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Summary: Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airbase does not change the overall logic of US imperialist policy in the region, although his bellicose words and actions heighten the risk of a major war there or in northeast Asia — Editors

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Summary: Examines right-wing populism and its similarities/differences with fascism, and the relationship of both to economic crisis, both today and in the writings of Trotsky, Grossmann, Sohn-Rethel, and Dunayevskaya; considered in light of the need to overcome the capital relation in favor of humanism and freedom — Editors

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Summary — Raya Dunayevskaya, in 1970, critiques the illusions of the counter-cultural “Woodstock nation,” and calls for a coalescence of the objective and subjective forces needed for social revolution — Editors

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Summary: Interview with Peter Hudis highlights the guiding threads in the thought and activity of Frantz Fanon as a humanist and anti-racist beacon in the battle of ideas and the struggle for an alternative to capitalism. Also addresses contradictions within Marxist-Humanism in the US. Orig. appeared in The Brotherwise Dispatch, Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017–Editors

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Summary: A class struggle that is anti-sexist, anti-racist, and against all forms of oppression is central to Marx’s philosophy of revolution and the development of a new humanism. The force and reason of women of color are especially crucial to this process. First appeared in Knowledge Cultures 4:6 (2016) — Editors

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Summary: Marx wrote on how enslaved Blacks, white US and British workers, and Abolitionist and socialist intellectuals interacted during what amounted to a second American Revolution. Author’s last version of article in Journal of Classical Sociology 17:1 — via escholarship  — Editors

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Summary: Panel discussion at the Orange County (LA area) Anarchist Book Fair, with two anarchists and one Marxist-Humanist — Editors

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Summary: Counterposes antihumanist positions in Foucault and others, arguing for a revival of Marxist humanism. First appeared in the Pluto Press blog, Feb. 27, 2017 — Editors

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Summary: Dutch elections repudiate populist Right and show gains by anti-populist left-of-centre parties, with the exception of the social democrats, who were discredited by their neoliberal policies — Editors

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Summary: Speech given to International Working Women’s Day rally, Chicago, Illinois, sponsored by the Socialist Party, March 8, 2017  — Editors

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Summary: The new presidents of the Philippines and the United States are two of a kind, and part of a global reactionary trend – Editors

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Summary:  Notions of a “deep state” opposing Trump echo claims by the Putin regime; what is really happening is a split in the US ruling class that opens possibilities for the Left — Editors

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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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Why do our movement veterans’ websites still sing the songs of hope?

I remember our singing,
our sit-ins,
the beatings others suffered
but I escaped,
our weekly meetings,
our arguments and deep thoughts,
our moral agonies
and the fluent tongues of some.

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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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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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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

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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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 https://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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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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Raya Dunayevskaya

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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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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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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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