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Summary: Central to Marx’s philosophy of liberation is the struggle against ALL forms of oppression and exploitation, including racism, and sexism. Unfortunately, this call has been obscured by post-Marx Marxists and other leftists, leading many feminists and intellectuals of color to embrace non-Marxist theories. This has robbed us of the unity crucial to any real revolution. – Editors

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Summary: In Iran’s oppressive regime, freedom struggles and workers’ struggles converge. This is demonstrated in the latest issue of Alternative Workers’ News — Iran, which was recently sent to us and reports on current struggles by the labor and progressive social movements in that country – Editors

 

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Summary: The political realities that brought Trump to power are part of a worldwide trend reflecting the next stage of capitalism, struggling to reinvent itself yet again in the face of new economic and social realities– Editors

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Summary: Los Angeles protests see newly-politicized youth rallying around anti-Trumpism, but more political development is necessary — Editors

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anderson-aleppoSummary: The criminal siege of Aleppo by Assad, Russia, and Iran is tacitly supported by the USA in the name of stability, and this offers important lessons for the Left, especially those opposing Trump (1200w) — Editors

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austria-1Summary: Austria’s presidential election showed a repudiation of the Far Right, of xenophobia, and of Islamophobia, as well as the duplicity of the mainstream Austrian People’s Party (500w) — Editors

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20131213bSummary: Capitalism appears to many to be a failed system. We’re also told that the alternative posed by Karl Marx is similarly bankrupt. As against the experience of the Soviet Union and China, Peter Hudis argues that freedom — including from a repressive state apparatus — was central to Marx’s concept of life after capitalism. Sasha Lilley interview with Peter Hudis on “Against the Grain,” KPFK-FM, Pacifica Radio (1 hr) — Editors

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anderson-trump-talkSummary: Open misogyny, Islamophobia, and especially the attack on aspects of neoliberalism distinguish Trump from previous US conservatives who have played to racism and nativism. This calls for a rethinking even by those on the Left who have targeted class and neoliberalism — Editors

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nopeSummary: The freedom movements in the U.S., and indeed around the world, have been dealt a tremendous blow with the election of Donald Trump as President of the U.S. As we absorb the significance of this development and prepare to respond to it on the basis of firm Marxist-Humanist principles, there are several points that I think may be worthwhile to keep in mind — Editors

Adopted on Nov. 17, 2016, as a Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization

 

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chainSummary: Trump’s authoritarianism might be similar to what we have seen in emerging economies such as Russia and China during the past 25 years.  Originally appeared in Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists — Editors

 

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reforminmorocco_133Summary: The oppressive rule of King Mohammed VI of Morocco has experienced new challenges from the below on the eve of the COP 22 global environmental conference in Marrakesh — Editors

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heckerman-cops-133Summary:  The death of a friend during a forced eviction is the indirect result of the militarization brought about by the racist “War on Drugs” (1900w) — Editors

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41cupjo2rwl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Summary: This review of the 2016 expanded edition Kevin Anderson’s Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western first appeared in Monthly Review, October 2016 — Editors

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morel-pauo-coup-brazilSummary: The background to the soft coup d’état wherein reactionary neoliberal forces overthrew the elected Workers’ Party government without resorting to the military is part of a pattern in Latin America; analyzes the last 60 years of Brazilian national life, laying bare the contradictions of bourgeois democracy, and pointing toward the revolutionary unrest that is sure to emerge in the long run — Editors

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mendez-marcelo-klein-kovel-3Summary: A student activist contrasts the anti-capitalist writings of Naomi Klein and Joel Kovel by discussing the roots of environmental destruction in the drive for capital accumulation, also exploring the need for an eco-socialist alternative — Editors

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donald-trumpSummary: On the danger represented by the racist, sexist, anti-immigrant Donald Trump, how economic hardship is driving some white workers toward him, and the need for a total uprooting of the system (1100w) – Editors

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bc20161007Summary: A review of Gareth Stedman Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (Harvard, 2016), a well-researched biography that utilizes the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe (MEGA). But its dismissive treatment of Marx’s critique of political economy and of his late writings on non-Western and precapitalist societies shows the book’s shortcomings, as Stedman Jones limits Marx’s legacy to the 19th century without discovering its power for today amid the global crisis of capitalism (2500w) — Editors

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Pro-Immigrant Wall Poster, Vienna, Aug. 2016

Pro-Immigrant Wall Poster, Vienna, Aug. 2016

Summary: Neither the old hierarchical organizational model nor the spontaneous self-organization one have found a form of philosophy and organization that can bring us to a positive, humanist alternative to the system. Based on a speech to the July 2016 Convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, Chicago; first published in Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture, Summer 2016 (5200w)  — Editors

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Chicago Support Rally

Chicago Support Rally

Summary: A powerful effort to prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has mobilized large sections of the Native American communities and supporters. Now is the time to make your voice heard in solidarity with this important movement (2000w) — Editors

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tapia-refectionsSummary: Discusses young Marx, alternatives to capitalism, and the need to develop Marx’s Marxism for today — Editors

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mena_map-133Review of Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising, by Gilbert Achcar.  Originally appeared in Jacobin, Sept. 12, 2016 (1400w) — Editors

