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The new issue of the International Socialism journal is out now, featuring Judith Orr on Sheila Rowbotham, Shlomo Sand interviewed by John Rose and Sebastian Budgen on the loss of a great intellectual – Daniel Bensaid and Chris Harman.

Judith Orr writes:Dreamers of a New Day Cover Image

Sheila Rowbotham gives a fascinating account and new insight into some of the debates, organisations and publications that flourished in Britain and the US during this period in her new book, Dreamers of a New Day.

The full article, “Marxism and feminism today”,  is available here. Sheila Rowbotham’s new book Dreamers of a New Day is available now in hardback.

Shlomo Sand speaks to John Rose:

But you know the atmosphere around the established Jewish community in France is frightful. People are afraid. In France at first journalists were afraid to write about the book. However, after the war on Gaza a lot of walls fell down and people began to write more and Sand The Invention of the Jewish People Cover Imagemore about the book. And now there is a pocketbook version and again it is in the bestsellers list. In 2009 the full-size version was the bestselling book about history. But don’t underestimate just how reactionary, racist and authoritarian the current mood of the pro-Zionist circles in the French Jewish community is. They remind me of the pro-Stalinist influence in Paris at the beginning of the 1950s or even the McCarthyist influence in the US at the same time.

The full article, “Interview: Zionism, socialism and nationalism”, is available here. Shlomo Sand’s book The Invention of the Jewish People is now available in paperback.

Sebastian Budgen pays tribute to Verso authors Daniel Bensaïd and Chris Harman, who both  sadly died this year:

For Chris Harman and Daniel Bensaïd, two men who have died at almost the same age and within months of each other—one after a monumental 20-year struggle against illness, the other plucked without warning from the night—scarcely addressed probably more than a few sentences directly to each other in over 40 years. And yet their lifelong, daily, uncomplaining commitment to combine the patient, often wearisome, work of building a small revolutionary group with that of trying to theoretically regenerate the grandeur of the classical Marxist tradition by fertilising it constantly with elements of the new was nonetheless a common eHarman People's History of the World Cover Imagendeavour.Marx For Our Times Cover Image

The full article, “The Red Hussar: Daniel Bensaïd, 1946-2010”, is available here. Daniel Bensaïd’s book Marx for Our Times: Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique is available in paperback. Chris Harman’s A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millenium is also available in paperback.


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SWP are holding a memorial meeting for Chris Harman (1949-2009). Chris Harman was a leading British socialist,  editor of International Socialism and the author of dozens of books and pamphlets on politics, history, economics and the Marxist tradition,  including A People’s History of the World. He sadly passed away on 7th November 2009.

The celebration of Chris’s life is open to all SWP members and supporters.

Brunei Gallery – Soas Thornhaugh Street, Russell Sq London WC1H 0XG
Saturday, 17 April 2010 – 5:00pm – 7.30pm

More details can be found here.

To read Alan Maass’ obituary of Chris Harman click here.

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Issue 125 of the International Socialism journal features several articles about Chris Harman and his work, including Joseph Choonara’s tribute Another side of Chris Harman and Ian Birchall’s Chris Harman: A Life in the Struggle. Some of Chris Harman’s own last writings, The emperor has no clothes and Not all Marxism is dogmatism: a reply to Michel Husson are also available.

Chris Harman edited the journal from 2004 and was the author of A People’s History of the World. His latest book Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx was published in 2009.

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Chris Harman 1942-2009

We are saddened to hear of the death of Chris Harman, author of A People’s History of the World. There is an announcement below from the SWP and an obituary online here by Alex Maass. An obituary from Alex Callinicos is hereHarmanAnd you can see the growing number of tributes to him here. See also the obituary by Michael Rosen in the Guardian. And a letter in response by Keith Flett.

Supporters and readers of Socialist Worker as well as socialists from around the world will be sad to hear the tragic news that Chris Harman died last night in Cairo where he was speaking.
Our condolences go out to Talat, his partner, his children and all his family and friends.
Chris Harman was a towering figure on the left in Britain and he made an immense theoretical and personal contribution to the Socialist Workers Party. He was editor of International Socialism Journal and
was previously the editor of Socialist Worker for over two decades.
He was also an influential and highly respected figure on the international left.
He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. We will let comrades know about the funeral as soon as we know any details.
There will be a full obituary in the next issue of Socialist Worker.
If you would like to send any messages of condolences please send them to martins@swp.org.uk and we will make sure they are forwarded to Talat and his family.
In comradeship
The SWP Central Committee
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See Richard Seymour’s review of A People’s History of the World in the New Statesman.

See Chris talking at Marxism earlier this year on the crisis.

See Chris’s latest book Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx.


UPDATE – NOVEMBER 19TH: An obituary by John Molyneuz in today’s Independent.

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Chris Harman, author of the bestselling A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium, Philosophy pb DEMYhas a new book out with Bookmarks Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx:

A powerful, comprehensive and accessible critique of capitalism from one of the world’s pre-eminent Marxist economists. This book needs to be read far and wide. It is a clear, incisive warning of the massive dangers posed by a ‘runaway system’ and the threat it poses for the future of humanity.
Graham Turner, author of Credit Crunch: Housing Bubbles, Globalisation and the Worldwide Economic Crisis

If you’re in London do check out Bookmarks for the largest and best collection of socialist and left wing literature. Support your radical bookshops!

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Slavoj Zizek responds to Alex Callinicos at Marxism 2009 on ‘What does it mean to be a revolutionary today’.

David Harvey on The Crisis Now.

Tariq Ali on Obama, Pakistan and the US Empire.

Chris Harman on The Crisis Now.

Thanks to Ady Cousins and Counterfire.org.

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Marxism 2009: a festival of resistance is now underway. Running between 2-6 July at venues in central London, several Verso authors are speaking:

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