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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.

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. TODAY -- Monthly Review has had but 6 editors. The original editors were Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman. Leo Huberman died in 1968, and Harry Magdoff became an editor in 1969. Ellen Meiksins Wood served ably as editor in the period 1997-2000. In May 2000 John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney, themselves of the "1968" generation and educated by Monthly Review, took over the primary editorial responsibilities. Founding editor Paul Sweezy died on February 27, 2004, and a special issue devoted to his work appeared in October 2004. On June 1, 2004 Robert McChesney ceased to be formally designated as an editor, while continuing as a contributor and a Director of the Monthly Review Foundation, the not-for-profit entity that operates both Monthly Review magazine and Monthly Review Press. Harry Magdoff died on New Year's Day, 2006. A special issue focusing on his contribution to the understanding of capitalism and imperialism appeared in October, 2006. John Bellamy Foster, the current editor, continues the tradition of combining accounts of what is new (without falling for fads) with the equally vital task of seeing the longer process. That tradition, as summarized by Paul Sweezy, is to see the present as history. On July 14th, 2006 we began a daily web magazine featuring a broad range of articles, reviews and commentary. Revenues from subscriptions and the sales of books have always fallen short of the demands on Monthly Review's resources. This is inevitable; in today's world any anti-imperialist and socialist enterprise that finds its resources sufficient to the tasks we face must either be moribund or false. The contributions—over and above subscriptions and book sales—of a global community of several thousand people sustain Monthly Review. Monthly Review today places most of its articles on the web and our daily web magazine has attracted a substantial and growing readership. If you have found our website of value, please consider subscribing to the magazine or, better yet, becoming an Associate.

Ike Neham: "For the 28th year in a row, the entire United Nations General Assembly, gathered in one room, voted overwhel...
11/20/2019
MR Online | The 2019 UN vote against the U.S. blockade of Cuba

Ike Neham: "For the 28th year in a row, the entire United Nations General Assembly, gathered in one room, voted overwhelmingly against 'the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo Imposed on Cuba by the United States'."

Trump’s Washington Remains Cornered…

Alan MacLeod for the excellent Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: "The media message from the Bolivia case is clear: A co...
11/19/2019
MR Online | The Bolivian coup is not a coup—because U.S. wanted it to happen

Alan MacLeod for the excellent Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: "The media message from the Bolivia case is clear: A coup is not a coup if we"—the United States—"like the outcome."

Army generals appearing on television to demand the resignation and arrest of an elected civilian head of state seems like a textbook example of a coup. And yet that is certainly not how corporate…

"Morales and the Movement for Socialism’s (MAS) true crime—in the eyes of the salivating gas multinationals and their lo...
11/19/2019
MR Online | Behind the racist coup in Bolivia

"Morales and the Movement for Socialism’s (MAS) true crime—in the eyes of the salivating gas multinationals and their local lackeys—was the severing of Bolivia’s historically exploitative relationship with the U.S." Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

Sunday November the 10th, at approximately 4pm (eastern standard time) the democratically elected president and vice president of Bolivia, Evo Morales and Álvaro García respectively…

Vijay Prashad: "These counter-revolutionary coups are the most commonplace (and have been very common in Bolivia–1964, 1...
11/19/2019
MR Online | Bolivia does not exist

Vijay Prashad: "These counter-revolutionary coups are the most commonplace (and have been very common in Bolivia–1964, 1970, 1980, and 2019)." Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

On November 10, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ayma was removed from office.

"Since the vast majority of people motivated to fight for XR’s ideals come from the left, in practice XR’s 'apolitical' ...
11/19/2019
MR Online | Extinction Rebellion: Rebellion against whom?

"Since the vast majority of people motivated to fight for XR’s ideals come from the left, in practice XR’s 'apolitical' approach means censoring messages it considers excessively left-wing." Fightback.

