October 6, 2022

One Divides Into Two – The French Connection Of Mao, May, And Today (Jonathan Fardy)

“One divides into two.” This enigmatic phrase once functioned as the ideological lynchpin of the Cultural Revolution. Maoism redrew the profile of Marxist theory. The dialectic, understood as an ideological and historical process of contradiction and resolution, was central to Maoism as it had been to Marxism and Leninism. But in his writings, especially “On […]

The Meaning Of May 1968 – A Sampling Of Reflections Around The Internet

The editors of The New Polis have gathered below excerpts and summaries of some of the most significant reflections and observations that have been published to date on the long-term historical meaning of May 1968.  Per an earlier call, we invite readers to send us their own take, whether it be in the form of […]

From The Sexual Revolution To The Politics Of Recognition – The Legacy Of May 1968 (Carl Raschke)

May 1968 was known in France as l’eventement, or “the event.”  It was compared to the French uprisings of 1789, 1830, 1849, and 1871 when governments dissolved and new “republics” were proclaimed.  It was spontaneous, unscripted, and to a certain extent unorganized.   Like so many “spontaneous” insurrections and cultural singularities of that period, there was […]

A Call For Reflection On May 1968 – Fifty Years Later (The Editors)

As many people watch the unfolding of events concerning historic meetings between leaders from North Korea, South Korea, and the United States unprecedented numbers of Venezuelans are flooding into Brazil, echoing migratory reactions to devasted economies worldwide. These are some of the major news items as we head into the 50thanniversary of May 1968. While certainly […]