VOLUME V: 1959-1964 Ñ THE EMERGENCE OF A THIRD AFRO-ASIAN, LATIN AMERICAN WORLD AND A NEW GENERATION OF REVOLUTIONARIES ALSO IN THE U.S.
After Marxism and Freedom was published, Raya Dunayevskaya undertook a number of international trips. They established new international relations both in Europe and in Africa. In 1959, under the impact of the retrogressive move of De GaulleÕs coming to power, the state-capitalist tendencies of Europe and the U.S. decided to hold an international conference in Milan, where Dunayevskaya spoke and where it was decided to publish a forum for international discussion, for which purpose a separate section of Prometo (Milan) was created. In 1962, Dunayevskaya made a trip to Africa where a new Third World had been developing since the establishment of an independent Ghana in 1988. At home these were the years of News & Letter participation in the movements of workers, Blacks, and anti-Vietnam war students.
Section I The Black Dimension In Africa
(See Section IV for the Black Dimension in the U.S.)
(1) Nationalism, Communism, Marxist-Humanism and the Afro-Asian Revolutions,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, August 1959; a News & Letters pamphlet. The pamphlet first appeared as a supplement to the June-July 1959 issue of News & Letters. In 1961 a new edition appeared, published by the Left Group, Cambridge University Labor Club, England. It included a Forward by Peter Cadogan; a new Introduction, ÒAfrican Realities and World Politics,Ó by Dunayevskaya, April 1961; Appendix I, ÒThe New Humanism: African Socialism,Ó by Dunayevskaya; and Appendix II, a review of Marxism and Freedom by Cadogan. (The pamphlet was translated into Japanese in 1965. Its writing preceded Dunayevskaya’s trip to Africa.)
(2) Report on Organization,
Bulletin of Oct. 1959. Report of National Chairwoman to expanded Resident Editorial Board meeting that was held in place of News and Letters Committees Plenum in 1959.
Section II Activity and Philosophy
(1) Resolution on Workers Battle Automation,
Pre-Convention Bulletin, June 1960. (This was preceded by struggles of workers against Automation in the U.S. and England, and inspired some English co-thinkers to establish a special section of News & Letters, called ÒBritish Labour News,Ó Jan. 1960. Although it was published only two years, until Dec. 1961, Harry McShane, the outstanding revolutionary labor leader and Marxist, continued to issue ÒThe Scottish Marxist-HumanistÓ in mimeographed form.)
(2) Leone Trotzky come teorico,
y Raya Dunayevskaya, Prometeo, Milan, Italy, March 1960.
(3) Bureaucratie et capitalisme d’etat,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, Arguments #17, Paris 1960.
(4) War and Peace,
Draft Perspectives Resolution, July 1960.
(5) From Organizational Consciousness to Organization Building,
Report to News & Letters Committees Convention, Sept. 1960.
(6) War and Peace,
Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to News and Letters Committees Convention, Sept. 1960
(7) Summaries of HegelÕs Major Writings.
In Late 1960 and early 1961 Raya Dunayevskaya completed summaries of HegelÕs major writings. (These summaries were published together with other commentary on Hegel in Dialectics of Liberation, 1974; a News & Letters pamphlet.): a. Notes on HegelÕs Phenomenology, completed Dec. 12, 1960. b. Notes on Science of Logic, Jan. 26,1961. c. Notes on Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences, Feb. 15,1961.
(9) Workers Battle Automation,
by Charles Denby, editor of News & Letters, Nov. 1960; a News & Letters pamphlet. Workers from various industries speaking for themselves about Automation: auto, steel, the mines. Includes ÒM.D.Ó writing on medical effects of automated production.
Section III 1961-1963 — Establishment of Weekly Political Letters; the Africa Trip; and New Youth Developments
There were two series of Weekly Political Letters. The first series was begun in opposition to the Bay of Pigs Invasion in April 1961; the second began when the world was thrown to the brink of nuclear disaster by the Cuban Missile Crisis, in Oct. 1962. This was also the period of great activity around the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in which Marxist-Humanists participated. The first series included the letters from Africa, which were published in Africa Today.
(1) Weekly Political Letters, by Raya Dunayevskaya.
