World In View: Venezuela in chaos

May 15, 2017

During this time of economic, political and societal crisis, including shortages of food and medicine, can Venezuela’s people build a society that is truly human, thus showing the way for the rest of the world?

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Raya Dunayevskaya

Essay: Epigones discard Marxist-Humanist philosophy

September 12, 2016

The retreat of former Marxist-Humanists into post-Marx Marxism is analyzed by Franklin Dmitryev through the books “Marx at the Margins” by Kevin Anderson and “Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism” by Peter Hudis, which appropriate some of Raya Dunayevskaya’s conclusions while quietly dismantling their philosophical framework.

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Thousands march during a protest on June 1, 2016, in Bogota, Colombia, joining the farmers nationwide strike. Photo from psm-international.

Upheaval and crisis in Latin America

July 14, 2016

Venezuela is in ever-deepening crisis–including electricity shortages, outrageous inflation, food shortages–because of neoliberal politics. Colombia sees a cease-fire agreement signed between the government and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia/FARC while agricultural injustice, a major cause of increasing poverty, remains. Peru elects Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a right-wing neoliberal, as their new president, defeating Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, who committed many human rights abuses while in office.

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Polarization in Brazil

The impeachment of Brazil’s President Rousseff by right-wing forces in Congress betrays longstanding divisions in Brazil along lines of race and class, but was made possible because Rousseff’s Workers Party tried to demobilize the social forces that had brought it to power, leaving street agitation to Right-wing militants.

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Picture thanks to the Sierria Club.

Oil: bad both ways

March 12, 2016

People’s suffering, no matter the price of oil, demonstrates capitalism’s inherent deep ties with climate change and economic destruction.

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World in View: Cuba-U.S. Relations

February 1, 2015

Where do we go from here? The U.S. has certainly not given up bringing down the Castros; only the method is different. The pulls of neoliberal capitalism, the world market, are now the weapons.

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Readers’ Views, November-December 2014, Part 2

November 23, 2014

From the November-December 2014 issue of News & Letters

Readers’ Views, Part 2

PHILOSOPHY, ACTIVITY, ORGANIZATION AND SOCIALISM

I appreciate how Dunayevskaya relates Hegel’s Absolutes with the concrete tasks of building a revolutionary organization. History is the process of becoming. Hegel said that Being and Nothing are abstractions, whereas [=>]

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Post-election Venezuela

December 4, 2012

From the November-December 2012 issue of News & Letters

Post-election Venezuela

The reelection of Hugo Chávez as president is an important moment in Venezuela and Latin America as a whole. After more than a decade in power—during which his administration practically eliminated illiteracy, drastically reduced misery and poverty, including far greater access to food and healthcare, and [=>]

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The Arab Spring

May 7, 2011

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011

Part I of

Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2011-2012
Revolution and counter-revolution take world stage

This special issue carries our Draft Perspectives Thesis, part of our preparation for the national gathering of News and Letters Committees. We publish it because our age is in such total crisis, facing a choice between [=>]

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Women’s freedom and Marx’s dialectic

March 22, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Essay
Woman as Reason
Women’s freedom and Marx’s dialectic

by Terry Moon

The contemporary nature of Marxist-Humanism is evident when one views the theory and practice of women’s liberation. Today that involves both an unprecedented attack on women’s rights–especially reproductive rights–now taking place in the U.S., and women’s creative activism in [=>]

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World food crisis, still

January 26, 2011

The world food crisis, which was hot in 2008 and then subsided temporarily, is getting worse again. It was one of the factors in Tunisia’s revolution, along with recent revolts in Algeria. The piece below, published in the June-July 2008 issue of News & Letters, is still quite germane.

World food crisis stirs [=>]

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Chilean miners’ rescue evokes many views

November 12, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Chilean miners’ rescue evokes many views

It is Oct. 13 and I am visually and sonically inundated with blow-by-blow descriptions of the Chilean miner rescue operation. TV, radio and newspapers have whipped themselves into a frenzy reporting the rescue of 33 miners from a collapsed mine in Chile. [=>]

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French workers vs. state and union leaders

November 11, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

French workers vs. state and union leaders

 

What follows are excerpts from an in-person report.

 

 

Montpellier, France–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.” These cuts would push the minimum retirement age from [=>]

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Essay: Dunayevskaya’s place in the history of the Left

November 9, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Essay:  Dunayevskaya’s place in the history of the Left
by Kevin Michaels

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 like Charles Denby, author of Indignant Heart: A [=>]

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Dunayevskaya’s thought alive in Latin America

September 21, 2010

From the new September-October 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Dunayevskaya’s thought alive in Latin America
Feminist meets Raya

Several months ago I had the good fortune to “meet” Raya Dunayevskaya, read and study her and familiarize myself with her thought, which to me is valid and contemporary. This brought on a self-introspection, as someone coming from the [=>]

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Bordiga’s Marxism, no way to unite theory and practice

August 22, 2010

With left communist Marxist Amadeo Bordiga’s significance being debated these days, I repost here Ron Kelch’s article about Bordiga from the July-August 2010 issue of News & Letters.

Bordiga’s Marxism, no way to unite theory and practice

Necessity is an evil, but there is no necessity to live under the control of necessity. Everywhere the paths to [=>]

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