Housmans Books Newsletter February 2020

26 January 2020 — Housmans Books


1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020

3. ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
4. Poetry Against Homelessness
5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff

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Review: Tim Anderson, Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East

17 January 2020 — Eric Walberg

Anderson’s Axis of Resistancetakes on the leftist position of ‘a plague on all your houses’. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, ‘the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution’ (for westerners), presents a bleak portrait of “three monsters … treading on Syria’s corpse’: (1) the Assad regime and its allies, (2) DAESH/ISIS and the other jihadists, and (3) the West (the USA, UK, France, etc). This is the general view from outside the Syrian cauldron, but leads nowhere.

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A Child’s Christmas Gift of Freedom

25 December 2019 — Off Guardian

Edward Curtin

Image source: Paoloa Chaaya on Unsplash

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor

It is heartening to know that there are young children still reading books. While a growing majority of parents have been seduced into destroying their children’s imaginations by placing them in front of screens, there are still holdouts who realize that if their children are ever to become free-thinking adults, they must grow up expanding their minds in the meditative space of beautiful literature on paper pages.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf: Best of 2019

12 December 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

This was a bumper year for books of interest to ecosocialists. Here are ten that we found particularly interesting or valuable, or both.

Climate & Capitalism receives more books than we can possibly review, but we can and do compile a monthly list of those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. The result is one of our most popular features, Ecosocialist Bookshelf.

This year the column included 68 books on subjects ranging from ancient volcanoes to the life of Marx to Malthus. The overall quality was very high, so producing a “10 Best” list hasn’t been easy, but here we go.

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Green Strategy: To beat climate change, humanity needs socialism

14 November, 2019 — People’s World

Demonstrators sit on the ground in front of the White House, April 29, 2017, during a demonstration and march. Thousands gathered across the country to march in protest of President Trump’s environmental policies, which have included rolling back restrictions on mining, oil drilling, and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.| Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, November 2019

4 November 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

The red and green shelf is overflowing! Nine important new books address topics ranging from ecosocialism and rising seas to trees, growth and global poverty.

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care

22 October 2019 — Resolute Reader

by Giorgos Kallis


This short, readable and stimulating book begins with the author overturning perceived knowledge about the 18th century economist Robert Malthus. Malthus is best know for his extended work An Essay on the Principle of Population, an influential book that has rarely been read by those who claim to extend his ideas. Giorgos Kallis argues that it is important to understand what Malthus was really arguing for, because it is a key statement of a central tenet of modern economics, the idea of limits. In his introduction Kallis says that he aims to “reclaim, refine and defend the notion of limits” and proceeds to do just this with a critical examination of the way that limits have been understood by economists and environmentalists since Malthus’ time.

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Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism

28 October 2019 — Climate & Capitalism
Book Review

The alternative to global capitalism must be a transnational popular project that leads to globalization from below

William I. Robinson
Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism
Haymarket Books, 2018

reviewed by David Klein

Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative is driving humanity to the brink of extinction. At the present rate of global greenhouse gas emissions, the climate crisis alone could soon end civilization and destroy the biosphere. Biologists report that up to a million species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction.  Global capitalism is not only creating unprecedented extremes of inequality and injustice, it is wrecking the planet.

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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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