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In May 1949 Monthly Review began publication in New York City, as cold war hysteria gathered force in the United States. The first issue featured the lead article Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein. From the first Monthly Review spoke for socialism and against U.S. imperialism, and is still doing so today. From the first Monthly Review was independent of any political organization, and is still so today. The McCarthy era inquisition targeted Monthly Review's original editors Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman, who fought back successfully. In the subsequent global upsurge against capitalism, imperialism and the commodification of life (in shorthand “1968”) Monthly Review played a global role. A generation of activists received no small part of their education as subscribers to the magazine and readers of Monthly Review Press books. In the intervening years of counter-revolution, Monthly Review has kept a steady viewpoint. That point of view is the heartfelt attempt to frame the issues of the day with one set of interests foremost in mind: those of the great majority of humankind, the propertyless.

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The extensive commentary I have read on the Capitol Seizure of January 6 has not, to my knowledge, focused on two aspect...
01/25/2021
MR Online | The class composition of the Capitol rioters (First Cut)

The extensive commentary I have read on the Capitol Seizure of January 6 has not, to my knowledge, focused on two aspects of the event: The first is the class composition of the rioters. @NakedCapitalism

The extensive commentary I have read on the Capitol Seizure of January 6 has not, to my knowledge, focused on two aspects of the event: The first is the class composition of the rioters.

Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon’s edited collection "Standing with Standing Rock" tell a rich and  complex story of deco...
01/25/2021
Monthly Review | Standing with Standing Rock, Then and Now

Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon’s edited collection "Standing with Standing Rock" tell a rich and complex story of decolonization and Indigenization from the frontlines of the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017.

This article will be released in full online January 25, 2020. The story of the Indigenous movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017 has been the subject of numerous articles and…

In 1931 the British Colonial Office submitted a special report to the Council of the League of Nations on the “Progress ...
01/25/2021
MR Online | Capitalism and the Telos of the Neoliberal Civilizing Mission

In 1931 the British Colonial Office submitted a special report to the Council of the League of Nations on the “Progress of Iraq” in the previous decade. @LegalForm

In 1931 the British Colonial Office submitted a special report to the Council of the League of Nations on the “Progress of Iraq” in the previous decade. Since the First World War had ended with the…

The government has to mediate between these conflicting interests. But in India at present, the farmers have no desire t...
01/25/2021
MR Online | The patriots

The government has to mediate between these conflicting interests. But in India at present, the farmers have no desire to shift from food crops, even as consumers want food crops to be supplied through the public distribution system. The Telegraph

Protesting farmers are reclaiming the idea of the nation.

It was a highly symbolic event–except that Navalny was travelling by an aeroplane from Germany and not in a sealed train...
01/24/2021
MR Online | U.S. makes aggressive opening move on Russian chessboard

It was a highly symbolic event–except that Navalny was travelling by an aeroplane from Germany and not in a sealed train. @bhadrakumarmelkulangara

A regime change project in Russia was launched on Sunday with the return of political activist Alexei Navalny to Moscow. It was a highly symbolic event—except that Navalny was traveling by an airplane…

@anngarrison: "Thanks for going down to the Capitol to actually watch, photograph, and stream what you saw on January 6 ...
01/24/2021
MR Online | Max Blumenthal: Breach of Capitol security was like a military operation

@anngarrison: "Thanks for going down to the Capitol to actually watch, photograph, and stream what you saw on January 6 and then talking about it on your Grayzone webcast." Black Agenda Report

The Grayzone founder notes that “such a disproportionate percentage” of the Capitol building attackers were former military, former law enforcement, or current law enforcement that began rappelling up…

This writer for a long time hesitated to go beyond the broad consensus that designated the oPt an apartheid regime while...
01/24/2021
MR Online | The Jewish supremacist state (A comment on B’Tselem’s ‘apartheid regime’ designation for Israel)

This writer for a long time hesitated to go beyond the broad consensus that designated the oPt an apartheid regime while leaving open the proper legal description of the regime inside the Green Line. Mondoweiss

During the past two decades, many respected individuals and organizations designated the regime Israel has established in the occupied Palestinian territory—the West Bank, including East Jerusalem…

COVID-19 has exposed the fissures caused by capitalism. It has uncovered the ecological, epidemiological, and economic v...
01/23/2021
MR Online | COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020

