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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

Operating as usual

Although my Ph.D. advisor Richard Lewontin—known to everyone as “Dick” and to his students as “The Boss”—hadn’t been wel...
07/06/2021
Dick Lewontin, 1929-2021 | MR Online

Although my Ph.D. advisor Richard Lewontin—known to everyone as “Dick” and to his students as “The Boss”—hadn’t been well lately and wasn’t receiving visitors, the news of his death yesterday at 92 was still a shock. Why Evolution is True

If find it hard to recount Dick’s [Richard C. Lewontin] scientific accomplishments—not because I don’t know them, but because they’re already well known and you can read about them in many places. He made fundamental contributions in theoretical population genetics, in experimental populatio...

THE G-7 meeting that has just concluded has promised to donate one billion doses of anti-Covid vaccine to the rest of th...
07/05/2021
A crumb from the G-7 table | MR Online

THE G-7 meeting that has just concluded has promised to donate one billion doses of anti-Covid vaccine to the rest of the world, consisting primarily of the so-called “developing” countries. Peoples Democracy

The G-7 meeting that has just concluded has promised to donate one billion doses of anti-Covid vaccine to the rest of the world, consisting primarily of the so-called “developing” countries.

Hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered on the premises of another former ‘Indian residential school’ in Canada...
07/05/2021
Hundreds of more unmarked graves discovered in residential school in Canada | MR Online

Hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered on the premises of another former ‘Indian residential school’ in Canada, throwing further light on the extent of the genocide of indigenous children. Peoples Dispatch

The Cowessess First Nation said that at least 600 unmarked graves have been discovered on the grounds of what used to be the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

At a time when Canadians put their trust in the power of government at a level not seen in decades, it was maintenance o...
07/04/2021
Capitalism is on life support. We have a decision to make | MR Online

At a time when Canadians put their trust in the power of government at a level not seen in decades, it was maintenance of the status quo that prevailed, not “building back better.” Canadian Dimension

Canadians won’t settle for a return to how things were before the pandemic.

Corporations are not experts on crime statistics, nor are they honest brokers of it, and they shouldn’t be treated other...
07/04/2021
The dishonest blame game of retail store closures and crime | MR Online

Corporations are not experts on crime statistics, nor are they honest brokers of it, and they shouldn’t be treated otherwise. The Appeal

Reporters who parrot corporate claims of out-of-control theft play into a narrative that benefits big business and perpetuates carceral policies.

As is evident from Venezuela, sanctions can have a severe effect on hunger, Venezuela currently rank at a level three on...
07/04/2021
Hunger and food production in Nicaragua: how do we feed the people? | MR Online

As is evident from Venezuela, sanctions can have a severe effect on hunger, Venezuela currently rank at a level three on the GHI with the highest hunger levels of any country in Latin America. The central issue for Venezuela had been food imports. Peoples Dispatch

As hunger and food insecurity increases globally, the Sandinista government in Nicaragua has been working for the last decade to strengthen local food production and ensure food sovereignty in the face of sanctions.

The idea that there was anything remotely worthy about Britain’s imperial past has been steadily losing credibility, des...
07/04/2021
The Last Man: A British Genocide in Tasmania – book review | MR Online

The idea that there was anything remotely worthy about Britain’s imperial past has been steadily losing credibility, despite the Johnson government’s disgraceful and offensive insistence to the contrary. Counterfire

The idea that there was anything remotely worthy about Britain’s imperial past has been steadily losing credibility, despite the Johnson government’s disgraceful and offensive insistence to the contrary.

#1619project 'had the audacity to suggest that a settlers’ revolt in 1776 led by slaveholders may have had something to ...
07/04/2021
Monthly Review | Gerald Horne: Against Left-Wing White Nationalism (Organizing Upgrade)

#1619project 'had the audacity to suggest that a settlers’ revolt in 1776 led by slaveholders may have had something to do with maintaining slavery.' #July4? No, #Juneteenth

How and why the U.S. left has tailed the ruling class on such a bedrock matter as conceptualizing white supremacy soars far beyond the confines of this brief response…..What does this mean for today?

Regarding the economy, we have seen a range of measures implemented with the aim of attracting private capital at the ex...
07/04/2021
‘Turning right, repressing left’: How Venezuela’s Maduro shifted course | MR Online

Regarding the economy, we have seen a range of measures implemented with the aim of attracting private capital at the expense of social rights. Green Left

In the face of a prolonged and deep economic and political crisis, Venezuela’s government has embarked on a “turn to the right” in economic policy, while resorting to repression against the left.

Today, the United Nations estimates that around 6,300 tons of o***m (and rising) is produced yearly, with 224,000 hectar...
07/04/2021
Geopolitics, profit, and poppies: how the CIA turned Afghanistan into a failed narco-state | MR Online

Today, the United Nations estimates that around 6,300 tons of o***m (and rising) is produced yearly, with 224,000 hectares–an area almost the size of Rhode Island–planted with poppy fields. Mint Press News

The war in Afghanistan has looked a lot like the war on drugs in Latin America and previous colonial campaigns in Asia, with a rapid militarization of the area and the empowerment of pliant local elites.

