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Readers’ Views: May-June 2017

May 1, 2017

Reader’s Views on Women vs. Reaction; Women and Philosophy; Syria and Humanity; Support Trans Children!; Animals and Us; Repression vs. Justice; Why Read “N&L”; Voices from Behind the Bars

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Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 14, 2014, marching against the murder of Michael Brown by the police.

Essay: Marx’s Marxism vs. Trump-Putin’s barbarism

March 21, 2017

Trump’s barbarism in power is a crisis for bourgeois democracy and revolutionary thought. Opposition from below is far deeper than bourgeois opposition to Trump. To have efficacy today, Marx’s body of ideas must be grasped and projected as a whole. The movement from theory needs to meet the challenge of history, of freedom struggles and revolution.

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Black women express their thoughts at the Spring Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam, New York City, April 15, 1967. Photo: crmvet.org

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Racism, war and Muhammad Ali

July 4, 2016

On the same day that General William Westmoreland waved the flag before Congress, Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army. While the general was applauded even by the doves, Ali was, within hours, stripped of his title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. War exposed the open nerve—”the Black Question”—which has always been the touchstone of U.S. history. It placed American civilization on trial before the world much more seriously than the “war crimes tribunal” in Stockholm.

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Marxist-Humanist organization and philosophy

May 6, 2015

Spelling out the philosophical breakthrough on Hegel’s Absolutes as the total uprooting of the old and the creation of new human relations, in concrete relationship to struggles for freedom in practice and in theory, is at the heart of projecting Marxist-Humanism, and therefore of its organizational life.

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Popular assembly in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, May 5, 2012. Photo by Adolfo Indignado Cuartero, http://www.flickr.com/photos/popicinio/

Greek masses in peril

The rulers’ economic squeeze on Greece is intended to be an ideological prison for the working masses of Europe. Left tendencies aim to use the state to save capitalism or move toward socialism—rather than releasing self-activity of masses in motion as the prime mover of social transformation.

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Bombed-out neighborhood in Yemen. Eyewitnesses say this house “was destroyed on the heads of all the occupants” on April 12, 2015. Photo by Abubakr Alhamdani.

Things fall apart

In the absence of successful social revolution, today’s total crisis is shown in a world capitalist order that is falling apart economically, politically, environmentally, and in thought. That does not mean that we can wait for capitalism to collapse and step aside for a new society. On the contrary. Its desperation makes it that much more vicious, and it threatens to doom all of humanity with it.

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Protesters at national demonstration in St. Louis Oct. 11-12, 2014, against police killings. Actions were prompted by the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.  (Photo by Mar Quita Bradshaw for News & Letters)

Decaying social order shows need for philosophy, revolution

Introduction; I. Black Lives Matter; II. Things fall apart (A. Arab Spring: Revolution and war; B. Economic weakness and shifts in global politics; C. Whiff of fascism); III. Greek masses in peril; IV. Marxist-Humanist organization and philosophy.
The fact that the old, crumbling order will not go away quietly explains why we mark the 60 years of activity of the Marxist-Humanist organization News and Letters Committees—not as an anniversary but as an open window onto the needed philosophy of revolution, without which all revolutions and freedom movements remain incomplete.

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Protesters at national demonstration in St. Louis Oct. 11-12, 2014, against police killings. Actions were prompted by the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.  (Photo by Mar Quita Bradshaw for News & Letters)

Black Lives Matter

May 3, 2015

The long-simmering outrage of Black masses has broken out into a movement against this racist society, particularly its pattern of racist killings by the police. It has not only reverberated internationally, but also made itself felt in the battle of ideas and the sphere of theory.

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Celebrating 60 years: Marx spoke to 1975 economic crisis

April 30, 2015

In celebrating the first 60 years of News and Letters Committees, we reprint excerpts from the Draft Perspectives for 1975-76 by Raya Dunayevskaya, the first printed in News & Letters.

THE MOVEMENT KNOWS, of course, that the class enemy is at home, within each country. It knows full well that each existing state power is weighted down with fear of revolution. And it does not fail to appreciate that, no matter how deep the intra-imperialist rivalries, capitalist class solidarity holds tightest and strongest against its own people.

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Solidarity had the might to move the mountain of prison torture that kept us isolated and voiceless. ­ We still need you now, even more

October 13, 2014

An appeal from prison hunger strike activists Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and Jabari Scott about the unlawful and inhuman conditions at Tehachapi State Prison and the non-implementation of the agreements worked out between prisoners and California Gov. Jerry Brown. News and Letters Committees has been covering the prisoners’ hunger strike even before it began (see Pelican [=>]

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Another look at Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Mind’

September 14, 2014

From the January-February 2002 News & Letters

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya

Editor’s Note: We publish here a discussion of what Marx considered Hegel’s greatest philosophic work—The Phenomenology of Mind. The first piece is a letter written by Raya Dunayevskaya to an Iranian colleague on June 26, 19861It was written to Janet Afary, author of The [=>]

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Art by Michael Russell, Pelican Bay SHU

No rehabilitation

July 7, 2014

From the July-August 2014 issue of News & Letters

Oakland, Calif.—On June 14 Critical Resistance (CR), an organization working for the abolition of the prison system, held a community forum on California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr). (Prisoners refuse to capitalize the “R” because there is no “rehabilitation.”)

The forum took up new [=>]

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Write, sell, be a bundle dealer for NEWS & LETTERS

Every page of News & Letters is meant to be part of an ongoing discussion about freedom with you, our readers.  If you have a story to tell about your work, about demonstrations happening where you live, about an article you’ve read in this paper, send it to News & Letters, 228 S. Wabash [=>]

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‘A Dreadful Deceit’ and unceasing rebellion

March 30, 2014

Jacqueline Jones’ new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, is not a call to ignore effects of the concept of race in law and practice. She finds the definition of race repeatedly twisted to suit the needs of the ruling class and wielded as a tool for subjugation of Black and white labor alike.

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New Russian edition of Marxism and Freedom: Praxis Center needs your help

February 20, 2012

New Russian edition of Marxism and Freedom

Russian Marxism and Freedom

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From Readers’ Views, January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters:

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN RUSSIA: IN REVOLT, IN THEORY

I heard the news of the largest protests in Russia since the dissolution of the USSR twenty years ago at just about the same time I heard about [=>]

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Arabic translation of Marxism and Freedom available on pdf

July 21, 2011

Now available at the News and Letters Committees website as a pdf file:

 

New Arabic translation of Marxism and Freedom by Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya’s classic explication of Marxism is finally available in Arabic. The first book on Marxist-Humanism, it was originally published in 1958 and has been in continuous publication. It has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, [=>]

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Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters is online

November 5, 2010

The Nov-Dec 2010 issue of News & Letters is now available online.
http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/index.asp

Lead: Campaigns intensify counter-revolutionary onslaught
http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/leadNovDec_10.asp

Editorial: End Afghan war!
http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/editorialNovDec_10.asp

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Dialectics of revolution: American roots and world Humanist concepts, Part II
http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/ftaNovDec_10.asp

Essay: Dunayevskaya’s place in the history of the Left
<http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/essayNovDec_10.asp>

Woman as Reason: Congo, capitalism and rape
<http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/warCongoNovDec_10.asp>

French workers vs. state and union leaders
http://sr3.supportedns.com/~rayaduna/newsandletters/issues/2010/Nov-Dec/FranceNovDec_10.asp

Chilean [=>]

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