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Splendours and Miseries of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (1945-74)1

[Click here for a printable version of this article which includes all tables] post res perditas (Machiavelli, after the fall of the Republic) felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas (Virgil on Lucretius)  Overview This essay explores the trajectory of the … Continue reading

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George Katsiaficas, Asia’s Unknown Uprisings, Vol. 1: South Korean Social Movements in the 20th Century (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2012)

George Katsiaficas, the prolific student of mass movements, offers an ambitious and well documented study of modern South Korean social movements. The central question he poses is to what extent they arise spontaneously from masses of “ordinary” people. His key … Continue reading

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Probing the Epidemic of Police Murders

Alan Blueford, Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant For months, the Blueford family begged the Oakland City Council for answers to why and how their son Alan had been murdered by an Oakland police officer in May, 2012. They got a … Continue reading

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Political Struggle in the Teeth of Prison Reaction: From Virginia to Oregon

Introduction Virginia’s prisons claimed 22 years of my life. Those years were not kind or gentle. The last 14 were spent in extreme solitary confinement, in Virginia’s remote supermaxes – Red Onion and Wallens Ridge State Prisons. The racism and … Continue reading

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Tadeusz Kowalik, From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012)

Professor Tadeusz Kowalik (1926-2012) was one of the few Polish economists who consistently criticized Poland’s transformation to a market economy for failing to satisfy the material and social needs of the majority of the population. From Solidarity to Sellout presents … Continue reading

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Reflections on Chinese Marxism

Few outside China would think of China as a socialist, or Marxist, society. Inside China the views vary widely, but few would say, without qualifiers, as the Constitution does, that China is socialist. No one – anywhere – now sees … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking and Class Analysis: Historical Materialism and Social Theory

Introduction: Marx, History and Theory At the core of Karl Marx’s contributions, both to politics and to our wider understanding of the world, is the recognition that the capitalist form of society is but one in a history of successive … Continue reading

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Kate Hudson The New European Left: A Socialism for the Twenty-First Century? (Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Kate Hudson is a longstanding British Communist activist, though she recently left the party and joined George Galloway’s Respect, only to resign, along with many other women and men, in reaction to Galloway’s ill-considered musings about rape. She’s also General … Continue reading

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Immanuel Ness, Guest Workers and Resistance to U.S. Corporate Despotism (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011)

Either to improve living standards or out of sheer economic necessity, workers have long migrated abroad in search of better job opportunities. At the same time capital has sought to make use of migrant labour in its efforts to lower … Continue reading

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Carl Davidson, ed., Revolutionary Youth & the New Working Class: The Praxis Papers, the Port Authority Statement, the RYM Documents and Other Lost Writings of SDS (Pittsburgh: Changemaker Publications, 2011)

Distributed through online print-on-demand publisher lulu.com (http://tinyurl.com/lostsdswritings); Bulk orders from Carl Davidson (carld717@gmail.com) Revolutionary Youth & the New Working Class is an important collection of documents from a crucial period, 1967-1970, in the history of SDS [Students for a Democratic Society]. … Continue reading

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