American Insurgents: A Brief History of American by Richard Seymour

By Richard Seymour

All empires spin self-serving myths, and within the US the main powerful of those is that the USA is a strength for democracy worldwide. but there's a culture of yank anti-imperialism that exposes this deceptive mythology. American Insurgents is a shocking, revelatory background of anti-imperialism within the usa because the American Revolution. It charts the routine opposed to empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a full of life and obvious rationalization of why a few of these pursuits succeeded and others failed. the result's an essential viewpoint for these organizing antiwar resistance at the present time.

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74). This entire analysis o f the mystery o f value remains fundamental . But rather than being valid only for the product of labor in distribution and exchange, it is valud even for the product of labor (and for labor itself) taken as a "useful object. " Utility (including labor's) is already a socially produced and determined hieroglyphic abstraction. The whole anthropology of "primitive" exchange compels us to break with the natural evidence of utility and to reconceive the social and historical genesis of use value as Marx did with exchange value.

1 6 "Labor is, i n the first place, a process in which both man and nature participate, and in which man of his own accord starts , regulates, and controls the material re-actions between himself and nature . He 1 4 . "On the Concept of Labor , " Telos 16 (Summer, 1973 ) , pp. 1 1 - 1 2 . 1 5 . Easton and Guddat, eds. , Writings of the Young Marx on Phzwsophy and Society (New York : Anchor, 1 969), pp. 3 22 and 3 3 2 . 1 6. Capital (Moscow : Foreign Languages Publishing House) , Vol. I, pp. 42-43 .

THE CONCEPT OF LABO R 47 ideological concepts interconnected with the general system of value . And in order to find a realm beyond economic value (which is in fact the only revo­ lutionary perspective) , then the mirror ofproduction in which all Western metaphysics is reflected, must be broken. Epistemology I : In the Shadow of Marxist Concepts Historical materialism , dialectics , modes of production, labor power - through these concepts Marxist theory has sought to shatter the abstract universality of the concepts of bourgeois thought (Nature and Progress, Man and Reason, formal Logic , Work, Exchange, etc .

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