By Thomas Paine

This significant assortment demonstrates the level to which Thomas Paine (1737-1809) used to be an thought to the americans of their fight for independence, a passionate supporter of the French Revolution and maybe the exceptional English radical author of his age. It includes all of Paine's significant works together with "The Rights of Man", his groundbreaking defence of the innovative reason in France, "Common Sense", which gained millions over to the facet of the yankee rebels, and the 1st a part of "The Age of Reason" (Part One), a ferocious assault on Christianity. The shorter items - on capital punishment, social reform and the abolition of slavery - additionally ascertain the nice versatility and tool of this grasp of democratic prose.

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Since the protests in Seattle in November 1999, a new ‘movements of movements’ has become visible whose logic is not simply to resist particular policies or governments but to contest the capitalist system itself. Of course, between the era of Marxist debate that I evoked at the beginning and the renewal of social critique lies a profound caesura that began with the intellectual and political crisis of the Western Left in the late 1970s and culminated in the collapse of the Stalinist regimes a decade later.

Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory (London, 1979), p. 230. The precise significance of these studies is controversial: see L. Stone, ‘The Revival of Narrative’, P & P, 85 (1979); and E. J. Hobsbawm, ‘The Revival of Narrative: Some Comments’, P & P, 86 (1980). 4 P. Anderson, In the Tracks of Historical Materialism (London, 1983), p. 24. See also my review of this book, ‘Perry Anderson and “Western Marxism”’, IS, 2, 23 (1984). J. Hobsbawm, ‘The Historians’ Group of the Communist Party’, in M.

Marsh and M. Smith, ‘Understanding Policy Networks: Towards a Dialectical Approach’, Political Studies, 48 (2000). , 49 (2001). 28 xxx • Introduction to the Second Edition contradictory totality in a constant process of change’. 31 Secondly, Hay’s denial that either structures or agents are real appears to equate being real with the capacity to exist independently of other entities. But it is hard to think of anything that meets this criterion. Life on this planet, for example, is dependent on the sun, which, in turn exists in dynamic relation with other stars.

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