Aufheben 2 (Summer 1993)

Class Decomposition in the New World Order: Yugoslavia Unravelled
The New World Order so loudly proclaimed by President Bush as he prepared to go to war against Iraq is now sinking in the quagmire of Bosnia. In the first of two articles that consider the present international predicament of the post-Cold War era we examine in detail the break up of former Yugoslavia in terms of 40 years of class struggle and the collapse of the USSR.

Somalia and the Islamic Threat to Global Capital
'Operation Restore Hope' was widely billed as a means to restore the humanitarian credentials of both the US and the UN after the failure to find a 'solution to the Bosnian nightmare'. The recent shooting of demonstrators by UN troops, if nothing else, should have dispelled such a myth. In this article we seek to explain Bush's change of heart with regard to Somalia in terms of the wider context of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism as a new threat to global capital that is filling the gap left by the demise of Stalinism.

Decadence: The Theory of Decline or the Decline of Theory? Part I
The notion that capitalism must inevitably decline and, by implication, that history is on our side, has been a dominant idea that has shaped much marxist and revolutionary thought, particularly that of Trotskyists and left communists. In the wake of the collapse of the Eastern Bloc it has become more important than ever to challenge such notions of capitalist decline and decadence. In the first part of our critique we examine the development of the various theories of capitalist decline that emerged out of the collapse of the Second International up until the end of the Second World War.

Intakes: 'Rostock or: How the New Germany is being Governed'
In this abridged translation of an article originally published in Wildcat (Germany), it is shown how the state is using the issue of racism to develop its 'social strategy of tension'.

Review: The State Debate and Post Fordism and Social Form
Theorising the relation between state and capital is an important task. This review article looks at two important contributions to the understanding of this problem and places them in the context of the failed strategies of the left.