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51TYt2FoHwL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: The following review of Peter Hudis’s book Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013) appeared in the German leftist periodical Sopos, here http://www.internationalmarxisthumanist.org/review/simon-birnbaum-marxsche-alternative-zum-kapitalismus-sopos-dec-2015 in December 2015. Many thanks to Manuela Kölke for the English translation (1900w) — Editors

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article-doc-bk27h-37dvgmcfzcbe4a19030a72e9e23a-843_634x428Summary: New developments in today’s Middle East underline the importance of overcoming outdated notions of imperialism that fail to identify the multiple actors on the world stage that are responsible for war, exploitation and imperialist intervention.Originally appeared on the website of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists, Aug. 25, 2016 (2800w) — Editors

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Khalfani with Mark Thiel

Khalfani Khaldun & Mark Thiel

Summary: Discusses the recent sending of political prisoner Khalfani M. Khaldun to solidarity confinement by prisconcrats attempting to silence the voice of this important thinker and activist. – Editors

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3979190-133Summary: Excerpt of a speech to the International Marxist-Humanist Organization Convention, Chicago, July 2-3, 2016. It addresses, with particular attention to Latin America and to Marx’s Critique of the Gotha Program, the urgent need to develop a viable alternative to capitalism that goes beyond critiques of neo-liberalism and beyond calls for a more “equitable” distribution of surplus value — Editors

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Thomas_Piketty_2015Summary: Discusses the main differences between Piketty’s book and Marx’s Capital. Originally pulbished on April 3, 2016 in Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists (4300w) — Editors

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map-afSummary: The economic and political crisis of Africa today — especially in Angola, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and South Africa — is connected to ruthless exploitation by Euro-US and Middle Eastern capital, to the rise of fundmentalism, and to the migrant crisis in Europe — Editors

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hmf-2Summary: On David Black’s edition of Helen Macfarlane’s writings, an insufficiently appreciated figure in the history of socialist humanism, whose unique vision was expounded in a largely unknown oeuvre during the 1850s. Originally published in Critical Research on Religion 4:2 (2016) (1500w) — Editors

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Grahn-JonasSummary: The materialist explanation of racism provides anti-racist activists with a powerful conceptual tool that demystifies racial thought and exposes unequal production relations hidden behind the idea of race. Referring to Oliver C. Cox, CLR James, and Raya Dunayevskaya, the author concludes that there are no hierarchies concerning which struggle is the most important, and that thingification of human relations is the prerequisite for race prejudice — Editors

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Turkish-military-coup-660x330Summary: Since the failure of a military coup against him, Turkey’s President Erdogan has launched a coup of his own, clamping down hard on all opposition — Editors

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MojibSummary: Escalating political repression in Morocco under the rule of King Mohammed VI makes this a crucial moment to solidarize with human rights activists and freedom fighters being targeted by the government, which includes the author, Maati Monjib — Editors

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Ada Colau

Summary: This article is based on a presentation for the 2016 convention of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization on Philosophic Perspectives on Anti-Capitalism  — Editors

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Raya Dunayevskaya

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Herbert Marcuse

Summary: This article explores Raya Dunayevskaya and Herbert Marcuse’s humanism and dialectics, arguing in favour of the former’s open and negative conception of dialectical possibilities. A slightly different version appeared in Thesis Eleven No. 134 (2016) — Editors

 

 

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San Francisco dock workers on strike against the Iraq war (2008)

Summary: The new expanded edition of Brecher’s Strike! is a monumental contribution to labor history. This review discusses the book’s revolutionary qualities, while also questioning its treatment of the IWW and most importantly, of the intersectionality of race and class — Editors

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3996866368_43a97e53bb_bSummary: From plenary panel at Left Forum, New York, on “Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution?” that also featured Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff, and moderated by Laura Flanders (20 mins.) — Editors

 

 

 

 

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images-1Summary: This statement on the current situation was drafted on March 27 in preparation for our international gathering this summer. Because it covers a wide range of issues pertinent to the global revolutionary movement, we have decided to make it public now — Editors

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feminist fistSummary: The translators’ introduction to the Persian edition of Heather Brown’s Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study. Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation  — Editors

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Church in Baddiley, Cheshire, where HM spent her last years.

Summary: Explores the life and work of Helen Macfarlane, early translator of the Communist Manifesto, labor activist, and radical journalist, who almost disappeared from the historical record until recently — Editors

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Summary: Critical review of the recent BBC documentary on Marx, with particular attention to the flawed depiction of his later years as ones of bourgeois respectability. Link to broadcast is HERE   — Editors

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CAPITALISMSummary: A response to the IMHO’s “Theoretical and Practical Perspectives for Overcoming Capitalism” in which the economic underpinnings of racism are connected to the changes in social consciousness since the 2008 economic crisis — Editors

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9780745336251Summary: This lecture by Hudis on his 2015 book, Frantz Fanon, Philosopher of the Barricades, was presented to a March 13, 2016 meeting of the Los Angeles chapter of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization at the Westside Peace Center (60 minutes), here: part 1 of 2 and part 2 of 2  — Editors

 

 

 

 

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nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runnersSummary: Islamophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria in the U.S. are compared to George Wallace’s racist candidacy of the 1960s, and to the rise of Nazism. Today’s Trump campaign is taking place in an era of economic decline, however — Editors  

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