Through the global climate strike and mass demonstrations for the planet launched by Greta Thunberg, an entire generation has gotten a taste of political action, understanding the need for dramatic…

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 pm–8:00 pmCome discuss The Politics of Immigration with authors Jane Guskin & David L. Wilson!NY...
11/19/2019
Open Forum: The Politics of Immigration, Questions and Answers

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Come discuss The Politics of Immigration with authors Jane Guskin & David L. Wilson!
NYC Dept of Records & Information Services
31 Chambers Street, Suite 111, New York, NY 10007

Join authors Jane Guskin & David L. Wilson for a participatory discussion of themes from their book, The Politics of Immigration . Thur...

"At least six of the key coup plotters are alumni of the infamous School of the Americas," while Williams Kaliman, comma...
11/19/2019
MR Online | Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by U.S. military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs

"At least six of the key coup plotters are alumni of the infamous School of the Americas," while Williams Kaliman, commander of Bolivia’s armed forces, "served in the past as Bolivia’s military and police attachés in Washington." Grayzone Project

Commanders of Bolivia’s military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. Before they were educated for insurrection through the US military’s notorious School of the Americas and…

New this week! We pay homage to our comrade, Immanuel Wallerstein (1930–2019) with this republication of his, “U.S. Weak...
11/18/2019
Monthly Review | U.S. Weakness and the Struggle for Hegemony

New this week! We pay homage to our comrade, Immanuel Wallerstein (1930–2019) with this republication of his, “U.S. Weakness and the Struggle for Hegemony,” which first appeared in the July–August 2003 issue of Monthly Review (55, no. 3).

Monthly Review and Monthly Review Press author and celebrated world-systems theorist Immanuel Wallerstein died on August 31, 2019. In his memory, we republish an article that first appeared in Monthly…

New this week! Andy Merrifield: Perhaps collectivity & individuality "express two different aspects of Marxism’s humanis...
11/18/2019
Monthly Review | Endgame Marxism (and Urbanism)

New this week! Andy Merrifield: Perhaps collectivity & individuality "express two different aspects of Marxism’s humanist tradition, of how they ought to go together. It is another way to frame the dialectic of justice and jouissance, a radical hope for equality on the one side, plus a diversity of self-expression on the other."

Collectivity and individuality express two different aspects of Marxism’s humanist tradition, of how they ought to go together. It is another way to frame the dialectic of justice and jouissance…

@Socialism and Democracy reviews "Culture as Politics: Selected Writings of Christopher Caudwell," edited by David Margo...
11/18/2019
Monthly Review | “More liberty than bourgeois society can reach”: Socialism & Democracy reviews “Culture as Politics: Selected Writings of Christopher Caudwell”

@Socialism and Democracy reviews "Culture as Politics: Selected Writings of Christopher Caudwell," edited by David Margolies

Ever since he died fighting for the Republican cause in Spain in February 1937, there has been a recurring critical debate about the work of Christopher Caudwell. Indeed, between 1950 and 1951 there…

"In this special live episode of Money on the Left, artist and researcher Vienne Chan joins us to talk art, politics, an...
11/18/2019
MR Online | MMT & the Art of Social Practice with Vienne Chan (Live)

"In this special live episode of Money on the Left, artist and researcher Vienne Chan joins us to talk art, politics, and money—and how Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) reconfigures the boundaries between all three." Money on the Left

In this special live episode of Money on the Left, artist and researcher Vienne Chan joins us to talk art, politics, and money—and how Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) reconfigures the boundaries between…

Glen Ford: "Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media ...
11/18/2019
MR Online | By trying to silence Sanders, the corporate media de-legitimize themselves

Glen Ford: "Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media want Americans to meekly submit to the Race to the Bottom." Black Agenda Report.

Sanders has been made into a non-person, and his proposals routinely distorted, because the corporate media want Americans to meekly submit to the Race to the Bottom.

'Otto Meza, a calm, bespectacled 46-year-old Salvadoran political cartoonist deals with a whole spectrum of domestic iss...
11/15/2019
MR Online | Attacking the Messenger: Profile of Salvadoran political cartoonist Otto Meza

'Otto Meza, a calm, bespectacled 46-year-old Salvadoran political cartoonist deals with a whole spectrum of domestic issues. Many of the themes Meza uses to label his cartoons provide a stark overview of the issues facing contemporary El Salvador: “Migration,” “Inequality,” “Corruption,” “Transparency,” “Impunity,” “Historical Memory.”'

