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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Arguments within What’s Left of the Left

Arguments within What’s Left of the Left

James, Watson, and the Question of Method (2001)

(p.33) 3. Arguments within What’s Left of the Left
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on arguments within the left radical party of the Caribbean social science scholarship. These arguments can be divided in three parts: Brian Meek's written initial statement; Caribbean social scientist Hilbourne Watson's response; and Meek's defense delivered at the 2001 C. L. R. James One Hundredth Anniversary Symposium. The theoretical failure of the Caribbean left was their assumption that history was already overdetermined by the course of accumulated events, by the “world balance of forces” and the strength of “really existing socialism.” The chapter aims to examine human agency as neither simply a subset of economic forces nor a minor aspect in a complex “overdetermination,” but as a revolutionizing factor in modern history.

Keywords:   Caribbean Left party, Caribbean social science, Brian Meeks, Hilbourne Watson, human agency, socialism

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