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Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume II

Occupy Consciousness: a video lecture on the work of István Mészáros

These videos were recorded at a lecture on May 19, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They feature Irv Kurki, coordinator for essential discussions of advanced theory, discussing “Capital’s (Dis)organizing Systems and the Socialist Alternatives”; and Doug Enaa Greene, member of the Kasama Project and an activist at Occupy Boston, on “Critiquing Capital from Capital’s Viewpoint: Meszaros’s Critique of Sartre and the Occupy Movement.” | more…

Wisconsin Uprising

Wisconsin Uprising reviewed in Against the Current

MORE THAN A year has passed since the mass protests of February-March 2011, at Madison and elsewhere across Wisconsin, erupted in response to Republican Governor Scott Walker’s effort to bust the state’s public employee unions. The three-week occupation of the State Capitol building and truly massive outdoor demos in the surrounding streets drew the attention of the entire country and much of the world. Ongoing rallies, with crowds sometimes numbering well over a hundred thousand, drew organized labor and the unorganized, private and public sector workers, high school and college kids, farmers, the elderly and the young, retirees, the unemployed and recently returned veterans, and whole families with kids and grandkids — from every city, town and county in the state. | more…

Revolutionary Doctors

Revolutionary Doctors reviewed in The Progressive Populist

I live in California, where a fledgling public health insurance marketplace is ushering a new gold rush of sorts. A driving force is of course President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Under such reform, capital cheers when the commodity of health care grows. A different kind of health-care system concerns author Steve Brouwer. In Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care, he details that alternate way ahead for medicine and people to improve social equity and solidarity. It’s moving ahead now in Latin America. Brouwer’s book teems with his first-hand accounts from a village in Monte Carmelo. His focus amplifies the model of de-commoditized health care that rules the roost stateside.  | more…

The Devil’s Milk: A Social History of Rubber

The Devil's Milk reviewed in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books

With The Devil’s Milk, John Tully has produced a significant work that demands wide readership, consideration, and debate. Documenting capitalist hell, Tully serves as a captivating Virgil as he guides readers through rubber’s many layers. Dedicated to those who resisted and documented rubber’s atrocities, The Devil’s Milk serves as a forceful reminder that embedded within antagonism and conflict are multiple possibilities not only for the prolongation of this hell but also exit from it. | more…

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Public Lecture on István Mészáros, Boston, May 19

Announcing a public lecture on the work of István Mészáros, in Boston, May 19, at the Harvest Co-operative in Cambridge. The presenters will offer their reflections on Mészáros’s latest work and relate that to the current situation. The presenters will contend that the American mind is stocked with the categories, symbols and rules of the 1 percent and that it is absolutely necessary to start discarding and restocking with the relevant structures of the 99 percent. | more…

The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development by Michael Lebowitz

The Socialist Alternative reviewed in Science & Society

Michael Lebowitz has drawn on the diverse experiences that led to the failure of socialism in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and elsewhere, and those in Venezuela where he has resided for nearly a decade, to bolster his thesis on the need to place the transformation of values at the center of socialist construction. In his emphasis on consciousness, Lebowitz follows the tradition of Georg Lukács, Karl Korsh and Che Guevara, while rejecting the determinist notion of the superstructure as an appendage of the structure lacking in autonomy.  | more…

Critique of Intelligent Design

Critique of Intelligent Design reviewed in International Socialism

In a debate that is often dominated by right wing creationists and reactionary neo-atheists, the authors manage to chart a different course. They succeed in showing how life has developed without needing to invoke supernatural forces. At the same time they sensitively discuss how materialist ideas have developed over the last several thousand years in a way which allows the reader to appreciate how radical and powerful such ideas can be. | more…

John Marsh interviewed on Against the Grain with Sasha Lilley

It seems logical: if you don’t have enough education your economic prospects will be diminished, while those who have a lot are able to succeed in our purportedly knowledge-based economy. But what if that’s only partially accurate? John Marsh posits that economic inequality and poverty are not causally connected to differing levels of education. He argues that we need to reject the appealing notion of education as a cure-all and look deeper at class power and structural inequality. | more…

Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, 2-volume set

"Occupy Consciousness": A Video Lecture on István Mészáros

Watch videos of a lecture on the work of István Mészáros, presented on March 10th, 2012 in the Community Room at the Harvest Co-operative in Cambridge, MA. The presenters offered their reflections on István Mészáros’s latest work and related it to the current situation, contending that the American mind is stocked with the categories, symbols, and rules of the 1 percent and that it is absolutely necessary to start discarding and restocking with the relevant structures of the 99 percent. Speakers: Doug Enaa Greene, a member of the Kasama Project and an activist at Occupy Boston; Irv Kurki, a coordinator for essential discussions of advanced theory; and Mario Rendon, American Institute of Psychoanalysis. | more…