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Dear Left: The NRA Is Right – The Mass Shooter as High-Achiever

Historical-Materialist Considerations on the Resistible Fall of James Holmes and the Pathologization and Culturalization of the Cinema Massacre in Aurora, Colorado1 by Ingar Solty The Pathology of the Eternal Pathologizers In the advanced capitalist countries we have now become so … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Utopia

(New and old news around the National Conference of the Cuban Communist Party) In April 2011, the Cuban Communist Party (PCC for its initials in Spanish) held its Sixth Congress – 14 years after the previous one. There the Party confirmed … Continue reading

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Challenges of Economic Restructuring in Cuba1

Introduction Once again Cuba is in the midst of structural change. Unlike the adjustments made in the 1990s (required by the re-insertion in the international economy that resulted from the collapse of the socialist bloc), this time the catalysts are … Continue reading

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Food Sovereignty and Cooperatives in Cuba’s Socialism

Satisfying the basic material and cultural needs of their citizens remains an unfulfilled promise for the majority of the world’s states. Cuba’s 1976 Constitution (amended 1992) made this an official goal (article 17). It also guarantees everyone a minimum supply … Continue reading

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Young Workers and the Transformations of Commitment

What are the attitudes and inclinations of today’s young generation of wage-earners toward collective organization, in the context of developed capitalism? I explore this question on the basis of surveys carried out in France and focusing on the stance of … Continue reading

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“Once a Marxist….”: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revolutionary Aristotelianism

Paul Blackledge and Kelvin Knight, eds. Virtue and Politics: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Revolutionary Aristotelianism (Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 2011). “Life is short and books are long,” quipped August Wilhelm Schlegel.1 The book under review here is relatively long … Continue reading

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Revolution Underground? Critical Reflections on the Prospect of Renewing Occupation

Displaced by a nationally coordinated campaign of police evictions, occupiers for months now have been mulling over new ways to give our scattered movement some kind of home-base, to refocus our efforts, to re-activate those supporters who appear to have … Continue reading

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Building a Plurinational Ecuador: Complications and Contradictions

On August 5, 2011, Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa appointed long-time Indigenous leader Ricardo Ulcuango as ambassador to Bolivia. Typically the nomination of an Indigenous ambassador would have been greeted with applause and should have marked an important milestone in the … Continue reading

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Dear Left: The NRA Is Right – The Mass Shooter as High-Achiever: Historical-Materialist Considerations on the Resistible Fall of James Holmes and the Pathologization and Culturalization of the Cinema Massacre in Aurora, Colorado1

  The Pathology of the Eternal Pathologizers In the advanced capitalist countries we have now become so accustomed to mass shootings and extended suicides, that after a few days of indulgence in horror-voyeurism the event disappears from the media. The … Continue reading

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Education as a Battlefield: The Autonomous University of Mexico City in the National and International Contexts

Every human being, whether child or adult, has the right to become educated in all fields of knowledge – ancient and modern, practical and theoretical, concrete and speculative, literary, artistic, scientific, and technological. – Raoul Vaneigem, “A Declaration of the … Continue reading

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