Monthly Review Press – Monthly Review An Independent Socialist Magazine Sun, 28 May 2017 14:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jim Young’s Union Power reviewed by Labor Notes Sun, 28 May 2017 14:04:27 +0000

For unions in corporate America, it’s always been hard times. Even in labor’s heyday—the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s—unions had to struggle for everything. Plus, back then organizers risked being tarred as stooges for Moscow. ¶ Historian James Young makes those points clear in his readable new book Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania. But the book offers more than history—it’s instructive, showing how a progressive union can survive in the incredibly hostile and toxic environment of corporate America.… | more…

New! The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:15 +0000

U.S. immigration has been the subject of furious debates for decades. On one side, politicians and the media talk about aliens and criminals, with calls to “deport them all.” On the other side, some advocates idealize immigrants and gloss over problems associated with immigration. Dialogue becomes possible when we dig deeper and ask tough questions: Why are people in other countries leaving their homes and coming here? What does it mean to be “illegal”? How do immigration raids, prisons, and border walls impact communities? Who suffers and who profits from our current system—and what would happen if we transformed it?… | more…

Oakland, May 30: Against the Corporate Juggernaut – Howard Ryan on Educational Justice Thu, 25 May 2017 14:44:38 +0000

Tuesday, May 30 5:00-7:00pm 2027 42nd Ave. Oakland, CA 94601 With Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the helm, teachers, parents, and students have every reason to organize! But what exactly are we up against? Let’s talk about that with Howard Ryan, author of Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing Against the Corporate Juggernaut, who will offer an analysis and organizing stories that can help our work.… | more…

Aeon: “Who Names Diseases?” – in which Rob Wallace figures prominently Wed, 24 May 2017 21:28:36 +0000

In his book Big Farms Make Big Flu, the evolutionary ecologist Rob Wallace draws a direct link between the growing threat of zoonotic diseases, and the agricultural practices that neoliberalism has encouraged—notably, the expansion and consolidation of agribusinesses, and the vertical integration of different stages of food production. The food we eat is produced by an ever-shrinking number of ever-growing mass-production units, in which vast herds or flocks of hybrid animals are packed into megabarns, forced to mature in a matter of months, and then slaughtered, processed and transported around the world.… | more…

Helena Sheehan Arrives in the U.S. to discuss The Syriza Wave + New Greek Austerity Measures Mon, 22 May 2017 17:11:45 +0000

As the Greek Parliament approves fresh austerity measures and protests rock Athens and Thessaloniki, author Helena Sheehan arrives on the East Coast, just in time to discuss this explosive situation and her new book, The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left. Over the next two weeks, Sheehan will appear in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, then back to NYC for the Left Forum. Here is a short summary of her tour…… | more…

Gerald Horne on Trump in Saudi Arabia Mon, 22 May 2017 14:43:37 +0000

Gerald Horne, historian and author of several books, including Confronting Black Jacobins, Race to Revolution, and the forthcoming The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism, talks to RT Moscow about Trump’s hypocrisy vis-à-vis Islam, money, and military arms, and how the president is reaching new lows in mixing business with politics…… | more…

New! Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation Thu, 18 May 2017 16:00:23 +0000

Sickened by the contamination of their water, their air, of the Earth itself, more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing them. It is now clearer than ever that capitalism is also degrading the Earth’s ability to support other forms of life. Already, hundreds of millions of people are facing poverty in the midst of untold wealth, perpetual war, growing racism, and gender oppression. The need to organize for social and environmental reforms has never been greater. But crucial as reforms are, they cannot solve our intertwined ecological and social crises. Creating an Ecological Society reveals]]> Helena Sheehan at NYU to Discuss The Syriza Wave: May 25, 6:30pm Tue, 16 May 2017 21:21:43 +0000

Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:30pm New York University King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center 53 Washington Square South, Manhattan Hear Helena Sheehan, author of The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left, talk about her book with Nantina Vgontzas, NYU Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement member, Thomas Harrison, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and Molly Nolan, NYU History Professor.… | more…

TORONTO, MAY 24-26: Marx’s Capital after 150 Years Tue, 16 May 2017 17:17:01 +0000

York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 4:00pm – Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:30pm Hear veteran scores of scholars and activists, including Immanuel Wallerstein, John Bellamy Foster, Leo Panitch, Ursula Huws, Kohei Saito …… | more…

BLACK PERSPECTIVES: Online Roundtable: Gerald Horne’s Black Radical History, June 5-10 Mon, 15 May 2017 17:29:53 +0000

Black Perspectives is hosting an online roundtable on Gerald Horne’s wide-ranging scholarly contributions to African American history and the black radical tradition. “Gerald Horne’s Black Radical History” will assemble a diverse group of scholars to reflect on pressing themes in black history’s global reach. It begins on Monday, June 5, 2017 and concludes on Saturday, June 10, 2017. During this week-long forum, each scholar will address various aspects of Horne’s scholarship, including his books on slavery, Caribbean history, and transpacific black history, along with his biographies, and works on W. E. B. Du Bois.

The forum will feature essays by Yuichiro Onishi (University of Minnesota,]]> Helena Sheehan, Irish activist, author, coming to the U.S. for East Coast Book Tour! Mon, 15 May 2017 16:45:54 +0000

Helena Sheehan, Marxist scholar, activist, and author, will soon be leaving Dublin, Ireland for a U.S. book tour of her recently published The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left. Her first appearance will be Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm, NYC, New York University, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University, 53 Washington Square South, Manhattan… | more…