Monday April 21st, 2014

MR Press News & Reviews

Michael Perelman on "Sex, Lies, and Economics"

Michael Perelman on “Sex, Lies, and Economics”

VIDEO: The author of The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers, gave the following lecture, “Sex, Lies, and Economics: The Amazing Story and Relevance of Economics and Economists Before Adam Smith” at the Summer Institute for the History of Economic Thought at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, on June 25, 2011.… | more |

The Devil's Milk reviewed in Red Pepper

The Devil’s Milk reviewed in Red Pepper

Socialist historian and novelist John Tully’s well-researched history of rubber shines a spotlight on a material most of us take for granted. The result is an accessible, well-written and absorbing account of rubber’s blood-soaked history, from the plunder of the Amazon and the Congo basin to slave labour in Nazi work camps. At first glance, a 360-page book on a single commodity might put off a potential reader. However it soon becomes clear why rubber is such a worthy subject. An essential commodity in the development of industrial capitalism, the drive to acquire rubber was central to European imperialism – with its catastrophic effects for indigenous populations.… | more |

Mexico's Revolution Then and Now reviewed on Counterfire

Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now reviewed on Counterfire

The first twenty years of the twentieth century were decades of revolution that set the terms of world politics perhaps for the rest of the century. The most familiar events would be the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, but others of world importance include the Chinese revolution of 1911, and the German revolution of 1918-19. To these should be added Mexico’s revolution that began in 1910.… | more |

The National Science Teachers Association recommends The Science & Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould

The National Science Teachers Association recommends The Science & Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould was a renaissance man of the 20th century. Not only was he a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist but he was known to many readers for his ability to popularize science, interpreting and explaining the intricacies of the field to the lay person.… | more |

John Marsh's op-ed for the NY Daily News

John Marsh’s op-ed for the NY Daily News

It is not every day that the U.S. secretary of education charges a professor with “insulting all of the hardworking teachers, principals and students all across the country.” But in the cutthroat world of education reform, the daggers have come out. The professor, Diane Ravitch of NYU – who once shared educational reformers’ love for school choice, charter schools and accountability – has in recent years come to oppose them. … | more |

John Marsh, author of Class Dismissed, in Inside Higher Ed

John Marsh, author of Class Dismissed, in Inside Higher Ed

In March, the new governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, announced a 2011-12 budget that, when combined with the loss of federal stimulus money, would reduce funding to public schools by $1.2 billion dollars, and funding to higher education by $649 million. My own institution, Pennsylvania State University, stood to lose $169 million, or about 51 percent of its state appropriation. As our president, Graham Spanier, pointed out, such cuts “would be the largest percentage reduction to public higher education in this nation’s history.”… | more |

Open Veins of Latin America video discussion

Open Veins of Latin America video discussion

From PressTV, Ken Livingstone, Alan Knight, and Javier Farje discuss Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano… | more |

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Third Rail magazine

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Third Rail magazine

Michael A. Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, begins his new book, The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, by paraphrasing Marx, “A specter is haunting the world – the specter of barbarism.” The barbarism Prof. Lebowitz speaks of is, of course, the yoke of capitalism and depths that it sinks people into in order to satisfy its insatiable greed. The point of this book is to put forth an argument for the necessity of Socialism in the twenty-first century, and the need to focus on human development. Actual human development, not the all consuming hunger of false needs and consumerism that capitalism thrives on and denies the work force.… | more |

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Michael Lebowitz’s important book portrays a vision of the socialist alternative to capitalism through a synthesis of some of Marx’s most important philosophical arguments concerning human development, revolutionary practice and radical democracy. Developed from his experiences in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela as a ministerial advisor, what is particularly impressive is that this relatively short yet deceptively comprehensive work develops not only the philosophical foundations of that alternative but also outlines strategic, concrete measures that can contribute to making that vision a reality.… | more |

The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould reviewed in Counterfire

The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould reviewed in Counterfire

Darwin concluded his Origin of Species robustly claiming that ‘there is a grandeur about this view of life’, defending his theory against the inevitable objection that life is somehow devalued if it evolved rather than having being created. The scientist and writer Stephen Jay Gould borrowed the phrase for his monthly essays on ‘This View of Life’, through which he became known to a wide public, not least indeed for the sense of wonder and grandeur in the many peculiarities and byways of natural history. Yet exactly what the Darwinian view of life entails has been precisely at issue in controversies between Gould (and others sharing broadly similar perspectives such as Richard Lewontin or Stephen Rose), and other more mainstream figures, such as Richard Dawkins, or Daniel Dennett.… | more |