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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 b

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New! Marini's "The Dialectics of Dependency" -
11/23/2022
New! Marini's "The Dialectics of Dependency"

New! Marini's "The Dialectics of Dependency" -

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Galeano’s vision is unswerving, surgical and yet immensely generous and humane.

In MA? Go see Jerry Lembcke speak about Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vie...
11/21/2022
Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vietnam – Massachusetts Peace Action

In MA? Go see Jerry Lembcke speak about Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vietnam, Tue November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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« All Events Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vietnam Tue November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST « What’s War Got to Do With It? Fund Human Need Not Pentagon Greed Skirting History: Reflections by Eva Moseley » Jerry Lembcke Some observers find Tru...

In this reprint of the February 1994 “Notes from the Editors,” former MR editors Harry Magdoff and Paul M. Sweezy ask: “...
11/21/2022
Monthly Review | End of Cold War Illusions

In this reprint of the February 1994 “Notes from the Editors,” former MR editors Harry Magdoff and Paul M. Sweezy ask: “The United States could not have won a more decisive victory in the Cold War. Why, then, does it continue to act as though the Cold War is still on?”

In this reprint of the February 1994 "Notes from the Editors," former MR editors Harry Magdoff and Paul M. Sweezy ask: "The United States could not have won a more decisive victory in the Cold War.

40% sale off of titles by the people who known what the word #decolonize means more than anyone. Think: Amilcar Cabral, ...
11/18/2022

40% sale off of titles by the people who known what the word #decolonize means more than anyone. Think: Amilcar Cabral, Kwame Nkrumah, Cesaire and more. Starting next week!

From Thanksgiving week, until New Years 2023.... Stay tuned for more

Also, coming soon in 2023, we'll be reissuing Cabral's classic in a new revised edition: https://monthlyreview.org/product/return_to_the_source/

Imagine how Guy Boulianne felt when he woke up last Monday, November 7, to find that he had been added to a hitlist. Yes...
11/17/2022
Canadian journalist added to Ukrainian hitlist | MR Online

Imagine how Guy Boulianne felt when he woke up last Monday, November 7, to find that he had been added to a hitlist. Yes, you read that correctly. He was added to a kill list. – Internationalist360

It’s no secret that Ukraine’s so-called “Center to Control Disinformation” operates a database which publicizes the private information of thousands of journalists worldwide.

If the names Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Alexandra Kollontai, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Inessa Armand and Elena Lagadinova are unfam...
11/17/2022
‘Red Valkyries: Feminist Lessons from Five Revolutionary Women’ by Kristen Ghodsee – Review | MR Online

If the names Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Alexandra Kollontai, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Inessa Armand and Elena Lagadinova are unfamiliar to you, Kristen Ghodsee’s new book will provide an illuminating and long-overdue corrective. red pepper

In exploring the lives of the revolutionary socialist feminists of the past, Red Valkyries demonstrates the value and importance of feminism in the 21st century, argues Rachel Collett

Dishonesty in the name of economics is the hall-mark of the neoliberal era which uses an army of by-no-means-disinterest...
11/17/2022
Economics and dishonesty | MR Online

Dishonesty in the name of economics is the hall-mark of the neoliberal era which uses an army of by-no-means-disinterested economists to promote its agenda. @peoplesdemocracy

In 1973-74 the Planning Commission in India had defined poverty as the inability to access 2400 calories per person per day in rural India (in practice however it applied a lower 2200 calories norm), and 2100 calories per person per day in urban India.

The U.S. Parole Commission granted parole to U.S. political prisoner Mutulu Shakur in October, who is now 72 after spend...
11/17/2022
U.S. political prisoner Mutulu Shakur granted parole | MR Online

The U.S. Parole Commission granted parole to U.S. political prisoner Mutulu Shakur in October, who is now 72 after spending over 36 years behind bars. Peoples Dispatch

After over 36 years in prison, movement elder, political prisoner, and revolutionary health worker Mutulu Shakur has been granted parole with less than six months to live.

