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Crisis and Commonwealth : Marcuse, Marx, McLaren

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Crisis and Commonwealth extends the critical theories of Marcuse and Marx to an analysis of the intensifying inequalities symptomatic of our current economic distress. A new foundation for emancipatory practice is proposed-a labor theory of ethics and commonwealth. The collection appeals to the 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. It concludes with a manifesto for radical educators by Peter McLaren.show more

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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 black & white illustrations
  • 0739183060
  • 9780739183069
  • 1,783,298

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No one knows better than Charles Reitz that critical theory-at its best-is a three-legged stool, constructed with great care and attention to political economy, aesthetics, and pedagogy. When any one of these radical elements is missing, critical praxis is impoverished; however, when they are carefully fused together by a scholar and editor of Reitz's stature, then the intellectual legacy of Marx and Marcuse is renewed to work again in our time for projects of resistance, refusal, and liberation. I highly recommend Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren. -- Andrew T. Lamas, University of Pennsylvania The numerous social, economic, and military global crises of the last decades not only provoked protest movements throughout the world; they also brought about socio-critical analyses that offer astute examinations of the threats and turmoil in the global economy. Crisis and Commonwealth, edited by Charles Reitz, gathers such radical analyses in the critical intellectual tradition inspired by Marx and Marcuse. In the first chapter, Reitz and his chapter co-editor Stephan Spartan prove that Marcuse's dialectical method of radical thinking, with its political principle of "liberation", is still a radical weapon to analyze the crises of today. Reitz has established himself as one of the finest translators of German critical theorists including Habermas, Honneth, and Marcuse. His translation here of Marcuse's previously quite unknown Humanism and Humanity is a key contribution to Marcuse scholarship. It is particularly valuable in the context of Reitz's effort to explicate Marcuse's unique approach to socialist humanism as well as his own critical theoretical perspective. -- Peter-Erwin Jansen, editor of Herbert Marcuse's and Leo Lowenthal's intellectual estate in Germany; professor, University of Applied Sciences, Koblenz I wholeheartedly embrace this book as a part of the Marcuse Renaissance now underway. In an age where the 99% must struggle needlessly through longer working years and ever more tedious jobs, Marcuse's call for "a life that is no longer spent in making a living" is more relevant today than ever. These essays help us not only glimpse the horizon of liberation, but move us concretely toward that historical moment when human beings will become masters of their own destiny. -- George Katsiaficas, activist and author of "Asia's Unknown Uprisings"show more

About Charles Reitz

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).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 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: Course Outline 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 Name Index Subject Index About the Contributorsshow more

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