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Issue 103 (Autumn 2014)

103boritoThe contents of this issue – not for the first time in the journal’s history – reflect upon the contradictions and tendencies of the changing world order of our time, building upon the experiences of the last 25 years. In the last quarter of a century wars and genocides – often waged under the banner of democracy – have remained a part of the life of many nations around the world. Peripheries and semi-peripheries have suffered the most under the different processes of change as the very structures and hierarchies of their societies reflect their subordination to the centers of the world-system. Even most movements attempting to decouple and gain more elbow-room are more often than not misguided extensions of this developmental trend.

We look back at the fate of left-wing, anti-capitalist intellectual initiatives by dissidents in the era of state socialism, with the benefit of hindsight we have today. Should we reconcile ourselves to hopelessness?

We pay tribute to our friend and colleague, the economist András Vígvári, who died recently.

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No. 101 | (Spring 2014)

Table of contents
  1. At the social crossroads (about capitalism and socialism)
  2. Mészáros István : Reflections on the New International
  3. Szabó Tamás, Fülöp Ádám : People without land, land without people. Material and spiritual expropriation of land in Hungary
  4. Fred Magdoff : Twenty-First-Century Land Grabs Accumulation by Agricultural Dispossession
  5. Mônica Dias Martins : Learning to Participate: The MST Experience in Brazil
  6. Laurent Delcourt : The expanding techniques of agrarian business on the South hemisphere
  7. Jancsó Miklós : This silly profession. An interview by Andrew James Horton
  8. Krzysztof Rucinski : Two men against history A comparative analysis films by Miklós Jancsó and Andrzej Wajda
  9. Barta Tamás : The early period of the Hungarian folk-dance movement – social ideology or national art?
  10. Fóris Ákos : The Holocaust in the area of the Western Group of Occupation Forces. Account of the Solicitor Division of the State Protection Authority in the case of Nándor Pápai, 12th of January, 1950.
  11. Bartha Eszter : Collective farms in the grip of the state
  12. Tütő László : Head Party – Belly Party

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

No. 99 | (Autumn 2013)

Four excellent articles address the theoretical and historical problems of social transformation in this issue of Eszmélet. Based on the links between the material and spiritual modes of production, István Mészáros describes the conditions and limits of "free spiritual production", showing that without transforming the whole system there is no way to the realm of freedom. Starting out on the lessons from 1968, Alexander Tasasov presents the historically determined way of transforming the system revolutionary by overcoming its limits. A still forceful article of Noble prize winning writer Gabriel García Márquez from 1974 analyses the historical roots and lessons of the fall of Allende and the excellent cultural sociologist Jim McGuigan reconstructs the leading ideas governing capitalism.

The second analytical block of this issue is focusing on the links between churches and nationalism – from a historical point of view. The articles differing in their genre are approaching the role of the institution and ideology from the question of maintaining the power of the rulers; ranging from the development of ideas rooted in the movement of Hungarian populist writers, through the connections between Catholicism and anti-Semitism, the theology of liberation to Pope Francis getting on the scene.

 

Table of contents
  1. Szarka Klára, Mitrovits Miklós, Krausz Tamás : Neo-Horthysm and the ‘Second Edition of Capilalism’
  2. Mészáros István : Historical Conditions and Limits of “Free Spiritual Production”
  3. Alekszandr Nyikolajevics Taraszov : 1968 in the Light of our Experiences
  4. Gabriel García Márquez : Why Allende Had to Die? Sedition in Santiago
  5. Bimbó Mihály : About the Movement of “Populist Writers”
  6. Barta Tamás : Divergent Middle Ways: Theoretical Categorisation of the Populist Movement
  7. Florian Musil : Anti-Francoist Social Movements in Barcelona: Social and Political Victims Become the Founders of a New Democratic Civil Society under Dictatorial Rule
  8. Jakab Attila : Light and Shadows: Catholic Church Leaders, Anti-Semitism and Holocaust during the Horthy Era (1920-1944)
  9. François Houtart : Vatican’s Campaign against the Liberation Theology: Fear of Marxist Contamination
  10. Patrick Michel, Jesús García-Ruiz : Neo-Pentecostalism in Latin America: Contribution to a Political Anthropology of Globalisation
  11. Jakab Attila : Pope Francis: Changes in the Vatican?
  12. Jim McGuigan : The Spirits of Capitalism
  13. Bózsó Péter : NOT Simple
  14. Tütő László : Whites in Africa
  15. Szarka Klára : Photographer on the Street: under the Pretext of the Pictures by Vilmos Skuta