NEW: Special statement from News and Letters Committees
War threat over Korea
The continuing threat of war on the Korean Peninsula underscores the urgency of the Marxist-Humanist perspective that the opposite of war is not peace but revolution. North Korea seized the focus of war, peace and nuclear annihilation on Nov. 23 by raining deadly artillery shells down on South Korean-controlled Yeonpyeong Island. The artillery attack appeared to be meticulously planned--“precisely aimed,” North Korea claimed, against military installations. Yet entire fishing villages were destroyed, and two civilians were killed as well as two South Korean marines.
News & Letters, Vol. 55, No. 6
Raya Dunayevskaya Centenary Year 1910 - 2010
November - December 2010
Campaigns intensify counter-revolutionary onslaught
It is sadly ironic that at this moment, when the crisis of capitalism has shown itself as both deep and intractable, some of the most reactionary impulses from U.S. history have moved to take center stage. The bankruptcy of bourgeois politics were revealed by the 2010 mid-term elections.
End Afghan war!
President Obama rolled to victory in 2008 in part from voters disenchanted with permanent war....Yet two years later, Obama is continuing Bush's foreign wars. In the 2010 elections, it is astounding that wars abroad were not a factor.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Dialectics of revolution: American roots and world Humanist concepts, Part II
For the centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya's birth, we present excerpts from her March 21, 1985, lecture at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, Detroit, at the opening of a three-month exhibition of the Raya Dunayevskaya Collection (RDC).
"The 1970s also saw the emergence of a new revolutionary force: Women's Liberation, which had grown from an idea whose time had come to become a Movement.... The women insisted that the Left must face the male chauvinism within that movement, and must recognize the need to grapple with this question before, during, in, and after the revolution."
Dunayevskaya's place in the history of the Left
Raya Dunayevskaya deserves a prominent place in the historical self-understanding of the U.S. Left. She was acknowledged in her lifetime not only as a leader in theory by working-class militants ... but also as a serious contributor to the interpretation of Hegelian philosophy by scholars...
Woman as Reason
Congo, capitalism and rape
The war in Congo is not the FARDC against the many rebel groups, or the rebels against each other, it is all of them against Congolese civilians. It is a feeding frenzy for minerals, for capitalist wealth.
French workers vs. state and union leaders
People ask me what it's like living in France during these massive one-day strikes and popular mobilizations against the conservative Sarkozy government's pension "reforms."
On the one hand, it is thrilling to see millions of citizens in the streets as well as hundreds of thousands of workers striking in defense of their hard-won social rights defying an increasingly reactionary government. ...
On the other hand, the unions use the same dilatory tactics ... And this wasn't the first time these tactics failed.
Chilean miners' rescue evokes many views
* Naturally, everyone is glad the miners are coming out, but it seems to me this is an extreme case of media overkill that is designed to serve as a distraction from Mass-Murder Incorporated's (M-M Inc.--the U.S. government) worldwide killing spree, if not from the mine operator's greedy rush for profits that caused the accident in the first place....
* The amazing ordeal that they endured for 69 days, and the rescue process itself, reflect both the tremendous capacity for human survival and the ability of human creativity when worldwide collective energies are focused on a truly human endeavor....
* I am thinking about the Chilean miners' situation as a metaphor for the new humanism....
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