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EXCERPTS: INEQUALITY, CLASS AND ECONOMICS, by Eric Schutz

The economic expansion just prior to the pandemic seemed to justify optimism about inequality. But Covid-19 showed just how little grounds there were for optimism. The pandemic demonstrated how poorly prepared for such a crisis a society could be that fails to provide universal, high-quality health care to a significant proportion of its population, as the case and death rates in the United States have demonstrated… | more…

Gerald Horne Answers Adam Hochschild About 1619 (Konch Magazine)

To begin with, the Bay Area’s Mr. Hochschild probably should read the New York Times too, for he repeats the misleading critique of this work—taken up with a vengeance by certain mainstream scholars—that slavery had little or nothing to do with the revolt against British rule in 1776. | more…

SR 2022

EXCERPTS: SOCIALIST REGISTER 2022, The Crisis of Centrism

With contributions from: Walden Bello, Bill Fletcher Jr., Virginia Fontes, Samir Gandesha, Ana Garcia, Jayati Ghosh, Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Sam Gindin, David Harvey, Rejane Hoeveler, Ilya Matveev, Simon Mohun, Adolph Reed Jr. and Touré F. Reed, Vishwas Satgar, James Schneider, Ingar Solty, Samir Sonti, Hilary Wainwright, and Oleg Zhuravlev…. | more…

“In Seattle, for a time, they did things differently…” (“Radical Seattle” reviewed in HISR)

Winslow studied at Warwick University under E. P. Thompson, the undisputed pioneer in this approach, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In his Introduction he cites another founder of the new labor history, Herbert Gutman, to the effect that ‘Studying a single event cannot answer the basic questions, not even the general strike … We need the background, of the discontent of working people in the Pacific Northwest as well as of the Seattle social and economic structure.’ This Winslow provides in considerable detail… | more…

WATCH! MR Conversations: A Land With A People

Co-authors Rosalind Petchesky and Esther Farmer of Jewish Voice for Peace-NY, and their guests Sara Abou Rashed, Mohammed Rafik Mhawesh and Sagiv Galai discuss their contributions to “A Land With A People” and demonstrate the power of anti-Zionism. (Scroll down for a sneak peek at their contributions to the book). | more…

Listen: Communes, the rural and the urban, and the shadows of bureaucratization (Authors of “Venezuela, The Present as Struggle” on Cosmonaut)

On this recent spot on “Cosmonaut,” Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina discuss communes in both urban and rural settings, and their role in the transition to socialism, the questions around oil and the economy, the economic problems of the revolution, the shadows of bureaucratization, the differences between the cities and the countryside and possible way forward for the revolution. | more…

Watch! Sam Seder to his young listeners: “I’m enamored of Social Security” (“The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans” featured on The Majority Report)

“It’s the best program we have probably adopted in this country, certainly beloved by many people. But I wanted to say this to our audience, that — much of our audience is younger than I am —  this is going to sound, on its face, boring, but this is one of the most important shows that we’ve done for you.” | more…

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