New Left Review - any other readers?

Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by purves grundy, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

    I know they're completely different from one another, but the New Stoadsman thread got me thinking about the New Left Review cos these are the only two publications I subscribe to. I tend to skip the poncy articles on aethetics and 'grammars of soup' and whatnot and stick to the political bits, which are of a very high quality. Brilliant contributors and a sound editorial team.

    I don't think I've ever seen NLR mentioned on this site, and that surprises me somewhat. Any other readers?
  2. Donna Ferentes

    Donna Ferentes jubliado

    <awaits the denunciations>
  3. Groucho

    Groucho Wrapped in plastic

    I have some isssues from the sixties. From back when it was New. It's kind of Old Left Review now really isn't it? It was 'new left' in so far as the 60s radical 'new left' rejected the old Soviet Union as against the old CP Stalinist left.

    Isn't New Music Express full of nostalgia these days too?

    I get International Socialism on sub which also spring from the old 'new left'.
  4. Philbc03

    Philbc03 Politically Correct

    AFAIK the title came about when E.P. Thompson's 'New Reasoner' merged with another established journal, 'Left Review'. It only picked up the 'New Left' connotations when that movement began taking off.

    Incidentally I read NLR occasionally, and Historical Materialism.
  5. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    I'll read it very occasionally, tho its hard to find a copy these days.

    Capital & Class is the only such journal I read regularly
  6. tollbar

    tollbar New Member

    I only read the articles they put on line.

    The only other journal I read is What Next !, Because its online
  7. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    I tend to read it precisely for the poncy stuff on aesthetics :D (eg Franco Morretti, Francis Mulhern etc.).

    Some of the other stuff can be a bit turgid however 'worthy' eg. developments in the agrarian economies of South East Asia.

    Worth keeping an eye on - as are HM and Radical Philosophy.
  8. coffeemachine

    coffeemachine New Member

    actually it was the New Reasoner & Universities and Left Review.

    Has anyone read leszek kolakowski's criticism of 'the new left'? Pure unashamed vitriol.
  9. Idris2002

    Idris2002 halle bleibt stolz

    I subscribe to the NLR. I let my sub to the Monthly Review lapse though.
  10. The Black Hand

    The Black Hand Unclean

    EP Thompson replied to Leszek in "THe Poverty of Theory and other essays", and Thompson also had much to say about Crossland, Williams, Nairn and Anderson. See here for the most recent conference I know of on this subject;
    and the debates are still going on.

    Anderson's "Arguments within English Marxism" were taken forward by a Leninist (I think) called Paul Blackledge in his book (he's on the editorial board of HM, or was when I last looked). Anderson promised much according to Thompson, but took the NLR in directions the original New left were unhappy with.

    I prefer Thompson of course, and "The Peculiarities of the English" is worth a read, published in the copy of "The Poverty of theory" I have. The main argument of Anderson and Nairn was that (Precis) 'Britian never had a bourgeois revolution, and hence all our institutions and culture are backward'.

    AS for the NLR today, there are occassionally good articles in it, and I even considered subscribing today cos you got a free copy of Brenners book with it ('economics of global turbulance)'. Though a lot of the articles I don't find interesting, but then there is no publication today I think 'is it'...
  11. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

    Anyone, how does Against The Current compare with NLR?
  12. SpineyNorman

    SpineyNorman it was already like that when I got here

    Unless he left in the latest split, Paul Blackledge is a member of the SWP.
  13. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    He has recently published a book on Marxism and Ethics. Hope he hasn't failed the practical...
  14. barney_pig

    barney_pig Po-cha-na-quar-hip

    A friend points out that an episode of 'new tricks' featured a lefty professor who railed against the pernicious influence of feminazis. The charactor was called Blackledge.
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  15. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Seven-year-old-thread megabump alert, for those who didn't immediately notice! :D

    (As you were otherwise -- last time I read anything from the NLR myself was over 25 years ago :oops: )
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  16. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    In no way at all really. ATC is a small polemical journal/mag of a specific political party/organisation. It's articles are generally shorter, and whilst they have people like Lorn Goldner sometimes writing for them, they pretty much sit in that broad-left grouping resulting in a narrowness of content.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013
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  17. purves grundy

    purves grundy ambient clown remix

    Thanks - that's helpful. I'd just noticed that Robert Brenner was involved... and hence wondered about the content.
  18. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    His better stuff - or i should probably say the longer more detailed stuff - will/does still appear in NLR. I have a lot of time for his work/ideas.

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