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The working-class GIs who became dissidents (“Dissenting POWs” reviewed by Real Democracy Network)

“The social distance between the SROs and the enlisted men was a good indicator of who would be a dissident,” the authors write. “By the time of the POWs release and repatriation in early 1973, the war between the walls of Hoa Lo (the prison near Hanoi) was more than that between prisoners and their guards. The tensions between the officers and the enlisted men, universal in military organisations, had hardened into class lines.” | more…

The Kisan Movement’s Direct Action: A defeated not only to Modi, but imperialism

Particular battles often have a significance that goes beyond the immediate context, of which even the combatants may not be fully aware at the time… The battle between the Kisan movement and the Modi government falls into the same genre. At the most obvious level, it has been seen as a climbdown by the Modi government in the face of the incredible resoluteness shown by the agitating peasants. At another level, it has also been seen as a setback for neoliberalism… | more…

WATCH! MR Conversations: A Land With A People

November 14th: Join 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, as they 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…

“My presence actually matters” (Noura Erakat, contributor to “A Land With A People,” in The Nation)

‘In Arabic, there’s this proverb: Somebody else’s troubles make your troubles look like nothing. I’ve always thought my whole life that losing my home is not a big deal. I’ve genuinely always thought: “We’re losing our home, but at least we’re not getting shot. At least we’re not getting our residency revoked.” And I think this most recent uprising has taught me that it actually matters that I stay in my home….’ | more…

The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI): A proposal from MR author Robert W. McChesney

“In short, the principle is that journalistic organizations will be paid in advance, and what they produce primarily with public monies will be instantly put in the public domain and made available to all for free. The best check on abuses will be popular voting to determine the recipients. The process will be overseen by the U.S. Postal Service, with elections taking place online and with print ballots available at or through the Postal Service. This is a renewal of the Postal Service’s historic mission of sustaining independent and competitive journalism…” | more…

A reminder: How quickly things can change when movements forge a radical solidarity in action (‘Radical Seattle’ reviewed in ‘Labor History”)

Winslow wants readers to appreciate the complicated and often contradictory struggles and uncertainty that brought workers from the political ‘left, right and center’ into common cause. He refers to Seattle’s working class and its ‘intense localism’ as ‘unparalleled’ allowing these workers to form a ‘radical consensus’ with fluid political lines positioning the IWW, the Socialist, and the craft union’s Central Labor Council (CLC) leaders ‘on the same stage, in the same demonstrations, and on the same street corners’…. | more…

Her Majesty’s African-American Allies: A review by Gerald Horne

It is well-established that African-Americans have sought allies abroad as a way to weaken opposition at home. Often, scholars have tackled this important topic as it manifested during the Cold War. The work at hand emulates previous scholarship in detailing this trend during the antebellum and early postbellum era… | more…

Brings homes the seemingly Sisyphean task of a collective revolutionary project, “with theoretical and stylistic aplomb” (Marx & Philosophy Review of Books on “Marx, Dead and Alive”)

“Marx, Dead and Alive” packs an extraordinary amount into its 184 pages, both historical detail and in contemporizing Marx with multifarious global contexts and examples…. it would make an excellent introduction for someone just starting to grasp Marx and wanting clear definitions of alienation, capital, class, commodity fetishism, value and wage labour – amongst other key concepts…. | more…

Some ways forward after the devastating decline in union membership (Shaun Richman reviewed for Organizing Upgrade)

The ongoing debate about reviving the U.S. labor movement tries to grapple with the devastating decline in the union membership rate from one-third of the workforce in the 1950s to less than 11% today. In this discussion, occasionally a book comes along that is a great combination of labor history, thoughtful analysis of union organizing, and suggestions for ways forward. Shaun Richman’s “Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the Twenty-First Century” is such a book. | more…

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