Letters and Politics

Brexit. And The Death of a Black Radical

We speak to James K. Galbraith, about the UK Brexit referendum. Should the UK leave or remain part of the European Union? What are the implications in either case.

Then,

We talk to Professor Robin D. G. Kelley about the death of the black radical intellectual Cedric J. Robinson.

Guest:

James K. Galbraith, professor of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Galbraith is author of many among them: “Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis,”  “The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth,”  his latest book “Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.”

Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of American History at UCLA.  He is the author of a recent article on Counterpunch called Cedric J. Robinson: the Making of a Black Radical Intellectual.  He is a former student of Cedric Robinson and he wrote the foreword to the new edition of Black Marxism.

 

  • prescient storm

    Who other than extreme dogmatic Marxists believes capitalism has stood still in the past 200 years such that Marxist thought/analysis remained static, immutable and incapable of identifying and reacting to an ever-deepening and fluid reality? The Black Radical Tradition has offered little since Duquesne was a college basketball power!

  • D. Russell Moros

    Hello Mitch Jeserich,

    A comrade and I were discussing the discussion you had with Robin D. G. Kelley
    talkin’ about Cedric J. Robinson and his book Black Marxism. Black Marxism is an
    attack on marxism, socialism and communism generally. So why a person is brought
    on who doesn’t attack the attack on Marxism but sides with Cedric J. Robinson’s
    anti-marxist racialist position. Marxism is revolutionary proletarian science. Working
    class science. And also where’s the data that refute marxist positions such as the
    exploitation of the working class in capitalist social production commodity producing process,
    socially necessary labor time, crisis theory, over-production, commodity fetishism, etc.
    One can easily find scathing critiques of Marxism from many and varied corners including
    bourgeois social science such as Sociology, Psychology, Economics and from organised
    religion. One will find nothing in the way of proofs refuting Marxist theory though.

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