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Public Lecture on István Mészáros, Boston, May 19

Announcing a public lecture on the work of István Mészáros, in Boston, May 19, at the Harvest Co-operative in Cambridge. The presenters will offer their reflections on Mészáros’s latest work and relate that to the current situation. The presenters will contend 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.

The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development by Michael Lebowitz

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Science & Society

Michael Lebowitz has drawn on the diverse experiences that led to the failure of socialism in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and elsewhere, and those in Venezuela where he has resided for nearly a decade, to bolster his thesis on the need to place the transformation of values at the center of socialist construction. In his emphasis on consciousness, Lebowitz follows the tradition of Georg Lukács, Karl Korsh and Che Guevara, while rejecting the determinist notion of the superstructure as an appendage of the structure lacking in autonomy.

Critique of Intelligent Design

Critique of Intelligent Design reviewed in International Socialism

In a debate that is often dominated by right wing creationists and reactionary neo-atheists, the authors manage to chart a different course. They succeed in showing how life has developed without needing to invoke supernatural forces. At the same time they sensitively discuss how materialist ideas have developed over the last several thousand years in a way which allows the reader to appreciate how radical and powerful such ideas can be.

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.

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.

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, 2-volume set

"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.

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.

Wisconsin Uprising

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.

Agriculture and Food in Crisis

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.

Wisconsin Uprising

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.

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.

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.

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.