on the theories of Peter Bürger and Manfredo Tafuri.  Both Tafuri and Bürger were writing from within the context of a radicalized Marxism and were fuelled by an intellectual pessimism towards the totalizing systems of cultural production that questioned the role of resistance in aesthetics and the inability of the historical avant-gardes to engage within the political and economic fields of contemporary society.  While there is a common ancestry to these two approaches, and mutual acceptance of the failure of the avant-garde project, the work of Tafuri has had an enduring influence on architectural history and theory, while Bürger’s synchronous work has attracted only a modest amount of scholarly attention in architecture despite its ongoing legac…

Nato: a driving force for war for 70 years - Liz Payne interviews THANASSIS PAFILIS, general secretary of the World Peace Council

Nato: a driving force for war for 70 years Liz Payne, convener of the British Peace Assembly, interviews THANASSIS PAFILIS, general secretary of the World Peace Council for the Morning Star
Nato has a long record of crimes, of military interventions and wars




Liz Payne (LP): The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) has always stated that it is an alliance whose purpose is defensive — to guarantee the freedom and security of its members, an assertion continually repeated by the mass media of the countries concerned. What is the World Peace Council’s response to Nato’s claim?

Thanassis Pafilis (TP): There is nothing more wrong than to say that Nato was ever or is defensive.

It is actually and absolutely the opposite, an offensive war machine of imperialism, defending the interests of big capital and the monopolies, especially of its powerful members.

Nato has a long record of crimes, of military interventions and wars. It has initiated, co-ordinated or supported coups and violent regime…