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Steve Brouwer, Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care

In 1967 Ernesto “Che” Guevara was murdered in a remote area of Bolivia after he was captured and tortured by CIA agents who then ordered a poor Bolivian solider to pull the trigger. Che was a revolutionary and a doctor … Continue reading

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Doris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames, The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity to Confrontation

Ten years ago, I favourably reviewed the original edition of Fleischer and Zames’ landmark text on the American disability rights movement in these pages. Much has happened since then in both the disability rights movement and the United States at … Continue reading

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Benjamin Shepard and Greg Smithsimon, The Beach Beneath the Streets: Contesting New York City’s Public Spaces

What would it take to claw into the chewing-gum-splattered, rubber tire-scarred, asphalt streets of New York City and pry away the metal grating to let the pulsing waves of democracy crash? Activist-scholars Benjamin Shepard and Greg Smithsimon have written an … Continue reading

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Steve Early, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old?

Steve Early addresses here the fate of the US labor movement in the context of the “civil wars” between the two rival trade union federations, the AFL-CIO and its split-off Change to Win (CTW) led by the Service Employees International … Continue reading

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Grover Furr, Khrushchev Lied (Kettering, Ohio: Erythros Press & Media LLC, 2011)

On February 25, 1956, a speech was given in Moscow which has been called the most important speech of the 20th century. Before a closed session of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Sergeevich … Continue reading

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Occupy Against Inequality

Every year I teach classes on US social policy and community health. We usually watch the film Unnatural Causes, a documentary about the ways inequalities in wealth are reflected in our health. The film explores indicators of inequality including social … Continue reading

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The Self-Destructive Logic of Capitalism and the Occupy Movement

After three years of economic crisis that has caused increasing economic hardship for most of the world population, the year 2011 started with a blast of hope in the form of a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests in the … Continue reading

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A Philosophical Quest for 21st-Century Socialism

Istvan Mészáros, Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness. Volume I: The Social Determination of Method; Volume II: The Dialectic of Structure and History (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010, 2011). When I reviewed István Mészáros’ Beyond Capital in 1997,1 I called … Continue reading

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Post-Civil Rights Racism and OWS: Dealing with Color-Blind Ideology

Many racism theorists believe that color-blind ideology, which became prominent during the late 1960s-early 1970s, is the dominant racist ideology of the 21st century, becoming. Unlike earlier racist ideologies, color-blind ideology rests on the seemingly positive belief that we should … Continue reading

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Death into Life: For a Poetics of Anti-Capitalist Alternative

Things could be otherwise. — Raymond Ruyer, defining utopia 1.1. In the Ice Age (A Counter-project to Xiung Xi-ling) All that we feel is the freezing storm But who is there to grieve for the warmth? As you’re leaving, bequeath … Continue reading

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