COVID-19 has exposed the fissures caused by capitalism. It has uncovered the ecological, epidemiological, and economic vulnerabilities imposed by capitalism in the world. The Dispatch

In December 2019, China’s Wuhan city witnessed an abnormal rise of what was initially thought to be cases of pneumonia, as identified by the Wuhan Municipality Health Commission. However…

In its latest report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in Africa, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Developm...
01/23/2021
MR Online | Illicit Financial Flows: Africa is the world’s main creditor

In its latest report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) in Africa, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) discloses that US$88.6 billion from the continent go up in smoke every year. CADTM

Contrary to the dominant discourse, it is actually the case that the 54 African states finance developed countries and not the other way round.

All too many Americans now blame globalisation and foreign threats–especially immigrants and China–for many major proble...
01/23/2021
MR Online | TNCs reviving TPP Frankenstein

All too many Americans now blame globalisation and foreign threats–especially immigrants and China–for many major problems the U.S. faces. IDEAs

The incoming Biden administration is under tremendous pressure to demonstrate better U.S. economic management. Trade negotiations normally take years to conclude, if at all. Unsurprisingly…

The Chilean media were quick to label the October 2019 popular uprising an ‘estallido social’, a social explosion. As th...
01/23/2021
MR Online | Burying Pinochet

The Chilean media were quick to label the October 2019 popular uprising an ‘estallido social’, a social explosion. As the cry of ‘Chile despertó!’­– Chile woke up!–rang out in the streets, the refrain in television studios was that ‘no one saw this coming’. New Left Review

The Chilean media were quick to label the October 2019 popular uprising an ‘estallido social’, a social explosion. As the cry of ‘Chile despertó!’­– Chile woke up!–rang out in the streets…

Obviously, the precise composition of the worker-peasant alliance and the precise agenda of this alliance, will vary fro...
01/22/2021
MR Online | Engels on the Peasant War in Germany

Obviously, the precise composition of the worker-peasant alliance and the precise agenda of this alliance, will vary from country to country depending on concrete conditions. IDEAs

At a time when peasant masses in the country are engaged in a valiant struggle for the repeal of the Central government’s three infamous laws, and have laid peaceful siege to Delhi…

After seven months of job gains, although diminishing gains to be sure, we are again losing jobs. As the chart below sho...
01/22/2021
MR Online | The U.S. recovery on pause, December brings new job losses

After seven months of job gains, although diminishing gains to be sure, we are again losing jobs. As the chart below shows, the number of jobs fell by 140,000 in December. @ReportsfromtheEconomicFront

A meaningful working-class recovery from the recession seems far away.

The United States prepares for moving out of the Trump era with the incoming President promising more rounds of stimulus...
01/22/2021
MR Online | Prepare for a surge in Global inequality

The United States prepares for moving out of the Trump era with the incoming President promising more rounds of stimulus spending to revive an economy ravaged by COVID-19. IDEAs

The evidence clearly is that the Covid-crisis has upended the fiscal conservatism that has been the hallmark of the neoliberal era since the 1980s.

As it turns out though, Aaron’s downloading wasn’t even illegal, as he was a Harvard Ethics Fellow at the time and Harva...
01/22/2021
MR Online | Aaron would have been 34 years old

As it turns out though, Aaron’s downloading wasn’t even illegal, as he was a Harvard Ethics Fellow at the time and Harvard and MIT had contractual agreements allowing Aaron to access those materials en masse. @AaronSwartzDay

November 8, 2020 would have been Aaron’s 34th birthday, but instead we mourn our friend and wonder what could have been, had he not taken his own life seven years ago after being terrorized by a…

Ruth Milkman’s latest book is a strong  response to the “immigrant threat” narrative that has been central to U.S. polit...
01/22/2021
Monthly Review | Fighting the “Immigrant Threat” Narrative

Ruth Milkman’s latest book is a strong response to the “immigrant threat” narrative that has been central to U.S. politics in the last decades.

