Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

We don’t actively support Internet Explorer

It appears that you are using Internet Explorer, which has been discontinued by Microsoft. Support has ended for versions older than 11, and as a result you may face security issues and other problems when using it.

We recommend upgrading to a newer browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Edge for a much better experience across the web.

While this site may work with Explorer, we are not testing and verifying it, so you may run into some trouble or strange looking things.

Canadian Scholars
394 pages
9 x 6 inches
May 2014
Print ISBN: 9781551306254


Looking to an increasingly perilous and inequitable future, many progressive activists and scholars are seriously questioning the capacity of global capitalism to guarantee the conditions for human well-being and sustainability in the 21st century. This development inspires the central inquiry of Marxist Phoenix: Will the intensifying contradictions and multiple crises of contemporary capitalism incite the emergence of a mass socialist workers’ movement committed not merely to the “reform” of capitalism but to its overthrow?

This collection of new and previously published essays, articles, and book chapters written over the last two decades makes the case for the indispensability of the Marxist-socialist project to the emancipation of humanity from material insecurity and ever-worsening social antagonism. Only a global workers’ movement committed to the fundamental tenets of Marxism—a triumphant Marxist Phoenix rising from the ashes of the multiple defeats of the 20th century—can open the road to real social progress. Interdisciplinary, rigorous, and critically engaged with many currents in contemporary academic discourse, this volume is a timely contribution to the rebirth of a Marxist socialism that is at once scientific, emancipatory, and internationalist in its commitments.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction: Whither the Marxist Phoenix?

Part I: Capitalism, Value, and Crisis
Chapter 1: The Unbearable Burdens of Capitalism: A Marxist Perspective
Chapter 2: Profitability and the Roots of the Global Crisis: Marx’s “Law of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall” and the US Economy, 1950–2007
Chapter 3: Alienation, Exploitation, and Abstract Labour: A Humanist Defense of Marx’s Theory of Value

Part II: Human Progress and the Materialist Dialectic
Chapter 4: Against Dualism: Marxism and the Necessity of Dialectical Monism
Chapter 5: The Value Abstraction and the Dialectic of Social Development
Chapter 6: The “Intentional Primacy” of the Relations of Production: Further Reflections on the Dialectic of Social Development
Chapter 7: Marxism versus “Progressive Poststructuralism”

Part III: Trotsky’s Marxism
Chapter 8: Revisiting Trotsky: Reflections on the Stalinist Debacle and Trotskyism as Alternative
Chapter 9: The Revolutionary Betrayed: Trotsky and the Crisis of Trotskyism

Part IV: Class, Labour, and Socialist Strategy
Chapter 10: Socialist Strategy, Yesterday and Today: Notes on Classical Marxism and the Contemporary Radical Left
Chapter 11: Rethinking “The Middle Class”: Ideological Constructions and Contradictory Structural Locations
Chapter 12: “As Radical as Reality”
Chapter 13: Beyond Social Unionism: Farm Workers in Ontario and Some Lessons from Labour History
Chapter 14: Twenty-First Century Socialism: Utopian or Scientific?

Copyright Acknowledgements


Purchase Options