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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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 compared to 1917 By Michael Hudson

21 October 2017 — Michael Hudson

An article written for the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to be read in Beijing today.

Socialism a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies. In the West these hopes are now much further away than they seemed in 1917. Land and natural resources, basic infrastructure monopolies, health care and pensions have been increasingly privatized and financialized.

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150, 100…Zero

17 June 2017 — Anti-Capital

1. One hundred and fifty years ago,  Marx’s Capital (volume 1) was published.  Nobody, OK, almost nobody thought it was a big deal.

One hundred years ago, the event voted “least likely to succeed” by the senior class attending the Second International’s Karl Kautsky Gymnasium, occurred.  Everybody, everywhere knew the Russian Revolution was a really big deal.

And that’s OK.  Marx was first, foremost, last, and always a revolutionist.  “Economics” is, in his own word, shit. 

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John Berger 1926 – 2017

12 January 2017 — Institute of Race Relations

Written by Jenny Bourne

John Berger, writer, art critic and poet has died. John Berger, anti-imperialist, socialist man and peasant has died.

It is perhaps inevitable that the establishment should claim John Berger for their own, as the famous critic who provided the BBC and them with ‘Ways of Seeing’ in 1972 – and that despite his Marxism. It was and still is a milestone in interpreting art and ‘the gaze’. But he did not live his life in compartments or by accepting borders –geographical or disciplinary. For many of us who now mark his passing, his greatness lies in his practice as a committed and true intellectual and internationalist.

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The Wealth of the Commons: Hope from the Margins By Gustavo Esteva

28 August 2016 — The Wealth of the Commons

A world beyond market & state

These notes offer a quick glance to ways, in the south of Mexico, in which people are regenerating the society from the bottom up. It is a new kind of revolution without leaders or vanguards, which goes beyond development and globalization. It is about displacing the economy from the center of social life, reclaiming a communal way of being, encouraging radical pluralism, and advancing towards real democracy.

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In Defense of Ecological Marxism: John Bellamy Foster responds to a critic

6 June 2016 — Climate & Capitalism

“Jason Moore has joined the long line of scholars who have set out to update or deepen Marxism in various ways, but have ended up by abandoning Marxism’s revolutionary essence and adapting to capitalist ideologies.”


John Bellamy Foster

John Bellamy Foster

One of the most important books of Marxist theory published in recent years is Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature, in which John Bellamy Foster rediscovered and expanded on Marx’s understanding of the alienation of human beings from the natural world, crystallized in the concept of metabolic rift.

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‘Buen vivir’ and the dilemmas of the left governments in Latin America – I

28 August 2015 — Life on the Left

 ‘Buen vivir’ and the dilemmas of the left governments in Latin America – I

Excerpt from a prize-winning book by Atilio A. Boron

Introduction

Argentine Marxist scholar Atilio Boron’s book, “Latin America in the Geopolitics of Imperialism” — América Latina en la geopolítica del imperialismo — was awarded Venezuela’s coveted Libertador Prize in Critical Thinking for 2012.

Published in several editions throughout Latin America, the book has attracted much attention, and some debate, for its detailed analysis of Latin America’s strategic importance to the United States and the challenge this poses to the continent’s left governments and progressive social movements.

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Thinking Beyond Capitalism with André Gorz BY Christophe Fourel & Olivier Corpet

21 May 2015 — – Green European Journal

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While we ‘miserably await a future, which restores the past’, we should ‘break with this dying society never to be reborn’. Such was the certitude of philosopher André Gorz, who passed away just five years ago, recall both Christophe Fourel, author of André Gorz: Un penseur pour le XXIème siècle, and Olivier Corpet.

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