Very dirty hands.Not from working the soil, per se. "Our friends on the left keep telling us that 1776 was a great leap ...
07/04/2021

Very dirty hands.
Not from working the soil, per se.

"Our friends on the left keep telling us that 1776 was a great leap forward for humanity. Well, it reminds me of an apocryphal cartoon with an African in chains, and the caption reads: 'The good news is I was part of a great leap forward for humanity. The bad news is that I was enslaved.'

…It’s no accident, as historians like to say, that the Founding Father George Washington was a grand real estate speculator, just like the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump was a grand real estate speculator. This whole project could be seen as one gigantic speculative real estate play…you have this massive land grab of Native American land, and then Mexican American land, and then to work that land, you continually kidnap Africans and drag them kicking and screaming across the Atlantic to work for free.”

-Gerald Horne

https://monthlyreview.org/press/listen-horne-on-our-founding-fathers-the-grand-real-estate-speculators-lay-led-unions/

Very dirty hands.
Not from working the soil, per se.

"Our friends on the left keep telling us that 1776 was a great leap forward for humanity. Well, it reminds me of an apocryphal cartoon with an African in chains, and the caption reads: 'The good news is I was part of a great leap forward for humanity. The bad news is that I was enslaved.'

…It’s no accident, as historians like to say, that the Founding Father George Washington was a grand real estate speculator, just like the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump was a grand real estate speculator. This whole project could be seen as one gigantic speculative real estate play…you have this massive land grab of Native American land, and then Mexican American land, and then to work that land, you continually kidnap Africans and drag them kicking and screaming across the Atlantic to work for free.”

-Gerald Horne

https://monthlyreview.org/press/listen-horne-on-our-founding-fathers-the-grand-real-estate-speculators-lay-led-unions/

People who have studied Marxist philosophy will probably at some point have learned of Alfred Sohn-Rethel, either throug...
07/03/2021
Alfred Sohn-Rethel – ‘Intellectual and Manual Labour: A Critique of Epistemology‘ | MR Online

People who have studied Marxist philosophy will probably at some point have learned of Alfred Sohn-Rethel, either through the work of Slavoj Žižek or in surveys of the Frankfurt School. Marx & Philosophy Society / Review of Books

Upon reading Sohn-Rethel it becomes clear that his work is important for contemporary debates on ecology, the Marxist critique of science and debates on post-revolutionary societies such as the former Soviet Union.

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo won the presidential election in Peru, receiving 50.125% of the vote, the equivalent of...
07/03/2021
The imminent coup in Peru | MR Online

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo won the presidential election in Peru, receiving 50.125% of the vote, the equivalent of 44,000 votes more than far-right candidate Keiko Fujimori. – Kawsachun News

Legal maneuvers and delays, presented by the far-right, are pushing Peru closer to a coup with each passing day. It’s been 20 days since Peru’s June 6th election, and the authorities have not yet proclaimed the winner, Pedro Castillo.

Perceptions of capitalism have remained consistent among adults ages 35 and older, meaning that the system’s dwindling p...
07/02/2021
Socialism increasingly seen as ‘badge of pride’ in the United States | MR Online

Perceptions of capitalism have remained consistent among adults ages 35 and older, meaning that the system’s dwindling popularity is driven by the nation’s young adults. – Kenny Stancil

While a majority of U.S. adults still have more positive than negative perceptions of capitalism, less than half of the country's 18 to 34-year-olds view the profit-maximizing market system favorably, and the attractiveness of socialism continues to increase among people over 35, according to a new....

The Chinese term they used, nu li–“to work hard” or “to do one’s best”–has come to define the ethos of China’s current g...
07/02/2021
How China’s idols are working hard to hardly work | MR Online

The Chinese term they used, nu li–“to work hard” or “to do one’s best”–has come to define the ethos of China’s current generation of idols. Sixth Tone

At a time when seemingly everyone is working more for less, why should idols be any exception?

The narrative isn’t a new one, and it certainly doesn’t seem to be a genuine one. Local conservative tabloids, like the ...
07/02/2021
The thin blue lies behind crime wave hype | MR Online

The narrative isn’t a new one, and it certainly doesn’t seem to be a genuine one. Local conservative tabloids, like the Post and the New York Daily News, have for years tried to stir fear of a city overrun by crime (http://FAIR.org 6/21/21). Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

2021 as the city, and nation, begin to climb out of a pandemic that saw mass economic and social fallout—to say nothing of the lives lost. A historic, once-in-a-lifetime worldwide event destabilized the lives of countless people, and also led to an undeniable rise in shootings and homicide across ...

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagi...
07/02/2021
Protest song of the week: ‘I pity the Country’ by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson | MR Online

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people, native to southern Ontario, Canada. She recently released her stunning new album “Theory Of Ice.” Shadowproof

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, scholar, and singer. She is also a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people, native to southern Ontario, Canada. She recently released her stunning new album “Theory Of Ice.”

