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Monthly Review Volume 69, Number 8 (January 2018)

January 2018 (Volume 69, Number 8)

Notes from the Editors

The recent rise of social reproduction theory represents one of the most remarkable attempts to extend historical materialism in our time. The Review of the Month in this issue, “Women, Nature, and Capital in the Industrial Revolution,” is intended as a contribution to this rapidly growing body of work. | more…

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Mapuche Protest in Santiago, Chile

From Wallmapu to Nunatsiavut

The Criminalization of Indigenous Resistance

Indigenous peoples of the Americas are on the frontlines of resistance to the environmental and social costs of the unthinking drive for capital accumulation. From the United States and Canada to Brazil and Chile, that resistance has been met by state surveillance, repression, and criminalization. | more…

The propaganda model

The Propaganda Model Revisited

This article will be made available online on January 22.

In Manufacturing Consent (1988), Noam Chomsky and I put forward a “propaganda model” as a framework for understanding how and why the mainstream U.S. media operate within restricted assumptions, depend uncritically on elite sources, and participate in propaganda campaigns helpful to elite interests. In this article I describe the model, address some of the criticism leveled against it, and discuss how it holds up today. | more…

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Standard Oil

What Is Monopoly Capital?

This article will be made available online on January 29.

“Monopoly capital” is a term for the new form of capital, embodied in the modern giant corporation, that in the late nineteenth century began to displace the small family firm as the dominant economic unit, marking the end of the freely competitive stage of capitalism. | more…

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December 2017 (Volume 69, Number 7)

December 2017 (Volume 69, Number 7)

István Mészáros, who died on October 1 at the age of eighty-six, was a leading Marxist theorist and a frequent contributor to MR. No political philosopher of our age has reached nearly so far in joining philosophy with political-economic critique, or in systematically addressing the question of the movement toward socialism. | more…

István Mészáros

Capital’s Historic Circle Is Closing

The Challenge to Secure Exit

With the structural crisis of the capital system, the expansionary historic circle through which capital could dominate humanity for a very long time is perilously closing. That closure brings with it the danger of humanity’s total destruction in the interest of capital’s absurdly prolonged rule. | more…

Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa

Memories of Mozambique

I first arrived in Mozambique to write about its progress through human-interest stories, through the stories of women. But cracks began to appear in the beautiful façade that independence had constructed. A question insinuated itself: Was it worth it? | more…

Vietnam War protesters. 1967. Wichita, Kans

Cold War Revisionism Revisited

The Radical Historians of U.S. Empire

In the early years of the Cold War, the academic study of international relations was an ideological tool serving the foreign policy of the United States and its allies. But in the 1960s, a new generation of scholars began to challenge the reigning orthodoxy. | more…

Douglas Dowd, right, at a news conference in Chicago

Remembering Doug Dowd

Longtime readers of Monthly Review would likely agree that the world is a colder, darker place without Doug Dowd, economist, activist, writer, teacher, and friend. He was a rock-bottom radical, a measure of the very best in the human soul. | more…