Category Archives: Periodical

Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession

The main incentive for the multiform land grabs is the utilitarian, profit-oriented use of land. Among the leitmotivs of the present wave of land grabs, especially on the global South, one could find the increasing ecological problems, and the speculation for the likely future boom of food prices. The centralization of land control and the food production that is dominated by profit based industrialized factory farms is hamstringing agrarian small producers and is aggravating the population of slums; from the other hand it is incompatible with the needs of an ecologically sustainable agriculture and the food sovereignty of the peoples.

No. 100 | (Winter 2013)

Table of contents
  1. The past and future of Eszmélet. Frequent readers answer the question of the editors
  2. Eleonora de Lucena, Mészáros István : Barbarism on the horizon. An interview with István Mészáros by Eleonora de Lucena
  3. Szalai László, Lugosi Győző, Búr Gábor : Repression is cawing in a murder. Győző Lugosi talks to Gábor Búr and László Szalai
  4. Szigeti Péter, Andor László, Krausz Tamás : Capitalism has not been created by the EU… Lászó Andor answers Tamás Krausz and Péter Szigeti
  5. Szigeti Péter : Constructing the Political. The Problem of Political by Carl Schmitt, Marx, Weber and the Neo-Marxists
  6. Tütő László, Terbe Teréz : Transition Movement
  7. Peter North : Surviving Financial Meltdown: Argentina’s Barter Networks
  8. Eszterhai Viktor : The Guanxi in Asian Interstate Relations. Rethinking the China-centred Feudal Aid System
  9. Chris Hann : Time’s Arrow in Tázlár (and in Anthropology)
  10. Zolcsák Attila : The Chilean Student Movement
  11. Farkas Péter : In Defence of System-based Critical Economics
  12. Bartha Eszter : “I am Hungarian but a European”
  13. Tütő László : Two Insurrections
  14. Szarka Klára : Capa 100
  15. Appeal for an Egalitarian Europe
  16. Stéphane Madelaine, Vincent Liegey, Christophe Ondet, Anne-Isabelle Veillot : Degrowth Project, Manifesto for an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance

Why Allende Had to Die? Sedition in Santiago

The 9/11 of 1973 military coup, the brutal eradication of the socialist attempt and the murder of president Salvador Allende was a tragedy in world history – as it obvious from a perspective. The questions raised by the author are still valid: is it possible to transform the society if bourgeois institutions and its constitution are maintained, is it worth to study analyses missing class relations etc. The Chilean story has to be retold – as poet Attila József also warns – that no victory can be won by chance, without a battle.

Original article: Gabriel García Márquez: Why Allende had to die. Sedition in Santiago, The New Satetesman 3 April 2013 http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2013/04/why-allende-had-die

1968 in the Light of our Experiences

1968 is a symbol and resource – which many of us using on the political left -furthermore it has still living legends of theory, lifestyle and personal experience. Nonetheless, how was it in reality and what remained of it? The fate of great times has also touched 1968: it has partially became a tamed memory, an object of nostalgia that is why it is hard to notice that in a certain sense it supports restoring capitalism instead of – an illusory – victory of the left.

Original article: Александр Тарасов: 1968 год в свете нашего опыта, Scepsis (Moscow) http://scepsis.net/library/id_2274.html

Historical Conditions and Limits of “Free Spiritual Production”

"This is why the meaning of free spiritual production cannot be understood in an idealistically absolutized sense, no matter how great the temptation might be to do so. For even in the work of the greatest intellectual figures be they creative artists or theoreticians [… it] continues to respond […] to the actually given conditions by making its own significant impact upon the emerging transformations of the existent. Nonetheless 'free spiritual production' is free in the genuine sense – and for the same reason also carries a great responsibility as an intellectual enterprise – precisely in the virtue of its undeniable active role in intervening, for better or worse in the unfolding historical process of which it is an integral part."

The article is the 4.1 chapter "Material Transformations and Ideological Forms" of the book Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness Vol II  by István Mészáros. Monthly Review Press 2011.