PoliEdPod 4: Reading Alfred Sohn-Rethel on Fascism, Today

The Class Unity Political Education Committee is proud to present a discussion exploring how Marxist theory understands modern history. To grasp the rise of fascism in 20th century Europe, we discuss and analyze Alfred Sohn-Rethel’s 1973 text, Economy and Class Structure of German Fascism. According to theorists like Sohn-Rethel and Michal Kalecki, the Nazi policy of rearmament leading to the Second World War saved bankrupt industrialists from the Great Depression. We follow the roots of the ‘perpetual war economy’ as an economic necessity of industrial capitalism and ask whether the same economic necessity might not be fueling the post-War American military industrial complex today.

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