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“Greensboro author peels the layers of U.S. fascism”–NC’s News & Record on “The Coming of the American Behemoth”

Michael Joseph Roberto of Greensboro had been working for several years on a book maintaining that fascism began to take root in the United States during the ‘so-called prosperous’ 1920s and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Then Donald Trump surprised him and most other Americans by winning the presidency in 2016. ¶ In Roberto’s eyes, Trump’s election confirmed and gave urgency to the ideas driving his book… | more…

Ronnie Kasrils on South Africa and Palestine, comparing one apartheid to another…

Ronnie Kasrils, South African anti-apartheid activist, former South African Minister for Intelligence Services, and author of The Unlikely Secret Agent, appears on RT to talk with Afshin Rattansi, host of Going Underground, about current South African life, the ANC, and how, regarding the current Palestinian struggle, one apartheid compares to another… | more…

May 2019 Monthly Review Press Warehouse Clearence Sale

May 2019 Warehouse Clearance Sale!

For a limited time, get selected formats of close to 100 Monthly Review Press titles for 70% OFF! Sale ends May 24th. Here’s how to find clearance books and place your order now! There is limited inventory on each given format so order now! | more…

Robin Morgan talks with Stephanie Urdang about what’s going on in South Africa

Robin Morgan, poet, author, and political theorist, hosts a weekly, hour-long, nationally syndicated radio show based at the Women’s Media Center. On May 12, she talked with Stephanie J. Urdang, South African journalist, activist, and author of Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa, about the recent election and 25th anniversary of South African liberation. | more…

New! “Abolitionist Socialist Feminism: Radicalizing the Next Revolution”

In her vibrant, politically personal essay, Zillah Eisenstein asks us to consider what it would mean to thread “socialism” to feminism; then, what it would mean to thread “abolitionism” to socialist feminism. Finally, she asks all of us, especially white women, to consider what it would mean to risk everything to abolish white supremacy, to uproot the structural knot of sex, race, gender, and class growing from that imperial whiteness…. | more…

No workers’ paradise, but the GDR wasn’t a prison, either: novelist Eve Ottenberg reviews “A Socialist Defector”

From the perspective of 2019, it’s often difficult to recall the cold war hysteria over East Germany. It was called a secret police state. Everyone there was said to be oppressively monitored if not actively harassed by the Stasi. For Americans, it epitomized communist tyranny. Then along comes Victor Grossman’s memoir, A Socialist Defector–he fled US anticommunism to East Germany in 1952–and the distortions about East Germany (GDR) go right out the window… | more…

“Challenges cold-war perceptions of the GDR”–UK’s Morning Star reviews Victor Grossman’s “A Socialist Defector”

In the popular imagination, the German Democratic Republic is indelibly linked with ideas of authoritarianism, poverty, secret police, stuffy bureaucracy and a generalised absence of democracy. ¶ Victor Grossman is uniquely well placed to challenge this McCarthyite narrative. Born in New York in 1928, he joined the Communist Party while studying at Harvard in the late 1940s…. | more…