VOLUME X: 1979-1981 WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? WHAT IS REVOLUTION? HOW THE REVOLUTIONS OF OUR AGE RELATE TO THOSE SINCE MARXS AGE: ROSA LUXEMBURG, WOMENS LIBERATION AND MARXS PHILOSOPHY OF REVOLUTION
Draft chapters of Dunayevskaya’s new book, Rosa Luxemburg, Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution, which had been circulating in 1979, greatly illuminated the revolution in Iran as it was developing and as it related to the first Persian Revolution in 1906. What few knew was that that first revolution, which had developed under the impact of the 1905-06 Russian Revolution, had manifested so great a uniqueness of its own that out of itfor the first time anywhere in the world — there developed a Womans Anjumeni (Council). (See Dunayevskayas Two Worlds column, News & Letters, Dec. 1978, Iran’s Revolutionary Past — and Present.) The 1979 Revolution signaled nothing short of a shift in global power, since it not only overthrew the Shah but undermined the U.S.s dominance in the Gulf region. The present, ongoing, deep, global recession, with its ever-expanding militarization, has reached nuclear heights that threaten Apocalypse Now, and make it imperative to grapple with the dialectics of revolution under the whip of the counter-revolution. This becomes especially urgent because the revolutions in our era from Iran to Poland, from the Black Revolt in South Africa to the revolution in El Salvador must contend not only with the mailed fist of counter-revolution in their own countries, but with the struggle for global power by the two nuclearly-armed Titans, U.S. and Russia, which are now threatening the very existence of humanity. The primary reason for News and Letters designating 1980 as the year of the book was not merely as deadline for the completion of Rosa Luxemburg, Wo- mens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution, but because its three elements Rosa Luxemburg, as great revolutionary theoretician whose appreciation of the spontaneity of the masses illuminates the present revolutionary struggle for new forms of organization; womens liberation today, as a new revolutionary force; and Marxs philosophy of revolution, rooted in his discovery of a whole new continent of thought and of revolution — create ground for us to contend with the reality of the crises today by working out revolutionary perspectives for the 1980s.
Section 1 1979: New Forms of Revolt; New Forms of Organization
(1) Ongoing News and Letters Discussion Bulletin,
February 1979. Includes Organization, Organization, Organization, by Raya Dunayevskaya; excerpts from presentation by Mike Connolly on Marxs and Engels Studies Contrasted.
(2) Syllabus for Four Classes in Philosophy and Revolution,
held at Wayne State University, Detroit, April 1979.
(3) A Guide to and a Collection of 40 Critical Essays of Raya Dunayevskaya in the Battle of Ideas,
(4) Outline of Marxs Capital Volume One,
by Raya Dunayevskaya (Freddie Forest), 1979; a News & Letters pamphlet. Reproduction of the outline originally prepared in the mid-1940s (see Vol. I, Sec. IV), for study along with Marxism and Freedom and Philosophy and Revolution. (For full pamphlet, see Vol. I, Sec. IV.)
(5) The Shift in Global Politics and the Need for a Philosophy of Revolution,
Draft Perspectives Thesis, in News & Letters, July 1979.
(6) On the Threshold of the 1980s, As Objective Revolutionary New Beginnings and as Deadline for Rosa Luxemburg, Todays Womens Liberation Movement, and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution,
Perspectives Report by Rays Dunayevskaya to National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 1979.
(7) Report on Organization/News & Letters,
Report by Olga Domanski to National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 1979.
(8) An Internationalist Marxist-Humanist Youth Discussion Bulletin,
published by the Internationalist Marxist-Humanist Youth Committee, Sept. 1979.
(9) Newsletter of the International Society for the Sociology of Knowledge,
December 1979. A Special Issue In Memoriam to Herbert Marcuse. Includes (p. 10) Dunayevskayas Herbert Marcuse, Marxist Philosopher, reprinted from News & Letters, Aug.-Sept. 1979.
