September 19th, congratulations are due! Gerald Horne wins the American Book Award
Gerald Horne is this year’s winner of the ABA, awarded by the Before Columbus Foundation, for his book “The Dawning of the Apocalypse,” a riveting revision of the “creation myth” of settler colonialism and how the United States was formed. | more…
Getting your pension shouldn’t be a gamble (Forthcoming book, “The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans” reviewed for Labor Notes)
Russell provides sound advice for those negotiating about the terms of these defined benefit plans, which still number 50,000 and have 60 million participants among active or retired workers. As he notes, in the current bargaining environment, “participants and their union representatives are more likely to be thinking defensively”… | more…
The “Welfare State,” the productive worker, and “disability” (Forthcoming author David Matthews interviewed for Post-Capitalism Podcast)
….and the “normal” body, if you want to use that term, is the one which can keep up with the productivity of machinery, of factory life.  And what Marx argued in fact was that in most cases, the productivity of machinery could outpace that of the ‘normal’ body, if you want to put it that way…” | more…
WATCH! MR Conversations: Heinrich’s “How to Read Marx’s ‘Capital'”
Marx’s reflections assume the existence of a money commodity, in this case gold. If a commodity functions as money, then the value of the money commodity is no more imaginary than the value of other commodities…. | more…
Gerald Horne: From a Jim Crow hospital to the American Book Award
Born in a Jim Crow hospital. Attended racially segregated “apartheid schools.” Grew up in the Mill Creek Valley neighborhood of St. Louis, an area similar to Tulsa’s Black Wall Street and home to several prominent Black businesses that were erased forever by racially motivated construction projects… | more…
The fictitious cause of Venezuelan precarity (“Extraordinary Threat” reviewed in Counterpunch)
Chavez inherited an impoverished country with a thin, glittering layer of affluence at the top. To the horror of Washington and Venezuelan plutocrats, he promptly began redistributing wealth to the poor… | more…
WATCH! MR Conversations: “Extraordinary Threat,” with Emersberger, Podur, Wilpert and Paez-Victor
In their new book “Extraordinary Threat,” Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur delve into the critical questions: What is the nature of Venezuela’s government? Is it a dictatorship? Are Venezuela’s problems due to misgovernment, or are they due to U.S. interference? What would happen if Venezuela fell to U.S. imperialism? How has the U.S. been able to get away with this? And above all: Taking Venezuela as a case study, how does regime change propaganda work?  | more…
Listen: Joe Emersberger on Alex Saab, “knight errant” (Coauthor of “Extraordinary Threat” interviewed by Gorilla Radio)
…in the service of besieged Venezuela, en route to Iran, another nation similarly blockaded by America, when he was intercepted by Cape Verde authorities and thrown into prison there…. | more…
WATCH! MR Conversations: “Dissenting POWs,” with Wilber, Lembcke, Zeiger and Rothstein
The conversation begins with the story of Vivian Rothstein’s participation in a 1967 peace delegation to North Vietnam, and her encounter there with the Americans held at Hoa Lo Prison — the subject of ‘Dissenting POWs.’ One might think that that delegation’s visit to Hoa Lo Prison, and the dissent expressed by almost half of its POW inmates, would have been so controversial as to gain a fair amount of attention at the time…. | more…
Misogyny, memory, and the pathologization of dissent (Listen: Lembcke on “Warrior Nation;” Plus: “Dissenting POWs” reviewed in Counterpunch)
“Vietnam veterans were commonly portrayed in film and news reports as casualties of the war, their mission sold out on the home front and their homecoming marked by ingratitude and condemnation. Representations of POWs followed a similar path…It was trauma, not politics and conscience, that moved in-service resisters.” | more…
Listen: As back-orders for “How to Read Marx’s ‘Capital'” pile up, Antifada speaks with Michael Heinrich
Michael Heinrich “has a powerful critique of vulgar Marxism and the orthodoxies of the 19th and 20th centuries…Nerds, you’re not going to want to miss this one!” | more…
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