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Big Farms Make Big Flu an “important polemic,” says ResoluteReader

The media is a fickle beast, so coverage of potential epidemics of diseases veers between the apocalyptic to nonexistence. As an outbreak occurs we hear about the potential terrifying consequences of the disease, combined with graphic details of the symptoms and frequently pictures of large numbers of dead animals. Rob Wallace‘s new book is an important polemic that argues that we, as a society, should be a lot more concerned about the potential for disease to decimate the human population… | more…

Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

New! Samir Amin’s Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

Out of early twentieth-century Russia came the world’s first significant effort to build a modern revolutionary society. According to Marxist economist Samir Amin, the great upheaval that once produced the Soviet Union also produced a movement away from capitalism—a long transition that continues today. In seven concise, provocative chapters, Amin deftly examines the trajectory of Russian capitalism, the Bolshevik Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the possible future of Russia—and, by extension, the future of socialism itself.… | more…

Save the Georg Lukács Archive!

From the time the current rightist government in Hungary came into power, the archive of Georg Lukács–a preeminent Marxist of the 20th century–has been under a brutal attack. It has been gradually deprived of its subvention from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and of its ability to pay its staff. Now, the government threatens to sell the property on which it is located and disperse the archive. … | more…

Americas Addiction to Terrorism

Henry Giroux, “The Racist Killing Machine in the Age of Anti-Politics” via CounterPunch

Henry A. Giroux, author of America’s Addiction to Terrorism, comments on America’s latest onslaught of white supremacy, fueled by the war on terror and this country’s embedded, festering racism:

“The killing machine has become spectacularized, endlessly looped through the mainstream cultural apparatuses both as a way to increase ratings and as an unconscious testimony to the ruthlessness of the violence waged by a racist state. Once again, Americans and the rest of the world are witness to a brutal killing machine, a form of domestic terrorism, responsible for the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling who were shot point blank by white

Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age

Labor in the Global Digital Economy reviewed in Radical Philosophy

Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age
208 pp, $19 pbk, ISBN 9781583674635
By Ursula Huws

Reviewed by Elinor Taylor

“When will work be over? This question, both urgent and plaintive, increasingly imposes itself as any fulfillment of the emancipatory promise of automation is indefinitely deferred and as work intensifies in both quality and quantity…. ¶ For Huws, the survival of capitalism through its most recent, still ongoing crisis is less a matter of ideological control and more a matter of the perpetuation of one of its fundamental dynamics: the need to continually open new fields of accumulation by bringing more areas of life

The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?

Marciano: Steven Spielberg to direct another fantasy; this one about Walter Cronkite & the Vietnam War

The word out of Hollywood is that Steven Spielberg plans to direct a film about famed television commentator Walter Cronkite. According to Variety, it will highlight Cronkite’s protest against the War in Vietnam—especially ‘the role that he played in turning public opinion against the increasingly un-winnable conflict.’ So goes the myth. In reality, Cronkite never opposed the war itself; rather, he only came to question it after the Tet Offensive made it clear that the U.S. policy in Vietnam was not working.… | more…

A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerillas' Victory

A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution reviewed in E-International Relations

Drawing on exceptionally rare, difficult-to-access collections of underground publications, pamphlets, and oral testimonies—more difficult to access that the author admits—Cushion pushes back against several traditions of argumentation that have tended to cast labor struggle in the 1950s to the historiographical margins. Importantly, these lacunae in explaining the Cuban Revolution’s origins have remained equally persistent among Cuban and non-Cuban historians, the Revolution’s admirers and its fiercest critics.… | more…

Americas Addiction to Terrorism

“The Violence of Forgetting”: Henry Giroux interviewed by Brad Evans for the New York Times

This interview is part of the The Stone, a New York Times online forum for contemporary philosophers and critical theorists. It is the fifth in a series of dialogues on violence. Henry A. Giroux is a professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and the author of America’s Addiction to Terrorism. Brad Evans is a senior lecturer in international relations at the University of Bristol in England.

Brad Evans: Throughout your work you have dealt with the dangers of ignorance and what you have called the violence of ‘organized forgetting.’ Can you explain what you mean by this and

facing the anthropocene

Facing the Anthropocene reviewed by ResoluteReader

It seems that on an almost daily basis we read reports that climate change is getting worse, faster than expected. Only a few months back in the aftermath of the Paris climate talks in December 2015, politicians were hailing the successes of the negotiations. They claimed it was a major step forward. Yet little concrete action has taken place, and many of those who protested and called for serious action from the politicians, will be asking ‘what has changed?… | more…