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Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

New! Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

By John Smith
Winner of the first Paul A. Baran–Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award

John Smith’s Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis is a seminal examination of the relationship between the core capitalist countries and the rest of the world in the age of neoliberal globalization. Deploying a sophisticated Marxist methodology, Smith begins by tracing the production of certain iconic commodities—the T-shirt, the cup of coffee, and the iPhone—and demonstrates how these generate enormous outflows of money from the countries of the Global South to transnational corporations headquartered in the core capitalist nations of the Global North. Meticulously researched and

Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature

Marx’s Ecology reviewed by the Freedom Socialist

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental ‛ideals.’ Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the ecological crimes of the Stalinist-era USSR flowed from Marxism itself. John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature counters all these ideas. It is a dense and intricate analysis of Marxist theory, its historical and scientific foundations, and how central ecological concerns are to it.… | more…

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Reconstructing Lenin reviewed in A World to Win

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography
By Tamás Krausz
552 pp, $34 pbk

Reviewed by Corinna Lotz

“… So what shaped Lenin to become the man he did? Krausz firmly places the Russian revolutionary into historical context, from his birth in 1870 up until his premature death in January 1924…. Under harsh circumstances, long spells in prison, illegality and exile, Lenin’s personality, Krausz says, was ‘an interesting alloy of tough and gentle traits … with undoubtedly a predominance of the former’. Lenin the man emerges from this account as mentally and physically courageous, as well as emotionally sensitive. He was not only an obdurate and loyal political comrade,

Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow

Race to Revolution reviewed in Journal of American History

Gerald Horne’s latest book is an ambitious transnational history of the United States and Cuba from the 1700s to the 1959 Cuban Revolution. It focuses on the shared and interconnected histories of slavery, the slave trade, Jim Crow, and the struggles against these oppressive systems in the two regions.… | more…

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World to Build reviewed in COUNTERFIRE

The reason for socialists to have an interest in the situation in Latin America today is simple; the most significant political advances in the world today are taking place in Latin America. The Chilean revolutionary Marta Harnecker’s book A World to Build is perhaps the most important English language attempt so far to analyse and to move forward the discussion on the left internationally around these changes.… | more…

Richard Levins, 1932-2016: The People’s Scientist

Ecologist, biomathematician, philosopher of science, and Monthly Review author Richard Levins died January 19 at the age of 85. John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Levins wrote several articles over the years for Monthly Review magazine, and co-authored, with Richard C. Lewontin, Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Agriculture, and Health

One of his most popular Monthly Review articles was “How to Visit a Socialist Country,” MR vol. 61, no. 11

Here’s an eloquent remembrance, “The People’s Scientist,” just written by Pankaj Mehta for Jacobin magazine… | more…

The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence and the APA’s rethinking of Guantánamo

For over a decade, the American Psychological Association colluded with the Pentagon and CIA in endorsing and participating in torture as part of national security interrogations and forced feeding at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. Last summer, the APA officially changed its policy and barred psychologists from participating in these practices. Then a few days ago, the APA published in its online journal PsycCRITIQUES a review of The Hidden Structure of Violence:

The Hidden Structure of Violence offers a psychologically sophisticated analysis of violence, ideal for curious lay readers and students…. It might be fair to say that Pilisuk and Rountree’s analysis of violence

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

San Jose & Bay Area MR Readers! You’re invited to discuss The Socialist Imperative, January 25

Economics for Activists invites Monthly Review readers in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area to save January 25 at 7:00 pm

Come to the San Jose Peace and Justice Center (48 South Seventh St., San Jose) to discuss Michael Lebowitz’s latest book, The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

In a little more than a decade, economist Michael A. Lebowitz has written several major works about the transition from capitalism to socialism. Here, he develops and deepens the analysis by tracing major issues in socialist thought from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first.

From organizer Greg Miller:

“We invite participants, whether or not they have

Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1942 – 2016

Ellen Meiksins Wood, noted political theorist and socialist historian, author of a number of books and a professor at York University for three decades, has died of cancer at her Ottawa home at the age of 73.

With Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy, she was coeditor of Monthly Review magazine from 1997 to 2000. With current MR editor John Bellamy Foster, Ellen edited two books for Monthly Review Press.

Read John Bellamy Foster’s remembrance of her on MRzine.… | more…

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

A Few Leaks from Project Censored and Laurence Shoup on the Council of Foreign Relations

Broadcasting from Berkeley’s radio station KPFA (94.1 FM), January 15, Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of the Project Censored Show spend the hour in conversation with historian Laurence Shoup

Shoup’s new book, Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations. In this interview, Shoup describes the CFRas “the most influential private organization in the country,” and traces how it connects major U.S.corporations with government, academia, and media.