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    Watching ‘When They See Us’, as a white woman

    In order to really see these boys and their families white people have to see themselves as participatory in racism. So to see their innocence “we” must see our own part, our guilt, our responsibility in the newest forms of slavery, no longer chattel, but carceral.

  • Cover of Overripe Economy: American Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy

    Review of Alan Nasser’s, Overrripe Economy

    Alan Nasser has written a masterful book, one that belongs in every serious leftist and socialist library, and one that certainly deserves to be widely and extensively read.

  • Image Credit: Karl Marx statue (Jörg Schubert CC BY 2.0)

    An anthropology of Marxism

    Beyond its analytical value, Robinson’s account holds great potential as a tool of political praxis. For what Anthropology confronts is the question of how exactly are we to make sense of the cultural and political significance of Europe’s medieval period in our current global moment?

  • Fascism and Dictatorship

    Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism

    In the final stage of fascism, the fascist state has consolidated power and freed itself of its petty-bourgeois class origins. Poulantzas says that this is the most brutal stage, for it involves violent purges at the state level to remove the petty-bourgeoisie, and terroristic repression over the masses.

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    Neoliberal fascism

    Undoubtedly we live in the age of neoliberalism. There might also be a link between Neoliberalism and fascism. If one agrees with the rather enticing idea that Hayek’s ideology pamphlet The Road to Serfdom is the ur-texts of neoliberalism, then neoliberalism was indeed invented during the dying days of German Nazism and Italian fascism.

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    City of Segregation, One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles

    Andrea Gibbons’ history of the battle for equal housing in LA uncovers the intensity and injustice of segregation, which remains a highly visible aspect of US cities, finds Adam Tomes

  • Alan Thornett - Facing the Apocalypse: Arguments for Ecosocialism

    Review of ‘Facing the Apocalypse: Arguments for Ecosocialism’

    Clearly there will be ecological issues to resolve once capitalism has been defeated, but that will require a system being put in place that is capable of dealing with the disaster. In other words a society that is not based on the competitive accumulation of capital.

  • Can the Bolivarian Revolution Survive the Venezuelan Crisis?

    Dissecting ROAR’s article “can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis?

    ROAR published an article Can the Bolivarian revolution survive the Venezuelan crisis? containing the views of different professors, but with only two worth reading: Dario Azzellini’s and George Ciccariello-Maher’s. Of the others, Raul Zibechi appears to be the chosen faux left commentator committed to repeating U.S. ruling class propaganda against Venezuela.

  • Never Again

    Rock’s role in fighting fascism

    The National Front (NF) was on the rise in the UK in the mid-1970s. It was the envy of other far right organisations, in particular its ideological cousin, France’s Front National (FN). A decade later the NF was broken and the FN’s star was rising. Why was the NF defeated while the FN went from […]

  • "Picking up the Banner 1957–1960" painted by Gely Mikhailovich

    Students, the Sixties, and How to ‘Fail Better’

    With their wide range of styles and perspectives, these little memoirs give a good sense of the period and the issues, but their value is more than historic. As a new generation is being drawn to radical politics, today’s activists may be able to gain useful insights from the experiences of their predecessors.

  • The Unknown Anti-War Comics

    Vintage comics against war

    The next phase of rebellious art, I have thought all this time, belonged to the rise of the Underground Comix of the later 1960s, with one tip of the hat to the campus satire magazines that in some places gave artists like Austin’s Gilbert Shelton a start, and another to Harvey Kurtzman’s failed magazines after Mad, especially Help! (1961-65).

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    Victor Wallis – Red-Green Revolution

    The scale of environmental crisis is absolutely terrifying. So I was very pleased to read Victor Wallis’ new book Red-Green Revolution which aims to both explain capitalism and environmental destruction and offer a clear strategy for building a movement to challenge both.

  • Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women

    Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women

    Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women by Silvia Federici, reviewed by Jessica White.

  • Dust Bowls of Empire

    Dust Bowls of Empire

    The “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s was an iconic moment in American history. As a result of what one historian called “the inevitable outcome of a culture that deliberately, self-consciously, set itself [the] task of dominating and exploiting the land for all it was worth” tens of thousands of people fled their homes, usually losing their entire livelihoods in the process.

  • The language of capitalism isn’t just annoying, it’s dangerous

    A new book argues that words like “innovation” are doing more than telling you who to avoid at parties.

  • Vygotsky and Marx: Toward a Marxist Psychology (9781138244818): Carl Ratner, Daniele Nunes Henrique Silva: Books

    Building a Marxist psychology

    Carl Ratner is one of few psychologists working today who aims to develop psychology on an unabashedly Marxist foundation. The dominant narrative in psychology is that our minds and our society are direct manifestations of human biology.

  • Review – Alienation and Freedom E-International Relations

    Alienation and Freedom

    For academics working on Frantz Fanon Alienation and Freedom is no less than a gift. With the publication of this book we finally have the complete available works of Fanon in English. Aptly divided into neat sections – Theatre, Psychiatric Writings, Political Writings, Publishing Fanon, Frantz Fanon’s Library and Life.

  • Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Historical Materialism) Reprint Edition

    A Marxist theory
 of women’s oppression

    In the new introduction to Lise Vogel’s Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory, Susan Ferguson and David McNally comment on the book’s “curious life-history.” They describe it, quite correctly, as a book that has lived largely in obscurity in spite of its innovative approach to the question of Marxism and women’s liberation and its enormous, though largely neglected, contribution to this important topic.

  • And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure, and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Yea r

    Everything you thought you knew about Western Civilization is wrong

    A Review of Michael Hudson’s new book AND FORGIVE THEM THEIR DEBTS

  • Drawing of the being from the Upside Down in control of Will Byers

    The neoliberal Upside Down

    When the Great Financial Crisis hit in 2008, there was a gasp of guilty excitement on the left at the sudden re-emergence of the conditions for radical social change, after 30 years of what has become known even by mainstream economists as ‘neoliberalism’: an obsession with privatisation and financialisation that has made the world more […]