Archive | Lost & Found

  • Desertification

    An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point?

    Global warming, the two climate denials, and the environmental proletariat.

  • Paul Burkett

    Marx’s Vision of Sustainable Human Development

    With global capitalism’s worsening poverty and environmental crises, sustainable human development comes to the fore as the primary question that must be engaged by all twenty-first century socialists in core and periphery alike. It is in this human developmental connection, I will argue, that Marx’s vision of communism or socialism (two terms that he used interchangeably) can be most helpful.

  • Isabel Crook and Harry Magdoff.

    Whither China?

    An Exchange from 2002–⁠03

  • E P Thompson addresses anti-nuclear weapons rally, Oxford, England, 1980

    Call to Mutiny

    “It has never been true that nuclear war is ‘unthinkable.’ It has been thought and the thought has been put into effect.” —E.P. Thompson


    The Political Tragedy of Capitalist Rule

    Society is made up of parts that work together, sometimes more and sometimes less successfully, to produce its livelihood and reproduce itself.

  • What Did You Learn from Iraq?

    Militarism and the Coming Wars

    The dangers and immense suffering caused by all attempts at solving deep-seated social problems by militaristic interventions, on any scale, are obvious enough. If, however, we look more closely at the historical trend of militaristic adventures, it becomes frighteningly clear that they show an ever greater intensification and an ever-increasing scale, from local confrontations to two horrendous world wars in the twentieth century, and to the potential annihilation of humankind when we reach our own time.

  • Monthly Review Volume 45, Number 5 (October 1993)

    The Puzzle of Financialization

    In this reprise from October 1993, Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy ask: “Isn’t there anyone around here who understands how this capitalist system works?”

  • F-16N Fighting Falcon

    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?”

  • Alice & Staughton Lynd

    Our kind of Marxist: an interview with Staughton Lynd

    In my opinion, American capitalism no longer has any use for, let’s say, 40 percent of the population. These are the descendants of folks who were brought over here in one way or another during the period of capital accumulation. They’re now superfluous human beings.

  • Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-2022)

    What is Socialist Feminism?

    In remembrance of Barbara Ehrenreich (1941–2022), we are reposting this article, which first appeared in WIN magazine on June 3, 1976, and then published in Monthly Review in 2005 (Volume 57, Issue 03).

  • State flag of Ukraine behind a wall of anonymous protesters in Kyiv, Ukraine

    Russia and the Ukraine crisis: The Eurasian Project in conflict with the triad imperialist policies

    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”) to maintain their exclusive control […]

  • "This is the president of McDonnell Douglas speaking…welcome aboard the Titanic…."

    Boring From Within the Bourgeois Press: Part One

    Eugene V. Debs may be my all-time favorite American and Karl Marx my all-time favorite journalist. But my employer for a decade was The Wall Street Journal, and for another decade it was the Los Angeles Times.

  • U.S. stocks dive anew on fear of coronavirus

    The Triumph of Financial Capital

    Financial capital, once cut loose from its original role as a modest helper of a real economy of production to meet human needs, inevitably becomes speculative capital geared solely to its own self-expansion. In earlier times no one ever dreamed that speculative capital, a phenomenon as old as capitalism itself, could grow to dominate a national economy, let alone the whole world. But it has.

  • Heat waves a social murder

    Vouchers for Murder

    In order to commit murder or mayhem under this program, vouchers must be submitted within one week prior to the actions contemplated or within a month afterward. Persons who commit violent acts without valid vouchers will be asked to enter into Voluntary Consent Agreements to desist from unauthorized murder or mayhem, and up to one tenth of any ill-gotten gains will be donated voluntarily to the charity of their choice, without any implication of admission of guilt.

  • James W. Loewen (right) speaking to a standing room only audience at the 2011 National Council for the Social Studies Conference

    The Truth About the First Thanksgiving

    Origin myths do not come cheaply. To glorify the Pilgrims is dangerous. The genial omissions and false details our texts use to retail the Pilgrim legend promote Anglocentrism, which only handicaps us when dealing with all those whose culture is not Anglo.

  • István Mészáros

    The Uncontrollability of Globalizing Capital

    We live in an age of unprecedented historical crisis. Its severity can be gauged by the fact that we are not facing a more or less extensive cyclic crisis of capitalism as experienced in the past, but the deepening structural crisis of the capital system itself.

  • The Political Economy of Hybrid Corn

    In bourgeois society a violation of property rights is the supreme injustice. Hybrids provided a solution in agriculture. Commercial hybrids decrease the yield of the following generation. This means that farmers have to renew their seed every year. Hence, hybrids create a perpetual market for seed.

  • Renewing Socialism

    If “the revolutionary spirit of the last centuries, that is, the eagerness to liberate and to build a new house where freedom can dwell, [which] is unprecedented and unequaled in all prior history” properly begins with the bourgeois revolutions of the late eighteenth century, few would dispute that this eagerness for fundamental social transformation was in very large part carried into the world of the twentieth century by socialism’s revolutionary aspirations to transcend the capitalist order itself.

  • Michael Perelman

    The political economy of intellectual property

    The dramatic expansion of intellectual property rights represents a new stage in commodification that threatens to make virtually everything bad about capitalism even worse.

  • Manning Marable

    History and Black Consciousness: The Political Culture of Black America

    Many people from divergent ethnic backgrounds, speaking various languages, and possessing different cultures now share a common experience of inequality in the United States. Yet there is an absence of unity among these constituencies, in part because their leaders are imprisoned ideologically and theoretically by the assumptions and realities of the past.