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Class War and Labor’s Declining Share

  Class War and Labor’s Declining Share Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster Fred Magdoff is professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont. John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at University of Oregon. They are the coauthors of The Great Financial Crisis (2009) and … Continue reading

Repressing Social Movements

Repressing Social Movements Tomás Mac Sheoin   Tomás Mac Sheoin, with Nicola Yeates, is the author of “Policing Anti-Globalization Protests: Patterns and Variations in State Responses,” in Samir Dasgupta and Jan Nederveen Pieterse, eds., Politics of Globalization (New Delhi: Sage, 2009). Amory Starr, Luis Fernandez, and Christian Scholl, Shutting Down the Streets: Political Violence and … Continue reading

The Wisdom of Property and Politics of Middle Classes

The wisdom of property and politics of the middle classes Jan Toporowski [This article is focused on the middle classes in Europe and America and may not be applicable to the situation in the Third World in every case]   At the end of the twentieth century, while financial economists satisfied their intellectual pretensions to … Continue reading

What makes the working class a revolutionary subject?

What Makes the Working Class a Revolutionary Subject? Michael A. Lebowitz     Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and the author of Beyond Capital (Palgrave Macmillan), Build It Now, and The Socialist Alternative (both on Monthly Review Press). This is the preface to the forthcoming … Continue reading

On Intellectuals and their duties in the 21st Century

On Intellectuals and Their Duties in the 21st Century By Devon DB Global Research, September 05, 2012   “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies.” ~Noam Chomsky [1] Intellectuals have always played a major role in society, from the philosophers of old such Plato and Aristotle who articulated … Continue reading

Collapse as a Crucible

tony wood COLLAPSE AS CRUCIBLE The Reforging of Russian Society The winter of 2011–12 produced a paradoxical combination of the inevitable and the unexpected in Russia. [1] The return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency was never in doubt; his crushing margin of victory in the March 2012 elections—officially, he scored 64 per cent, almost … Continue reading

Where do correct ideas come from? Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.

Internal Barriers to the Development of the Left

A comment on the article Internal Barriers to the Development of the left by Taimur Rehman Dr.Rasheed Hasan Khan Self criticism is a vital part of revolutionary culture and this article is an important attempt at an objective examination of his organization’s political practice and its mistakes. While reading the article I could not but … Continue reading

Lenin on Freedom

Lenin on Freedom by Roland Boer “But see how quickly the slave of yesterday is straightening his back, how the spark of liberty is gleaming even in his half-dimmed eyes” (Lenin 1905 [1963]: 541). Lenin and freedom — it is perhaps a jarring juxtaposition for many. Was not Lenin the harbinger of what is occasionally … Continue reading

Audacity, more Audacity

Audacity, more audacity Samir Amin 2011-12-01, Issue 560 cc B OSamir Amin is proposing a way out of the current situation of capitalism in crisis. Nations should socialise the ownership of monopolies, de-financialise the management of the economy and de-globalise international relations. INTRODUCTION The historical circumstances created by the implosion of contemporary capitalism requires the … Continue reading