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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

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

Bailey followed the Keynesian explanation of rising inflation as being the result of a tight (‘full employment’) labour ...
05/16/2022
Inflation: wages versus profits | MR Online

Bailey followed the Keynesian explanation of rising inflation as being the result of a tight (‘full employment’) labour market allowing workers to push for higher wages and thus forcing employers to hike prices to sustain profits. – Michael Roberts blog

Prices of commodities can be broken down into the three main components: labour costs (v= the value of labour power in Marxist terminology, non-labour inputs (c =the constant capital consumed, and the “mark-up” of profits over the first two components (s = surplus value appropriated by the capit...

When a Swine Flu scare struck during the 1976 presidential campaign, Gerald Ford endorsed mass immunization. The astonis...
05/16/2022
Our COVID blunder: Some learn from experience. Some don’t | MR Online

When a Swine Flu scare struck during the 1976 presidential campaign, Gerald Ford endorsed mass immunization. The astonished WHO (which had not been consulted) announced, “No other countries have plans for mass inoculations”. – Godfree Roberts

Coronaviruses have been with us for as long as conspiracies, so it’s natural to link them. But the history of epidemics provide better explanations than any conspiracy theory and useful advice to those who learn from it.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto committed to strengthening free speech at universities, and in February 2021 the Departm...
05/15/2022
Whose speech is the Free Speech Bill protecting? | MR Online

The 2019 Conservative manifesto committed to strengthening free speech at universities, and in February 2021 the Department for Education published its white paper on the issue. red pepper

The government's clampdown on free speech is part of a wider campaign to erode all civil liberties. Students must resist, writes Jack Ballingham

In a village called Maina in South Goa, villagers who once had freshwater springs flowing before their homes now store w...
05/15/2022
Ecological rift and alienation: Field notes from Goa and Sikkim | MR Online

In a village called Maina in South Goa, villagers who once had freshwater springs flowing before their homes now store water in large blue drums all year round. Economic and Political Weekly

For years, the loss of land and livelihood has been upheld as the sacrifice people would have to make in order to get jobs and money later on. It does not seem to matter that any sort of prosperity has failed to trickle down to the people till date, barring those few who get to fatten their pockets.

On May 2, 1945, the Red Army raised the banner of victory over Berlin’s Reichstag after the fall of the German capital. ...
05/15/2022
Everyone is forgotten and nothing is remembered: The war in Ukraine and Russia’s reawakening | MR Online

On May 2, 1945, the Red Army raised the banner of victory over Berlin’s Reichstag after the fall of the German capital. Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker less than 48 hours before. Midwestern Marx

After the most titanic, nightmarish war in modern history, after rivers of blood shed from Kiev to Moscow, from Stalingrad to Kursk, the workers and farmers of the Soviet Union had vanquished the most vile killing machine the world had yet seen.

The Palestinian Mandelas are dead and buried, or sometimes buried alive in Israeli prisons with long sentences that in s...
05/15/2022
My Nelson Mandela is dead | MR Online

The Palestinian Mandelas are dead and buried, or sometimes buried alive in Israeli prisons with long sentences that in some ways are like a death sentence. MintPress News

The Zionist campaign is vicious and relentless because they know that once a crack is made in their line of defense–a line that is made of deception, falsehoods and fabrication–they will fall, never to rise again.

Hundreds of people met near Freedom Bridge on the northern bank of the Sava river in Zagreb on May 7 to mark the 77th an...
05/15/2022
Bonfires mark 77th anniversary of Zagreb’s liberation from fascism | MR Online

Hundreds of people met near Freedom Bridge on the northern bank of the Sava river in Zagreb on May 7 to mark the 77th anniversary of the city’s liberation from the Nazi-allied Ustaša regime. Peoples Dispatch

As official EU marks Europe Day, anti-fascist networks in Croatia remember the liberation of Zagreb from Nazi-allied Ustaša rule.

FEATURED - The Supreme Court reversed a decision by the state parole board denying Acoli parole, ruling there was not “s...
05/15/2022
U.S. political prisoner Sundiata Acoli ordered released | MR Online

FEATURED - The Supreme Court reversed a decision by the state parole board denying Acoli parole, ruling there was not “substantial credible evidence” to support the board’s findings that his release presented a danger to the public.

New Jersey’s highest court on Tuesday, May 10th, ordered the parole of 85 year old political prisoner Sundiata Acoli, a Black Liberation Army activist, imprisoned for 49 years.

After cycling through different options to oust the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the U.S. settled on a weapon of ...
05/11/2022
The ultimate guide on sanctions against Venezuela | MR Online

After cycling through different options to oust the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the U.S. settled on a weapon of choice: economic sanctions (aka unilateral coercive measures). Venezuelanalysis.com

In our latest video, we go deep into U.S. sanctions, their consequences and the media manipulation around them.

