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Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives

Capitalist Globalization reviewed in Green Social Thought

For the past three decades, the world has been subjected to the ideology of “free trade.” Remove all barriers to trade, and a consumerist paradise would be the international result. Or so we were promised. Three decades later this ideology rings hollow; not only have the promised benefits failed to materialize, but those who have benefited have been overwhelmingly the ruling class, “the 1%,” while the rest of us have been forced to face a grimmer reality. Fortunately we have writers such as Martin Hart-Landsberg on our side to examine the actuality of capitalist globalization, as he does in his book by the same name.… | more…

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from A Movement in Distress by Steve Early

Save Our Unions reviewed in Teamster Voice

It’s no secret that the U.S. labor movement is in distress. To those who care about how to turn that situation around, Steve Early has a message worth reading in his Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. The book describes the problems facing workers—and some possible solutions such as organizing more union members, waging successful strikes, or developing new union leadership at the local or national level The chapters are essays (many have appeared previously in various magazine and labor publications), most of which tell stories of real people and struggles.… | more…

10/25: Book Launch for E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left with Cal Winslow

Join us Saturday, October 25th to celebrate Cal Winslow and his latest book, E.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left, in Sausalito, CA. In his early years, Cal studied with the brilliant scholar and activist, E.P. Thompson, author of the acclaimed historical masterpiece The Making of the English Working Class. Thompson was also a political activist and strategist who played a key role in shaping the New Left of the 1960’s. He engaged with workers, unions, political parties, elections and co-founded the New Left Review. Cal’s new book explains the critical role that Thompson played in shaping New Left thinking in Britain, America and around the world – with insights that remain valuable and relevant for political activists today. … | more…

Registering Class: Socialist Register 2014 edited by Leo Panitch, Greg Albo, and Vivek Chibber

Registering Class reviewed in The Progressive Populist

Leo Panitch, Greg Albo and Vivek Chibber edit probing essays in “Registering Class: Socialist Register 2014”. Contributors focus in part on the economics and politics of workers’ fragmentation. Capital’s constant breaking up of the laboring class and its re-composition is a recurring theme throughout. Merchant capital looms large.… | more…

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9/20: John Bellamy Foster & Fred Magdoff at the NYC Climate Convergence

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit: the New York City Climate Convergence. The objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff will be speaking on Saturday, September 20, at St. John’s University. … | more…

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9/21: MR Press at the Brooklyn Book Festival (plus talk and signing with Alan Wieder)

Visit the MR Press table at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 10am—6pm, at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza. Alan Wieder, author of Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid, will be at the MRP table for a book signing at 10:30 AM, and will be participating in a festival panel discussion at noon, “Mandela: An American Perspective.” We hope to see you there! … | more…

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from A Movement in Distress by Steve Early

Steve Early interviewed in Healthcare-NOW!

Question 1: Both your new book Save Our Unions: Dispatches From a Movement in Distress – and your previous one, The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor – draw on your experience as a union negotiator and longtime single payer activist. In 2008, liberal foundations, major unions, and the AFL-CIO created and financed Health Care for American Now! (HCAN). This lobbying coalition had a name similar to ours but it soon distanced itself from the goal of single payer. In retrospect, what impact did HCAN have on labor’s quest for a better health care system?… | more…

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Sept. 25: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz speaks in New York City

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a long-time contributor to and friend of Monthly Review, will be discussing her new book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States at Bluestockings Books in New York City, on Thursday, September 25, 7pm. … | more…

Save Our Unions: Dispatches from A Movement in Distress by Steve Early

Save Our Unions reviewed in LaborOnline

Labor law is outdated and rotten in the US, corporations have an inordinate amount of power, so it is rare that unions win or even strike these days. Solid activist leadership in our unions is rare in these last decades of concessionary bargaining and the sustained war on the working class. The lack of a class perspective by many Americans makes them susceptible to the ugliest sorts of manipulation against their own interests. Steve Early has seen much of it and described it in a clear-eyed fashion in his latest book, Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress (Monthly Review 2013). It should be read by unionists and their supporters and the more than 60% of Americans who pollsters say would like to be unionized.… | more…

Silvertown reviewed in Socialism Today

This is a long overdue account of an important struggle in London’s East End in 1889 with many parallels and lessons for workers today. It was part of a wider upsurge of workers’ struggles that led to a rebirth of the trade union movement, and to the creation of independent working-class political representation in the form of the Labour Party. John Tully explains why this strike has largely been lost in the annals of the labour movement – unlike the famous Bryant & May matchgirls’ strike of 1888 and the London dock strike which was still on as the Silvertown strike started. … | more…

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