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

Urdang’s memoir maps out her quest for the meaning of home, as she grapples with the power of nostalgia, and for the lived reality of revolution with empathy, courage, and a keen eye for historical and geographic detail. This is a personal narrative, beautifully told, of a journey traveled by an indefatigable exile who, while yearning for home, continues to question where, as a citizen of both South Africa and the United States, she belongs. “My South Africa!” she writes, on her return in 1991, after the release of Nelson Mandela, “How could I have imagined for one instant that I could return to its beauty, and not its pain?” | more…

Steve Early on Unions Confronting “Weinsteins in the Workplace”

Steve Early, author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from A Movement in Distress and Embedded with Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home, looks at the role of labor unions in dealing with sexual harassment and how “to insure that the bullying, harassing, divide-and-conquer behavior of bosses, big and small, doesn’t infect and weaken the ‘house of labor’”… | more…

A Foodies Guide to Capitalism

New! A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism

In his latest book, Eric Holt-Giménez takes on the social, environmental, and economic crises of the capitalist mode of food production. Drawing from classical and modern analyses, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism introduces the reader to the history of our food system and to the basics of capitalism. In straightforward prose, Holt-Giménez explains the political economics of why—even as local, organic, and gourmet food have spread around the world—billions go hungry in the midst of abundance; why obesity is a global epidemic; and why land-grabbing, global warming, and environmental pollution are increasing. | more…

Back to Marx to See 21st-Century Imperialism: Against the Current reviews John Smith’s book

The first 25 years of the 20th century saw an extremely rich output of analysis by Marxist thinkers on imperialism. With the rise of an imperialism based on capitalism, the resulting conflict among the leading capitalist states, which resulted in the carnage of World War I and its profound impact on the workers movement, imperialism became the central international phenomena confronting Marxist political forces…. | more…

Blowing the Roof Off the 21st Century “Prophetic”: International Journal of Communication

Renowned communications scholar and media activist Robert W. McChesney’s most recent work interrogates the state of U.S. politics, mass media, and social reform. Those already familiar with McChesney’s work gain greater insight into his experiences as an activist and his distinctive form of political, economic, and historical analysis beyond communication research. Blowing the Roof is expansive and thematic in organization… | more…

Eric Holt-Giménez takes to the air, on Heritage Radio Network

Eric Holt-Giménez, author of the soon-to-be published A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat, recently talked to Katy Keiffer, host of What Doesn’t Kill You: Food Industry Insights on the Heritage Radio Network, “the world’s pioneer food radio station,” based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Listen, below, or at What Doesn’t Kill You. | more…

Reconstructing Lenin reviewed by Science & Society

Vladimir Lenin was the pivotal figure of the 20th century. His life and work dramatically pose the central dilemma of that century (and of our own): Should humanity progress by reforming bourgeois society along liberal social democratic lines, or should it move forward by overthrowing capitalism and establishing an entirely different social and economic system? Lenin’s life also suggests that social revolution remains a practical possibility even when historical circumstances seemingly render it unlikely…. | more…

Via Truthout: “Protect the Dreamers, but Don’t Fall for an E-Verify ‘Compromise’”

E-Verify is back on the political agenda. ¶ For years, politicians have wanted to force all of the country’s 7.7 million private employers to check new hires against this online system–which compares employees’ documents with government databases in order to catch immigrants without work authorization–but so far, the efforts to impose a universal E-Verify requirement have failed. Now the idea has been given new life by a tentative agreement that President Trump and Democratic leaders made on September 13 to promote legislation protecting the immigrants previously covered by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)… | more…