Gramsci’s “Jacobin Prince” and Leading Light Communism

Gramsci’s “Jacobin Prince” and Leading Light Communism Jacob Brown Part 2/2 of a series on Leading Light Communism and the Writings of Antonio Gramsci Read part 1 here: In Greek Mythology, there is a story about how humanity received fire. The Titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give it to humans. …


Lumpenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopment (Review)

Review of André Gunder Frank’s Lupenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopment André Gunder Frank’s Lumpenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopement, written in 1972, is a short summary of the evolution of dependency in Latin America from the colonial period through the neocolonial period up to the 1970s. Frank shows how the class structure of Latin American countries evolved in connection with changes …


The Slum within the Global Countryside

The Slum within the Global Countryside: Reflections inspired by Mike Davis’ Planet of Slums “The brutal tectonics of neoliberal globalization since 1978 are analogous to the catastrophic process that shaped a ‘Third World’ in the first place, during the era of late-Victorian imperialism (1870-1900). At the end of the nineteenth century, the forcible incorporation …


Review: Teresa Hayter’s The Creation of World Poverty (Part 2 of 2)

Teresa Hayter’s The Creation of World Poverty was first published in 1981 as a response to the World Bank’s Brandt Report. Even today, decades after it was first published, Hayter’s book is more accurate than not in its depiction of the most glaring fact about our world today, the gap between the rich and poor countries. Hayter’s book is certainly more accurate than the accounts of First Worldists. Even though Hayter may not be fully correct, the overall politics of this work are. Hayter’s work serves as a good introduction to the work of dependency theorists who have come to correct conclusions even though they, often, work within academia. Her work should be placed alongside the work of authors like André Gunder Frank, Walter Rodney, and Samir Amin.