David Black

David Black (born 1950) was brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After leaving Middlesex Polytechnic he worked for Roland and Claire Muldoon’s Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre (C.A.S.T.) and later for New Variety. In the 1980s he got into freelance journalism. Since 1999 he has been co-editor of The Hobgoblin – a Journal of Marxist-Humanism . His other books are Acid: A New Secret History of LSDHelen Macfarlane: A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-Nineteenth Century England , and The Philosophical Roots of Anti- Capitalism: Essays on History, Culture and Dialectical Thought.

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David Black

Commemorating Helen Macfarlane (1818-60): Slavery, Abolitionism and the Roots of Scottish Marxism

Summary: A recent BBC television documentary, Slavery: Scotland’s Hidden Shame, calls to mind the writings of the Scottish Chartist, Helen Macfarlane – born 200 years ago. — Editors

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Summary: A recent BBC television documentary, Slavery: Scotland’s Hidden Shame, calls to mind the writings of the Scottish Chartist, Helen Macfarlane – born 200 years ago. — Editors

David Black

Sixty Years of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom: Then and Now

Summary: On the book’s reception at the time of its publication by intellectuals like Alasdair MacIntyre and Paul Mattick, as well as labor activists like Harry McShane and Sheila Leslie; its impact o…

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Summary: On the book’s reception at the time of its publication by intellectuals like Alasdair MacIntyre and Paul Mattick, as well as labor activists like Harry McShane and Sheila Leslie; its impact on the British left up through Paul Mason today; and the evolution of the author’s perspectives on Lenin on dialectics. Presented at the July Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization — Editors

David Black

On CLR James and Hegel’s Dialectic

Summary: Based on a talk to the ‘No Peace in the Park: Psychedelic Bolshevik Day School’, 17 June 2017, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield – slightly expanded in light of discussion — Editors

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Summary: Based on a talk to the ‘No Peace in the Park: Psychedelic Bolshevik Day School‘, 17 June 2017, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield – slightly expanded in light of discussion — Editors

David Black

An ‘Impulse Towards Freedom’: On Paul Mason’s call for a Marxist-Humanist Challenge to Capitalist Automation

Summary: Paul Mason’s essay in the New Statesman for the Marx bicentenary is a ringing endorsement of Raya Dunayevskaya’s interpretation of Marx’s humanism, which raises timely questions for radicals…

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Summary: Paul Mason’s essay in the New Statesman for the Marx bicentenary is a ringing endorsement of Raya Dunayevskaya’s interpretation of Marx’s humanism, which raises timely questions for radicals on automation, roboticisation and articial intelligence – Editors

David Black

A Revolutionary Betrayed: Review of the Play, ‘Eleanor Marx: the Jewess of Jews Walk’

Summary: A review of the new play,  “Eleanor Marx: the Jewess of Jews Walk,” which has just opened in London — Editors

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Summary: A review of the new play,  “Eleanor Marx: the Jewess of Jews Walk,” which has just opened in London — Editors

David Black

The British Crisis and the Corbyn Surge: A Perfect Political Storm in the Making

Summary –British Prime Minister Theresa May, having lost her Parliamentary majority in the June 2017 election, is now grappling with the prospect of national humiliation and economic disaster in the B…

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Summary –British Prime Minister Theresa May, having lost her Parliamentary majority in the June 2017 election, is now grappling with the prospect of national humiliation and economic disaster in the Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party now have a chance to present an alternative to austerity and neoliberalism? – Editors

David Black

[Discussion Article] On the Perils of Populism: Brexit, the Left and the EU

Summary: This article is based on a presentation for the 2016 convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization on Philosophic Perspectives on Anti-Capitalism  – Editors

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Summary: This article is based on a presentation for the 2016 convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization on Philosophic Perspectives on Anti-Capitalism  – Editors

David Black

Chartists, Corbynistas and the Strange Death of New Labour England

The remarkable and decisive victory of the socialist Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election appears to revive the Left-Right divisions of the 1980s. But there are other historical prece…

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The remarkable and decisive victory of the socialist Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election appears to revive the Left-Right divisions of the 1980s. But there are other historical precedents for the current surge of radicalism, in particular the birth of the Chartist movement nearly two centuries ago – Editors.

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Ben Watson

Helen Macfarlane: Independent Object

Michaeler Square, Vienna, during the 1848 Revolution Dave Black and Ben Watson celebrate the publication of the collected writings of Helen Macfarlane and her translation of the Communist Manifesto, s…

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