Ben Norton: "I think we should understand that the moment that we’re living in, historically, is extremely important. It...
11/17/2022
World at dangerous crossroads, only two paths forward: anti-imperialist socialism or fascist barbarism | MR Online

Ben Norton: "I think we should understand that the moment that we’re living in, historically, is extremely important. It has become a cliché to say that we’re in a watershed moment, but I do think that is true." Multipolarista

The US-led imperialist world system is in deep crisis, so it wages a new cold war to prevent multipolarity, while lurching toward fascism. The left must offer a true alternative path that opposes both the far right and the liberal pro-NATO chauvinists.

No other colonized people has been forced to carry such a double burden.   The Electronic Intifada
11/16/2022
The burden Western liberals impose only on Palestinians | MR Online

No other colonized people has been forced to carry such a double burden. The Electronic Intifada

Since the beginning of Zionist Jewish colonization of their country in the 1880s, Palestinians have faced demands that they carry a double burden: to fight off the Jewish racist colonists while having to defend their colonizers against anti-Jewish European Christian racism.

Last week, by a six to three vote, the Kingston Rent Guidelines Board enacted a historic 15% rent reduction for over 1,2...
11/16/2022
Kingston tenants win historic 15% rent reduction | MR Online

Last week, by a six to three vote, the Kingston Rent Guidelines Board enacted a historic 15% rent reduction for over 1,200 apartments across 64 rent-stabilized buildings. The Indypendent

A grassroots tenant-organizing victory comes after Orlando and several cities across CA adopted rent control on Tuesday.

Over the last ten years, the U.S.-run Africa Command (AFRICOM) has built up the nation’s military capacity to assist U.S...
11/16/2022
Who’s really behind Burkina Faso’s coup? | MR Online

Over the last ten years, the U.S.-run Africa Command (AFRICOM) has built up the nation’s military capacity to assist U.S. regional operations. The Grayzone

Western media fixates on coup supporters waving Russian flags in Burkina Faso’s capital while overlooking the long history of U.S. and French control over the country–and its destabilizing consequences.

The very high level of participation of Nicaragua’s young people and women in every aspect of the electoral process high...
11/16/2022
Nicaragua: A People as President and Their Municipal Elections | MR Online

The very high level of participation of Nicaragua’s young people and women in every aspect of the electoral process highlighted the profound democratization of Nicaraguan society that has taken place in the last fifteen years. teleSUR English

The high level of participation of young people and women highlights the profound democratization of Nicaraguan society that has taken place in the last fifteen years.

FEATURED - Vijay Prashad / Tricontinental - Lula’s victory, helped by vigorous campaigning by the MST, provides hope for...
11/16/2022
The attack on nature is putting humanity at risk: The Forty-Fifth Newsletter (2022) | MR Online

FEATURED - Vijay Prashad / Tricontinental - Lula’s victory, helped by vigorous campaigning by the MST, provides hope for our chance to save the planet. This week’s newsletter contains the speech that Stedile gave at the Vatican.Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

In the last week of October, João Pedro Stedile, a leader of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) in Brazil and the global peasants’ organisation La Via Campesina, went to the Vatican to attend the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace, organised by the Community of Sant’Egídio.

"‘Anthropocene’ is a scientific term (awaiting ratification by the International Commission on Stratigraphy) increasingl...
11/16/2022
Monthly Review | ‘Stabilising the human relation to the earth,’ plus: Foster to give Engels Memorial Lecture on November 30 (‘Morning Star’)

"‘Anthropocene’ is a scientific term (awaiting ratification by the International Commission on Stratigraphy) increasingly used to designate the last 75 years or so as a geological epoch in which biological, chemical and geological processes on the Earth’s surface have been dominated by the consequences of human activity. It has its own stratigraphic markers including radionuclides from hundreds of nuclear tests (and two bombings), plastics and petrochemicals, food-chain accumulants and, increasingly, the deposits from floods, droughts and fires consequent on climate change."

