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  • Norges Bank Government Pension Fund Global (Norway)

    Socialism is about workers, not wealth funds

    The Social Wealth Fund plan is insidious in the sense that it has the capacity to redirect vast amounts of energy and resources toward a goal presented as “socialist” when in reality it is fundamentally incompatible with socialism. We must bring the discussion out into the open to prevent such seductive ideas from compromising the basic vision and integrity of socialism.

  • Class societies are divided into ruler and producers.

    Exploitation and the social metabolism of class societies (part 2)

    ‘The essential difference between the various economic forms of society, between, for instance, a society based on slave-labour, and one based on wage-labour, lies only in the mode in which this surplus-labour is in each case extracted from the actual producer, the labourer.’ —Marx

  • Equal Exchange Ad in Mother Jones Magazine, Sept-Oct, 1999, p. 8

    Labor and human social metabolism (part 1)

    Our global ecological crisis has created an increasing interest in Marx’s theory of metabolic rift as a crucial aspect of capitalism (Foster 2013). To appreciate fully how capitalism creates this rift, it is important to examine the human metabolic relation with nature in general and theoretical terms.

  • Edine Celestin / Kolektif 2 Dimansyon

    Dossier 8: The uprooting in Haiti

    In 1980, the magazine Tricontinental, published by the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL), dedicated its issue no. 119 to Haiti. The editors wrote, ‘Very little is known about the Haitian people’s struggle,’ as the imperialists have ‘erected a wall of silence around Haiti.’

  • Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

    Hate and hope

    The sight of thick-skulled, Nazi-tattooed thugs growling threats as they stormed through the city center, chasing and beating up presumed “foreigners,” unfriendly journalists or any other foes; invoked memories of Charlottesville a year ago—or Germany in the 1930’s.

  • Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

    Nazis on the march

    Ten eventful days in Germany set alarm signals clanging louder and louder—worst of all in the East German state of Saxony—but in Berlin as well!

  • Kwame Somburu debating on Firing Line with William F Buckley in 1968

    Learning from our elders: Kwame Somburu and Scientific Socialism

    Longtime revolutionary activist Kwame Somburu made it a point throughout his life to stress the “scientific” in socialist. During a time of confusion regarding what socialism is, Kwame’s insistence has never been more crucial.

  • Climate Change

    There is still time for an ecological revolution to prevent hothouse earth

    The only thing that could alter this dire situation, all over the world, is the rise of another power in society. We need not millions but hundreds of millions of people, necessarily predominantly working class, in the street day in and day out.

  • Fukushima Daiichi power plant, three minutes after an explosion on March 14, 2011

    Is nuclear power a solution to the climate crisis?

    Faith that environmental catastrophe can best be avoided by technological gadgetry rather than a change in social relationships received a big shot in the arm with the May 2018 publication of Energy: A Human History by prolific author Richard Rhodes. Rhodes profoundly misses the connection between technology and class relationships when he presents nuclear power as a socially neutral source of energy. Rather than pointing to a solution for climate change, his radiation denial mirrors Donald Trump’s climate denial in its derogation of scientific research and its personality attacks.

  • Migrant children traveling with their parents

    Dossier 7: The imperialism of finance capital and ‘trade wars’

    Trump wants to resolve the crisis for America, caused by neo-liberalism, within the basic confines of neo-liberalism itself, i.e. without violating its core characteristic, which is free global mobility of finance.

  • Figure 1- Potential tipping cascades. Individual tipping elements are color-coded according to estimated temperature thresholds. Arrows show potential interactions. (PNAS)

    Climate change in the Anthropocene: an unstoppable drive to Hothouse Earth?

    Leading Earth System scientists warn: “The Earth System may be approaching a planetary threshold that could lock in a continuing rapid pathway toward much hotter conditions.… Incremental linear changes to the present socioeconomic system are not enough to stabilize the Earth System.”

  • SAMIR AMIN (1931-2018)

    In memoriam: Samir Amin

    Samir Amin, the renowned Marxist thinker and economist, passed away on August 13 in Paris. Born in Cairo on September 3, 1931, to an Egyptian father and a French mother, he had his initial education in Egypt before moving to Paris where he obtained his doctorate in Political Economy.

  • Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

    Stand up with new hope?

    If you regretted (or rejoiced) that the left-wing German scene, rarely mentioned by US media, was an unimportant sideshow, be prepared for a surprising new hope, called Aufstehen: Stand Up—or for its opposite, more fear.

  • Samir Amin

    A note on Samir Amin

    Samir Amin’s work will provide inspiration to revolutionaries in their struggle against capital for many years to come.

  • Forest fire in Sweden

    The hope of ecosocialism

    “The gross irrationality of our economic and social system is a measure of what we could do to improve the lives of people and the environment.”

  • Right wing protesters in front of Facebook Offices in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

    Venezuelanalysis: official statement on facebook’s removal of our page

    Venezuelanalysis is the only independent English language website covering news and analysis on Venezuela from a progressive perspective & which platforms leftist grassroots voices. It is run by committed journalists, authors and academics & praised by renowned journalists and intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Marta Harnecker and Oliver Stone.

  • Why the attempt to assassinate Maduro?

    While many countries claim to be protect civil rights and democracy, their ties to imperialism ensure silence in such moments. They predictably failed to denounce the assassination attempt, even after signing international agreements defining an attempt on the life of a head of state as a “terrorist act.”

  • Telegraph (London) newsroom, April 16, 2018

    A reserve army of reporters

    Capitalists profit from the misery of both those who are unemployed and those who are lucky enough to be working full-time but seeing their work hours increase, their benefits diced, their wages cut. This very much describes the state of modern journalism in 2018.

  • Owen Jones at his interview with Alastair Campbell

    Social Imperialism in the 21st century

    A sober analysis of the positions of Owen Jones and Paul Mason on a wide range of issues shows that they are in fact distinctly un-radical, frequently opportunist in nature, and (particularly in Mason’s case) openly reactionary and imperialist.

  • Brazil's Landless Workers Movement under Attack | NewsClick newsclick.in

    We defend the Constituent Assembly

    The national leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), the economist João Pedro Stédile, is at the frontline for the liberation of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He predicts that if Lula’s candidacy is prevented, a political crisis will become even more acute.