Michael D. Yates Monthly Review Press (Oct. 2, 2018)One of the horrors of the capitalist system is that slave labor, which was central to the formation and growth of capitalism itself, is still fully able to coexist alongside wage labor. But, as Karl Marx pointed out, it is the fact of being paid for one's work that validates capitalism as a viable socio-economic structure. … [Read more...] about Can the Working Class Change the World?
Faramarz Farbod The year 2018 witnessed the passing of William Blum, the author and fierce critic of U.S. imperialism. He died on December 9, at a hospice center in Arlington, VA., at age 85. The news was not entirely unexpected as he had suffered an injury from a fall at his home two months earlier. Blum had ceaselessly researched and exposed in meticulous detail the … [Read more...] about Remembering William Blum
Martin Boksenbaum Audiences made up of community activists and college students were treated to one-night-only showings of two important new documentaries: Invisible Hand on October 21st at Lehigh University and Unfractured on October 23rd at Northampton Community College. Both films focused on significant examples of efforts to protect communities and ecosystems from … [Read more...] about Community and Ecosystem Protection: Two Films
Robert Kocis I. The Problem – A spectre is haunting the industrial and post-industrial world — the spectre of job insecurity. While globalization explains some job insecurity (jobs have been shifted from the more- to the less-developed parts of the world), the greater threat emerges from artificial intelligence (AI), computerization, and robotization, which threaten jobs … [Read more...] about Post-Job Societies
Philip Reiss My American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language defines a welfare state as "A social system whereby the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of citizens." This definition didn't say ALL citizens. So, it seems it's open for interpretation. Also, what is meant by social system? A definition of the term social system is not presented per se. … [Read more...] about Exploitation of the Powerless: The Essence of Capitalism
Martin Boksenbaum Wouldn't it be great to win the lottery and live like one of the rich and famous and powerful? At least that's something to aim for, isn't it, living the upscale life-styles the media flashes before our eyes? Whoa! Is somebody screwing with our brains? What exactly is the reality of our situations anyway? What do we need to be conscious of as … [Read more...] about Identity Crisis?
Gary Olson "… [W]e should not be fooled: Much of the organized opposition to Francis has nothing to do with how we care for the divorced and remarried. It is this, his trenchant critique of modern capitalism that keeps money flowing to conservative outlets intent on marginalizing what the pope says." —Michael Sean Winters, TThe National Catholic Reporter,10/29/17 So far, … [Read more...] about Pope Francis and the Battle Over Cultural Terrain
David Swanson Trump is for nationalism. So the "Resistance" is predictably for... wait for it... the right kind of nationalism — or nationalism worn properly, as The Week advises. The problem isn't nationalism, The Hill informs us, it's phony nationalism and spurious nationalism, or as the Washington Post explains along with CNN, the problem is actually white nationalism. Of … [Read more...] about There is No Good Kind of Nationalism
Alex Fischer "A new report from the United Nations" climate panel warns humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges immediate and unprecedented … [Read more...] about Marx and Earth-First Socialism
Todd Carpien Juan Gonzalez's book Harvest of Empire is a great illustration of the effects of US hegemony in the Western hemisphere. Gonzalez, a Puerto-Rican American, is best known these days as a co-host of Democracy Now! He was a long time columnist for the New York Daily News. His book is of great value in exposing the crimes of the American empire to the general … [Read more...] about Harvest of Empire