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Militant particularism and ecosocialism

Militant particularism and ecosocialism

Marx showed how history was materially transformed through a series of contradictions toward greater complexity, but held out the promise of one particular class representing the universal interests of humanity, if activated within objective conditions by political agency. The problem today is that cyclical and conjunctural crises that have propelled capitalism to hegemonic global reach […]

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We can do it with $15 an hour and a union

Unions fight inequality

The decline in unionization is one of the most important factors promoting the concentration of income at the upper end of the income distribution. The statement may not surprise you, but the fact that this was the conclusion of an IMF study of the causes of inequality might.

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US debates sanctions on Nicaragua or backing Venezuela

US debates sanctions on Nicaragua for backing Venezuela

The United States Committee on Foreign Relations is due to discuss the bill known as the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017, or Nica Act on Thursday. It seeks to add conditions to the provision of aid from international financial institutions to the country.

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Grim conditions in nineteenth-century factories such as this one in Sheffield, UK, inspired Das Kapital

In retrospect: Das Kapital

The book’s impact on economics, politics and current affairs has been formidable, and aspects of Marx’s thinking have permeated areas of scientific research as disparate as robotics and evolutionary theory.

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Black Workers Power

Does David Roediger disagree with Ellen Meiksins Wood?

How does race relate to class in capitalism? Is it intrinsic and essential to the reproduction of capital, or merely an accidental feature of particular capitals? In this recent essay by Richard Seymour, and originally published on his Patreon, Seymour considers a debate within Marxism on the relationship between class, race and capitalism.

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A US MQ-9 Reaper assassination drone

Drone warfare: The death of precision

With Obama’s “precision ethos” behind us and the “Trump doctrine” ahead. Neither is perfect, but latter with the priority for percision gone, is much more dangerous.

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Trump criticized the "fake news" media, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in his speech at the Boy Scouts Jamboree Monday night. (Photo: Алексей М/Flickr/cc)

Boy Scouts Jamboree compared to Hitler Youth Rally after Trump’s speech

The president spoke to 24,000 Scouts ranging in age from 12 to 18, as eight presidents have before him. Unlike previous presidents, however, Trump appeared to view the event as an opportunity to slam his political opponents and the news media, call for “loyalty,” and rail against the “cesspool” of Washington, D.C., as the audience […]

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Venezuela

The beginning of a crucial week in Venezuela

While President Trump threatens to enact sanctions on Venezuela, this week will be crucial in the insurrectionary offensive of the opposition and imperialism. The hope for human rights and the breakdown of inequality is on its way.

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Villagers scour rubble for belongings scattered during the bombing of Hajar Aukaish

America’s Yemen policy is creating more terrorists

The current civilian slaughter, chaos, and daily indignities in Yemen create the perfect recruitment tool for the expansion of terrorist organizations. Al-Qaeda has been operating in Yemen for a long time.… In addition, IS has begun to make their presence felt in Yemen.

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General formula for capital

Political economy for radical lawyers

The latest issue of the London Review of International Law features an interesting review essay by Robert Howse, in which he makes the case for progressive international lawyers attending to the discipline of economics and the insights that can be gained from it, in particular from what he sees as more progressive economists. Howse’s essay […]

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Toilet paper money roll

The mega rich are getting mega richer

The indirect effect of ​the increase in income inequality is economically more injurious than the erosion of company earnings or a stock market downturn.

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Greek protest of water privatization

Battle to oppose water privatization returns Greece to frontlines of E.U. crisis

Greece is on track to privatize its water systems, while other countries like Germany are in an opposite position of de-privatization due to poor management and exorbitant price hikes.

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Identity Politics

The politics of everybody

Class is primary—not in the sense of more important, but in the sense of being the limit, the foundation, the point where profit is extracted and the point where it can be challenged. The centrality of class is tactical, not moral.

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Jeff Sessions

Right-wing media attempts to rescue ADF, Sessions from explaining secret speech

The Trump administration’s combination of continuously attacking mainstream media and relying on right-wing outlets to carry their message played out again last week in service of the Attorney General.

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Mosul airstrike aftermath

Corporate media largely silent on Trump’s civilian death toll in Iraq

Neither the recent report on the civilian deaths and war crimes in Mosul (published by Amnesty International), nor the broader issue of the civilian toll in the US war against ISIS, has come close to penetrating US corporate media. Can one imagine this frame in reporting on Russia’s siege of Aleppo? Can one imagine highlighting […]

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Venezuelan socialism

POLL: 75% of Venezuelans support socialism, 63% distrust opposition

In a recent poll of Venezuelans reveals that the will of the majority flatly contradicts the distortions of mainstream media within and outside of Venezuela.

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Black unemployment rate

Race and ethnicity discrimination in the U.S. labor market

These racial/ethnic differences mean that our general push for more and better jobs must be accompanied by policies designed to overcome the discriminatory and segmented nature of the US labor market.

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Military arms transfers to local police

Black Women in the killing fields

A white woman from Australia was gunned down by militarized police in Minneapolis – part of the collateral damage that flows from the U.S. mass Black incarceration regime. The intended targets are Black women like Charleena Lyles, killed by Seattle cops, last month. “Although Black women and girls make up only 13 percent of the […]

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Outskirts of Mosul, Northern Iraq, Western Asia. 17 November, 2016.

Empire of destruction

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science.  Everything “networked.”  It was to be a glorious […]

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Venezuelan marchers

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly: dictatorship or democracy?

Abby Martin addresses the criticisms with Head of the Presidential Commission to oversee the Constituent Assembly process, Elias Jaua, speaks to supporters and participants of the Assembly, interviews historian Chris Gilbert and explains what is at stake in Venezuela if the social programs instated under Chavez are terminated by the opposition.

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