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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Easter_Proclamation_of_1916Summary: Easter 1916 in Ireland was the first major anti-colonial uprising of the twentieth century, a harbinger of revolts across the colonial world.  At the time, Marxists like Trotsky and Radek dismissed it as bourgeois nationalist in character, but Lenin saw it as an example of a new force on the world scene that could be an ally of the working classes against monopoly capital: national liberation movements against imperialism.  Originally appeared in Truthout, March 27, 2016 — 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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urlSummary: This article responds to Hamid Assian’s “On Action & Analysis,” published here on Feb. 11  and to the comment on it and on theory and practice by Mia Carlsen — Editors

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Assian-imageSummary: Based on an intervention at a Los Angeles International Marxist-Humanist Organization meeting in response to the argument that immediate action was more important than theoretical reflection — Editors

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Mendez-Marcelo-LAecorallySummary: The November 29 climate rally in downtown Los Angeles addressed the need for a local shift from fossil fuels to renewables, as well as issues of race and class — Editors

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IMG_5017-133Summary: The murder of Laquan McDonald reveals not only the depravity of the Chicago cop who killed him but also of the entire police department, criminal justice system, and political forces that sought to conceal this crime and that of others against people of color all over the U.S. — Editors

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glSummary: A discussion — in light of the Great Recession and of current debates over economic crisis and its causes — of Henryk Grossman’s 1929 critique of  Rosa Luxemburg’s thesis in Accumulation of Capital that overproduction is the cause of crises, and Grossman’s (and Raya Dunayevskaya’s) defense of Marx’s notion of the tendential fall in the rate of profit  — 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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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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red-rosa-cover-max_221-90ee2dacd262d0d21ee3f2d9b01b6b12Summary: Kate Evans, co-author (with Paul Buhle) of Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography; Peter Hudis, General Editor of Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg; and Mirjam Zadoff of Indiana University — in conversation on March 8 2016  (International Women’s Day) on Doug Storm’s “Interchange” on radiofreeamerica (WFHB radio), Bloomington, Indiana (60 mins.), HERE — Editors

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Picture1Summary: The recent death of Mark Thiel, a fighter for prisoner rights, racial justice, and an end to class society, calls us on to commemorate the work to which he dedicated his life. This is written by a New Afrikan political prisoner in Indiana whom we have supported for many years — Editors

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content_silence_rohingya_protestSummary: As the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over the government of Myanmar (Burma), its credentials as a force for freedom and human rights have been tested by the persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority people in this predominantly Buddhist country. So far, the NLD is failing that test by not denouncing this religious and ethnic oppression or standing up for minority rights — Editors

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