The Defence of Humanity Requires the Radicalisation of Popular Struggles By Samir Amin

12 October 2018 — Socialist Project

In August this year, the acclaimed socialist writer and activist Samir Amin (1931-2018) passed away. Born in Egypt and educated in Port Said and Paris, he eventually settled as director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal from 1980. Samir was author of numerous books including his well-known Accumulation on a World Scale (1970), De-Linking (1990) and Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (1997), and more recent texts such as The Liberal Virus (2003), A Life Looking Forward (2006), From Capitalism to Civilization: Reconstructing the Socialist Perspective (2010), and many others. Amin was a central figure in the pantheon of thinkers from the so-called Global South who reworked Marxism and the theories of imperialism to examine the dynamics of capitalism and the world market from the territories marginalized – but integral – to global accumulation. We publish here one of Samir Amin’s important assessments of the challenges of political resistance to global neoliberalism – first published in the 2009 Socialist Register. Continue reading

THE PERENNIAL QUESTION: TO WORK IN OR OUTSIDE THE LABOUR PARTY?

22 May 2018 — theplanningmotivedotcom

A reformist party can be compared to a ship whose captain and officers either wilfully or negligently set sail ignoring adverse weather reports or the state of the tides. The result is a ship running aground or out of fuel or, even, a ship sinking before its destination. Of course, the brochure promoting the reformist ship is silent about the storms ahead. And of course, the reformist liner appears to be much more attractive and comfortable compared to the smaller, older but sturdier revolutionary tug alongside, a ship presently with no passengers but only a working crew.

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200th Anniversary of the Birth of Marx and a Revolution in Understanding History

5 May 2018 — TRNN

Historian Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay discuss the ongoing relevance of Marx’s Materialist Conception of History; to understand and fight ideas that defend injustice today, people must know the economic roots the give rise to, and perpetuate, such ideology (inc. transcript). Continue reading

Agrotowns could be the way of the future

11 January 2018 — The Morning Star

[Here’s an interesting and stimulating essay on the kind of possibilities a humane and socialist future could offer us instead of this plastic madness that threatens to completely overwhelm us, and the planet! No byline unfortunately but some useful references to other sources and stimulations. WB]

IMAGINE living in a town surrounded by ecologically friendly farms, walkable, green, with world-class cultural and health institutions, and flexible working schedules allowing you to get your hands dirty and exercise by working on a farm in the morning and studying, creating art or playing with your children in the afternoon.

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100 Years Ago. The Russian Revolution: Selected Articles

7 November 2017 — Global Research

November 7th, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

We bring to the attention of our readers a selection of article, including Eisenstein’s 1928 film entitled “10 Days that Shook the World” as well as an hour long discussion on the Global Research News Hour radio program. 
 

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