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Gerald Horne on Radio Sputnik’s “By Any Means Necessary”

Hosts Sean Blackman and Jacqueline Luqman are joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, to talk about his new book, The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century, why the police lynching of George Floyd isn’t a ‘bug’ but a ‘feature’ of a system fundamentally based on settler-colonial violence, and how white supremacy manifests in the bipartisan imperialist aggressions of US foreign policy. | more…

Rx for socialists battling pessimism: Marx & Philosophy reviews “Can the Working Class Change the World?”

Furnishing the Marxian critique of capitalism with contemporary examples drawn from not only the US experience, but the global condition and struggles of the working-class, Yates provides a compelling argument for why the answer is affirmative. Not only can the working class change the world; it must–‘there really is no choice’. This book puts paid to any suggestion that such sentiments are utopian…. | more…

Not a Simple Story: The Stansbury Forum reviews Cal Winslow’s “Radical Seattle”

In December of 1997 I was hired by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to become their first Director of Organizing. At its International Convention in Hawaii in June of that same year the union had decided to dedicate 30% of its revenue to organizing and build out a department…. When we got to the dock in West Seattle, I stepped off the launch, lost my footing and fell halfway into the drink. Great start for an Organizing Director! ¶ Cal Winslow’s important book Radical Seattle reintroduces me to the region through the lens of the history of one of labor’s great moments, the Seattle General Strike of 1919…. | more…

Gerald Horne on “Who Belongs?” podcast: EP 28 – Settler colonialism, the insurrections of the 1960s, and today

Listen to Professor Gerald Horne, author, most recently, of The Dawning of the Apocalypse, talk with Marc Abizeid and Erfan Morandi, hosts of the podcast Who Belongs? A Podcast on Othering & Belonging. Professor Horne has written on a spectrum of issues and events including the early settler colonial period of the US, the Haitian and Mexican revolutions, labor politics, civil rights, profiles of WEB Du Bois and revolutionary artist Paul Robeson, to name just a few. The interview focuses on the uprisings of the 1960s, structural racism, and the transformative currents of today. Listen, below, or at Who Belongs?/SoundCloud | more…

THIS IS HELL! Brings you “Apocalypse dawning: Slavery & capital across the transatlantic 16th century”

Chuck Mertz, host of This Is Hell (broadcast across Chicago on WNUR since 1996), talks with historian Gerald Horne about his latest book, The Dawning of the Apocalypse. Horne explores the terrains of race, religion, capital and slavery across the 16th century trans-Atlantic world. As European powers pillaged Africa and the Americas of people and resources, their destruction created the enduring formations of life in the 21st century–white supremacy and rapacious capitalism… | more…

Marx indeed lives, Saito says–but whose Marx? Houston Review on “Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism”

Every revolutionary struggle must fight not just for the future but also for the past. Marx’s work has been foreclosed by its detractors as backwards and naive; if Walter Benjamin was right that even the dead shall not be safe if the enemy is victorious, then Marxists today must accept their defeat…. However, what is always obscured in this move to foreclose the past is the dynamism and constant change in Marx’s thought and the scope of his life’s work…. Just as Juliet Mitchell returned to Freud to correct and expand feminist analysis of patriarchy and psychic development for women, ecosocialists have increasingly returned to Marx to carve out a new path to the future by returning to the past…. | more…