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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Monday, June 20, 2005

James Weinstein, RIP

Via Doug Ireland. Weinstein (1926-2005), who broke with the CPUSA over Hungary in 1956, was one of a handful of seminal thinkers who contributed to the New Left historiography of the 1960s. He was a leading figure in the "corporate liberal" analysis of 20th century state capitalism: it was reflected, among other things in his book The Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State, and in Studies on the Left (whose editorial board also included fellow U. of Wisconsin radical William Appleman Williams). The best articles from Studies on the Left were compiled under the title For a New America.

Weinstein went on to edit, in his later years, the often excellent In These Times.

The corporate liberal school had a major influence on Rothbard and the Rothbardian Left; Rothbard himself contributed to Studies on the Left, I believe. One great example of this Old Right/New Left anti-state capitalist fusion was the book A New History of Leviathan, coedited by Rothbard and New Leftist Ron Radosh (which I can't believe Amazon doesn't have listed).


Blogger Larry Gambone said...

I am sorry to hear of the death of James Weinstein. He played such an important part in the development of New Left (the real New Left) thinking. He will be missed.

June 20, 2005 9:18 PM  

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