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Two Events with Fred Magdoff & William Camacaro in DC, 2/17

Two Events with Fred Magdoff & William Camacaro in DC, 2/17

Join MR Press authors Fred Magdoff and William Camacaro for a discussion on food sovereignty and Venezuela following a screening of the film Growing Change at Howard University in Washington DC. … | more |

José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology reviewed in Z Magazine

José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology reviewed in Z Magazine

He was an unabashed Marxist in theory and practice. A socio-historical approach clarified the concrete realities of his place and time: post-World War I and the Russian Revolution amid poverty and inequality. In hindsight, we know this systemic social problem birthed a financial panic and global Great Depression. Editors and translators Harry E. Vanden and Marc Becker divide Mariátegui’s writing into nine sections, including one at the end that has his writing on women, feminism and politics. He links their emancipation to human liberation in no uncertain terms.… | more |

Anthony DiMaggio on History for the Future Radio

Anthony DiMaggio on History for the Future Radio

Anthony DiMaggio, author of The Rise of the Tea Party, discusses his book, the state of the Tea Party today, the Occupy movement, and more, on History for the Future Radio with Kevin Brown, WRCT-Pittsburgh 88.3 fm. … | more |

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 |

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Vol. II reviewed in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Vol. II reviewed in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

Mészáros is a master dialectician. Having been mentored by Lukács, he is one of a few contemporary philosophers to have a viable sense of the depth of connection between Marx and Hegel and his contribution to Marxist thought over many decades has been seminal, earning him a variety of accolades including the Deutscher prize.… | more |

The Devil's Milk reviewed in CHOICE

The Devil's Milk reviewed in CHOICE

Tully (politics and history, Victoria Univ., Australia), narrates the unhappy story of rubber’s incorporation into the industrializing world, ranging across the centuries of sacrifices of life and spirit in extracting and processing “the devil’s milk.” Predictably, his work exposes an all-too-human record of avarice, cruelty, and suffering against a background of environmental degradation. … | more |

The Devil's Milk reviewed in Labour History

The Devil's Milk reviewed in Labour History

In his ambitious new book John Tully provides a six-continent tour of imperialism, capitalist expansion, and workers’ experiences along the rubber production chain from raw latex extraction to tire building and synthetic rubber fabrication. This book fits in a tradition marked by Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power and like that classic it explores production and consumption across huge geographical divides to reveal the ties betweencdifferent sorts of exploited (and sometimes bonded) workers. … | more |

Book Party with The People's Lawyer author Albert Ruben, NYC

Book Party with The People's Lawyer author Albert Ruben, NYC

Monthly Review Press, and Michael Ratner and Karen Ranucci, invite you to a special event celebrating the publication of The People’s Lawyer: The Center for Constitutional Rights and the Fight for Social Justice, From Civil Rights to Guantánamo by Albert Ruben, in New York City, December 8. … | more |

NEW! The Rise of the Tea Party by Anthony DiMaggio

NEW! The Rise of the Tea Party by Anthony DiMaggio

In this definitive socio-political analysis of the Tea Party, Anthony DiMaggio examines the Tea Party phenomenon, using a vast array of primary and secondary sources as well as first-hand observation. He traces the history of the Tea Party and analyzes its organizational structure, membership, ideological coherence, and relationship to the mass media. And, perhaps most importantly, he asks: is it really a movement or just a form of “manufactured dissent” engineered by capital? DiMaggio’s conclusions are thoroughly documented, surprising, and bring much needed clarity to a highly controversial subject.… | more |

Thoughts on the Tea Party: Interview with Anthony DiMaggio

Thoughts on the Tea Party: Interview with Anthony DiMaggio

The problem with the Tea Party “movement” is that its members’ anger gets manipulated by a small group of partisan and media elites who are essentially Republican Party operatives. This is the dirty little secret of the Tea Party; it’s not really a social movement, but a cluster of elitist interest groups operating locally and nationally, which is quite lacking in participatory elements, and largely driven by a top-down approach, determined and dictated by Republican partisan officials and business elites of the Koch variety. … | more |