Category Archives: Volume 30, No. 3

The Social Legitimacy of Recuperated Enterprises in Argentina

By Julián Rebón, Denise Kasparian and Candela Hernández Introduction The recuperation of enterprises by their workers in Argentina has achieved ample social legitimacy despite its disruptive characteristics. What are the logics that sustain this legitimacy? Does this legitimacy extend to … Continue reading

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Neo-Retributivism in the Embrace of Human Rights

By Adnan Sattar Something startles me where I thought I was safest. — Walt Whitman1 Introduction Penal policy in the West took a punitive turn in the mid-1980s. The period since the late ‘60s saw growing disenchantment, especially in the … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders and the Hegemonic Crisis of Neoliberal Capitalism: What Next?1

By Jan Rehmann   Reflecting on the Bernie Sanders campaign from the perspective of an underlying crisis of hegemony, I’d like to show basically two things. 1. The astonishing appeal of the campaign can only be fully grasped if we take … Continue reading

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Laurence Shoup, Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015), 352 pp., $34. Wall Street’s Think Tank is a masterful work of critical scholarship. Using a well-trained historian’s lens, Laurence Shoup is able to document the workings of one of America’s most important elite … Continue reading

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Monsters

By Orel Protopopescu The Monster of Profit gnashes the teeth of its gears and spits out fathers, mothers, infants who root around for breasts pumped dry by electricity. The babies hug bottles and rock themselves. They roll in strollers pushed by … Continue reading

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Aspects of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Legacy

By Sanya Osha The 17th annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF), which took place in November 2015, commemorated twenty years since Ken Saro-Wiwa’s passing. Its central theme was ‘Texts of Self-Determination’. The event was a concerted effort to interrogate … Continue reading

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What Is Left?

After the railroading by judges & lawyers, After the inpod & outside recreation, After the barbed wires & the fences, What is left? After the solitary confinement, After the five-point restraints finally come off, After the sadistic abuse, torture & … Continue reading

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William A. Pelz, A People’s History of Modern Europe

(London: Pluto Press, 2016), 288 pp., $28.) [review published in Socialism and Democracy, vol. 30, no. 3 (November 2016)] These are momentous times in Europe. Having said that, it’s probable that I could have written the same sentence at any … Continue reading

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Ian Angus, Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System

New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016), 277 pp., $19. [published in Socialism and Democracy, vol. 30, no. 3, November 2016] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08854300.2016.1223892 The Holocene is over. The Anthropocene has begun. That cannot be reversed. The climate changes already under way will … Continue reading

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The Christian Socialism of Dostoevsky and Hugo Chávez

By Julian Markels This essay attempts to establish both (a) a link between culture and politics and (b) a 150-year progression in socialist theory and practice that can enlarge our understanding of historical process. Dostoevsky and Chávez were nationalists who … Continue reading

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