Monthly Review https://monthlyreview.org An Independent Socialist Magazine Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:34:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 June 2017 (Volume 69, Number 2) https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/mr-069-02-2017-06_0/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:15:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92961

In the last several years, the left has experienced a series of defeats, and the grip of capital has tightened. The recent reversals in Latin America are a warning. We live in an age where a new era of revolutionary social change, unlike any that came before it, is the only hope—not just for ourselves, but for the chain of human generations.… | more…

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This Is Not Populism https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/this-is-not-populism/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:14:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92962

Since Trump’s election, mainstream commentary has generally avoided the question of fascism or neofascism, preferring instead to apply the vaguer, safer notion of “populism.” In today’s political context, however, it is crucial to understand not only how the failures of neoliberalism give rise to neofascist movements, but also to connect these to the structural crisis of concentrated, financialized, and globalized capitalism.… | more…

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Consider these but you won’t https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/consider-these-but-you-wont/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:13:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92963

Consider the child with curly brown / hair sleeping with her dog in the back / of an old SUV while her parents doze / in scruffy front seats tilted back.…

Marge Piercy is the author of many books of poetry, most recently Made in Detroit.
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The Origins of American Fascism https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/the-origins-of-american-fascism/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:12:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92964

What can a class analysis tell us about fascism’s national particularities and early forms? Why was there no mass movement for a separate fascist party in the United States? The lessons of several now-forgotten works of scholarship from the 1930s are critical to our understanding of American fascism—not only for what they tell us about its history, but also about how to fight it today.… | more…

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Old Malbec in New Bottles https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/old-malbec-in-new-bottles/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:11:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92965

Argentina has long been plagued by cycles of economic mismanagement, including multiple failed neoliberal experiments. Before his election as president, Mauricio Macri promised resumed growth, an export boom, lower inflation, a smaller budget deficit, and less poverty. Since then, has the new neoliberalism outperformed the old?… | more…

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What Happened at CCSF? https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/what-happened-at-ccsf/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:10:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92966

Did the accreditation crisis and subsequent labor struggle at City College of San Francisco represent a failure of union democracy, or a hard-won victory against corporate education reform? Rick Baum’s recent article on this question, “A Teachers Union Against Itself” (published the April 2017 issue of Monthly Review) prompted a lively response from AFT Local 2121 members and supporters. This correspondence article collects their letters, as well as a reply by Baum.… | more…

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A Progressive City Fights Back https://monthlyreview.org/2017/06/01/a-progressive-city-fights-back/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:09:00 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?p=92967

This article will be made available online on June 26th.

In 2014, after years of grassroots organizing, a coalition of progressives transformed Richmond, California into the largest city in the United States governed by a Green Party mayor. But Richmond is not just Anytown: its economy and government has been dominated for a century by a giant Chevron refinery, and by a racist political machine determined to keep the city’s working-class and nonwhite majority out of power.… | more…

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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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