Chip Smith is an economist and author of The Cost of Privilege. He was interviewed on Cumberland County Progressives TV (North Carolina) by host Nancy Shakir on the topic “Growing a Sustainable Economy.” In this video, Chip discusses the contributions made by Monthly Review authors and publications toward an understanding of monopoly capitalism, particularly The Endless Crisis by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney, The Great Financial Crisis by Foster and Fred Magdoff, and Monopoly Capital by Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy.
Horace Campbell is the author of Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya: Lessons for Africa in the Forging of African Unity, new from Monthly Review Press. He was interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now!, discussing his book, Obama’s trip to Africa, Nelson Mandela, and more.
If it weren’t bad enough that the U.S. has imposed an illegal embargo against Cuba for over 50 years, it has also tried to prevent those interested in learning about this embargo (more accurately termed a blockade because the U.S. aggressively enforces it against third countries to stop them from trading with the island) from reading Salim Lamrani’s new book, The Economic War Against Cuba. Thus, according to Opera Mundi, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Office Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) the government agency tasked with enforcing the blockade against Cuba seized the funds a British NGO, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, attempted to wire to purchase 100 copies of this book from Monthly Review Press.
In his book Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, Horace Campbell argues that Nato is “the instrument through which the capitalist class of North America and Europe seeks to impose its political will on the rest of the world, however warped by the increasingly outmoded neoliberal form of capitalism”. Within the peace and justice movement, the author argued that although Muammar al-Gaddafi should be opposed, “it was equally necessary to oppose the NATO intervention” (p. 10). For the author, Nicolas Sarkozy was the champion of the “uprisings” but at the end it has not paid off politically for him. Although colonialism has formally ended some decades ago, France is still considered the gendarme of Europe in Africa.
Now in its 15th year, Coachella is the highest-grossing festival in the world. For the region it’s a quarter-billion-dollar revenue generator, which outstrips Jamaica’s GDP on an annual basis. Tickets run up to $800, luxury Safari tents top out at $6,500, and everything costs: parking, water, showers, even charging phones. The dominant tribe is money-flush youth with the will to endure three sleepless days of being mashed in a delicious sound taco of Indie rock. But Coachella is also the modern incarnation of medieval carnivals that revealed “another way of life that stood in stark contrast to the austerity and fixed hierarchy of the official order,” notes Al Sandine in The Taming of the American Crowd.
Horace Campbell is the author of Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, published by Monthly Review Press. In this article he follows up on his analysis of Libya by discussing Obama’s current trip to Africa in the context of U.S. imperial strategy.
Henry Giroux is the author of America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth, recently published by Monthly Review Press. You can read an exclusive excerpt from the book on Truthout, titled “Challenging Casino Capitalism and Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Disposability.”
Alan Wieder will be in South Africa for the month of July to talk about his new book Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid, published by Monthly Review Press and Jacana Media (in South Africa). Click here for a schedule of book launches and talks across the country.
On Saturday, June 29, 3 to 7 pm, Horace Campbell will discuss Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya at the The Book Suite in Columbus, Ohio. He will be joined in discussion by Horace Ike Newsum of Ohio State University. The event in sponsored by Africa and Diaspora Development Linkages.
Henry Giroux is the author of America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth, recently published by MR Press. He discusses some of the issues covered in the book—including varieties of pedagogy and fundamentalism, markets, and the prospects for public schools—with Truthout editor Leslie Thatcher.