Otto Meza, a calm, bespectacled 46-year-old Salvadoran political cartoonist deals with a whole spectrum of domestic issues. Many of the themes Meza uses to label his cartoons provide a stark overview…

Our newest Monthly Review Essay by Peter Critchley.
11/14/2019
MR Online | Culturalism, Naturalism, and Social Metabolism

Our newest Monthly Review Essay by Peter Critchley.

The alternative to the social and ecological pathology which is becoming all-pervasive in the socioinstitutional and economic fabric of modern capitalist society is to be found in the development of…

Vijay Prashad: "The evidence is undeniable. The U.S. sanctions are seriously destroying Iran’s health infrastructure and...
11/14/2019
MR Online | How U.S. sanctions on Iran are killing innocent people

Vijay Prashad: "The evidence is undeniable. The U.S. sanctions are seriously destroying Iran’s health infrastructure and are leading to immediate deaths and suffering of the Iranian population."

It is a measure of the fortitude of Iran that—despite these unilateral U.S. sanctions—it has been able to maintain production of medical equipment and drugs. Nonetheless, the Human Rights Watch report…

Great piece by Gary Olson Dissident Voice: "The ruling class…expends enormous time & resources to obtain a faux 'consent...
11/12/2019
MR Online | The empire, Trump and intra-ruling class conflict

Great piece by Gary Olson Dissident Voice: "The ruling class…expends enormous time & resources to obtain a faux 'consent of the governed' through misinformation conveyed via massive, lifelong ideological indoctrination. For them, citizen’s policing themselves is more efficient than coercion."

Over the past few months President Trump has unilaterally by Tweet and telephone begun to dismantle the U.S. military’s involvement in the Middle East. The irony is amazing, because in a general…

Jason Hickel: "rising global inequality is driven in large part by power imbalances in the global economy, in that rich ...
11/12/2019
MR Online | Apartheid in the global governance system

Jason Hickel: "rising global inequality is driven in large part by power imbalances in the global economy, in that rich countries have disproportionate influence when it comes to setting the rules of international trade and finance."

In my research I have argued that rising global inequality is driven in large part by power imbalances in the global economy, in that rich countries have disproportionate influence when it comes to…

MR author Atilio Borón: "The Bolivian tragedy eloquently teaches several lessons that our peoples and popular social and...
11/12/2019
MR Online | The coup in Bolivia: five lessons

MR author Atilio Borón: "The Bolivian tragedy eloquently teaches several lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in their consciences forever." Orinoco Tribune

The Bolivian tragedy eloquently teaches several lessons that our peoples and popular social and political forces must learn and record in their consciences forever. Here, a brief enumeration…

Evo Morales: "Mesa and Camacho, discriminators and conspirators, will go down in history as racists and coup plotters." ...
11/12/2019
MR Online | Evo Morales slams coup plotters for keeping up violence

Evo Morales: "Mesa and Camacho, discriminators and conspirators, will go down in history as racists and coup plotters." teleSUR English

Mesa and Camacho, discriminators and conspirators, will go down in history as racists and coup plotters,” Morales said in a tweet early Monday morning.

Jane Guskin, author, with David L. Wilson, of "The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers" (2nd Edition), writes...
11/11/2019
Viewpoint: Vote No on the PSC-CUNY Contract: 7K or Strike

Jane Guskin, author, with David L. Wilson, of "The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers" (2nd Edition), writes a piece for Labor Notes, arguing that Professional Staff Congress (American Federation of Teachers Local 2334) vote NO on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY)...

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). The agreement covers 30,000 workers at the university, including part- and full-time faculty, professional staff, lab t...

Highly recommended: "The climate crisis is closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle. The most af...
11/11/2019
MR Online | World scientists’ warning of a climate emergency

Highly recommended: "The climate crisis is closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle. The most affluent countries are mainly responsible for the historical GHG emissions and generally have the greatest per capita emissions." From Bioscience.

