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September 17: Howard Waitzkin comes to Portland, Maine with Health Care Under the Knife

As a lifelong activist, Howard Waitzkin has worked for single-payer national health programs in the United States and Latin America; local community and worker control for accessible health services; civilian health and mental health services for active duty military personnel in the struggle for peace; and policies to improve the social, political, and economic determinants of illness and early death…. | more…

“Slaves to inhuman greed”: The Morning Star reviews The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism

The eighteenth century was the slavers’ century. At least six million Africans were kidnapped and shipped to the Americas—with far more killed resisting capture—making the trade in enslaved Africans the most valuable in the world. ¶ Yet it was the tumult of the 1600s that put the pieces in place for what was to come and in this fascinating new book Gerald Horne shows just how pivotal that century was for the trade itself, as well as capitalism and white supremacy, its economic and ideological corollaries… | more…

“Trump Welcomes Immigrants, but Only if They Can Be Exploited” — David Wilson via Truthout

The US mainstream media had two competing events to cover the night of April 28: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC, and a Trump rally in Macomb County, Michigan, a predominantly white working-class suburb of Detroit. Journalists mainly focused on the dinner, but the more important story may have been a remark President Trump made in the course of his 80-minute speech at the rally… | more…

The Russians Are Coming, Again … Jeremy Kuzmarov on Black Agenda Radio

Jeremy Kuzmarov talks with Black Agenda Radio host Glen Ford about how Democrats and war-hawks are reaching for ever-higher heights of anti-Russian hysteria, ascribing near super-powers to Moscow and Vladimir Putin. All this is déjà vu for many older Americans, who remember the Cold War days when Russians were thought to be under every bed… | more…

Jeremy Kuzmarov talks to Paul DeRienzo on TrumpWatch

Jeremy Kuzmarov, author, with John Marciano, of The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce, talks with Paul DeRienzo about the little-remembered history of Russia-United States relations. | more…

Science & Society reviews Ian Angus’s A Redder Shade of Green

A Redder Shade of Green is a very welcome compilation of posts from Ian Angus’ website “Climate and Capitalism,” some original, others updated and revised. Ian Angus is a Canadian ecosocialist activist and scholar. This book follows two other earlier ones, the excellent critique of populationism/neoMalthusianism (with Simon Butler), Too Many People (Haymarket, 2011), and Facing the Anthropocene (Monthly Review Press, 2016), a splendid introduction to this subject…. | more…

Marx & Philosophy on Michael Lebowitz’s The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

During the past two decades, economist Michael A. Lebowitz has written a number of books, proposing to build socialism as a practical alternative. Lebowitz’s new book, The Socialist Imperative from Gotha to Now, is a continued project about proposing the building of socialism in the 21st century…. Lebowitz’s book attempts to establish a theoretical vision of socialism and the lessons from the experience of ‘real socialism’… | more…