VOLUME IX:1976-1978 FORCES OF REVOLUTION AS REASON; PHILOSOPHY OF REVOLUTION AS FORCE
1976-1977 were the years of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, of the Soweto Rebellion and the murder of Steve Biko. These were also years of development in Womens Liberation. News and Letters Committees published works on the Black movement in South Africa and America, on the Womens Movement, and on revolutionary forces in early American history. Raya Dunayevskaya wrote a new series of Political-Philosophic Letters covering world events. A collection of four of her philosophic essays (New Essays) was also issued.
Section I The Political-Philosophic Letters of Raya Dunayevskaya
In 1976 Raya Dunayevskaya began a series of political-philosophic letters on a wide range of topics; the series was published in pamphlet form by News and Letters Committees in Jan. 1977.
(1) Will the revolution in Portugal advance? Under the whip of the counter-revolution,
first printed in News & Letters, Jan.-Feb. 1976. Includes Portuguese translation.
(2) The UN Resolution on Zionism and Ideological Obfuscation Also on the Left,
Jan. 24, 1976.
(3) Mao’s Last Hurrah, Feb. 26, 1976.
Includes as Appendix Dunayevskayas Aug. 1953 Essay, The Beria Purge.
(4)West Europe and its Communist Parties; Portugal and its Socialist Party; New Stage of State-Capitalist Crises,
May 23, 1976.
(5) Two Summits: The U.S. Calls Western Summit in Neo-Colonial Puerto Rico and Russia Calls One in its East German Satellite,
(6) Lebanon: The Test Not Only of the P.L.O. but the Whole Left,
(7) Henry Kissingers African Safari: Pressuring Rhodesia while Bolstering Apartheid South Africa,
Oct. 1976. Includes as Appendix, The New Humanism: African Socialism, reprinted from Nationalism, Communism, Marxist-Humanism and the Afro-Asian Revolutions, 1961. (See Vol. V, Sec. I.)
(8) Post-Mao China: Who is Hua Kuo-feng? What is Maos Legacy? Are there any changes in global relations coming out of the Peoples Republic of China?,
Nov. 17, 1976
(9) Todays Global Crisis, Marxs Capital, and the Marxist Epigones Who Try to Truncate It and the Understanding of Todays Crises,
Dec. 15-30, 1976.
Section II The Black Dimension — Class and Race, National and International
(1) Indignant Heart: A Black Workers Journal,
by Charles Denby, 1978, published by South End Press, Boston. A new edition of the book published in 1952, with a new Part II dealing with the quarter of a century from 1953 to 1978, after Denby became editor of News & Letters. (A British edition was published by Pluto Press, 1980; a German edition by Rotbuch Verlag was published in 1981, entitled Im reichsten Land der Welt.) (The text of Indignant Heart: A Black Workers Journal is not included on the microfilm.)
(2) Frantz Fanon, Soweto and American Black Thought,
by Lou Turner and John Alan, with Introduction by Charles Denby and Raya Dunayevskaya, June 1978; a News & Letters pamphlet.
Section III Woman as Revolutionary Force
As Dunayevskaya had shown in the six lectures on women she had been asked to give at the Wayne State University-University Center for Adult Education (WSU-UCAE) for International Womens Year, women have been a crucial revolutionary force throughout history whether we are talking about the early 20th century, including the 1917 Russian Revolution, the 1919 German Revolution, or the Aba uprising is Africa in 1929; or whether we are talking about the 1974 Portuguese Revolution in our own decade and that has held true whether we are talking about working women, the Black dimension, literature and revolution, or the women theorists of today.
(1) Summary of six lectures on Women as Thinkers and as Revolutionaries,
given by Raya Dunayevskaya in 1975 at WSU-UCAE. Summation by Olga Domanski, Nov. 6, 1975.
(2) Working Women For Freedom,
by Angela Terrano, Marie Dignan and Mary Holmes, 1976; a Womens Liberation-News and Letters Committees pamphlet. Written by working women on their experiences. Includes as Appendix essay by Raya Dunayevskaya, Women as Thinkers and as Revolutionaries.
(3) Sexism. Politics and Revolution in Maos China,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, 1977; a Womens Liberation-News and Letters Committees pamphlet.
(4) Revolutionary FeminismWomen as Reason,
1978; a Womens Liberation-News and Letters Committees pamphlet. Collection of articles on International Womens Day, Women in the Paris Commune and Black Womens Liberation, Rosa Luxemburg, Critique of Joan Smiths Women and the Family.
Section IV The Latin Dimension: in Latin America and in the U.S.
(1) Spanish edition of Marxism and Freedom (Marxismo y libertad),
published by Juan Pablos, Mexico, 1976, with special introduction by Raya Dunayevskaya.
