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The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence and the APA’s rethinking of Guantánamo

For over a decade, the American Psychological Association colluded with the Pentagon and CIA in endorsing and participating in torture as part of national security interrogations and forced feeding at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. Last summer, the APA officially changed its policy and barred psychologists from participating in these practices. Then a few days ago, the APA published in its online journal PsycCRITIQUES a review of The Hidden Structure of Violence:

The Hidden Structure of Violence offers a psychologically sophisticated analysis of violence, ideal for curious lay readers and students…. It might be fair to say that Pilisuk and Rountree’s analysis of violence

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

San Jose & Bay Area MR Readers! You’re invited to discuss The Socialist Imperative, January 25

Economics for Activists invites Monthly Review readers in San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area to save January 25 at 7:00 pm

Come to the San Jose Peace and Justice Center (48 South Seventh St., San Jose) to discuss Michael Lebowitz’s latest book, The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

In a little more than a decade, economist Michael A. Lebowitz has written several major works about the transition from capitalism to socialism. Here, he develops and deepens the analysis by tracing major issues in socialist thought from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first.

From organizer Greg Miller:

“We invite participants, whether or not they have

Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1942 – 2016

Ellen Meiksins Wood, noted political theorist and socialist historian, author of a number of books and a professor at York University for three decades, has died of cancer at her Ottawa home at the age of 73.

With Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy, she was coeditor of Monthly Review magazine from 1997 to 2000. With current MR editor John Bellamy Foster, Ellen edited two books for Monthly Review Press.

Read John Bellamy Foster’s remembrance of her on MRzine.… | more…

Wall Street's Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014

A Few Leaks from Project Censored and Laurence Shoup on the Council of Foreign Relations

Broadcasting from Berkeley’s radio station KPFA (94.1 FM), January 15, Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff of the Project Censored Show spend the hour in conversation with historian Laurence Shoup

Shoup’s new book, Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, is a study of the Council on Foreign Relations. In this interview, Shoup describes the CFRas “the most influential private organization in the country,” and traces how it connects major U.S.corporations with government, academia, and media.

Henry Giroux interviewed on This Is Hell! radio

Chuck Mertz of This Is Hell! radio (FM 89.3) interviews Henry A. Giroux
on his latest book, America’s Addiction to Terrorism

This is Hell is a weekly longform political interview program broadcast across Chicago on WNUR since 1996. Every Saturday morning, Chuck Mertz works off his news hangover by talking to the journalists, authors, and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place….”

Episode 882: Terror Firma

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The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker's Notebook

35% OFF January Book of the Month! “The American Revolution” by James Boggs

The American Revolution
Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook

By James Boggs
With an Introduction by Grace Lee Boggs and additional historical and personal commentary

James Boggs, born in Marion Junction, Alabama, never dreamed of becoming President or a locomotive engineer. He grew up in a world where the white folks are gentlemen by day and Ku Klux Klanners by night. After graduating from Dunbar High School in Bessemer in 1937, Boggs took the first freight train north, bumming his way through the western part of the country, working in the hop fields of the state of Washington, cutting ice in Minnesota, and finally ending up

Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic

“The Cannibals of the Terrible Republic”: Gerald Horne interviewed on WFHB’s Interchange

“It seems as if we could write the history of the nearly the whole of the Western World by detailing the history of the island that I believe Cristobal Colon dubbed Hispaniola, or perhaps it was Bartolomé de las Casas, the 16th-century Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar who deserves the credit for this. And the naming of the Island itself is a microcosm of conquest or imperialism. The Taino Amerindians, according to de las Casas, called the island ‘Haiti’ or Mountainous Land,” and in 1804 revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines recovered it as the official name of independent Saint-Domingue, as a tribute to the

The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence reviewed in ISRA

This book should be of interest to anyone constructing an understanding of the causes of violence, particularly as fed by the power motive and influenced by hidden psychological processes. It is a “must read” and a valuable reference for one’s personal library….
I used the 2008 book in my psychology of aggression class and my peace psychology class. I feel that book was one of the best resources I had and an education for our students. I am now making plans to use the 2015 book in adult learning classes.… | more…

Crooked Deals and Broken Treaties: How American Indians were Displaced by White Settlers in the Cuyahoga Valley

Crooked Deals and Broken Treaties reviewed in ResoluteReader

“This short book is an excellent example of how large scale historical changes can be examined through the microcosm a relatively small geographical area. White settlers profoundly transformed the areas they arrived in. Before their arrival, these areas had been the domain of various Native American tribes who had used the land in radically different ways to the Europeans. The destruction and displacement of those tribes is a key part of Tully’s story. As part of doing this the Europeans completely transformed the whole landscape….”… | more…

Americas Addiction to Terrorism

“America’s Addiction to Violence,” by Henry A. Giroux, via CounterPunch

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that both lives by violence and uses it as tool to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Violence runs through American society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all sources of the culture, whether it be the nightly news and Hollywood fanfare or television series that glorify serial killers. At a policy level, violence drives an arms industry, a militaristic foreign policy, and is increasingly the punishing state’s major tool to enforce its hyped-up brand of domestic terrorism, especially against Black youth. The United States is utterly wedded to a neoliberal culture in which cruelty is viewed as virtue, mass incarceration the default welfare program and chief mechanism to ‘institutionalize obedience’…… | more…