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Socialist Register 2022: New Polarizations and Old Contradictions: The Crisis of Centrism


The live event for this volume of the Socialist Register, MR Conversations: Pandemic Polarizations, featured Walden Bello, Jayati Ghosh, and Vishwas Satgar. You can find the recording here and you can find short excerpts here.

“Polarization” is a word commonly used by everyone from mainstream journalists to the person in the street, whatever their political stripe. But this widely recognized phenomenon deserves scrutiny. The 58th volume of the Socialist Register takes up the challenge, asking such questions as: Are the current tendencies towards polarization new, and if so, what is their significance? What underlying contradictions—between race, class, income, gender, and geopolitics—do the latest polarization trends expose? And to what extent can “centrist” politics continue to hold and contain these internal contradictions? This volume’s original essays examine the escalating polarization of national, racial, generational, and other identities, all in the context of growing economic inequality, new forms of regional and urban antagonism, “vaccine nationalism,” and the shifting parameters of rivalry between the “Great Powers.”

With contributions from:

Walden Bello, Bill Fletcher Jr., Virginia Fontes, Samir Gandesha, Ana Garcia, Jayati Ghosh, Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Sam Gindin, David Harvey, Rejane Hoeveler, Ilya Matveev, Simon Mohun, Adolph Reed Jr. and Touré F. Reed, Vishwas Satgar, James Schneider, Ingar Solty, Samir Sonti, Hilary Wainwright, and Oleg Zhuravlev.

Every year the Socialist Register pushes the envelope on theory and the state of struggles on particular themes. Drawing upon the most knowledgeable and brilliant scholars on the left, the cumulative effect is to produce an encyclopedia of theory and practice for everyone who wants to help to create a socialist future.
Michael Lebowitz, author, Between Capitalism and Community

The Socialist Register has been the intellectual lodestar for the international left since 1964.
Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums, Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism, and Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory among other books

Timely, erudite, informative, thought-full and thought-provoking, New Polarizations and Old Contradictions: The Crisis of Centrism will be of interest for community, governmental, college, and university library Contemporary Political Science collections in general, and Fascism/Non-US Legal Systems supplemental curriculum studies lists in particular.
Willis M. Buhle, Midwest Book Review

Greg Albo is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University, Toronto. Colin Leys is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


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Publication Date: 12/27/2021

Number of Pages: 320

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58367-937-1

eBook ISBN: 978-1-58367-939-5