Warren is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He is the editor of décalages and author of several books on the works of Adam Smith, Spinoza and Althusser.
A Welcome and Necessary Encounter Between Trotsky and Gramsci
The following is Warren Montag's foreword to the new book by Argentinian Marxist Juan Dal Maso entitled "Hegemony and Class Struggle. Trotsky, Gramsci and Marxism" released by Palgrave Publishing House on July 28th.
François Matheron (1955–2021)
On April 3rd, the French Marxist philosopher François Matheron passed away from complications related to Covid-19. Here we publish an obituary by regular Left Voice contributor, Warren Montag, celebrating Matheron's life and his contributions to Marxist thought.
“It is Only a Matter of Time Before a More Competent Trump Emerges”: An Interview With Warren Montag
Some people argue that the far Right is small. Should we be reassured that “only” 45 percent of Republicans, that is, 30 million people, support the riot at the Capitol? We must reject facile economism to understand the Trump phenomenon. This is more than a simple contradiction between base and superstructure.
Learning from the Masses: Trotsky at the Modern Circus
In the early 20th century, mass audiences at the Modern Circus in Petrograd clamored at the sound of Trotsky’s voice, and he, in turn, vibrated to the rhythm of the audience. Marxist scholar Warren Montag dissects a passage of Trotsky’s 'My Life' and analyzes it through the lens of Baruch Spinoza.
The COVID-19 Conjuncture
In this interview, Warren Montag argues that the COVID-19 pandemic is being used by capital to enforce --- through the instrument of the state --- unheard-of levels of market discipline to secure profits at the expense of working people’s lives.
In the Conjuncture: Trotsky, Gramsci and Machiavelli
A review of the new book “Hegemonía Y Lucha De Clases” (Hegemony and Class Struggle) by Argentine Marxist Juan Dal Maso
Socialism, Universalism and Anti-Anti-Racism
Warren Montag and Joseph Serrano take a stock at the ongoing debate on anti-racism, class-wide demands and the fight for socialism.
The Fear of Trotsky Is a Fear of the Masses
The literary critic Warren Montag, a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, was among the hundreds of intellectuals who signed a letter of protest against the Netflix series “Trotsky.” In this essay, he explains how traditional anti-Semitic tropes were always used against Leon Trotsky and are being recycled now by the Putin regime.
Reassessing the Legacy of Louis Althusser on His 100-Year Anniversary: An Interview with Warren Montag
Louis Althusser was one of the most disputed scholars in the Marxist tradition. Condemned as a revisionist by some, celebrated as a brilliant, innovative Marxist philosopher by others, his theoretical contributions still spur interest and controversy today, almost thirty years after his death.