Paternalistic U.S. government political posturing toward Africa has a history of turning into fatal consequences for the...
07/02/2021
Don’t allow another U.S.-NATO Libya in the Horn of Africa | MR Online

Paternalistic U.S. government political posturing toward Africa has a history of turning into fatal consequences for the masses of African peoples. Black Alliance for Peace

Paternalistic U.S. government political posturing toward Africa has a history of turning into fatal consequences for the masses of African peoples.

He published an open letter to President Joe Biden on LinkedIn on June 22 in a last-ditch effort to reach the White Hous...
07/02/2021
Pentagon whistleblower under investigation after warning about risks of war with China over Taiwan | MR Online

He published an open letter to President Joe Biden on LinkedIn on June 22 in a last-ditch effort to reach the White House and communicate his concerns over the increased potential for an “ill-advised foreign war.” Shadowproof

Pentagon whistleblower Franz Gayl has been part of the United States Marine Corps for over four decades. He spent the last months trying to warn U.S. government officials and the public of the threat of becoming entangled in a war with China over Taiwan.

This is a big story because as Yumna Patel reported for us, five Palestinians have now been killed in protests against t...
07/01/2021
Five Palestinians have been killed protesting illegal settlement — but ‘NYT’ covers ‘gentle stream’ in nearby kibbutz | MR Online

This is a big story because as Yumna Patel reported for us, five Palestinians have now been killed in protests against the outpost. And it is a test of Israel’s new government. Mondoweiss

The story is getting wide coverage in Palestine but not in the United States, though these lands are the supposed basis of a “Palestinian state”–and again, five Palestinians have been killed defending their rights.

The case involves the kidnapping of a diplomat by the world’s sole superpower locked in an unequal struggle to destroy t...
07/01/2021
The case of Alex Saab – U.S. abduction of Venezuelan diplomat, a global challenge | MR Online

The case involves the kidnapping of a diplomat by the world’s sole superpower locked in an unequal struggle to destroy the formerly prosperous, oil rich country of Venezuela. Black Agenda Report

The case involves the kidnapping of a diplomat by the world’s sole superpower locked in an unequal struggle to destroy the formerly prosperous, oil rich country of Venezuela.

Cuba won another diplomatic victory in the General Assembly of the United Nations this Wednesday against the government ...
07/01/2021
The world says no to the blockade of Cuba | MR Online

Cuba won another diplomatic victory in the General Assembly of the United Nations this Wednesday against the government of the United States. Peoples Dispatch

In today’s historic UN General Assembly vote, 184 supported ending the U.S. blockade of Cuba and only the United States and Israel voted against

Texas mandates that its schools see no racism, hear no racism, and teach nothing about racism, racial oppression or raci...
07/01/2021
Texas Governor signs law to stop teachers from talking about racism | MR Online

Texas mandates that its schools see no racism, hear no racism, and teach nothing about racism, racial oppression or racial capitalism. Black Agenda Report

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed one of his party’s top legislative priorities into law: a bill aimed at stopping teachers from talking about racism and any current events that may be contentious.

The fact is this: We have a president who suffers some measure of senility and is in consequence incapable of fully exec...
07/01/2021
“Something happened in Geneva.” | MR Online

The fact is this: We have a president who suffers some measure of senility and is in consequence incapable of fully executing his duties. Geneva brought this home in the starkest of circumstances. – Patrick Lawrence

Second thoughts on the summit.

Karl Marx’s 1859 preface to 'A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy' represents one of the clearest reflect...
07/01/2021
Critique of the misunderstanding concerning Marx’s base-superstructure spatial metaphor | MR Online

Karl Marx’s 1859 preface to 'A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy' represents one of the clearest reflections of the development of his and Engels’ thought. Countercurrents.org

I think Marx offers us blue and red for us to make purple, indubitably the most beautiful color keeping with Plato. In essence, both misunderstandings are partly correct–the economic foundation determines the superstructure, but the superstructure can also influence the economic foundation.

Perhaps as a result of the power of the American propaganda machine, many North Americans may be inclined to ask: What m...
06/30/2021
Monthly Review | Watch: One of the things Chavez and Maduro did right (The Orinoco Tribune interviews coauthors of “Extraordinary Threat”)

Perhaps as a result of the power of the American propaganda machine, many North Americans may be inclined to ask: What might Chavez, Maduro, or for that matter, Morales, have done differently?

Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur are here to remind North American viewers and readers (especially given their position relative to Latin America) to refocus their energies, asking instead: What could the U.S. have done differently, and what difference would it have made? What are the lessons that Canadians, Americans, Europeans need to learn – especially about the nature of democracy, and the limitations of their own? In particular, given that sanctions are the warfare of our time, what then can we learn from the way sanctions were imposed in the Venezuelan context, and their consequences?

WATCH: https://monthlyreview.org/press/watch-what-chavez-and-maduro-did-right-the-orinoco-tribune-interviews-coauthors-of-extraordinary-threat/

That to me is the lesson: The other side is not looking to sit in a room and come up with a powersharing arrangement, the other side is looking to kill you, massacre you, get as many of you in jail…

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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.