The decision criticizes the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.  World Socialist Web Site
05/11/2022
The Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion | MR Online

The decision criticizes the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. World Socialist Web Site

The Supreme Court’s draft ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization not only abolishes the basic democratic right to abortion, but it is an attempt to radically transform the country’s legal superstructure by stripping the population of the democratic protections established in th...

On March 24, 1999, NATO started a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, claiming thousands of lives including thos...
05/11/2022
China, Serbia mark anniversary of NATO’s deadly bombing of Chinese embassy | MR Online

On March 24, 1999, NATO started a 78-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, claiming thousands of lives including those of three Chinese citizens: Shao Yunhuan, Xu Xinghu and Zhu Ying. – Rick Rozoff

Diplomats from the Chinese Embassy in Serbia and Serbian government officials held a commemorative event in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, on Saturday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in the former Yugoslavia in 1999.

Notes from the Editors for the May issue of Monthly Review
05/11/2022
Monthly Review | May 2022 (Volume 74, Number 1)

Notes from the Editors for the May issue of Monthly Review

buy this issue To get a firm grasp on the current situation in Ukraine, we must understand the central role that the United States and NATO have played in the conflict from the start…

The right wing has passed hundreds of unjust laws to stamp out abortion, but it will not succeed.  Party for Socialism a...
05/10/2022
Activists defy bans on abortion pills | MR Online

The right wing has passed hundreds of unjust laws to stamp out abortion, but it will not succeed. Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL

The right wing has passed hundreds of unjust laws to stamp out abortion, but it will not succeed. Women, others in need of abortion services and their allies will fight to stop it. This is the message of the tens of thousands taking to the streets since a media leak revealed the Supreme Court plans....

In Guyana, a multiracial gathering was a rare sight. Yet, in August 1974, between two and three thousand African and Ind...
05/10/2022
A difficult return – race, class, and politics in Rodney’s Guyana | MR Online

In Guyana, a multiracial gathering was a rare sight. Yet, in August 1974, between two and three thousand African and Indian Guyanese rallied in front of the University of Georgetown to support Walter Rodney. Review of African Political Economy

In 1974 Walter Rodney and his family returned to Guyana. Rodney immediately faced a country divided between the Indian and African working class, and the brutal and divisive regime of Forbes Burnham. Rodney produced an impressive body of historical work which provided a Marxist explanation for the d...

Revealing the true face of the Ukrainian soldiers holed up in the Azovstal factory: hostage-taking terrorists.  Donbass ...
05/10/2022
Mariupol – Ukrainian soldiers surrounded in Azovstal reveal their faces as terrorists and hostage-takers | MR Online

Revealing the true face of the Ukrainian soldiers holed up in the Azovstal factory: hostage-taking terrorists. Donbass Insider

After shelling the new firing positions that Ukrainian soldiers had set up in Azovstal during the evacuation of civilians held in the factory, the Russian army organized a new ceasefire and new humanitarian corridors over three days to continue the evacuation. But instead of letting out the civilian...

On August 15, 1971, the curtain came down on the gold-exchange standard, and it rose–though we did not know it yet and t...
05/10/2022
The dollar system in a multi-polar world | MR Online

On August 15, 1971, the curtain came down on the gold-exchange standard, and it rose–though we did not know it yet and thought otherwise at the time–on the neoliberal era. Institute for New Economic Thinking

The multipolar financial world is here. The United States can survive it–but only with major political and economic changes at home. It’s time to start thinking about what those need to be.

Russia and Ukraine together account for 30 per cent of the world’s wheat exports. Peoplesdemocracy
05/10/2022
Food and decolonisation | MR Online

Russia and Ukraine together account for 30 per cent of the world’s wheat exports. Peoplesdemocracy

RUSSIA and Ukraine together account for 30 per cent of the world’s wheat exports. Many African countries, in particular, are heavily dependent on them for their food supplies, which are now getting disrupted because of the war; and this disruption would continue since the war is also affecting the...

LOST AND FOUND - Neo-liberalism can produce for Russia only a tragic economic and social regression, a pattern of “lumpe...
05/10/2022
Russia and the Ukraine crisis: The Eurasian Project in conflict with the triad imperialist policies | MR Online

LOST AND FOUND - Neo-liberalism can produce for Russia only a tragic economic and social regression, a pattern of “lumpen development” and a growing subordinate status in the global imperialist order.

We wanted to draw readers attention to this piece by Samir Amin, which was written at the time of the Maidan Coup in 2014. —Eds. 1. The current global stage is dominated by the attempt of historical centers of imperialism (the U.S., Western and Central Europe, Japan—hereafter called "the Triad")...

