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The Significance of Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election

By G. Reza Ghorashi What election? Many casual observers’ reaction to Iran’s presidential elections would be “What election? Are there real elections in Iran?” The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has a notorious human rights record, which many international studies … Continue reading

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Sarah D. Wald, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship and Farming since the Dust Bowl

(Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016), 297 pp., $30. For almost 150 years, California’s agriculture and its large-scale “farm factories” have provided continuous examples of labor exploitation, marginalization, racialization and subordination of the mostly immigrant farm worker populations. With the … Continue reading

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Samir Amin, The Reawakening of the Arab World: Challenges and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016), 233 pp., $20.40. Samir Amin is best known for his 1989 book, Eurocentrism, a seminal entry in critical theory on the Middle East which remains essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the political … Continue reading

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Political Seizures: Lenin in 2017

By Carl Grey Martin A most interesting—and troubling—thing about Lenin in this centenary year of the 1917 “October” Revolution is that in the press and other circles he has become associated with Steve Bannon, formerly Trump’s chief strategist and guru. “Lenin … Continue reading

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Comments on Victor Wallis “Capitalism Unhinged”

By Hester Eisenstein Victor Wallis’s powerful piece on “Capitalism Unhinged” provoked many reactions in those of us who read it. He has kindly invited me to write some brief comments, along with other members of the Socialism and Democracy editorial … Continue reading

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Michael Barker. Under the Mask of Philanthropy

(Leicester, UK: Hextall Press, 2017),  556 pp. $20. Michael Barker’s Under the Mask of Philanthropy is one of the very rare extensive critiques of the “nonprofit sector” from a left perspective. Marx and Engels, in The Communist Manifesto, derided “bourgeois … Continue reading

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Immigrant Rights: Repression and Resistance

By Gerald Meyer The cross-continental region that was to become the United States possessed an incomparable bounty of arable land and natural resources of all types linked together by navigable river systems flowing into ice-free harbors. However, for the conquistadores, … Continue reading

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Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), 768 pp., $25 From start to finish, The Slave’s Cause challenges prevailing notions about slavery and abolition, exposing the way these notions were formed as well as their enduring grip on historical inquiry and … Continue reading

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Andrew T. Lamas, Todd Wolfson and Peter N. Funke, eds., The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements

(Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2017), 407 pp., $42.70. Herbert Marcuse was a great inspiration to many social theorists. He and C. Wright Mills were generally considered to be the intellectual forefathers of the New Left in the US. Capitalism was … Continue reading

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Paul Le Blanc, Left Americana: The Radical Heart of U.S. History

(Chicago: Haymarket Press, 2017), 251 pp., $22 An old phrase of reviewers: “This is no book, this is a man,” which we naturally update to “this is a person.” The volume in question might be better titled “the radical heart … Continue reading

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