1 September 2019 — Off Guardian
It is an age-old question as to the extent art reflects the world we live in. Bertolt Brecht allegedly said to the contrary that art was “not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”
29 August 2019 — The Bullet
Global capitalist crisis, impending ecological disaster, and new responses by popular movements in some regions, particularly in Latin America, inspire radical thinking about the need to go “beyond capital.” But how to attain the desired “system change” – today, an ecosocialist regime in place of capitalist rule – continues to be a matter for debate and experimentation.
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]
6 July 2019 — Counter Currents
Win the battle of democracy
Do away with private property
Abolish the wages system altogether`
End employment to end unemployment
Achieve abundance for all and inscribe on the banners:
From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs!
An association, in which the free development of each is the condition of free development of all
“Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.”
― Karl Marx, Private Property and Communism, 1844
12 June 2019 — The Believer
“LIKE THE WELFARE WOMEN SAID: EVERY WOMAN, EVERY MOTHER, IS A WORKING MOTHER.”
What memory can do:
Re-signify the earth
Re-signify the local
Make the struggle visible
Read Silvia Federici and she will revolutionize the way you understand the world. She will turn it upside down and radicalize it. Part of a group of feminist thinkers who have reinvented and expanded Marxism, Federici has helped put women’s work, long banished to the margins of anti-capitalist analysis, at the center. Reproduction, the typically unpaid work of caring for others and sustaining common life, is as important as production, the waged work left-wing political economists have traditionally emphasized.
11 June 2019 — Novara Media
A different kind of politics for a new kind of society—beyond work, scarcity and capitalism. In Fully Automated Luxury Communism, Aaron Bastani conjures a vision of extraordinary hope, showing how we move to energy abundance, feed a world of 9 billion, overcome work, transcend the limits of biology, and establish meaningful freedom for everyone. Rather than a final destination, such a society merely heralds the real beginning of history. On the day of his book launch he’ll be joining Michael to discuss the key themes of his book. Q&A at the end!
5 June 2019 — Global Research
Wilder Pérez Varona (WPV): My first question to you is about the issue of bureaucracy.
Before 1917 the issue of the socialist transition is one thing. The 1848 Revolution, the Paris Commune (which is a crucial episode, but of a momentary nature) were always limited to matters of theory, principles, projections (we know that Marx and Engels were reluctant to be very detailed about these projections). The Revolution of 1917 placed this problem of transition in another way, on to a different level; a level that involved essentially practical elements. One of them involved the issue of bureaucracy, which gradually appeared throughout the 1920s. On the issue of bureaucracy as it was being developed in those circumstances, how do you define the function of bureaucracy by according it an autonomous role of such a relevant actor at the level of the class triad: the working class / peasantry and the bourgeoisie? Why this important place? I would also like you to say something on the distinctness of “class”. You are cautious to talk about the bureaucracy as a class; however, other authors do.
31 May 2019 — Internationalist 360°
Martha Lia Grajales is part of the Surgentes Collective (a human rights organization) and a founding member of the San Agustin Convive cooperative. She is a lawyer, holding a master’s in human rights and democracy. In this interview, we ask her questions about the dialectic between state power and popular organization, with a view to understanding how grassroots initiatives might breath new life into the socialist project.
[Note: this contains some plot spoilers.]
Those who avoided reading Karl Marx’s three-volume, 2,500 page magnum opus, Capital, in the improbable expectation that someday a movie version would come out, have finally got their wish. Boots Riley’s film, Sorry to Bother You, may indeed be the most marxist film ever made.
10 May 2019 — Greanville Post
In the capitalist era, liberals serve a crucial role for perpetuating the existing power structure. When the people start demanding change, liberals are there to placate them by offering solutions that improve the system while posing no challenge to it. At their worst, these kinds of moderates pose a threat to justice that’s worse than that of the biggest reactionaries. As Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, the greatest obstacle to black liberation isn’t the Ku Klux Klan, but “the white moderate who is more devoted to ‘order, than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”