(10) The Political-Philosophic Letters of Raya Dunayevskaya,
Vol. II, 1980; a News & Letters publication. Includes:
a. The Carter/Brzezinski-Ordered Imperialist Intrusion Into Iran — and What About Khomeini/Bani-Sadrs Holy War Against the Left?,
April 29, 1980.
b. Not So Random Thoughts On: What is Philosophy? What is Revolution? 1789-1793; 1848-1850; 1914-1919; 1979,
Dec. 17. 1979.
c. Grave Contradictions in the Iranian Revolution,
Nov. 27, 1979.
d. Iran: Unfoldment of, and Contradictions in, Revolution,
March 25, 1979.
e. Special Introduction for Iranian Edition of Marxs Humanist Essays,
f. The Two Russian Revolutions, and Once Again, On the Theory of Permanent Revolution,
Oct. 11 1979.
g. The Latin American Unfinished Revolutions,
May 15, 1978.
(11) Translations of writings of Raya Dunayevskava into Farsi by IranianYouth:
a. Irans Revolutionary Past and Present,
Dec. 1973 Two Worlds
b. Iran: Unfoldment of, and Contradictions in, Revolution,
March 1979 Political-Philosophic Letter.
c. Women as Reason and as Force of Revolution,
a pamphlet collection of writings by Raya Dunayevskaya on Womens Liberation, issued for International Womens Day, March 8, 1980. Includes also Womens Suffrage and Class Struggle by Rosa Luxemburg, and Thoughts on March 8 by Ding Ling.
d. The Two Russian Revolutions, and, Once Again, On the Theory of Permanent Revolution,
Oct. 1, 1979 Political-Philosophic Letter.
e. Introduction to Iranian Edition of Marxs Humanist Essays,
Section II 1980: 25 Years of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S.
(1) Art and Logic in Hegels Philosophy,
edited by War-Zen Steinkraus and Kenneth L. Schmitz, Hegel Society of America, Humanities Press, 1980. Includes (p. 163) Dunayevskayas Hegels Absolute Idea as New Beginning.
(2) Marxs Concept of Woman, 1843-1883, and Today,
by Eugene Walker, July 1980.
(3) Marxs Concept of Organization,
by Eugene Walker, July 1980.
(4) Tomorrow is Now: U.S. Imperialism in the Iranian Desert, and at Home, in Deep Recession and Resurgent Racism,
Draft Perspectives Thesis, in News & Letters, July 1980.
(5) Today and Tomorrow,
Perspectives Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to News and Letters Committees Convention, Aug. 30, 1980. Bulletin includes also Convention Reports by Olga Domanski, National Organizer, Theory and Our Archives, and Michael Connolly, Co-National Organizer, On Organization.
(6) From the Pen,
a publication of the Wayne State University (Detroit) News and Letters Youth Committee. 1977 through 1980.
(7) Todays Polish Fight For Freedom,
first printing March 1980, second edition, Nov. 1980, bilingual (Polish-English); a News & Letters publication. Includes: excerpts from Robotnik; letter from Dunayevskaya on Polish satire; All Eyes on Polish Workers by Charles Denby (reprinted/translated from Workers Journal column, News & Letters, Oct. 1930); Karl Marx, In Defense of Poland.
(8) British journal, Marxist Humanism,
British Marxist-Humanists publication of their own journal, first issue, Summer 1980, second issue, Winter 1980/81.
(9) 25 Years of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S.: A History of Worldwide Revolutionary Developments,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, Oct. 1980; a News & Letters pamphlet.
Section III Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution and Perspectives for the Future
(1) Table of Contents and Introduction for Rosa Luxemburg, Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, May 1981.
(2) Before and After the 1905 Revolution,
Draft Chapter of Rosa Luxemburg, Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution. Appeared in News & Letters, Jan.-Feb. 1980.
(3) The Break with Kautsky, 1910-11,
Draft Chapter of Rosa Luxemburg. Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution. Appeared in News & Letters, April 1980.
(4) Letters from Dunayevskaya on process of writing Rosa Luxemburg, Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution,
(5) Relationship of Philosophy and Revolution to Womens Liberation: Marxs and Engels Studies Contrasted.
Draft Chapter of Rosa Luxemburg. Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution. Appeared in News & Letters, Jan.-Feb. 1979.
(6) Theory and Practice,
by Rosa Luxemburg. First English translation by David Wolff of Luxemburgs 1910 debate with Kautsky.
(7) Speech on Rosa Luxemburg, Womens Liberation and Marxs Philosophy of Revolution,
by Raya Dunayevskaya. Delivered at Womens Center, University of California- Berkeley, April 1981.
Appendix II: Two Worlds columns,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, 1955 – 1981.[A listing of titles and the full articles, 1955-1987, are available at the News and Letts Committees web site www.newsandletters.org]