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Review of Political Economy looks at “The Age of Monopoly Capital”

Starting with Adam Smith and David Ricardo two central questions have dominated the history of economic thought: Does capitalism, as a social economic system, provide social harmony? And, is capitalism inherently stable? Paul A. Baran and Paul M. Sweezy, the two most preeminent Marxian economists in America during the second half of the twentieth century, played a vital role in the debates surrounding these two questions in the 1960s…. | more…

Gerald Horne at DC’s Sankofa Books: Southern Africa and the Roots of Jazz

On July 5, prolific author Gerald Horne appeared at Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe in Washington, DC to discuss two of his latest books, Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music and White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Communism vs. the Liberation of Southern Africa from Rhodes to Mandela | more…

Britain’s Communist Review considers Victor Grossman’s “A Socialist Defector”

For most of history, there was no ‘Germany’ as such – just a ragbag of German-speaking states. In 1871, most of them unified into the German Empire (Austria stayed outside, together with Switzerland, where German is but one of the languages spoken). ¶ Germany came late to the capitalist table, and flexed its muscles in the early 20th century with the aim of becoming a major imperialist power. … | more…

Helena Sheehan: Radical Thinker, Radical Times–on KPFA’s Against the Grain

Helena Sheehan author, most recently, of Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism, talks to C.S. Soong, host of Against the Grain, about her life as an activist, educator, Marxist philosopher, and her engagement with radical movements, including the New Left, the IRA, and the Communist Party of Ireland. | more…

ROAR magazine reviews “The Coming of the American Behemoth”

But there exists a different narrative, or at least there did in the 1930s, before it was buried under an avalanche of patriotic American propaganda and liberal historiography. According to this alternative understanding, the US was falling victim to fascism already in the 1920s — though a different sort of fascism than in Europe… | more…

Robbery of the soil and the worker: International Socialism on Saito’s “Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism”

“Kohei Saito’s book Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism is based on extensive and ­painstaking research. As well as Marx’s published works, Saito makes use of notebooks that Marx kept on science and agriculture and that have only recently been made available. He argues that ecological questions were central to Marx’s worldview and defends a version of ecosocialism based on the notion of metabolism, and using the Marxist tools of value theory, contradiction and alienation…. | more…