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Socialism & Democracy #75, November, 2017
Capitalism Today: Crisis and Response
Kevin B. Anderson, Marx’s Capital after 150 Years: Revolutionary Reflections
Victor Wallis, Capitalism Unhinged: Crisis of Legitimacy in the United States
Hester Eisenstein, Comments on Victor Wallis’s “Capitalism Unhinged”
Gerald Meyer, Immigrant Rights: Repression and Resistance
Carl Grey Martin, Political Seizures: Lenin in 2017
Suren Moodliar (Moderator), The Party: What We Need and How to Get It (Roundtable, with remarks by Kali Akuno, Robert Caldwell, Johanna Fernández, Gerald Meyer, Matt Nelson, and Victor Wallis)
Emma Bell, Brexit and the Illusion of Democracy
Steve McGiffen, On Brexit and Democracy: Response to Emma Bell
Hamideh Sedghi, Trumpism: The Geopolitics of the United States, the Middle East and Iran
Reza Ghorashi, The Significance of Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election
Evangelis Papadimitropoulos, From the Crisis of Democracy to the Commons
Tom Powell, Korean War Biological Warfare Update
Michael Principe, Debunking a Myth or Distorting the Record? Samuel Farber on Che Guevara
Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition reviewed by Mat Callahan
Patrick Wolfe, Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race reviewed by Steven Delmagori
Sarah D. Wald, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship and Farming since the Dust Bowl reviewed by Theo Majka
Paul Le Blanc, Left Americana: The Radical Heart of U.S. History reviewed by Paul Buhle
Michael Barker,Under the Mask of Philanthropy reviewed by Joan Roelofs
Andrew T. Lamas, Todd Wolfson and Peter N. Funke, eds., The Great Refusal: Herbert Marcuse and Contemporary Social Movements reviewed by Peter Seybold
Samir Amin, The Reawakening of the Arab World: Challenges and Change in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring reviewed by Yousef Khalil
Daniel Egan, The Dialectic of Position and Maneuver: Understanding Gramsci’s Military Metaphor reviewed by Joe Cleffie
Robert Roth, Book of Pieces reviewed by Barbara Conn
Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel, When Two Worlds Collide reviewed by Gerardo Renique
Notes on Contributors
Category Archives: Volume 26, No. 3
Grassroots insurgencies are today multiplying across the planet. Not organized by any one party or organization, the current wave of uprisings appears to be derived in opposition to local injustices, yet in significant ways, these various struggle share essential characteristics … Continue reading
Michael Lebowitz, The Contradictions of Real Socialism: The Conductor and the Conducted (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012).
The issue of “Real Socialism” has plagued the global Left since 1917. Michael Lebowitz brings to bear on it a sharp focus, informed not only by a thorough reading of Marx, but also by many years of activism, leavened by … Continue reading
Marcella Bencivenni, Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940 (New York: New York University Press, 2011).
Over the past few decades, scholars such as Rudolph Vecoli, Nunzio Pernicone, Philip Cannistraro, Donna Gabaccia, and many others have chiseled away at Edward Banfield’s 1958 claims of “amoral familism”: the notion that Italian immigrants for social and cultural reasons … Continue reading
James Cronin, George Ross, and James Shoch (eds.) What’s Left of the Left: Democrats and Social Democrats in Challenging Times (Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2011).
Right at the beginning of this collection of essays, the editors in their introduction describe the social democracy that I remember from my own youth in the England of the 1970s, a period which they note is ‘seen by many … Continue reading
Paul Blackledge, Marxism and Ethics: Freedom, Desire, and Revolution (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2012).
Ethics and History If anything sets Marx apart from his predecessors in the field of ethics it would be his reluctance to moralize in the face of systemic social inequality. In the shadow of Kant and Hegel, Marx knew ethics … Continue reading
Robin Blackburn, the British sociologist and veteran Marxist, underscores the promise and shortcomings of what contemporaries call “the Second American Revolution.” The Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln includes pieces by both men, as well as by Raya Dunaevskaya, … Continue reading
Stephen Eric Bronner, Socialism Unbound: Principles, Practices, and Prospects, 3rd ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).
The first edition of Socialism Unbound, published in 1990, was a call for a critical theory of socialism. Using historical analysis, it argued that socialism should be “unbound” from teleology, which, it contended, leads to rigid dogma or uncritical reformism. … Continue reading
Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini, eds., Ours to Master and to Own: Workers’ Control from the Commune to the Present (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2011).
Review published in Socialism and Democracy, vol. 26, no. 3 (11/2012) Ours to Master and to Own is a compilation of articles offering a historical and global overview of workers’ efforts to gain control over their workplaces, the economy, and … Continue reading
Jesse Pelletier is a Vietnam vet whose marriage broke up long ago. He’s living now in San Juan del Sur, on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua where he makes a living running a modest bed and breakfast style hotel called … Continue reading
John W. Maerhofer. Rethinking the Vanguard: Aesthetic and Political Positions in the Modernist Debate, 1917-1962. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009
How has political revolution figured into the development of avant-garde cultural production? Is the vanguard an antiquated concept or does it still resonate in the 21st century? Focusing on the convergence of aesthetics and politics that materialized in the early … Continue reading