A video message from Gregor Benton at the launch of ''Memoirs of a Critical Communist. Towards a history of the Fourth International''. Benton reflects on Livio Maitan, and what Maitan's work meant for him.
Preface by Daniel Bensaid
Translated by Gregor Benton
Edited with an introduction by Penelope Duggan
Llivio Maitan's Memoirs of a Critical Communist tells the life of revolutionary communist in the second half of the 20th century. From his early commitment to communism under fascism in Italy, Livio chose to be 'against the current' by rejecting both Stalinism and social democracy, and charted a curse towards democratic and revolutionary Marxism.
In this new collection of essays, Enzo Traverso examines the relationships between anti-Semitism, modernity and the Holocaust. Traverso analyses multiple dimensions of the destruction of the European Jews, debates over the historical memory and left-wing debates on the nature of anti-Semitism.
Inspired by the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and the heterodox Marxism of a thinker like Walter Benjamin, Traverso argues that after Auschwitz, critical thought needs to reconsider the notion of progress as such.