READ Richard Clarke at Morning Star:

Geological epochs are divided into ages. So far the Anthropocene has been dominated by a globalised system of capitalist accumulation. Foster proposes the designation Capitalinian for this first…

Bhima Koregaon is that rare sequence in Indian politics today that can challenge reveal the true powers of being able to...
11/14/2022
Monthly Review | Bhima Koregaon—Before the Law

Bhima Koregaon is that rare sequence in Indian politics today that can challenge reveal the true powers of being able to retroactively “change the past” in order to liberate the future, much in the manner of Marx’s historical materialism. The case, Saroj Giri writes, forces us to revisit the question of historical oppression based on caste from within the present, and beckons us to reject the capitalist accelerationist-futurist “progressive politics” of much of the left, taking us closer to the class struggle of Marx.

Bhima Koregaon is that rare sequence in Indian politics today that can challenge reveal the true powers of being able to retroactively "change the past" in order to liberate the future…

In the mobile phone game Plague, Inc, players choose to be bacteria, fungi or bio-weapons and play as viral outbreaks. T...
11/09/2022
The apocalypse in popular culture | MR Online

In the mobile phone game Plague, Inc, players choose to be bacteria, fungi or bio-weapons and play as viral outbreaks. To ‘win’, they must evolve and proliferate. red pepper

From plagues and zombies to nukes, asteroids and tidal waves, Siobhan McGuirk and Marzena Zukowska assess how apocalyptic fiction reflects and shapes the anxieties of our age.

October 31, Ilze Brands Keris, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, stressed the need for sufficient fun...
11/09/2022
The real impediments to mitigating global racism | MR Online

October 31, Ilze Brands Keris, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, stressed the need for sufficient funding at the national and international levels to address all forms of racism and racial discrimination in the world. الميادين - Al Mayadeen

In the words of Nada Al-Nashif, Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the actual barometer for success must be positive change in the lived experiences of people. This is why the reluctance of nations still in denial over racial injustice at home to earnestly reckon with the legacies of slav...

Today the Washington Post as well as the New York Times are back fear mongering about alleged threats which Russia has n...
11/09/2022
Biden administration again plants false nuclear scare stories | MR Online

Today the Washington Post as well as the New York Times are back fear mongering about alleged threats which Russia has never made. – Moon of Alabama

Today the Washington Post as well as the New York Times are back fear mongering about alleged threats which Russia has never made. Both stories are based on 'administration officials' meaning that the Biden administration has planted these stories.

Very innocuously, the Biden Administration has ‘sensitized’ the world opinion that American troops are indeed present on...
11/09/2022
Who’s afraid of U.S. troops in Ukraine? | MR Online

Very innocuously, the Biden Administration has ‘sensitized’ the world opinion that American troops are indeed present on Ukrainian soil in Russia’s immediate neighborhood. – Indian Punchline / M.K. Bhadrakumar

Very innocuously, the Biden Administration has ‘sensitised’ the world opinion that American troops are indeed present on Ukrainian soil in Russia’s immediate neighbourhood. Washington made a “soft landing” with an unnamed senior Pentagon official making the disclosure to the Associated Pre...

Developing countries have long been told to avoid borrowing from central banks (CBs) to finance government spending. Man...
11/09/2022
Developing countries need monetary financing | MR Online

Developing countries have long been told to avoid borrowing from central banks (CBs) to finance government spending. Many have even legislated against CB financing of fiscal expenditure. – JOMO

Developing countries have long been told to avoid borrowing from central banks (CBs) to finance government spending. Many have even legislated against CB financing of fiscal expenditure.

FEATURED - Deborah Veneziale - The CPC’s 20th Congress coincided with major changes in the world not seen in a century.
11/08/2022
An interpretation of the CPC’s 20th congress report: the western media’s omertà on the China model of modernization and its disingenuous response to the CPC’s self-revolution | MR Online

FEATURED - Deborah Veneziale - The CPC’s 20th Congress coincided with major changes in the world not seen in a century.

The Western media, due to their own bias, have either ignored or maliciously misinterpreted General Secretary Xi Jinping's recently published report on the just concluded 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). All peace-loving and progressive people who are concerned about the...

