This essay revisits the “Prospectus” written by the author, Stanley Aronowitz, and Fredric Jameson for Social Text's first issue and evaluates it with thirty years' hindsight. It focuses on the journal's position regarding Marxism and the then Soviet Union, and its—for the author—problematic veering away from liberalism. It praises the plurality of thinkers and theories that the journal engaged with.

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