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Beyond the “two-state” v. “One State” debate (‘A Land With A People’ reviewed in MLT)

How do we get there? The text notes the role of U.S. imperialism and the imperialism of other capitalist powers in promoting Israel’s domination of Palestinians. The leadership role of Palestinians, first, and secondarily, of Jews, in the anti-Zionist struggle is evident in this volume. However, it will take a broad anti-imperialist movement supported by the working class of the capitalist countries if Zionism is to be defeated… | more…

A desert which once bloomed (‘A Land With A People’ reviewed in the Indypendent)

With few exceptions, Jewish children reared in religiously observant households are taught to revere Israel as a place of respite and safety, a country whose intrepid founders made “a desert bloom.” What’s more, they’re taught that the area was a perfect set up, “a land without people for a people without land.” This, of course, is a complete fabrication. | more…

EXCERPTS: INEQUALITY, CLASS AND ECONOMICS, by Eric Schutz

The economic expansion just prior to the pandemic seemed to justify optimism about inequality. But Covid-19 showed just how little grounds there were for optimism. The pandemic demonstrated how poorly prepared for such a crisis a society could be that fails to provide universal, high-quality health care to a significant proportion of its population, as the case and death rates in the United States have demonstrated… | more…

A 300-year excursion through the history of the global economy (‘International Affairs’ reviews the Patnaiks)

Patnaik and Patnaik unpick the realities of capitalism: First, as thriving on exogenous rather than endogenous stimuli––namely colonialism followed by state intervention after the Second World War––thus negating its capacity to be self-contained and perpetual; and second, leading to high unemployment through deindustrialization and land grabs for export crops and property accumulation which push petty producers and peasants into joblessness. | more…

Mészáros reading groups

March is the month to dig in to Mészáros. Join “Essential Discussions” with Irv Kurki, or The Marxist Education Project’s “Capital Studies Group” respectively focusing on ‘Beyond Leviathan’ and ‘The Necessity of Social Control.’ | more…