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NOTES FROM THE EDITORS
June 2021 (Volume 73, Number 2)
by The Editors
Where capitalism itself is concerned, the dominant view is that the COVID-19 crisis constitutes a rare, unpredictable, and unlikely to be repeated occurrence. The world capitalist economy, we are informed, was fundamentally sound prior to the advent of this unforeseen exogenous shock, and it will revive quickly once the SARS-CoV-2 virus is under control. This received view, however, is incorrect on all counts. | more…
REVIEW OF THE MONTH
Capital and the Ecology of Disease
by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Hannah Holleman
The death of Salvador Allende in 1973 marked, simultaneously, not only the demise of one of the great socialist experiments, and the launching of neoliberalism; it also represented the loss in Allende of one of the great figures in social medicine. Nowhere has neoliberalism had more devastating effects than in the destruction of public health and social medicine initiatives throughout the world. | more…
What Is Happening in the United States?
How Social Class Influences Political Life
by Vicente Navarro
In order to understand what is happening in the United States, in the aftermath of the presidential election, one needs to comprehend the distribution of power in the country. | more…
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The Guaidó Era
A Sixth, Very Long Coup Attempt
by Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur
U.S. sanctions killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans before the recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president in 2019 led to even more murderous sanctions. The message is that tremendous economic pain will be inflicted on the country until Nicolás Maduro is gone. | more…
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Epidemic Response
The Legacy of Colonialism
by Jennifer Dohrn and Eleanor Stein
This article will be released in full online June 21, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is at its root a crisis of globalization, racial capitalism, colonialism, the social organization of our public health system. It is a crisis of treatment and care versus demonization and wall building. And it is the latest pandemic in a long line of modern onesÑfrom SARS to swine flu to HIV to EbolaÑa predictable and predicted outcome, not the mysterious unforeseeable lightning strike as it is often portrayed. | more…
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The Point Is to Change It
by Michael E. Tigar
This article will be released in full online June 28, 2021.
We who are engaged in the struggle for change might ask: “Through what lens of refraction is the evidence of events recalled and related?” If we are to resist the genocidal use of military force, and to oppose the environmental depredation that follows in its wake, we need to see the roots and laws of motion of colonialism and empire | more…
NOTES FROM THE EDITORS
May 2021 (Volume 73, Number 1)
by The Editors
In 1884, important figures in England’s budding socialist movement broke with the Social Democratic Federation over concealed jingoism and strong support for the British Empire. A similar division within the broad left on the issue of imperialism is threatening to reappear in our time. | more…
REVIEW OF THE MONTH
The Council on Foreign Relations, the Biden Team, and Key Policy Outcomes
Climate and China
by Laurence H. Shoup
We can analyze the new Biden administration, its personnel, and the policies it is likely to follow, especially on the all-important questions of the climate crisis and U.S. grand strategy toward China, by looking at the Council on Foreign Relations. | more…
Five Characteristics of Neoimperialism
Building on Lenin's Theory of Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century
by Cheng Enfu and Lu Baolin
Neoimperialism, the specific contemporary phase of historical development, can be summed up on the basis of five key features: the new monopoly of production and circulation; the new monopoly of finance capital; the monopoly of the U.S. dollar and intellectual property; the new monopoly of the international oligarchic alliance; and the economic essence and general trend. | more…
The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow
by Alain Badiou
Today the political visibility of the Paris Commune is not at all evident. At least, that is, if what we mean by “today” is the moment when we have to take up the challenge of thinking politics outside its subjection to the state and outside the framework of parties or party.… And yet the Commune was a political sequence that, precisely, did not situate itself in such a subjection or in such a framework. [To tackle] the political facts and determinations of the Commune…[it is necessary to utilize] a completely different method…[than that of the classical interpretation]. | more…
POETRY
Nostalgia for what never was
by Marge Piercy
A new poem by Marge Piercy. | more…
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