(2) La Lucha Latina Para La Libertad Y La Filosofia Marxista-Humanista De Liberacion,
Nov. 1978; a News & Letters pamphlet. Spanish translations of The Latin American Unfinished Revolutions, by Raya Dunayevskaya, including her correspondence with Silvio Frondizi; and articles on struggles in North and South America, the U.S. coal miners strike of 1977-78, International Womens Year, and excerpts from Frantz Fanon, Soweto and American Black Thought. (Microfilm edition contains only the author’s special introduction, in both Spanish and English.)
(3) The Latin American Unfinished Revolutions,
a Political-Philosophic Letter by Raya Dunayevskaya, May 15, 1978. Looks at Latin America’s unfinished revolutions in terms not alone of U.S. imperialism but also lack of an independent Marxist philosophy of revolution. Covers Cuba, Trotskyism in Latin America, and Silvio Frondizi.
Section V Revolutionary Forces in Early American History
(1) Americas First Unfinished Revolution,
By M. Franks and J. Hillstrom, 1976; a News & Letters pamphlet. The untold story of the true creators of independence — the workers, yeomanry, Blacks and women during the American Revolution.
(2) Then and Now: On the 100th Anniversary of the First General Strike in the U.S.,
by Terry Moon and Ron Brokmeyer, 1977; a News & Letters pamphlet. The story of the St. Louis General Strike of 1877, with sections on the Black Revolt, forgotten women Hegelians, Marx and the First International.
Section VI The Force of Philosophy
(1) Our Original Contribution to the Dialectic of the Absolute Idea as New Beginning: In Theory, in Leadership, in Practice,
Presentation by Raya Dunayevskaya to the East Coast National Editorial Board, April 18, 1976.
(2) New Essays,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, 1977; a News & Letters pamphlet. A collection of four essays, written from 1974-1976: a. Post-Mao China, What Now? Written one month after Mao’s death, this analysis was published also as Appendix to the Italian, Spanish, and German editions of Philosophy and Revolution. b. Dialectics of Liberation in Thought and in Activity: Absolute Negativity as New Beginning. Written as an address to the 1974 conference of the Hegel Society of America, this is a Marxist-Humanist paragraph-by-paragraph interpretation of the final chapter on Absolute Idea in Hegels Science of Logic. c. Leon Trotsky as Man and as Theoretician. Written for Studies in Comparative Communism, Summer 1977. The article is followed by a comment by Ernest Mandel and a rejoinder by Dunayevskaya. d. Commentary: a critique of B.J. Harrells Marx and Critical Thought. Written for Paunch, May 1976.
(3) Reflections on Notes from a Diary: Lenins Philosophic Notebooks and the State-Capitalist Tendency,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, August 1978.
(4) New Beginnings that Determine the End: Convention and Plenum Reports, 1976-1978
a. National, International, Objective-Subjective Crises Are Testing Revolutionaries,
Draft Perspectives Thesis, in News & Letters, July 1976.
b. Philosophy and Revolution in Todays Global Freedom Struggles,
Perspectives Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to News and Letters Committees Convention, Sept. 4, 1976.
c. Time is Running Out,
Draft Perspectives Thesis, in News & Letters, Aug.-Sept. 1977.
d. Its Later, Always Later except when spontaneity upsurges and you realize it is here and now, and you arent there and ready,
Perspectives Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 3, 1977.
e. Politicalization, Battle of Ideas and Organizational Growth,
Report by Olga Domanski, National Organizer of News and Letters Committees, to National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 4, 1977.
f. 1977 Plenum Proceedings,
a summary of the National Editorial Board Plenum, Sept. 3-4, 1977.
g. New Beginnings that Determine the End,
Draft Perspectives Thesis, in News & Letters, July 1978.
h. The Dialectic of Todays Crises and Todays Revolts,
Perspectives Report by Raya Dunayevskaya to News and Letters Committees Convention, Sept. 2, 1978.
(5) Marxs Capital and Todays Global Crisis,
by Raya Dunayevskaya, Jan. 1978; a News & Letters pamphlet, published jointly by News and Letter, Committees, Detroit, and Great Britain. Includes: Today’s Epigones Who Try to Truncate Marxs Capital (a polemic primarily against Ernest Mandel and his Introduction to the 1976 Pelican Marx Library edition of Capital); Tony Cliff Reduces Lenins Theory to Uncanny Intuition (a polemic against Vol. II of Cliff’s Lenin); and four chapters on Marxs Capital, reproduced from Marxism and Freedom. Preface by Harry McShane. Microfilm does not include the four chapters from Marxism and Freedom. A syllabus for study of Marxs Capital and Todays Global Crisis is added here.