Monthly Review https://monthlyreview.org An Independent Socialist Magazine Sun, 28 May 2017 14:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 May 2017 (Volume 69, Number 1) https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/mr-069-01-2017-05_0/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:15:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91286

The fact that alt-right figures are playing key roles in the Trump administration, while circumventing the Senate confirmation process, is an ominous indication of the wider effort by the administration to construct a new political order, further concentrating power in the White House and bringing the rest of the state into line.… | more…

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An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point? https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/an-eco-revolutionary-tipping-point/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:14:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91287

To solve the climate crisis, we need a system in which working people and their communities collectively and democratically regulate production and other interactions with their material and social environment. To deny that this crisis is hardwired into capitalism, and that we need a new system to deal with it, is just as misleading and dangerous as to deny the existence of human-induced global warming.… | more…

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Trump’s America https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/trumps-america/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:13:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91288

With the rise of Donald Trump, U.S. politics has descended, like never before, into a theater of the absurd. Unbridled anti-intellectualism, deception, and “vindictive chaos” recall a morally reprehensible past in the guise of “making America great again.” But despite his populist posturing, Trump’s contempt for democratic processes is matched by his commitment to economic policies that favor the financial elite.… | more…

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Nature, Labor, and the Rise of Capitalism https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/nature-labor-and-the-rise-of-capitalism/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:12:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91289

Capitalism was a radical break with the past: for the first time, production of basic goods was driven by the accumulation of wealth for its own sake, and not primarily to satisfy human needs. Likewise, we are alienated from the natural world, as the products of our own labor are no longer under our control. Our very perception of nature is shaped by an economic system that treats “the environment” as a collection of commodities to be exploited.… | more…

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A Radical Invitation for Latin America https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/a-radical-invitation-for-latin-america/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:11:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91290

Admired, followed, criticized, denounced, and rediscovered, “The Development of Underdevelopment” deserves a place among the key documents of postwar radical political economy. More than fifty years on, its ideas still illuminate aspects of recent struggles and shortcomings among left-of-center governments in Latin America. Most importantly, Frank’s work poses a bold postcolonial challenge that has yet to be fully met by Latin American scholars and social movements.… | more…

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Singing for Women’s Lives in Chile https://monthlyreview.org/2017/05/01/singing-for-womens-lives-in-chile/ Mon, 01 May 2017 04:10:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=91291

This article will be made available online on May 29th.

In an idyllic canyon near Santiago, a group of twelve women were electric with emotion from sharing personal stories and experiences, and, of course, from singing. Deep bonds were forged among participants, few of whom knew each other prior to the workshop. They were there to compose women-identified songs in a setting that alternated between individual and group composition.… | more…

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April 2017 (Volume 68, Number 11) https://monthlyreview.org/2017/04/01/mr-068-11-2017-04_0/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:15:38 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=89513

One would think that with such an anti-worker president, the U.S. labor movement would be primed to do all in its power to mobilize union members to resist, much as millions of people have protested Trump since the day he took office. But such has not been the case.… | more…

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Neofascism in the White House https://monthlyreview.org/2017/04/01/neofascism-in-the-white-house/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:14:17 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=89514

Not only a new administration, but a new ideology has now taken up residence at the White House: neofascism. It resembles in certain ways the classical fascism of Italy and Germany in the 1920s and ’30s, but with historically distinct features specific to the political economy and culture of the United States in the opening decades of the twenty-first century.… | more…

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Who Is Behind the Assault on Public Schools? https://monthlyreview.org/2017/04/01/who-is-behind-the-assault-on-public-schools/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:13:15 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=89515

While the political conflicts and social ramifications of public school reform are well known, basic questions about the movement remain underexamined. Who really leads it? What are their motives? We need a deeper understanding of this movement, its drivers, and its underlying aims.… | more…

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A Teachers Union Against Itself https://monthlyreview.org/2017/04/01/a-teachers-union-against-itself/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:12:14 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=89516

How did a community college that had managed to serve and retain most of its student population and remain fiscally sound amid a recession and a budget crisis become the target of condemnation by accrediting authorities? The answer involves a disastrous collision of corporate education reform, administrative arrogance, and timid, undemocratic union leadership.… | more…

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‘A New Revolutionary Subject’ https://monthlyreview.org/2017/04/01/a-new-revolutionary-subject/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:11:16 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=89517

This article will be made available online on April 24th.

Although today there are some setbacks in the region, nobody can deny that there is a huge difference between the Latin America that Hugo Chávez inherited and the Latin America he left us. A new revolutionary subject has been created.… | more…

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