Ruth Milkman's latest book is a strong scholarly response to the "immigrant threat" narrative that has been central to U.S. politics in the last decades. In Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat…

Even today, we don’t have an international plan, reflected in the North-South divide over the distribution of COVID-19 v...
01/22/2021
MR Online | Global vaccine apartheid

Even today, we don’t have an international plan, reflected in the North-South divide over the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. @YanisIqbal

A vaccine alone will not be enough to end the pandemic as it must also be made available at an affordable price and allocated in a way that achieves equity. It follows that suspending intellectual…

Musk is known for his unhinged outbursts online and generally bizarre behaviour. In this respect, he epitomises the incr...
01/20/2021
MR Online | Struggling for ecosocialism in the time of Elon Musk

Musk is known for his unhinged outbursts online and generally bizarre behaviour. In this respect, he epitomises the increasing craziness of capitalism. Green Left

Elon Musk has been pronounced the wealthiest person on earth, slightly overtaking Jeff Bezos. Musk is known for his unhinged outbursts online and generally bizarre behaviour. In this respect…

Around the world, people gaped at the bizarre pageant of Trump’s army running riot in the chambers of the body that call...
01/20/2021
MR Online | The country where liberty is a statue

Around the world, people gaped at the bizarre pageant of Trump’s army running riot in the chambers of the body that calls itself the ‘world’s oldest democracy’. Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

On 6 January, the world witnessed an interesting spectacle, an assortment of what appeared to be characters from fantasy television shows taking possession of the U.S. Capitol…

The DEA was notified that “Work on laying the pipeline is scheduled to resume in Danish waters on January 15.”  @bhadrak...
01/20/2021
MR Online | Germany draws another line in the sand for the U.S.

The DEA was notified that “Work on laying the pipeline is scheduled to resume in Danish waters on January 15.” @bhadrakumar.melkulangara

Maas underscored that Berlin “does not need to talk about European sovereignty if that is understood as us (Germany) doing everything in future the way Washington wants.”…

Anyone who believes locking President Donald Trump out of his social media accounts will serve as the first step on the ...
01/20/2021
MR Online | Twitter’s ban on Trump will only deepen the U.S. tribal divide

Anyone who believes locking President Donald Trump out of his social media accounts will serve as the first step on the path to healing the political divide in the United States is likely to be in for a bitter disappointment. The Dissident Voice

Anyone who believes locking President Donald Trump out of his social media accounts will serve as the first step on the path to healing the political divide in the United States is likely to be in for…

The growth in arms sales is structurally driven by the permanent crisis of capitalism. There has been a long-term declin...
01/19/2021
MR Online | American capitalism’s endless military drive

The growth in arms sales is structurally driven by the permanent crisis of capitalism. There has been a long-term decline in the rate of profit of the productive sectors of leading capitalist states. Orinoco Tribune

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that weapons exports have risen by 2.8% to $175 billion in 2020. In their annual briefing on U.S. arms sales, the Pentagon and State…

