By William I. Robinson, “I can tell you that I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump,” warned U.S. president Donald Trump this past March, in defending his contrived declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. “I have the tough people, but … More Can Twenty-First Century Fascism Resolve the Crisis of Global Capitalism?
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Edited by Tom Gatehouse. From Monthly Review Press: These are uncertain times in Latin America. Popular faith in democracy has been shaken; traditional political parties and institutions are stagnating, and there is a growing right-wing extremism overtaking some governments. Yet, in recent years, autonomous social movements have multiplied and thrived. This book presents voices of … More New Book: Voices of Latin America – Social Movements and the New Activism
By John Weeks, The ideology of market freedom achieves its fullest expression in an authoritarian state. The regulation of market processes in the United States and Western Europe after WWII suppressed the authoritarianism inherent in capitalism. The reduction of state controls over capital that began in the 1970s initiated the liberation of that authoritarianism. The … More Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy
By Eric Blanc, Karl Kautsky’s vision for winning democratic socialism is more radical, and more relevant, than most leftists care to admit. With the recent upsurge in democratic socialism in the United States and the United Kingdom, a new generation of radicals is searching for a viable strategy to overcome capitalism. So it’s not surprising … More Why Kautsky Was Right (and Why You Should Care)
By Mark Horowitz, Radical critics have long maligned economists for their role in normalizing capitalist production relations. Marx wrote famously that classical and later “vulgar” economic theories were “more or less conscious” efforts to present capitalist production as “governed by eternal and natural laws which are independent of history.” This theme endures in Marxist literature. Economists … More Economists’ Politics Loom Large in their Views of Capitalist Crises
By Dave Neilson, The neo-Marxist challenge to the orthodox Marxist approach opened up a period of exciting, but short-lived, innovation. By the end of the 1980s, first generation neo-Marxism was already reaching its limits. It lives on in the present as an unconsciously accepted ‘normal science’ that is overdue for critical renovation. Orthodox Marxism identifies … More Breaking Through: Towards Second-Generation Neo-Marxist Class Theory