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Why the working class counts: LA Progressive reviews Michael Yates’s new book

Radical economist Michael Yates grew up in a western Pennsylvania manufacturing town, later hard hit by de-industrialization. He spent more than three decades working as a college professor in his home state. Despite his career in academia and editorial role at Monthly Review, a seventy-year old project of socialist intellectuals, Yates never lost touch with the life experience of high school classmates, friends, neighbors, and relatives who toiled in blue collar jobs…. | more…

Facts, not Mythology: WBAI’s Building Bridges talks to the authors of “The Politics of Immigration”

On January 14, Mimi Rosenberg, host, with Ken Nash, of Building Bridges, NYC’s longest running labor & community affairs radio program, interviewed Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson, authors of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (2nd edition). What follows is a fascinating conversation of a “huge and complicated issue,” laden with illuminating facts… | more…

Horne’s documented proof: America can never be made “great again”–Against the Current reviews “The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism”

An apocalypse is ‘damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale,’ and Gerald Horne traces the transcontinental social devastation wrought in the 17th century both by the usual-suspect perpetrators—slave traders and owners—and by their unindicted co-conspirators, champions of mercantile and political freedoms in the British Isles and prerevolutionary American colonies… | more…

A “definitive one-volume anthology”: Marxism & Philosophy reviews Samir Amin’s “Modern Imperialism, Monopoly Finance Capital, and Marx’s Law of Value”

Last August, the world lost a great Marxist theorist, Samir Amin. Amin was politically engaged throughout his life, worked in planning agencies in Mali and Senegal, and contributed to the theoretical elaboration of Marxist theory. Amin published dozens of books that cover a wide range of topics, including, amongst other topics… | more…

Capitalism: to be “rejected, root and branch”–Michael Yates via Counterpunch

There is much discussion on the left about the connections and relative importance of class, race, gender, and the environment. Some, like political scientist Adolph Reed, take a class-first approach and criticize those who place an emphasis on race and gender as engaging in an identity politics that often shades into support for the neoliberalism that has wreaked havoc on working people for the past several decades…. | more…