Most public discussions on climate change are based on global surface temperature only, an inadequate measure to capture the breadth of human activities and the real dangers stemming from a warming…

"I don't mean to sound intolerant or coarse, but f**k this Nazi and f**k the gentle, inquisitive tone of this Nazi norma...
11/11/2019
MR Online | Nazi-normalizing barf journalism: A brief history

"I don't mean to sound intolerant or coarse, but f**k this Nazi and f**k the gentle, inquisitive tone of this Nazi normalizing barf journalism, and f**k the photographer for not just throwing the camera at this Nazi's head and laughing." Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.

The article was met with howls of protest across Twitter, but among the many apt responses, Bess Kalb’s description (11/25/17) captured my heart and gave me the single most useful phrase of the Trump…

Dossier 22 from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research: "Critical thought in our current political conjuncture fa...
11/10/2019
MR Online | Dossier 22: Latin America and the Caribbean: between the neoliberal offensive and new resistances

Dossier 22 from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research: "Critical thought in our current political conjuncture faces a debate about the characteristics of the neoliberal and neofascist offensive and the challenges that these offensives raise. This debate engages three important dimensions: the character of contemporary capitalism, the new monsters that drive it, and the possibility of necessary alternative futures."

Critical thought in our current political conjuncture faces a debate about the characteristics of the neoliberal and neofascist offensive and the challenges that these offensives raise.

Vijay Prashad: "The slogan is pithy—Neoliberalismo nunca más (Neoliberalism Never Again). It was chanted in the streets ...
11/10/2019
MR Online | The political tide sweeping South America won’t accept predatory capitalism

Vijay Prashad: "The slogan is pithy—Neoliberalismo nunca más (Neoliberalism Never Again). It was chanted in the streets of Santiago, Chile; it was drawn on the walls in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in a more sober register, it is mentioned in a seminar in Mexico City, Mexico."

The slogan is pithy—Neoliberalismo nunca más (Neoliberalism Never Again). It was chanted in the streets of Santiago, Chile; it was drawn on the walls in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and in a more sober…

Victor Grossman: "A stern, history-based evaluation awakens doubts that, despite the paeans in the world media, the fall...
11/09/2019
MR Online | The Wall and General Pyrrhus

Victor Grossman: "A stern, history-based evaluation awakens doubts that, despite the paeans in the world media, the fall of the Berlin Wall was not purely a peaceful revolution, a choice of freedom by the masses, another successful victory for freedom and justice as in past centuries."

A stern, history-based evaluation awakens doubts that, despite the paeans in the world media, the fall of the Berlin Wall was not purely a peaceful revolution, a choice of freedom by the masses…

Excellent piece from our comrade David Ridley: "Democratic socialist governments should not limit themselves to national...
11/08/2019
MR Online | Public ownership in the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy

Excellent piece from our comrade David Ridley: "Democratic socialist governments should not limit themselves to nationalising economically inefficient companies or sectors subject to ‘market failure’ such as energy, transport and healthcare, but should rather aim public ownership at the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy, taking over profitable firms and growing them through targeted investment and expansion."

Stuart Holland’s Meso-Socialism.

Atilio A. Borón: "It’s not easy to guess what is going to rise from the ashes of neoliberalism. It will be dictated by t...
11/08/2019
MR Online | Agony and death of neoliberalism in Latin America

Atilio A. Borón: "It’s not easy to guess what is going to rise from the ashes of neoliberalism. It will be dictated by the ups and downs of social struggles and the sagacity of their leading forces; by their audacity facing all sort of eventualities and preserving the precious unity of democratic and left-wing political and social forces; and by the efficiency when organizing and raising awareness among the diverse and tumultuous popular forces. It will be a challenging but not impossible task." From Resumen English

After nearly half a century of pillage, outrage and crimes of all kinds against society and the environment, we witness the downfall of the ruling model promoted enthusiastically by the governments of…

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