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The Necessity of Social Control

anarkismo.net reviews The Necessity of Social Control

“István Mészáros, a well-known Marxist theorist, has material which can be interesting to anarchists. He has an insightful analysis of the current stage of capitalism and the state. He makes Marx’s ‘withering away of the state’ central to his program, and he rejects electoral party politics. But paradoxically, he also supports the late Hugo Chavez’s attempted use of the Venezuelan state to move to socialism. How can we understand this and respond to it?…”… | more…

Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

John Smith talks about 21st-Century Imperialism

John Smith, author of Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis, talks to Daphna Whitmore of the online publication, Redline: Contemporary Marxist Analysis… | more…

Alan Wieder takes Studs Terkel to Fearless Reader Radio

Alan Wieder, author of Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, but Mostly Conversation, talks to Milwaukee’s Riverwest Radio on Fearless Reader Radio (September 7, 2016). (Contains BONUS EXCERPT of Studs Terkel’s 1980 radio interview with Toni Morrison.)… | more…

Ian Angus, via The Real News, faces the Anthropocene

DN: This week the International Geological Congress in Cape Town received word of a coming recommendation that a new geological epoch needs to be official declared. The new epoch, called the Anthropocene, indicates the unprecedented level of human impact on the Earth… What’s an epoch and why are they and you calling to name a new one?… | more…

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

“The ruling class is in over its head”: Gerald Horne on CPR News

Brought to you by the A-Infos Radio Project: Gerald Horne, author of Confronting Black Jacobins: The United States, the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow, talked, on September 4, to Community Public Radio’s Don DeBar about the G-20, the Alt-Right, Brexit, the US Presidential election, globalization, and just about everything else.… | more…

Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation

“Writer of Studs Terkel biography started with a story in his head”: Alan Wieder in the Chicago Tribune

It was a not-so-happy Halloween in 2008 when the many thousands of his fans and followers heard that Studs Terkel had died. This news was perhaps softened a bit by the fact that he was 96 years old and that his life had been filled with activity: TV star, actor, radio host for nearly half a century on WFMT, author of nearly 20 books (among them such best-sellers as Division Street America, Working and The Good War, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1985), energetic activist and civic symbol. He got it right when some years before his death he crafted his own playful epitaph: ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat.’… | more…

The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?

The Vietnam War Was No Mistake: John Marciano’s book reviewed in the LA Progressive

John Marciano has written an absolutely essential book to counter the prevailing myth that the American invasion of Vietnam must be commemorated as a ‘noble cause’ of which all Americans need to be proud. We should not question that everyone who crossed the Pacific to kill and die there, as the embodiment of all that is great about America, has to be honored for their patriotic dedication and sacrifice. At least since Vietnam, if not much earlier, joining the military has been called ‘service,’ a selfless act for a higher good. Marciano points out that the call for honoring participants in the war does not include the hundreds of thousands who protested in opposition.… | more…

Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation

Studs Terkel now and then: Alan Wieder on KBOO radio; Studs himself, same station, 1996

Alan Wieder, author of Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, but Mostly Conversation, talks to community radio station KBOO’s Gene Bradley on “Political Perspectives,” followed by an interview with Studs Terkel, from the same studio, in 1996. And, if you’re in Portland, Oregon on August 30, drop by Broadway Books, , 7:00 to 8:00pm, 1714 NE Broadway, where Alan will read from his book and talk about Studs Terkel.… | more…