In passing over stodgy traditional Marxist writings, McClendon has focused on the stupendous West Indian thinker, C. L. R. James. Having received from James . Notes on Dialectics: Hegel, Marx, Lenin [C.L.R. James] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. C.L.R. James is one of the leading Marxist. Notes on Dialectics: Hegel, Marx, Lenin. C. L. R. Keywords, Dialectic History C.L.R. James’s Notes on Dialectics: Left Hegelianism or Marxism-Leninism?.

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The structure of these pages is very lopsided, indeed. The Doctrine of Essence pp. OK, that is a great number of pages and contains a serious study of Lenin. But that analysis is strictly political.

Here is how he refers to them. I still have the notebook. I got plenty, but not nearly enough.

CLR James’s Notes on Dialectics

That certainly is true. But what does he do with the doctrine of the Notion and, on that which he specified as his goal, that is, the relationship between spontaneity and organization? Indeed, he now claims that the peasantry is the revolutionary force, which he discovered. Yet, as we can see from these Notes, back inhe leaves out entirely that critical question, the role of the peasantry on which Trotsky was vlr assuredly always wrong.


But what he claims in was the furthest from his mind in As for Hegel himself on the Doctrine of the Notion, he hardly goes beyond that first chapter p. At that point it would dialectiics, we will deal with Absolute Idea, if not with all that comes between p. But the misplaced paean of praise to Engels hardly shows James knows much about the Absolute Idea, for it is buttressed by: Without the party the proletariat knows nothing.

I am that half of Johnson-Forest that founded the state-capitalist Tendency in the U. Grace Lee Ria Stone was the third in the trio onn leadership. I proceeded to West Virginia to participate in it.

Finally, inwhen Stalin died, I was elated enough to break down the Absolute Idea as the movement from practice to theory and a new society. That was six weeks before the historic June 17 East German Revolution.

On C.L.R. James’ Notes on Dialectics

That was the beginning of the end of the Johnson-Forest Tendency, although the actual break-up occurred after the government decided to make the listing James of remains the fundamental document. In a word, State Capitalism and World Revolution is old hat not only in the sense that it was written inbut in the more fundamental sense that it was argued within a Trotskyist framework, since the Tendency was then still part of the SWP.


I regret to say that it is the only direct study of the dialectic that I know I am concerned with trying to find out what qualified people think of my book and the possibility of normal publication.

For more on this period see 25 Years of Marxist-Humanism in the U. Facing Reality, by Grace C. Lee, Pierre Chaulieu and J. Johnson, came off the press in Notes on Dialectics Raya Dunayveskaya Archive.