Brutal, record-intensity heat wave that has engulfed much of India and Pakistan since March eased somewhat this week, bu...
05/10/2022
India and Pakistan’s brutal heat wave poised to resurge | MR Online

Brutal, record-intensity heat wave that has engulfed much of India and Pakistan since March eased somewhat this week, but is poised to roar back in the coming week with inferno-like temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius (122°F). Yale Climate Connections

2022 will likely be one of the coolest years Earth will experience in the foreseeable future; much more intense heat waves are in India and Pakistan’s future.

The Aidar battalion was made an official part of the Ukrainian military in 2016, and has participated in a number of Kie...
05/10/2022
Ukraine: Touring an Aidar Dungeon | MR Online

The Aidar battalion was made an official part of the Ukrainian military in 2016, and has participated in a number of Kiev state-sanctioned events, including last year’s independence parade. – Internationalist 360

Shortly after the U.S.-backed Maidan coup in the winter of 2014, in conjunction with Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and union with Russia in March of that year, protests began to break out in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country, known together as Donbas.

If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of...
05/09/2022
Three steps to Black liberation | MR Online

If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of Black people in this country, who are poor and working class. Hood Communist

If history should be any teacher, it has taught us this: the state has no interest in serving the needs of the masses of Black people in this country, who are poor and working class.

On April 7, the Russian Federation was suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council, as a result of the denunc...
05/09/2022
Carrot and stick: U.S. pressure and extortion to break Latin America’s ties with Russia and China | MR Online

On April 7, the Russian Federation was suspended from the United Nations Human Rights Council, as a result of the denunciations made by Ukraine regarding war crimes. The measure was carried out without surveys or investigations on the ground. – United World

In the last two weeks, the State Department has deployed an ambitious blackmailing persuasion program on countries located in the so-called “Western Hemisphere”, with the aim of limiting their trade and cooperation ties with Moscow and Beijing.

Lucidly argued and touching in its appeal, Corine Pelluchon’s latest book Les Lumières à l’âge du vivant will be a theor...
05/09/2022
Corine Pelluchon, “Das Zeitalter des Lebendigen. Eine neue Philosophie der Aufklärung” [“The Age of the Living. A new philosophy of the Enlightenment”] | MR Online

Lucidly argued and touching in its appeal, Corine Pelluchon’s latest book Les Lumières à l’âge du vivant will be a theoretical source both for ‘green’ and ‘red’ movements alike. Marx & Philosophy Society / Review of Books

Lucidly argued and touching in its appeal, Corine Pelluchon’s latest book 'Les Lumières à l’âge du vivant' will be a theoretical source both for ‘green’ and ‘red’ movements alike.

There is an endless flow of money for weapons but less than a pittance to avert planetary disaster.  Tricontinental: Ins...
05/09/2022
With clenched fists, they spend money on weapons as the Planet burns: The Eighteenth Newsletter (2022) | MR Online

There is an endless flow of money for weapons but less than a pittance to avert planetary disaster. Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research

Two important reports were released last month, neither getting the kind of attention they deserve. On 4 April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III report was published, evoking a strong reaction from the United Nations’ Secretary General António Guterres.

Polls show the PT candidate poised to win the first round. A late April survey conducted by PoderData shows Lula receivi...
05/09/2022
Lula wants a Latin American currency | MR Online

Polls show the PT candidate poised to win the first round. A late April survey conducted by PoderData shows Lula receiving 41% and Jair Bolsonaro receiving 36% of voter intention. – Internationalist 360

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who’s once again in the running for the presidency, says that “God willing” he hopes to see the creation of a Latin American currency capable of overcoming the region’s dependence on the dollar.

The May issue is out now! Get your copy!
05/09/2022
Monthly Review Volume 74, Number 1 (May 2022)

The May issue is out now! Get your copy!

Notes from the Editors, May 2022" by The Editors Review of the Month: "Notes on Exterminism for the Twenty-First-Century Ecology and Peace Movements" by John Bellamy Foster " Giving War a Chance"

The term comes from Amin’s book 'Eurocentrism' (1988), which criticised Said’s view of empire from the Left and offered ...
05/09/2022
Beyond Eurocentrism | MR Online

The term comes from Amin’s book 'Eurocentrism' (1988), which criticised Said’s view of empire from the Left and offered an alternative view, one based not on culture or discourse, but on a materialist understanding of capitalism and imperialism. Janata Weekly

With the publication of Orientalism in 1978, Edward Said would become one of the most influential scholars of our era. The book transformed the study of the history of the modern world, as it offered insights into how racist discourses created and maintained European empires.

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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.