Edward Snowden: The man who exposed the electronic surveillance of everyone by US intelligence By Kevin Reed

12 October 2019 — WSWS

Permanent Record

In the final chapter of his memoir Permanent Record, Edward Snowden issues a warning to his readers. He writes, “[I]t wouldn’t take much for an interested government to find out that you’ve been reading this book. At the very least, it wouldn’t take much to find out that you have it, whether you downloaded it illegally or bought a hard copy online or purchased it at a brick-and-mortar-store with a credit card.”

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Pentagon-funded researcher smears ‘The Management of Savagery’ in error-filled Times Literary Supplement screed

2 October 2019 — Grayzone

Lydia Wilson, a researcher at a US Department of Defense-backed outfit, has taken to the Times Literary Supplement to publish a malicious attack on “The Management of Savagery.” The review is a hyper-ideological defense of US empire filled with distortions and bone-headed errors.

By Max Blumenthal

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HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2019

26 September 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS 
1. Undercover Policing & Trade Unions Conference, London
2.  Stop Nato – December 2019

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown And Social Collapse’ 
4. ‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola
5. ‘Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture’ with Amelia Abraham
6. ‘Building a New Catalonia: Self-determination and Emancipation’ with Ignasi Bernat, Liz Castro, Robert Knox and David Whyte
7. ‘Here to Stay, Here to Fight – A Race Today Anthology’
8. ‘Why I am a Pacifist’ with Tim Gee 

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, Sept. 2019, Part 2

19 September 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading matters

We seldom receive enough new books to justify two columns in one month, but our red and green bookshelf is overflowing …


Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this column lists and links to those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Theft or exploitation?- a review of Stolen by Grace Blakeley

13 September 2019 — Michael Roberts

All our wealth has been stolen by big finance and in doing so big finance has brought our economy to its knees.  So we must save ourselves from big finance.  That is the shorthand message of a new book, Stolen – how to save the world from financialisation, by Grace Blakeley.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, September 2019

8 September 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading Matters

Five books for reds and greens …. Waste  …  Solar Power … Sustainable Food Systems … Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society … America’s Overripe Economy.

Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this column lists and links to those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

This month’s illustration is used with permission from the artist, Margaret Scott.

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Marx’s notebooks and the origins of Marxist ecology

18 August 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Finally published in full, Marx’s notebooks from the 1860s provide important insights into his views on ecology and capital’s destruction of nature.


Teinosuke Otani, Kohei Saito, Timm Graßmann (eds)
MARX-ENGELS-GESAMTAUSGABE, IV, 18
Exzerpte und Notizen. Februar 1864 bis August 1868
(de Gruyter, 2019)

[Marx-Engels Complete Works, Part IV, Volume 18
Excerpts and Notes, February 1864 to August 1868]

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2019

17 August 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Reading matters

New books for reds and greens. How the Richest Drive Climate Change; Planning from Below; The Scottish Clearances; Slime; Here Comes the Sun; Eco-Socialism and Practical Utopias

Climate & Capitalism can’t review every book we receive, but this column lists and links to those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles described here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup

13 August 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

BOOK REVIEW

Activists make the case that this widely  used pesticide is wreaking havoc on the earth, killing not just weeds but multiple species, including our own


Mitchel Cohen, editor
THE FIGHT AGAINST MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP
The Politics of Pesticides
Skyhorse Publishing, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Kinder

Better Living Through Chemistry? Think Again!

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Gorbachev’s legacy: Russia’s 9/11 or Let a hundred weeds bloom

9 August 2019 — Eric Walberg

Perestroika is like an airplane that takes off without knowing where it will land. (Bondarev)

Reading Taubman’s exhaustive biography of Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, I was rivetted time and again, marvelling (as did Shultz and everyone who cared): how did this guy get from collective farm winner of the Red Banner of Labour to the top? My first question in reading a bio is ‘would I like to have this person as a friend?’, then ‘would I like to be him?’ Gorbachev gets a firm Nyet on both. But he’s important and pleasant, and this 700-page bio is full of real characters acting out a drama of Shakespearian dimensions.

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