Thursday April 17th, 2014

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Wisconsin Uprising Book Party in NYC, 2/17

Wisconsin Uprising Book Party in NYC, 2/17

Join David Newby, Michael Zweig, Stephanie Luce, and Rand Wilson for a party and discussion celebrating the publication of Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back, at Stony Brook Manhattan in New York City. … | more |

NEW! Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror by Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle

NEW! Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror by Oliver Villar and Drew Cottle

Since the late 1990s, the United States has funneled billions of dollars in aid to Colombia, ostensibly to combat the illicit drug trade and State Department-designated terrorist groups. The result has been a spiral of violence that continues to take lives and destabilize Colombian society. This book asks an obvious question: are the official reasons given for the wars on drugs and terror in Colombia plausible, or are there other, deeper factors at work? Scholars Villar and Cottle suggest that the answers lie in a close examination of the cocaine trade, particularly its class dimensions. … | more |

The Great Financial Crisis reviewed in Work, Employment, & Society

The Great Financial Crisis reviewed in Work, Employment, & Society

An impressive and stimulating analysis of the historical origins and structural roots of the financial crisis, The Great Financial Crisis has much to commend it, providing an excellent reminder of the power of Marxist political economy in revealing the dynamics and contradictions of the present financial crisis, and indeed, of capitalist crises in general.… | more |

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness reviewed in International Socialism

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness reviewed in International Socialism

Karl Marx wrote, “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.” With this in mind, István Mészáros uses this two-volume work to locate the philosophy and political economy of the past few centuries within the capitalist mode of production. Capitalist relations of production produce ideological imperatives that are expressed by bourgeois intellectuals, who Marx called the “hired prize fighters” of the bourgeoisie.… | more |

NEW! The God Market: How Globalization is Making India More Hindu by Meera Nanda

NEW! The God Market: How Globalization is Making India More Hindu by Meera Nanda

Conventional wisdom says that integration into the global marketplace tends to weaken the power of traditional faith in developing countries. But, as Meera Nanda argues in this path-breaking book, this is hardly the case in today’s India. Against expectations of growing secularism, India has instead seen a remarkable intertwining of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on by a growing capitalist class.… | more |

NEW! Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back, edited by Michael D. Yates

NEW! Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back, edited by Michael D. Yates

This timely book brings together some of the best labor journalists and scholars in the United States, many of whom were on the ground at the time, to examine the causes and impact of the Wisconsin Uprising, and suggest how the labor movement might proceed in this new era of union militancy. Includes a foreword by Robert W. McChesney. … | more |

The People's Lawyer author Albert Ruben on The Center for Constitutional Rights vs. The Pope

The People’s Lawyer author Albert Ruben on The Center for Constitutional Rights vs. The Pope

Albert Ruben, author of The People’s Lawyer: The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Fight for Social Justice, From Civil Rights to Guantánamo, describes the recent lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights against the Catholic Church. … | more |

New Edition of The Politics of Genocide, with a new preface by the authors

New Edition of The Politics of Genocide, with a new preface by the authors

Almost immediately after we submitted The Politics of Genocide to Monthly Review Press in late March 2009, a series of events unfolded that confirmed our analysis of the political basis of the use versus non-use of the words “genocide” and “massacre” to describe different theaters of atrocity. Now, writing some two-and-one-half years later, we can state without exaggeration that our critique was robust.… | more |

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism reviewed by Celsias

What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism reviewed by Celsias

Why aren’t we responding rationally to the enormous threat of climate change and other major environmental warnings? Why do we persist in behaviours which are clearly dangerous to the human future and already impinging negatively on the welfare of some populations? Why does reckless disregard mark so much of our economic activity? Magdoff and Foster reply that capitalism, “so much part of our lives that it is invisible, like the air we breathe”, is unable to pursue any course other than relentless growth. Nor in its drive for profit and accumulation is it able to take into account the human and environmental cost of its exploitation of natural resources.… | more |

Steve Brouwer in NYC, Dec 14

Steve Brouwer in NYC, Dec 14

Join the author of Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care at Word Up Community Bookshop in NYC, December 14, at 6 pm. Also featuring a screening of “Cancion de Esteli” by Cuban poet and filmmaker Victor Casaus.… | more |

NEW! The Crisis and the Left: Socialist Register 2012

NEW! The Crisis and the Left: Socialist Register 2012

The global economic crisis that closed the first decade of the 21st century has demonstrated that the contradictions of capitalism cannot be overcome. The challenge for socialist analysis is to reveal both the nature of these contradictions in the neo-liberal era of globalized finance, and their consequences in our time. This volume, a companion to The Crisis This Time: Socialist Register 2011, examines the response of the international Left and asks, how has the Left responded and can it offer an alternative to faltering capitalism?… | more |