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Dear friends COLLECTION OF 13 THOUGHTFUL ARTICLES FROM THE LOCK DOWN DIARIES AUTHORED BY AVAY SHUKLA - A RETIRED OFFICER FROM INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN DECEMBER 2010 At the outset I'm grateful to my many friends for their thoughtful responses to many of my posts during lock down period. It's comforting to know that we're going crazy together. In democratic politics, the practice of critique mediated through the act of dissent plays an important role in controlling and rectifying the political tendencies that seek to undermine democratic values. The role of informed critique becomes absolutely crucial for saving democracy from degenerating into despotism. In despotism, there is the need to immunise political dominance from everyday threats of dissent and resistance from the margin and opposition from the political rivals. Paradoxically, a democratically formed government, but with authoritarian intentions, usually deals with dissent not with the force of sound arguments, but by using against the dissenting voices resources such as contempt, ridicule and insult, which are trivial in their essence. Thus, the dignity of the argument is compromised with debasement that is regularly used to neutralise dissent. This moral element is starkly absent in contemporary Indian politics. Alongside, the authoritarian government and its supporters seek to silence the dissent through the use of coercive methods, such as entangling the dissenting person into legal litigation. Finally, and most importantly, such a government seeks to separate people both from each other through planting communal dissension and also from argument through the overuse of ideologically self-serving rhetoric. In contemporary India, do we have governments that work only for representation rather than transcendence? Critique coming particularly from radical elements, arguably involves the promise of seeking transcendence in the embattled common life through powerful argument and effective action. Radical critique, in the ideal sense, suggests the need to move away from representation that defines the existence of identity politics on the one hand and the politics of the majority community on the other. Right-wing political parties, in the event of a counterclaim forwarded by their rivals, do assert that they have an authentic claim over the representation of members belonging to a particular religious group. At the root of communal division is the parochial, ideological claim of representing a particular socio-religious group that tends to survive and reproduce itself in the stock ideology. Such narrow claims of representation based on stock ideology are the hurdles in achieving transcendence or normative shift in people’s settled consciousness. The question that is much more important is: Does the argument from the radical achieve this transcendence or does it also remain stuck at the level of representation, rhetorically representing the interest of the identity groups? The critique that is externally courageous against the authoritarian government, however, remains internally weak for the following reasons. First, it fails to expand the social basis of the practice of critique so as to include those on whose behalf it claims to be active against the authoritative government. It makes the issue a specialised activity of a selective group of dissenters who claim to be politically correct. Second, the radicals, at this level, tend to arrogate to themselves legislative authority to prescribe what is an adequate and inadequate degree of critique. Such radicals seem to use their requisite sense to suggest that launching the critique of tormenting forces worldwide from a particular standpoint is “so far so good” but not adequate. Thus, there is an element of temporality involved in this sense, which then tends to suggest that the critique is not yet complete as it leaves out from its gaze other tormenting forces. We often hear such grudges from the radicals who claim to represent the minorities and Dalits in India. It could be argued that the radical critique slides down from the transductal project of speaking for the universal to practically representing the identity groups. Their capacity to critique gets pragmatically confined to embattled groups, such as the Adivasis, Dalits and minorities. The validity of the critical practice of the radicals ironically depends on the reciprocal antagonism between the radical and the conservative forces. The critical energies of the radical thus enter a deadlock, with right-wing politics that works along the line of a block ideology. Since the communal ideology of the right-wing forces has to be continuously at work, the critique from the left has to be active, and it has been active since the origin of the stock ideology. But, the critical practice of the radical runs the risk of working only through the block or reified argument without any emancipatory opening. Critique acquires a therapeutic quality to rectify and purify the responses by freeing them from the deadlock. Critique, in such a sense, acquires a transcendental quality. Critique as reason has to be active at both ends, that is to say, embattled people have reasons to offer resistance at both levels. In a serial of xiii articles under the heading lockdown diaries this bold critic ,an of officer who retired from the Indian Administrative Service in December 2010ahs torn apart the false claim of the government in power summing up their lockdown and unlock down mismanagement as DISTORTING THE FACTS ZERO SUM GAME. Kindly go through the same and arrive at your judgment, Of facts disengaging facts from falsehood. Love A citizen’s posit 22-6-2020" Umar bhar Ghalib yahi bhool karta raha, Dhool chehre par thi, aur aina saaf karta raha." Actually, this piece is not just about me- it's also about you, dear reader. Look into that cracked mirror. Do you feel any shame, just a little , for what we have become, for the lost soul of a once great nation? About the author of lock down diaries Mr Avay Shukla The author retired from the Indian Administrative Service in December 2010. A keen environmentalist and trekker he has published a book on high altitude trekking in the Himachal Himalayas: THE TRAILS LESS TRAVELLED. He writes for various publications and websites on the environment, governance and social issues. He divides his time between Delhi and his cottage in a small village above Shimla. He used to play golf at one time but has now run out of balls. He has published his second book- SPECTRE OF CHOOR DHAR( a collection of short stories based on the myths and fables of Himachal)- in July 2019. READ MORE https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z9GKIQkArWWPtJwbbRNESpJGmSOmutIK/view?usp=sharing OR https://www.scribd.com/document/466533626/The-Lock-Down-Diaries OR https://www.academia.edu/s/b05b5b7366?source=link
The good-for-business wars by Marge Piercy (Jun 01, 2020) Buying [we’re called consumers: what do we really consume?] things we don’t need with money we don’t have. Credit cards weren’t invented for our convenience. That’s the American Way troops are sent to defend in lands where we don’t know their language, march through their customs, bitch about their religions. Most people now can’t even find Kansas on a map; Afghanistan might as well be on the moon or in some god’s hell. Their corpses we see on television lack faces as well as names. We count our own dead but won’t allot money to talk nightmares from brains of those who made it out. Who can remember a time when we weren’t at war someplace? No one in power cares that we haven’t won a war in seventy years. Still we invade. When the same mistake is made over and over, it isn’t always stupidity. Some times it means that every cooked-up invasion earns some people billions.