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Class Dismissed

John Marsh interviewed on Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley

It seems logical: if you don’t have enough education your economic prospects will be diminished, while those who have a lot are able to succeed in our purportedly knowledge-based economy. But what if that’s only partially accurate? John Marsh posits that economic inequality and poverty are not causally connected to differing levels of education. He argues that we need to reject the appealing notion of education as a cure-all and look deeper at class power and structural inequality.… | more |

Oliver Villar interviewed on Expert Witness radio

Oliver Villar, co-author of Cocaine, Death Squads, and the War on Terror: U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia discusses his new book on Expert Witness radio with Mike Levine. … | more |

"Occupy Consciousness": A Video Lecture on István Mészáros

"Occupy Consciousness": A Video Lecture on István Mészáros

Watch videos of a lecture on the work of István Mészáros, presented on March 10th, 2012 in the Community Room at the Harvest Co-operative in Cambridge, MA. The presenters offered their reflections on István Mészáros’s latest work and related it to the current situation, contending that the American mind is stocked with the categories, symbols, and rules of the 1 percent and that it is absolutely necessary to start discarding and restocking with the relevant structures of the 99 percent. Speakers: Doug Enaa Greene, a member of the Kasama Project and an activist at Occupy Boston; Irv Kurki, a coordinator for essential discussions of advanced theory; and Mario Rendon, American Institute of Psychoanalysis.… | more |

Revolutionary Doctors

Steve Brouwer discusses Revolutionary Doctors in Boston and Maine

Announcing upcoming events with Steve Brouwer, author of Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care, in Boston and Maine. … | more |

Revolutionary Doctors

Revolutionary Doctors reviewed in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

This book describes a new approach to medical education and practice that was originally developed in Cuba. This novel, Marxist approach to a worldwide problem is a striking example of the inventiveness of the Cubans to the development of socialism in their country. Socialists say that they want to replace the contemporary system of political economy, based on the profit motive, by one in which production and exchange are predicated on the necessary and sensible needs of the population. But a critical question is: how do we get from a capitalist system to a socialist system? This book describes relevant, empirical data derived from the Cuban experience of health assistance to their South American neighbours.… | more |

Wisconsin Uprising reviewed in The Progressive Populist

Wisconsin Uprising reviewed in The Progressive Populist

Pity the US proletariat? Not author, editor and labor educator Michael D. Yates and fellow scribes in Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back (Monthly Review Press). In 16 essays, they lay out forceful portraits of last year’s political conflict in or that relate to the Badger State.… | more |

Agriculture and Food in Crisis reviewed in International Socialism

Agriculture and Food in Crisis reviewed in International Socialism

When prices for many basic foods spiked in 2007 and 2008, thousands rioted in more than 30 countries from Bangladesh to Burkina Faso. In Haiti the riots drove President Réné Préval from office; in Egypt they were a key act in the prologue to the current revolution. It took the world’s intellectual establishment by surprise. By 2009 Scientific American was running articles with titles such as “Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?” After all, there can be few more serious failures of any social order than an inability to feed the population—as the Bolsheviks knew when they made the demand for “peace, bread and land” one of their main slogans in the Russian Revolution of 1917. This collection of essays is a serious attempt to theorise the crisis in the global food economy for the left.… | more |

Wisconsin Uprising reviewed in Labor Notes

Wisconsin Uprising reviewed in Labor Notes

As a lifelong Wisconsin resident and union thug, almost every aspect of my life has been changed by the series of events that began with the election of Scott Walker. Everyone around me has felt the impact of his regime, personally and at work. We’ve seen a long list of losses: wages, benefits, clean government, environmental protections, collective bargaining rights, and more. But we also gained a collective voice, evidenced by the mass rallies and a million signatures on petitions aimed at recalling Walker.… | more |

Fred Magdoff, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Victor Wallis, and others on the Occupy Movement

Fred Magdoff, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Victor Wallis, and others on the Occupy Movement

A list of “20 Compelling Open Lectures on Occupy,” including lectures by MR authors and contributors Fred Magdoff, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Victor Wallis, and others, compiled by Onlineuniversities.com. … | more |