The weekly political letters were begun on April 22, 1961 after the Kennedy speech following the invasion of Cuba, when Raya Dunayevskaya felt the necessity of being able to respond immediately to world developments without waiting for a monthly issue of News & Letters. This first series covered the widest range of political subjects spanning every continent and major development for a period of some 16 months. A second series of political letters was begun on Oct. 25, 1962, in the midst of the Cuban missile crisis.
(2) 1961: Resolutions, Plenum Reports:
a. Ideas and Organization,
Draft Perspectives Resolution, July 1961.
b. Perspectives: Ideas, Organization and World Development,
Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to National Editorial Board Plenum of News and Letters Committees, Sept. 1961
(3) 1962: Year of the Africa Trip:
a. In the Gambia during elections … It’s a long hard road to independence,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, published in Africa Today, July 1962,
b. Ghana: Out of Colonization, into the Fire,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, in Africa Today, Dec. 1962.
c. Socialismes africains et problemes negres,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, in Presence Africaine #48, Paris, 1962.
Draft Resolution, July 1962.
e. Excerpts from Convention Discussion,
1962 Convention, Sept. 1962. Includes discussion by Dunayevskaya on three different methods of three different pamphlets.
f. The Time is Now,
Perspectives Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to 1962 News and Letters Committees Convention, Sept. 1962. The emergence of a Third World in an advanced capitalist world in crisis is taken up. The Bulletin also includes excerpts from a speech, ÒThe Organizational Story of the Philosophy of Freedom,Ó Oct. 12, 1962.
(4) 1963: Resolutions, Plenum Reports, Publications:
a. Facing the Challenge: Nationally and Internationally,
Draft Resolution, July 1963.
b. AuthorÕs special introduction to Italian edition of Marxism and Freedom,
c. AuthorÕs Special Introduction to Japanese Edition of Marxism and Freedom,
August 6, 1963. (Two years later Dunayevskaya was invited to make an extensive speaking tour of Japan.)
d. The Need to Transform Reality,
Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 1963.
e. The Young Marxist-Humanist, 1963;
a News & Letters pamphlet. This is the first youth pamphlet written by young Marxist-Humanists. Includes ÒWhy the Young Marxist-HumanistÓ by Robert Ellery; ÒThe Heritage and the ChallengeÓ by Raya Dunayevskaya; ÒFrom the Pen of Karl MarxÓ; and a number of contributions by young members and friends.
f. The Marxist-Humanist,
1963-1966, a newsletter published on the University of California at Los Angeles campus. Selected issues.
g. Remembrance of Things Past in the Future Tense,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, in The Activist (Oberlin College student journal), March 1965.
Section IV Pamphlets on the Black Revolt at Home
Ever since the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56, News and Letters Committees have participated directly in the Black struggle. First there were in-person reports on Montgomery by News & Letters editor Charles Denby. Next were reports and participation in all of the activities, from the sit-in movement, South and North, to the Freedom Riders of the early 1960s, the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, the Maryland Freedom Union and the rebellions in the cities from Watts to Detroit of the mid and late 1960s. The first News and Letters pamphlet on the Black struggle was Freedom Riders Speak for Themselves.
(1) American Civilization on Trial,
ÒThe Negro as Touchstone of History, 100 Years After the Emancipation ProclamationÓ, A Statement by the National Editorial Board of News & Letters, May 1963; a News & Letters pamphlet. (A third edition, subtitled ÒBlack Masses as Vanguard,Ó was published in August 1970, and contained as Appendix ÒBlack Caucuses in the UnionsÓ by Charles Denby.)
(2) Freedom-Riders Speak for Themselves,
by Mary Hamilton, Louise Inghram and others, Nov. 1961; a News & Letters pamphlet.
(3) The Free Speech Movement and the Negro Revolution,
by Mario Savio, Eugene Walker and Raya Dunayevskaya, 1965; a News & Letters pamphlet. (This pamphlet was translated into Japanese.)
(4) Black Mass Revolt,
A Statement of News & Letters Committees, Oct. 1967.
(5) The Maryland Freedom Union, Workers Doing and Thinking,
by Mike Flug, Spring 1969. Participant reports of the formation of a union by workers, primarily from nursing homes. The workers, mostly Black women, relate their experiences in organizing, striking and demonstrating.