The March on Rome is the foundational myth of fascist power.  Socialist Alternative - Red Flag
11/08/2022
Lessons from the rise of Mussolini, 100 years on | MR Online

The March on Rome is the foundational myth of fascist power. Socialist Alternative - Red Flag

One hundred years ago, in October 1922, Benito Mussolini’s paramilitary blackshirts marched on the Italian capital to demand the dissolution of the government of Prime Minister Luigi Facta.

The vast majority of countries on Earth voted in the United Nations General Assembly to condemn the Israeli apartheid re...
11/08/2022
UN votes 152 to 5 telling Israel to get rid of its nuclear weapons | MR Online

The vast majority of countries on Earth voted in the United Nations General Assembly to condemn the Israeli apartheid regime for having nuclear weapons, in flagrant violation of international law. Multipolarista

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly, 152 to 5, to tell the Israeli apartheid regime to get rid of its nuclear weapons, which are illegal under international law.

Happy to announce that you can meet an editor of Ruy Mauro Marini's "The Dialectics of Dependency" - available momentari...
11/08/2022

Happy to announce that you can meet an editor of Ruy Mauro Marini's "The Dialectics of Dependency" - available momentarily from Monthly Review Press: https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-dialectics-of-dependency/

Amanda Latimer will be presenting at the @histmat conference on 11/13.

Online registration for the HM London Conference is now closed, but you can still participate in the conference by paying on the door as of Thursday: https://www.historicalmaterialism.org/blog/cfp-facing-abyss-epoch-permanent-war-and-counterrevolution

New York State Assembly Member Anna Kelles (also a scientist by training) has led an effort to institute a two-year mora...
11/07/2022
Boom and bust: The fight over Bitcoin mining in New York State | MR Online

New York State Assembly Member Anna Kelles (also a scientist by training) has led an effort to institute a two-year moratorium on the renewal or expansion of fossil fuel power generation for cryptocurrency mining. Science For The People

Seneca Lake’s picturesque setting belies its long history of conquest and extraction.

FEATURED - Louis Brehony - Commodification of the iconic image of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara has failed to dim the revolution...
11/07/2022
Songs about Che | MR Online

FEATURED - Louis Brehony - Commodification of the iconic image of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara has failed to dim the revolutionary light that burned on after his CIA assassination on 9 October 1967.

Commodification of the iconic image of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara has failed to dim the revolutionary light that burned on after his CIA assassination on 9 October 1967.

Two years after the peak of the 2020 street protests for reproductive rights in Poland, Magdalena Muszel and Grzegorz Pi...
11/07/2022
Monthly Review | What Comes after a Cycle of Protests? The Case of the 2020 Women’s Protests in Poland

Two years after the peak of the 2020 street protests for reproductive rights in Poland, Magdalena Muszel and Grzegorz Piotrowski explore the movement’s effects on Polish society. Despite the dissipating energy of the participants and continued intransigence of most major parties, this cycle of protests shifted the values and political preferences of specific gender and age groups, as well as affecting the common perception of protest movements in Poland.

Two years after the peak of the 2020 street protests for reproductive rights in Poland, Magdalena Muszel and Grzegorz Piotrowski explore the movement's effects on Polish society.

744 endnotes, endless proof of destructive US policies in #Venezuela @justinpodur @rosendo_joe
11/04/2022
Monthly Review | 744 endnotes, endless proof of destructive US policies in Venezuela (Extraordinary Threat reviewed in ‘Latin American Politics and Society’)

744 endnotes, endless proof of destructive US policies in #Venezuela
@justinpodur @rosendo_joe

744 endnotes, endless proof of destructive US policies in Venezuela (Extraordinary Threat reviewed in ‘Latin American Politics and Society’) Filed: Chávez Coups Guaidó Imperialism Venezuela Anti-Imperialist graffiti in the El Junquito slum in Caracas, Venezuela. Extraordinary Threat: The U.S. ...

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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.
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