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Due to IMF stipulations, Haitians, 60% of whom are below the poverty line, must pay high fuel premiums for the finance agency's loans.

“Down with the Rebels Against the Bill of Sale!”: Guy Endore’s radical reimagining of Haiti and revolution

The American occupation of Haiti lasted from 1915–34. The U.S. subjected Haitians to the hated forced labor system of the corvée, seized control over Haitian finance, and rewrote the Haitian Constitution at gunpoint, enabling foreign companies to acquire land in the country. The distorting and oppressive impacts of the U.S. occupation have been felt in […]

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Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the oppressed as a political method

This article focuses on the ‘poetics’ of the Theatre of the Oppressed. These are a set of forms and techniques that challenged the traditional model of theatre. Coudray argues that the key to Boal’s politics lay in the form and the process over the content of the plays.

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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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Barbara Foley

Barbara Foley 21st Century Marxist literary criticism

In 21st century capitalism, Marxist theory remains a crucial means to interpret the socioeconomic present and potentials for political change. But Marxism as a method is also important culturally, in understanding the ideas, attitudes and beliefs that exist today, and how they have developed historically through various social forces.

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Michael Heinrich (Image derived from http://marx-biografie.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/MH_bea.jpg)

Interview with Michael Heinrich

Think about it: when we look at our own biography, to what influenced us, why we became what we became, why we became leftists, very often there are already events in childhood. When you were a youngster, perhaps there was a teacher, who influenced you or an early friend, who opened your eyes to this […]

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Capitalist Democratic State

Seven theses on the Capitalist Democratic State

What is the capitalist democratic state and how should it be confronted? This question has bedevilled the left for generations. On the one hand, a social democratic conception of the state as a neutral institution that needs to be occupied and captured by bureaucrats with the right ideas has lead to experiments in socialist governance […]

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10 Books Banned in American Prisons Bustle

AGO proposes nationwide raids on books containing ’banned ideas’

Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo is proposing that massive raids be carried out to hunt down books which contain communist teachings and banned ideologies. The proposal was made after the seizure of hundreds of books around the country allegedly containing “banned ideas”. — Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta “I’m proposing that if possible, yes massive raids be carried […]

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