Only People Make Their Own History: Writings on Capitalism, Imperialism, and Revolution: Book Review

Friday, March 29, 2019

Semir Amin. Radical political economist Samir Amin (1931–2018) left behind a cherished oeuvre of Marxist writings. Amin’s intellectual range—from economics to culture—was admirable, and his lessons remain essential….

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Global Commodity Chains and the New Imperialism

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Intan Suwandi, R. Jamil Jonna and John Bellamy Foster To comprehend twenty-first-century imperialism we must go beyond analysis of the nation-state to a systematic investigation of the increasing…

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Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Book Review

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy 308 pp, $29 pbk, ISBN 9781583676400 By Kohei Saito. Reviewed by Kaan Kangal for Science &…

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Davos: climate change and rising inequality

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Michael Roberts. The two issues that the rich and famous in world capital like to discuss with wringing hands and weeping are: global warming and climate change; and…

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Algeria: From the War of National Liberation to Gentrification:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Conflicting Claims over Property in Algeria. Robert P Parks. December 22, 2013, 40 families living at 11 Boulevard de la Soummam — the Champs Élysées of the western…

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Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Michael D Yates. [Author’s note: This essay is based upon arguments made in Chapter 2 (“Some Theoretical Considerations”) of my book, Can the Working Class Change the World? Unless…

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Economic forecast for 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Michael Roberts Well, there has not been a year starting like this for a long time.  The US government is in disarray.  The President of the Unites States starts…

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“Can the Working Class Change the World?”: Book Review

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Eve Ottenberg. “Can the Working Class Change the World?”, Michael D. Yates Monthly Review Press. If the working class doesn’t save our vastly unequal and dying world, it’s…

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“Nothing to lose but their chains”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Michael D Yates. “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!” These are the final three…

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Understanding the global economy

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Michael Roberts. This year’s Historical Materialism conference in London seemed well attended and with younger participants.  HM covers all aspects of radical thought: philosophical, political, cultural, psychological and…

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Is the global economy heading for another recession?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Michael Roberts. The mid-term Congressional elections saw a swing to the opposition Democrats in the Lower House and the Republicans were ousted as the majority party.  This is…

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The Crash That Failed: Book Review

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robert Kuttner. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, by Adam Tooze, Viking. The historian G.M. Trevelyan said that the democratic revolutions of 1848, all…

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On the Nature of the Chinese Economic System: Marxist Debates on China

Friday, October 26, 2018

Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera and Tony Andréani. Posted on Monthly Review October 1, 2018. China’s ruling class admits that the capitalist private sector plays a very important role…

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A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash

Friday, October 19, 2018

Adam Parsons. When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of…

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Making War on the Planet: Geoengineering and Capitalism’s Creative Destruction of the Earth

Saturday, October 6, 2018

John Bellamy Foster. A short fuse is burning. At the present rate of global emissions, the world is projected to reach the trillionth metric ton of cumulative carbon…

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The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Revolutionary Theories and Anticapitalist Dreams of Subcomandante Marcos

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Benjamin Dangle. Book Review: The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos. By Subcommander Marcos. Introduction by Nick Henck. Translation by Henry Gales. (AK Press, 2018)….

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A new beginning?: The state of the global labour movement

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Marcel van der Linden. Traditional labour movements are in trouble almost everywhere. They have been severely enfeebled by the political and economic changes of the last 40 years….

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In memoriam: Samir Amin at 80, an Introduction and Tribute

Sunday, September 9, 2018

John Bellamy Foster. Published by Monthly Review in 2011, re-posted by Middle East 4 Change as a memorial to Semir Amin who died on August 12, 2018. Samir…

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The US-Turkey standoff in context: Global capitalism and the crisis of hegemony

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay. Posted on ZCommunications September 5, 2018. Source: Links.org Turkey was thrust into a full-blown currency crisis when United States President Donald Trump…

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Alfred McCoy: Will China Be the Next Global Hegemon?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Alfred W. McCoy. Posted on TomDispatch August 21 2018. As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world…

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Turkey: Capitalism nurtured by the state

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Esen Eslu. Posted on Weekly Worker August 16, 2018. The downward spiral of the lira has meant that suddenly Turkey is headline news in the international media, as…

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Turkey’s economy in full meltdown

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Michael Roberts. Posted on August 11, 2017. The Turkish lira is in total meltdown.  It has lost 40% of its value against the dollar in the last six…

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Can Freedom and Capitalism Co-Exist?: Book review

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chris Wright. Posted on Counterpunch August 7, 2018. Being run by business, American culture suffers from an overwhelming preponderance of stupidity. When a set of institutions as reactionary…

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World trade and imperialism

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Michael Roberts. Blog posted on July 30, 2018. There is a new dataset on world trade that looks at changes in exports and imports globally going back to…

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Localisation: A strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Helena Norberg-Hodge. Posted on TNI Longreads. For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the global political swing to the right over the…

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Marx on the environment: One Question, Marx at 200

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Posted on One Question, May 7 2018. One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question….

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Iran’s Labor Protests/strikes, Revolutionary Socialist Direction and International Solidarity

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Frieda Afary. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists June 13, 2018. Below is the text of Frieda Afary’s presentation to a group of international  labor activists on…

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Erdogan’s Turkey: an economy in deep trouble

Monday, June 25, 2018

Posted by Michael Roberts 25th June 2018. Turkey is a country of 80m people and 56m adults had the right to vote in Sunday’s general election.  87% of…

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Lebanon’s mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent June 2018. Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part 2: from the 1980 Coup to the Present

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left East. This is the second part of our interview with Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish Left from its late-Ottoman beginnings…

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