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“The Inside Is Such a Sterile Place”: Organizing with the Indigenous Environmental Network

Kandi Mossett, interviewed by Robert Caldwell How did you first come to act on ecological issues? I always had that respect and sense of connection with our surroundings. It probably came from growing up in North Dakota in a rural … Continue reading

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On Eco-Revolutionary Prudence: Capitalism, Communism, and the Precautionary Principle

By Paul Burkett But as Brecht explained in his ‘Buddha’s Parable of the Burning House,’ it is irrational to cling hopelessly to a burning house, as the flames lick its walls and singe our brows, in sheer terror of stepping … Continue reading

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How Much and What Kind of Energy Does Humanity Need?

By David Schwartzman “Communism and Science Inseparable!” — 1962 Soviet postcard, commemorating the Sputnik 1 launch of 1957 Having any remaining chance to keep warming below 2°C, better 1.5°, by 2100 will require rapid and radical cuts in global carbon … Continue reading

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Technology, Power and Social Change: Comparing Three Marx-Inspired Views

By Jonathan Michael Feldman Introduction A central debate in the contemporary Left concerns the extent to which technology can be used proactively, within the confines of the existing system, to promote a sustainable ecosystem. One view is that “technology is … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Rise of Solar Energy: Implications of Photovoltaics for the Energy Transition and the Left

By Christian Roselund This brief survey describes the dramatic expansion in the development and deployment of solar photovoltaic technology, as well as underlying factors including cost dynamics and policy supports. A further task is to identify the implications of this expansion … Continue reading

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Klaus Dorre, Stephan Lessenich, and Hartmut Rosa, Sociology, Capitalism, Critique

(New York: Verso Press, 2015), 342 pp., $24.95. As sociology became further embedded in the academy, the production of knowledge became increasingly bureaucratized and professionalized. In The Sociological Imagination (1959), C. Wright Mills argued that the field was in danger … Continue reading

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Notes on Contributors

Wolfgang Fritz Haug taught philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin until 2001. He is founder and editor of the journal Das Argument (since 1959) and of the 15-volume Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus (Historical-critical Dictionary of Marxism) (since 1994). He initiated and … Continue reading

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Introduction: Overview of Cuban Political Institutions1

By Peter Roman Cuba’s Organs of People’s Power (OPP) function at three levels: municipal, provincial and national. There are 168 municipal assemblies. The City of Havana, because of its size, is divided into several municipalities, with the city as a … Continue reading

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Stanley Aronowitz, The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers’ Movement

(New York: Verso, 2014), 192 pp., $26.95. Stanley Aronowitz’s critique of American labor unions is searing without being cynical. The reversal of the natural order of life and death in the title indicates that his is not a deathwatch, not … Continue reading

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Lucia Pradella, Globalisation and the Critique of Political Economy: New insights from Marx’s writings

(New York: Routledge, 2015), 218 pp., hardcover, $155 While many heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union as the final nail in the coffin for Marxist thought, the ascendance of neoliberal globalization has given new life to Marx’s economic analysis. … Continue reading

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