Update and Reviews
Although we have not updated this site devoted to the Kalikot series in some time, this is mainly because we, the series’ editorial team, have had to work slowly for a variety of reasons: gathering potential manuscripts, editing those we possessed, figuring out what direction to take the series in, etc. Moreover, since this is also a series internal to Kersplebedeb as a whole, much of the advertisement and promotion of the series’ first book was done through the publisher’s main website.
In anticipation of the release of two new books in Kersplebedeb’s Kalikot Book series (more details to follow by the end of July), we feel it is best to present a variety of reviews and engagements of the first book in the series, Zak Cope’s Divided World, Divided Class (2012). Despite this website’s inability to update in a timely manner, Cope’s book has succeeded in gaining the level of recognition we hoped it would gain. Hopefully future books in the series, the next two of which will be available very soon, will be as successful.
1. Labour Divided by Timothy Kerswell (Monthly Review): A generally favourable review that provides a very succinct summary of the book’s subject matter.
2. Matthijs Krul’s review (Notes & Commentaries): A thorough and celebratory review, written by someone who wished he had written Divided World, Divided Class.
3. J. Moufawad-Paul’s review (MLM Mayhem!): A favourable review with some critiques.
4. Workers in the Global North: A Labour Aristocracy? by Charles Post (New Socialist): A negative review written by one of the key thinkers who rejects the theory of the labour aristocracy.
5. The Theory of the Labour Aristocracy and its Discontents by J. Moufawad-Paul (MLM Mayhem!): A negative review of Post’s review of Cope, challenging many of the philosophical assumptions made by those like Post who reject the labour aristocracy.
6. Mini-Review and Commentary on Zak Cope’s Divided World, Divided Class by Nikolai Brown (Anti-Imperialism.com): A celebratory review from one of the most significant “Maoist Third Worldist” sites in the US. Also of interest, is Brown’s interview with Cope.
7. Comments on a Divided World by Don Hammerquist (Kersplebedeb): Written for the official publication site, this engagement with the subject matter of Cope’s book is more a discussion of the book’s ramifications gleaned through reading reviews of the book (i.e. such as Krul’s review, linked above) rather than the book itself. Despite this, Hammerquist raises some very salient discussion points.
8. Convergence and Divergence by Matthijs Krul (Notes & Commentaries): A response to the above Hammerquist intervention.
Aside from these reviews, and others that we might have forgot to add, Cope’s book is now being cited and engaged with in other books (most recently, for example, in Bromma’s The Worker Elite) and hopefully it will become a part of radical intellectual discourse. Stay tuned for the next books in the Kalikot series that will hopefully provide similar interventions.