Category Archives: Volume 20, No. 2

American Labor and the Cold War: Grassroots Politics and Postwar Political Culture

Robert W. Cherny, William Issel, and Kiernan Walsh Taylor, eds, American Labor and the Cold War: Grassroots Politics and Postwar Political Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2004). Anticommunism played a pivotal role for the US labor movement in the Cold War. … Continue reading

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Death’s Dream Kingdom

Walter A. Davis, Death’s Dream Kingdom (London: Pluto Press, 2006) The most important contribution of this important and wide-ranging book is its re-definition of ideology: Davis argues that ideology is not so much a matter of what you believe as … Continue reading

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Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chávez Talks to Marta Harnecker

Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution: Hugo Chávez Talks to Marta Harnecker (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2005). “Understanding Hugo Chávez” might have been a more appropriate title for this extensive interview conducted by the veteran Marxist writer, Marta Harnecker, with Venezuela’s … Continue reading

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Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War (Cambridge, Mass.: South End Press, 2005). What makes Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz so compelling, both as a person and as a writer, is that she cannot function without seeing the … Continue reading

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Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation

Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation (Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2004) It is hard to overstate the brilliance of this remarkable book, which contests the traditional Marxist view of the “transition” from feudalism to mercantile … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina: The Black Nation’s 9/11! A Strategic Perspective for Self-Determination

The magnitude of the destruction and human suffering triggered by Hurricane Katrina is a direct result of a profit-driven system of capitalist exploitation reinforced by the national oppression of African Americans in the US South — a region where the … Continue reading

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American Power and the Philosophy of World-Systems Analysis

Immanuel Wallerstein, one of the pioneers of world-systems theory, has been arguing since the 1970s that the capitalist system, after some five centuries, is for the first time in a systemic crisis from which it will not recover, at least … Continue reading

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“To Be Attacked by the Enemy Is a Good Thing”: The Struggle over the Legacy of Mao Zedong and the Chinese Socialist Revolution*

I I have always considered Mao Zedong’s statement, “To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad thing but a good thing,” to be among his most valuable. Not only did it alter my conception of struggle, but it … Continue reading

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Looking Backward: Personal Reflections on Language, Gesture and Mythology in the Weather Underground

Over the past three decades much has been written about the Weather Underground, often in fiction, including Don Silver’s Backward-Facing Man, Russell Banks’s The Darling, Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, Marge Piercy’s Vida and Neil Gordon’s The Company We Keep. Writing … Continue reading

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Rehearsals for War: Capitalism & the Transformation of Children into Consumers

In the last few years, coinciding with the Bush regime’s permanent “War on Terror,” there has been an increasing tendency for military iconography to appear in the artifacts of children and youth consumer culture.1 Take, for instance, this recruitment advertisement … Continue reading

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