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Paul Le Blanc, Leon Trotsky (London: Reaktion Books, 2015), 220 pp., $16.95.

Few historical figures are as complex, perhaps even as seemingly contradictory, as Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky. The man with two names was born Jewish but, according to his most accomplished biographer, Isaac Deutscher, epitomized the non-Jewish … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin, Popular Critic

Lecia Rosenthal, ed. Radio Benjamin (London, NY: Verso, 2014), 394 pages,  $29.95 Esther Leslie, trans. Walter Benjamin’s Archive: Images, Texts, Signs (London, NY: Verso, 2015), 311 pages, $19.95 At a moment when Walter Benjamin’s work is once again being claimed … Continue reading

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Slavoj Žižek Absolute Recoil: A New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism (London: Verso, 2014), 436 pp., $19.95

Slavoj Žižek’s output is prodigious. Since 2012, he has published seven books, of which two are monumental. These two aim at nothing less than “a new foundation of dialectical materialism” – the subtitle of his present book, which follows Less … Continue reading

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Cuba’s Electoral System and the Dilemmas of the 2st Century: Between the Liberal-Democratic Tradition and True Participation

By Daniel Rafuls Pineda We remain convinced the people of Cuba would be best served by genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders, express their ideas, practice their faith; where the commitment to economic and social justice is … Continue reading

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Red Art on Display in New York City

By Gerald Meyer What man would follow art – one of the most uncertain and unremunerative professions – who hadn’t a deep faith in the social value of his vision. — Rockwell Kent The Left Front: Radical Art in the … Continue reading

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People’s Power and the Updating of the Cuban Economic Model

By Jesús P. García Brigos Introduction Cuba enters the twenty-first century with a system of social relations in a profound process of change. This presents a clear challenge to the socialist project. It is absolutely necessary to improve governmental and administrative … Continue reading

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Citizen Participation in the Cuban State

By Julio César Guanche Democratic republicanism has been central to major events like the French Revolution or the Spanish Republic, and now inspires changes underway in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. The socialist movement, like Jacobinism, is part of the republican heritage … Continue reading

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Updating the Cuban Political Model: For a Systemic and Democratic-Participatory Transformation

By Emilio Duharte The Cuban socialist project is in a period of transition. This transition is unfolding in conditions dictated by an underdeveloped economy, a persistent domestic economic crisis even though the economy is in the process of recovering, and … Continue reading

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A Dialectic of Freedom: The Dutch Post-War Clash between Socialism and Neoliberalism

By Merijn Oudenampsen ‘It is true that to be free, may mean freedom to starve, to make costly mistakes or to run mortal risks.’ — Friedrich von Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty “In the Netherlands we have drafted The Road to … Continue reading

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Updating Cuba’s Economic Model: Socialism, Human Development, Markets and Capitalism

By Al Campbell The large majority of articles written outside Cuba about its process of “updating” its economic model (appropriately) address what they consider the economic effects, both of what has already been implemented, and of what will come next, … Continue reading

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