Our newest publication just arrived. 'Nationaliteit en Klassenstrijd in België' (Nationality and Class Struggle in Belgium) is a Dutch language collection of articles written by Ernest Mandel, edited by Gertjan Desmet and Hendrik Patroons. The main part of the book consists of articles written between 1958-1973, considering how marxists should relate to the national question, and especially discussing the national question in Belgium. The book includes a prologue with two recently discovered articles on this issue written by a teenaged Mandel, and annexes outlining the history of the trotskyist movement in Belgium. The book can be ordered through our web-store.
Ernest Mandel (1923-1995) is best known for his work on political economy. His political work in the Belgian workers movement in the 1950's and 1960's aimed at integrating a marxist approach to the national question in the struggle against capitalism. The texts included in this edition shed light on a persistent problem of the Belgian state.
Mandel's many works include Marxist Economic Theory (1968), La Formation Économique de la Penseé de Karl Marx (1967), Late Capitalism (1978), The Long Waves of Capitalist Development (1980) and Money and Power (1992).
Gertjan DESMET (1987) is an archivist and historian.
Hendrik PATROONS (1946) studied history in Gent and Leuven. For over 40 years he has been active in the radical left in Belgium and France.
This Working Paper looks at the evolution of the Socialist Party (SP) in the Netherlands.
With its roots in the maoist milieu of the seventies, the SP is a rare example of a party coming from the far-left to make a lasting national breakthrough. During its own long march, the SP underwent a metamorphosis from a small revolutionary group to a social-democratic mass-party.
Alex de Jong is a co-director of the IIRE Amsterdam.
The 3rd IIRE Economy Seminar is taking place between the 14th and the 16th February.
Following up on the sessions held in 2009 and 2011, this edition will go through the changing situation in the economies of the different continents, with a focus on the interaction between ecological and economic problems, and the debates on radical ways out of the crisis. Among the lecturers and participants, we will have well known economists like Michael Roberts, François Chesnais, Eric Toussaint, Ozlem Onaram, Claudio Katz, Cedric Durand, Michel Husson and environmentalist Daniel Tanuro.
If you are interested in attending the seminar, you can still write to us for the possibility of a late inscription.
The second 'ecosocialist school' organized by the IIRE was a successful, truly international meeting.
The final large activity of the IIRE in 2013 was the second 'ecosocialist school'. Each year, we organize several educational activities, the largest of which is a three-week school for political activists. Reflecting the increasing importance of the ecological question for progressive activists, we drew up a new program for our three-week school a couple of years ago and renamed it the 'ecosocialist school'.