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New! “Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living”

As digital technology becomes ever more integral to the capitalist market dystopia, it refashions our ways of working, consuming, and communicating. Essays in Beyond Digital Capitalism explore alternative ways of living: from artificial intelligence to the arts, from transportation to fashion, from environmental science to economic planning—all against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic… | more…

Gerald Horne: What Does President-Elect Joe Biden’s Pro-Union Stance Bode for US Unions?

Gerald Horne, historian, author, and labor lawyer, recently talked to Wilmer Leon of The Critical Hour about how President-elect Joe Biden’s pro-union stance boosts unions at a critical time. So far, unions have been pleased with Mr. Biden’s picks for top economic jobs, according to a report in The Financial Times. But they’re closely watching the positions of labor secretary and U.S. trade representative… | more…

Crafting a revolutionary healthcare system–NACLA reviews 2 books on Cuban Health Care

The Right to Live in Health and Cuban Health Care, when read together, historicize Cuba’s pathbreaking medical system. … While observers often focus on Cuba’s health infrastructure and policies, Rodríguez and Fitz instead emphasize consciousness and ideology. These two books show that throughout the twentieth century, Cubans voiced new demands and prioritized specific values, and, as a result, crafted a revolutionary healthcare system… | more…

New! “Crisis and Predation: India, COVID-19, and Global Finance”

With the advent of COVID-19, India’s rulers imposed the world’s most stringent lockdown on an already depressed economy, dealing a body blow to the majority of India’s billion-plus population. Yet the Indian government’s spending to cushion the lockdown’s economic impact ranked among the world’s lowest in GDP terms, resulting in unprecedented unemployment and hardship. Crisis and Predation shows how this tight-fistedness stems from the opposition of global financial interests to any expansion of public spending by India, and that Indian rulers readily adhere to their guidance…  | more…

“Colossal intellectual undertaking”: Irish Marxist Review on John Bellamy Foster’s “The Return of Nature”

“John Bellamy Foster is a U.S.-based writer and lecturer whose works are essential reading for all revolutionaries and environmentalists. Over two decades, Foster has produced an immensely important body of work, and alongside a small number of others (like Ian Angus), has clarified and rescued Marxist thinking on key environmental issues in the age of climate catastrophe…” | more…

“Global ecologically sensitive socialism”: Left Unity reviews John Bellamy Foster’s “The Return of Nature”

“This brilliant book—which traces and establishes the link between socialism and ecology—couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, given the ever-worsening Climate and Ecological Crises, and the mounting health and economic impacts of the closely-linked Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of these combined crises, more people than ever are accepting the need for some fundamental ‘System Change’…” | more…

The Thanksgiving Afterthoughts of Gerald Horne, via The Socialist Program w/Brian Becker

Gerald Horne, author of several books, including The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century, talked a few days ago to Brian Becker, host of The Socialist Program, about the story of the creation of Thanksgiving. This isn the first installment of an ongoing series where The Socialist Program examines the real origins of U.S. society… | more…

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