Domitila Barrios de Chungara, 1937-2012

Domitila Barrios de Chungara, 1937-2012

Domitila Barrios de Chungara, a renowned union leader, feminist, and revolutionary from Bolivia, died on March 13 at age 74. Monthly Review Press is proud to have published her classic memoir, Let Me Speak!, co-authored with Moema Viezzer. The book is a gripping account of her early life in a Bolivian mining town, her subsequent radicalization, and her efforts to organize miners and their wives in the struggle against exploitation and against U.S.-backed dictatorships. Available for a discount of 40% off until the end of April. … | more |

MR Press author Jeb Sprague w/ Selma James and Danny Glover

MR Press author Jeb Sprague w/ Selma James and Danny Glover

Join Jeb Sprague, author of the forthcoming book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, for a teach-in with Selma James, Danny Glover, and others, at the Southern California Library in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 24. … | more |

MR Panels at the Left Forum, NYC

MR Panels at the Left Forum, NYC

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world.… | more |

Michael Yates interviewed on Wisconsin Uprising and Bruce Springsteen

Michael Yates interviewed on Wisconsin Uprising and Bruce Springsteen

Michael Yates, editor of Wisconsin Uprising, discusses his new book, Bruce Springsteen’s new album Wrecking Ball, and more on KGNU’s “It’s the Economy” with Claudia Cragg. Stream or download the interview here. … | more |

Michael Yates discusses Wisconsin Uprising on Against the Grain

Michael Yates discusses Wisconsin Uprising on Against the Grain

Listen to Michael Yates, editor of Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back, discuss the new book and the lessons we can draw from Wisconsin on KPFA’s Against the Grain. … | more |

Upcoming Events with Steve Early

Upcoming Events with Steve Early

Steve Early, author of Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home, contributor to Wisconsin Uprising, and author of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor (from Haymarket Books), will be speaking at the following events.… | more |

Class Dismissed reviewed in CHOICE

Class Dismissed reviewed in CHOICE

Writing as en engaged public intellectual, Marsh (English, Pennsylvania State Univ.) argues that education, from preschool through graduate school, should not be viewed as a panacea for America’s economic and social ills. Instead, he calls for a drastic decrease in poverty and inequality as a more potent elixir. Marsh marshals ample historical and empirical evidence to bolster his case.… | more |

Social Structure & Forms of Consciousness Vol. II reviewed on Counterfire

Social Structure & Forms of Consciousness Vol. II reviewed on Counterfire

The central aspect of Mészáros’ argument is the impossibility of understanding structure except through history. Furthermore, the denial of history (which is more or less explicit in structuralism and its progeny) is the necessary result of a failure to understand the dialectic of structure and history. Associated with this problem are a whole range of issues, first of all of course, the use of the Marxist concept of base and superstructure. There are also such matters as the relationship between individual and society, as exemplified, in a problematic sense, in Jean-Paul Sartre’s attempts to reconcile existentialism and Marxism. While both Sartre’s and Lévi-Strauss’ work is seen ultimately in terms of failure, Sartre is regarded with considerable respect. In contrast, Mészáros has little patience with Lévi-Strauss, for whom history in itself was a problem.… | more |

"Oh Union," music inspired by Wisconsin Uprising

"Oh Union," music inspired by Wisconsin Uprising

Wisconsin Uprising, published by Monthly Review Press, has just done what was needed, which was publishing a book for the people’s movement. In honor of Wisconsin Uprising, here is a free download of “Oh Union,” which is a tribute to our greatest defense against corruption, the Union. Inspired in part by recent events in Wisconsin, the song describes the world without Unions.… | more |

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now reviewed in The Progressive Populist

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now reviewed in The Progressive Populist

In Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now (Monthly Review, paperback, 2010), James D. Cockcroft provides a window to the past and present of the US neighbor. A speaker of English and Spanish, Cockcroft is also a prolific author of books on Mexico, with over a half-century of experience and study there. His new book published a century after the Mexican Revolution arrives at a crucial time, as pundits and politicians “talk loud and say nothing” about the struggles of common people in Mexico.… | more |

José Carlos Mariátegui book party, NYC

José Carlos Mariátegui book party, NYC

Join Marc Becker, co-editor of José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology (with Harry E. Vanden), for a book party at the Brecht Forum in NYC on March 1, 2012. … | more |

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