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The challenge and burden of historical time : socialism in the twenty-first century

Author: István Mészáros
Publisher: New York : Monthly Review Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A leading Marxian philosopher and the author of 'Beyond Capital', Mészáros here defines the challenges and burdens facing those committed to a more rational, egalitarian future. At the heart of the book is an examination of Latin America's Bolivarian journey.
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Mészáros, István, 1930-
Challenge and burden of historical time.
New York : Monthly Review Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)747357866
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: István Mészáros
ISBN: 1583671706 9781583671702 1583671692 9781583671696
OCLC Number: 182529038
Description: 479 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The tyranny of capital's time imperative --
The time of the individuals and the time of humanity --
Human beings reduced to "time's carcase" --
The loss of historical time consciousness --
Free time and emancipation --
The uncontrollability and destructiveness of globalizing capital --
The extraction of surplus-labor in capital's "organic system" --
Unreformability, uncontrollability and destructiveness --
The system's threefold internal fracture --
Capital's failure to create its global state formation --
Chronic insufficiency of "extraneous help" by the state --
Marxism, the capital system and social revolution --
The global view of capital --
Historical limits of the labour theory of value --
Ongoing proletarianization and its wishful denials --
The necessary renewal of Marxian conceptions --
The objective possibility of socialism? --
Political and social revolution --
Downward equalization of the differential rate of exploitation --
Socialism or barbarism: from the "American century" to the crossroads --
Foreword --
Capital : the living contradiction --
The potentially deadliest phase of imperialism --
Historical challenges facing the socialist movement --
Conclusion --
Postscript: militarism and the coming wars --
Unemployment and "flexible casualization" --
The globalization of unemployment --
The myth of "flexibility" and the reality of precarization --
From the tyranny of "necessary labor-time to emancipation through "disposable time" --
Economic theory and politics-beyond capital --
Alternative economic approaches --
The need for comprehensive planning --
Capital's hierarchical command structure --
From predictions based on "economic laws working behind the backs of the individuals" to anticipations of a controllable future --
Objective preconditions for the creation of non-deterministic economic theory --
Socialist accountancy and emancipatory politics --
The challenge of sustainable development and the culture of substantive equality --
Farewell to "liberty-fraternity-equality" --
The failure of "modernization and development" --
Structural domination and the culture of substantive inequality --
Education-beyond capital --
Capital's incorrigible logic and its impact on education --
Remedies cannot be just formal; they must be essential --
"Learning is our very life, from youth to old age" --
Education as the "positive transcendence of labor's self-alienation" --
Socialism in the twenty-first century --
Irreversibility: the imperative of a sustainable alternative order --
Participation: the progressive transfer of decision making to the associated producers --
Substantive equality: the absolute condition of sustainability --
Planning: the necessity to overcome capital's abuse of time --
Qualitative growth in utilization: The only viable economy --
The national and the international: Their dialectical complementarity in our time --
Alternative to parliamentarism: unifying the material reproductive and the political sphere --
Education: the ongoing development of socialist consciousness --
Why socialism? Historical time and the actuality of radical change --
Conflicting determinations of time --
Why capitalist globalization cannot work? --
The structural crisis of politics --
New challenges on our horizon and the urgency of time --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: István Mészáros ; foreword by John Bellamy Foster.
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