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The Guaidó Era
A Sixth, Very Long Coup Attempt
by Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur
(Jun 01, 2021)
This article will be released in full online June 14, 2021.
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
(Jun 01, 2021)
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
(Jun 01, 2021)
Topics: History Imperialism Movements RevolutionsWar
Places: AmericasUnited States
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
(May 01, 2021)
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
(May 01, 2021)
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
(May 01, 2021)
Places: Global
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…
Dissenting POWs: From Vietnam’s Hoa Lo Prison to America Today
by Tom Wilber and Jerry Lembcke
Places: Asia United States Vietnam
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Even if you don’t know much about the war in Vietnam, you’ve probably heard of “The Hanoi Hilton,” or Hoa Lo Prison, where captured U.S. soldiers were held. What they did there and whether they were treated well or badly by the Vietnamese became lasting controversies. As military personnel returned from captivity in 1973, Americans became riveted by POW coming-home stories. What had gone on behind these prison walls? Along with legends of lionized heroes who endured torture rather than reveal sensitive military information, there were news leaks suggesting that others had denounced the war in return for favorable treatment. What wasn’t acknowledged, however, is that U.S. troop opposition to the war was vast and reached well into Hoa Loa Prison. Half a century after the fact, Dissenting POWs emerges to recover this history, and to discover what drove the factionalism in Hoa Lo. | more…
Capital and Imperialism: Theory, History, and the Present
by Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik
Topics: CapitalismEconomic CrisisGlobalization ImperialismInequality
Places: AfricaAsiaGlobalLatin America
Those who control the world’s commanding economic heights, buttressed by the theories of mainstream economists, presume that capitalism is a self-contained and self-generating system. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this pathbreaking book—winner of the Paul A. Baran-Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award—radical political economists Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik argue that the accumulation of capital has always required the taking of land, raw materials, and bodies from noncapitalist modes of production. They begin with a thorough debunking of mainstream economics. Then, looking at the history of capitalism, from the beginnings of colonialism half a millennium ago to today’s neoliberal regimes, they discover that, over the long haul, capitalism, in order to exist, must metastasize itself in the practice of imperialism and the immiseration of countless people. | more…
NOTES FROM THE EDITORS
March 2021 (Volume 72, Number 2)
by The Editors
(Mar 01, 2021)
Despite all of the inevitable contradictions, China stands out in the present planetary emergency in having advanced an ambitious vision of ecological civilization with the strong support of the Chinese population. Paraphrasing C. Wright Mills on Cuba, we do not worry about China’s struggle to create an ecological civilization. We worry with it. | more…
REVIEW OF THE MONTH
The Ideology of Late Imperialism
The Return of the Geopolitics of the Second International
by Zhun Xu
(Mar 01, 2021)
In 1990, when renowned Indian Marxian economist Prabhat Patnaik asked “Whatever Happened to Imperialism?,” once vibrant and influential schools of theories on imperialism were at a postwar historic low. When he left the West to return to India in 1974, imperialism was at the center of all Marxist discussions. But when he came back to the West merely fifteen years later, imperialism already seemed out of fashion. The retreat from the question of imperialism has marked a return of what we can call Second International politics. | more…
Capital, Science, Technology
The Development of Productive Forces in Contemporary Capitalism
by Raúl Delgado Wise and Mateo Crossa Niell
(Mar 01, 2021)
Places: Global
Capitalist modernity not only contains profound contradictions, but is also undergoing a significant transformation. Far from acting as a driving force for the development of social productive forces, it has become a parasitic entity with an essentially rentier and speculative function. Underlying this is an institutional framework that favors the private appropriation and the concentration of the products of general intellect. | more…
NOTES FROM THE EDITORS
February 2021 (Volume 72, Number 8)
by The Editors
(Feb 01, 2021)
We remember our good friend and comrade, Leo Panitch, one of the great socialist intellectuals of all time, who died on December 19, 2020, age 75. | more…
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