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The Terror of the Unforeseen By Henry A. Giroux Published 07.16.2019 Los Angeles Review of Books 245 Pages

Henry A. Giroux and the culture of neoliberal fascism

HENRY A. GIROUX’s book The Terror of the Unforeseen analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump’s rule and the consequences of that rule, that have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds out the hope that, through collective efforts, change is possible and democracy […]

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Marx & Engels

Review: Marx/Engels – Gesamtausgabe

Was Marx an ecologist and does Marx’s theory offer a coherent theoretical and practical approach for ecologists in the 21st century? The publication of Marx’s excerpts and notes on ecology from the mid-1860s may help to answer that question.

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Marxism and the Philosophy of Science

Marxism and the philosophy of science

Marxists are primarily known for their concern with the development of human society and political struggle. As materialists, however, Marxists necessarily look to developments in science and new ways of understanding the material world.

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The New Faces of Fascism Populism and the Far Right

A historian’s view of post-fascism

Whatever we are facing [in world politics], it is not twentieth-century fascism. Hell keeps on disgorging new demons to beset us. And as seasoned exorcists know, each must be called by its proper name before it can be cast out. – (possibly J. R. R. Tolkien’s Gandalf)

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Red Round Globe Hot Burning

Our globe is burning!

Peter Linebaugh’s book comes with a long subtitle, a pithy summary of its contents: A Tale at the Crossroads of Commons and Closure, of Love and Terror, of Race and Class, of Kate and Ned Despard. His timeframe is the period between 1789 and 1804 when, in his view, a series of connected events took […]

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Aaron Bastani FULLY AUTOMATED LUXURY COMMUNISM Verso, 2019

Gee Whiz! Communism is sure gonna be keen!

When I was ten years old, I read and re-read a stack of decades-old Modern Mechanix magazines that I found in my grandfather’s basement. Throughout the Great Depression, MM regaled its readers with breathless accounts of technological marvels that were going to change the world, very soon.

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Carbon markets in a climate-changing capitalism

Carbon Markets in a Climate-Changing Capitalism offers an account of why these earlier expectations were not matched by experience. While the contradictions of market solutions have not gone away, the difference this time is that we are just over a decade away from the IPCC’s 2030 benchmark for 1.5°C. The concentration and centralisation of emissions […]

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