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Articles and Other Minor Works < DIALECTICAL MARXISM: The Writings of Bertell Ollman Articles and Other Minor Works

By Bertell Ollman

  1. Marxist Theory
    1. What is Marxism? A Bird's-Eye View
    2. Theses on the Capitalist State
    3. Why Do We Need a Theory of the State?
    4. Marx's Use of Class
    5. Is There a Marxian Ethic?
    6. Alienation and the Law of Value
    7. Marx's Critique of Ideology
    8. In defense of Marxism
    9. Social and Sexual Revolution: from Marx to Reich and Back
    10. Reply to Mussachia on Social and Sexual Revolution
    11. Why Dialectics? Why Now? How to Study the Communist Future Inside the Capitalist Present
    12. The Meaning of Dialectics
    13. Marx's Vision of Communism
    14. Marx's Vision of Communism: the First Stage
    15. Communism: Ours, not Theirs
    16. On Teaching Marxism
    17. Reply to Stolzman's Critique of "On Teaching Marxism"
    18. A Bird's-Eye View of Socialism
    19. Some Questions for Critics of Engels' Edition of Capital
    20. Marxism (the cartoon version)
      (See also the chapters from Alienation, Social and Sexual Revolution, Dialectical Investigations and Dance of the Dialectic reproduced on this web site.)

  2. Marxist Analysis
    1. What Is Political Science? What Should It Be?
    2. Toward a Marxist Theory of American Patriotism: How "They" Murder Us, and What We Can Do About It An unfinished draft.
    3. Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Prolegomenon to a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State
    4. Toward a Marxist Interpretation of the U.S. Constitution
    5. The Utopian Vision of the Future (Then and Now): A Marxist Critique
    6. Why So Many Exams? A Marxist Response
    7. The Regency of the Proletariat in Crisis: A Job for Perestroika
    8. The Ideal of Academic Freedom as the Ideology of Academic Repression, American Style
    9. How to Study Class Consciousness...and Why We Should
    10. America Beyond Capitalism: A Socialist Stew Prepared for Liberals and Conservatives

  3. Education for Socialism
    1. On Teaching Marxism
    2. Of Marxism and Universities
    3. Why So Many Exams? A Marxist Response
    4. Interview on Exams and Education
    5. Project for an Activist University (Letter to Joseph Murphy, former Chancellor of the City University of New York - C.U.N.Y.)
    6. A Pedagogical Battle Plan to Check the Spread of Skepticism in Cuba (Lecture in Havana, 1991)
    7. Academic Freedom is also Class Struggle (from BALLBUSTER? True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman)
    8. Bertell Ollman vs. the University of Maryland: the Trial (1983) (from BALLBUSTER? True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman)
    9. The Ideal of Academic Freedom as the Ideology of Academic Repression, American Style
    10. Introduction to The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, vol. I (1982)
    11. Program Statement as Candidate for President of the American Political Science Association (1978)
    12. Model of Activist Research: or How to Study Class Consciousness...and Why We Should
    13. What Is Political Science? What Should It Be?
    14. Some Pedagogical Aids to Critical Thinking (from Studies in Socialist Pedagogy)
    15. On the Use of Humor (from BALLBUSTER? True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman)
    16. The Philosophy of Basketball: as Education and as Utopian Moment
    17. Excerpts on Education (from How to Take an Exam...and Remake the World) including A Philosophy of Education, Nonsense Lecture, Grades and Money, Academic Research as Ideology, and Marxism and Exams and many other excerpts.
    18. "Letters to the Editor" on Education — Questions to Ask the Board of Trustees, On Conjugating the Verb 'To Participate', Of Marxism and Universities, Praise, not Criticism, Rich Man's Graffiti, Lessons from the Strike, more coming...

      (For further material relevant to education, see my books, How to Take an Exam...and Remake the World - especially on exam hints; Studies in Socialist Pedagogy ; The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, vols. I, II, and III; and Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method—especially on how to think more dialectically and how to conduct dialectical research. See also The Class Struggle board game, and "Marxism—the cartoon version". The humorous articles, letters, etc. throughout this web site also have an important place in my socialist pedagogy).

  4. Against Market Socialism
    1. Market Mystification in Capitalist and Market Socialist Societies
    2. Reply to Carl Davidson on "Market Mystification" (see Market Mystification)
    3. The Advantages and Disadvantages of Market Socialism
    4. The Question is Not "When Will Capitalism Die?" but "When Did It Die and What Should Our Reaction Be?"
    5. America Beyond Capitalism: A Socialist Stew Prepared for Liberals and Conservatives
      (further discussion of this subject can be found in the chapters of my Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists)

  5. Politics
    1. Why the War on Iraq? The Phantom Reasons and the Real Ones
    2. What Constitutes a "Stolen Election"? Toward a Politics of Deligitimation
    3. Should the Left Ignore the "Stolen Election"?
    4. What Constitutes A Stolen Election?
    5. Letter of Resignation from the Jewish People
    6. Love of Israel?
    7. Is Anti-Zionism a New Form of Anti-Semitism?
    8. Explanation, Yes - Justification, No
    9. What Is To Be Done? the little things
    10. Towards a New Revolutionary Party

  6. Various
    1. Of Marxism and Universities
    2. The Philosophy of Basketball: in Relation to Capitalism, Democracy, and Socialism
    3. The Charles McCoy Award Acceptance Speech
    4. Marxism (the cartoon version)
    5. Letter to Warner Brother's producer, Jay Preston Allen, on Roger Simon's script for the movie on the Class Struggle story (January 31, 1981)
    6. Dare to Laugh! Dare to Win!
    7. Test Your Patriotism I.Q.
    8. Socialism is Practical Christianity
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