New Left Review, Volume 324 (November - December 2014)
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The New Left Review is a bimonthly political magazine covering world politics, economy, and culture. It was established in 1960. In 2003, the magazine ranked 12th by impact factor on a list of the top 20 political science journals in the world. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 1.485, ranking it 25th out of 157 journals in the category "Political Science"and 10th out of 92 journals in the category "Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary".
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A 160-page journal published every two months from London, New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics. It runs a regular book review section and carries interviews, essays, topical comments and signed editorials on political issues of the day. ‘Brief History of New Left Review’ gives an account of NLR’s political and intellectual trajectory since its launch in 1960.
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Susan Watkins: The Political State of the Union
Debt, deflation and stagnation have now become the familiar economic stigmata of the EU. But what of its political distortions? A survey of the three principal—and steadily worsening—imbalances in the outcome of European integration: the oligarchic cast of its governors, the lop-sided rise of Germany, and the declining autonomy of the Union as a whole in the North Atlantic universe.
Bhaskar Sunkara: Project Jacobin
Opening a series on new radical media, the founder of the most imaginative, and successful, US socialist journal of the new century explains how it was created, what its editorial and political strategy has been, and why it has met such a warm response.
Daniel Finn: Rethinking the Republic
Nowhere else in the West does a single figure occupy the same position in national life as the political writer Fintan O’Toole in Ireland. The first full consideration of the cursus and corpus of this powerful critic of the island’s establishment, and the society over which it has presided. Merits and limitations of another understanding of ‘republicanism’ in Ireland.
Francesco Fiorentino: Ambition
How and when did ambition cease to be a moral fault in the European mind and acquire the trappings of ambiguous virtue it possesses in modern times? The ardent hero of Stendhal’s novel of Restoration France as cynosure of the change, and its implications for the social order.
Enrica Villari: Duty
In diametric contrast, a sense of duty as the condition of an ethical life in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. No longer, however, dictated by tradition or convention, but designed as individual choice—in illusion or fulfillment—through the modest routines of daily life.
Gopal Balakrishnan: The Abolitionist—1
Opening salvo of a two-part reconstruction of Marx’s intellectual passage through the Hegelian—then Ricardian—conceptual landscape of his early years, taking him to the threshold of his mature architectonics of capitalism as a mode of production. From a starting-point in the philosophical empyrean of the 1830s to a turning-point with the economic upturn of the early 1850s, the development of one sketch of an historical materialism to the brink of another.
Vivek Chibber on Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen, An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions. Sombre balance-sheet of the failures of Indian development, and remedies insufficient for them.
Michael Denning on Nikil Saval, Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace. Transitions from counting-house to typing-pool to playpen, as capital’s designers sought to contain the discontents of labour.
Blair Ogden on Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life. The lost wanderer of legend in new and more searching biographical light.
shock. t In terms of inter-state relations, the core Franco-German axis offered a balance between French military and diplomatic strength—France had a seat on the un Security Council, an overseas empire, and would soon be an independent nuclear power—and German economic weight. Strategically, their interests were distinct but complementary: France wanted to tie its bigger neighbour down in a diplomatic compact, under its direction; Germany wanted to regain its status as an established world
his own cabal of tough men.’ Conor Brady, Up With The Times, Dublin 2005, p. 210. 12 Fintan O’Toole, A Mass for Jesse James: A Journey Through 1980s Ireland, Dublin 1990, p. 9. 10 11 52 nlr 90 predator who had been shuffled complacently from parish to parish by his superiors. As O’Toole noted, the controversy aroused by the Smyth case was as much a symptom of upheaval as it was a catalyst: Rather than changing what we know about reality, it confirms it. It puts a face to the dark, faceless
it—taught that there can be ‘nothing but a wretched love of Pleasure, fear of Pain; that Hunger, of applause, of cash, of whatsoever victual it may be, is the ultimate fact of man’s life’.9 Yet the initial lament for the destiny of belated Saint Theresas, denied the chance of an epic life, has Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, trans. Geoffrey Wall, Harmondsworth 1992, p. 131. 9 Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship & The Heroic in History, Oakland 1993, p. 149. The influence of Carlyle on Eliot
Dorothea’s story is an early contemporary critique of this modern form of spirituality. When, at the end of the novel, Celia asks her why she submitted to Casaubon, Dorothea replies: ‘Of course I submitted to him, because it was my duty; it was my feeling for him.’ Dorothea marries Ladislaw in the end, a man twenty years younger than Casaubon and with whom she will have two children, proving that duty does not require the mortification of the flesh and renunciation of life that inspired her
Street broke at their weakest link, Greece. French bank shares plummeted as Athens’s cooked books came to light, infuriating the German Finance Ministry. Obama’s Treasury Secretary offered a characteristically crude summary of Berlin’s position: ‘We’re going to teach the Greeks a lesson. They lied to us—they suck and they were profligate and took advantage of the whole thing and we’re going to crush them.’2 Geithner’s response set the pattern for what followed: ‘You can put your boot on the neck