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By George Novack

Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena of their improvement, of their transition from one country to a different. And it truly is materialist, explaining the area as subject in movement that exists sooner than and independently of human realization.


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We live in a peculiar political and cultural interregnum in which the right’s project of economic deregulation and cultural conservatism has failed to engender stable growth and full employment. The paradigm of Reagan-Thatcherism is exhausted, and the end of the Cold War denies the right the option of a politics of anticommunism that papered over the emerging tensions between the core constituencies of the new right: upper-middle-class economic and social libertarians and working- and lowermiddle-class cultural conservatives.

7 Rousseau makes a critical distinction between sovereignty, the approval by the people of a regime’s basic laws, and government, the application of those basic laws to specific cases. 8 Although Rousseau places ultimate sovereignty in the people, he fears that direct democratic “government” will lead citizens to advance their self-interest at the expense of the general will. If ordinary citizens were to govern, they would be overwhelmed by the temptation to apply universal laws in ways biased by their particular interests.

The pluralist values of the British ethical socialists R. H. 29 But it took the simultaneous conjuncture of the crisis of traditional social democracy (engendered by the slowdown in the post-World War II boom that began in the early 1970s), the emergence of mass social movements based on identities of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual preference, and the collapse of authoritarian communism to create social space for the growth of radical pluralist thought. Ironically, a significant wing of this emerging radical pluralist current, which advocates an unqualified “politics of difference,” questions the “enlightenment” project of universal citizenship and thereby the desirability, or even possibility, of developing a moral vision and strategy for a new majoritarian left politics.

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