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Rage, Rebellion, Revolution … Register? Check out this year’s Left Forum

Left Forum is the largest annual gathering of the broad Left in the United States. Each year thousands of conference participants come together to discuss pressing local, national, and global issues; to better understand commonalities and differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; or to share ideas to help build social and political movements to transform the world. Left Forum 2015 drew 4,000 participants for 400 panels and events. Recent speakers include Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Harry Belafonte, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Slavoj Zizek, Marina Sitrin, Amy Goodman, Immortal Technique, and Grace Lee Boggs.… | more…

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

Confronting Black Jacobins reviewed in The Indypendent

Compared to other world-shaking revolutions of the modern era, the Haitian Revolution and its impact have largely been invisible to many in the West.
Confronting the Black Jacobins, Gerald Horne’s new book, revisits the revolt and the period immediately after. A historian who has written numerous works about colonialism and slavery, Horne dives deep into the decades after the revolution — up to 1874 in fact, to more clearly demonstrate the far-reaching reverberations of the revolution from the United States to Europe to the formation of the Dominican Republic, with which Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola and a long and troubled history.… | more…

Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

New! Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

By John Smith
Winner of the first Paul A. Baran–Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award

John Smith’s Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis is a seminal examination of the relationship between the core capitalist countries and the rest of the world in the age of neoliberal globalization. Deploying a sophisticated Marxist methodology, Smith begins by tracing the production of certain iconic commodities—the T-shirt, the cup of coffee, and the iPhone—and demonstrates how these generate enormous outflows of money from the countries of the Global South to transnational corporations headquartered in the core capitalist nations of the Global North. Meticulously researched and

Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature

Marx’s Ecology reviewed by the Freedom Socialist

Many environmentalists disdain the ideas of Karl Marx. Some tout the spiritual virtues of environmental ‛ideals.’ Some argue for individual solutions like recycling, reduced consumption and “going back to the land.” Anti-communists claim that the ecological crimes of the Stalinist-era USSR flowed from Marxism itself. John Bellamy Foster’s Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature counters all these ideas. It is a dense and intricate analysis of Marxist theory, its historical and scientific foundations, and how central ecological concerns are to it.… | more…

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Reconstructing Lenin reviewed in A World to Win

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography
By Tamás Krausz
552 pp, $34 pbk

Reviewed by Corinna Lotz

“… So what shaped Lenin to become the man he did? Krausz firmly places the Russian revolutionary into historical context, from his birth in 1870 up until his premature death in January 1924…. Under harsh circumstances, long spells in prison, illegality and exile, Lenin’s personality, Krausz says, was ‘an interesting alloy of tough and gentle traits … with undoubtedly a predominance of the former’. Lenin the man emerges from this account as mentally and physically courageous, as well as emotionally sensitive. He was not only an obdurate and loyal political comrade,

Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow

Race to Revolution reviewed in Journal of American History

Gerald Horne’s latest book is an ambitious transnational history of the United States and Cuba from the 1700s to the 1959 Cuban Revolution. It focuses on the shared and interconnected histories of slavery, the slave trade, Jim Crow, and the struggles against these oppressive systems in the two regions.… | more…

A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism

A World to Build reviewed in COUNTERFIRE

The reason for socialists to have an interest in the situation in Latin America today is simple; the most significant political advances in the world today are taking place in Latin America. The Chilean revolutionary Marta Harnecker’s book A World to Build is perhaps the most important English language attempt so far to analyse and to move forward the discussion on the left internationally around these changes.… | more…

Richard Levins, 1932-2016: The People’s Scientist

Ecologist, biomathematician, philosopher of science, and Monthly Review author Richard Levins died January 19 at the age of 85. John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Levins wrote several articles over the years for Monthly Review magazine, and co-authored, with Richard C. Lewontin, Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Agriculture, and Health

One of his most popular Monthly Review articles was “How to Visit a Socialist Country,” MR vol. 61, no. 11

Here’s an eloquent remembrance, “The People’s Scientist,” just written by Pankaj Mehta for Jacobin magazine… | more…

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