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The Aesthetic Component of Socialism
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"Art expresses things about life, about people and about oneself that are not revealed in political or scientific thought; its great power consists in its ability to connect human beings, as though by invisible wires, at the most profound and intimate levels.

To become whole, human beings require the truth about the world, and themselves, that art offers."


David Walsh

This lecture by the Arts Editor of the World Socialist Web Site, David Walsh is one of seven delivered to the 1998 international symposium Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the 20th Century by the International Committee of the Fourth International in Sydney, Australia. Learn More
Art as the Cognition of Life: Aleksandr Konstantinovich Voronsky
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Voronsky was an outstanding figure of post-revolutionary Soviet intellectual life, editor of the most important literary journal of the 1920s in the USSR and a supporter of Trotsky and the Left Opposition in the struggle against Stalinism. He was executed by Stalin in 1937. A defender of the "fellow traveler" writers and an opponent of the Proletarian Culture movement, Voronsky was one of the authentic representatives of classical Marxism in the field of literary criticism in the twentieth century. Learn More
Arts and Culture Bundle
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An absolutely unique set of works for those interested in the Marxist perspective on art and culture.

The new Arts bundle includes the just-published volume of The Sky Between the Leaves by World Socialist Web Site Arts Editor David Walsh as well as his recently reprinted lecture The Aesthetic Component of Socialism. These works are the product of the decision by the International Committee of the Fourth International, following the dissolution of the USSR, to devote its resources to the cultural and intellectual as well as political development of the working class. The bundle also includes the volume by Left Oppositionist Aleksandr Voronsky, Art as the Cognition of Life.

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