News & Letters, Vol. 56, No. 3
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2011-2011
Revolution and counter-revolution take world stage
Revolution and counter-revolution have forced their way to the center stage of history. In Tunisia and Egypt, revolutions have opened tremendous possibilities and spread the fire of their passion all across the Arab world and from China to the U.S. At the same time, counter-revolution has reared its head, from devious maneuvers aimed at co-opting the masses’ initiative to the bloody brutality exercised by Muammar al-Qaddafi in Libya. Such a moment in history tests revolutionaries and all who oppose the exploitation and violence of this globalized capitalist world—and the test sharpened when the U.S. and its NATO allies entered the conflict in Libya.
- I. The Arab Spring
a. High points of revolution
b. Libya’s counter-revolution
c. Revolts across the Arab world
- II. The wars at home
a. U.S. class war
b. Women in the crosshairs
c. The U.S. wars and nuclear peril
- III. Japan: earthquake, tsunami and meltdown
- IV. Revolution, organization and philosophy
- V. Marxist-Humanist Tasks
Women in Yemen show revolutionary way
Yemeni society has offered limited roles for women in politics. It never expected women to be part of any revolution. Yet the most popular face of Yemen’s anti-government movement is a woman: Tawakkol Karman.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Subjects of revolution: theory/practice
Excerpt from Jan. 15, 1971, letter to Will Stein and other young revolutionaries in News and Letters Committees who had questions about the relationship of theory and practice, and about the “Subject.”
A Freedom Rider looks back to ‘a sort of revolution’
Our Freedom Ride [on June 6, 1961] was from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi. Since we were Blacks and whites, we were integrated and therefore revolutionary in that place and time.
World in View
Gbagbo’s last stand
The arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo by NATO and Ivorian opposition forces will not solve the problems that plague Ivory Coast. Gbagbo’s rise and fall does represent, in microcosm, the long tragedy of Africa’s unfinished revolutions.
Militant labor and corporate attacks
Attacks against labor, fueled by the economic crises that have persisted since the economic meltdown in 2008, have taken many forms. They affect not only union workers, but employees in all industries. Huge increases in the use of temporary employees and expanding the two-tier wage system are assuming greater importance.
Woman as Reason
Abortion and the Left
The reason, of course, the Left leaves out the demand for abortion rights is that they recognize it as a “divisive” issue. Even the so-called feminist anti-war group, CODEPINK, has not a word to say about abortion rights. But women’s right to an abortion should be a part of any group fighting war, if for no other reason than that rape is a weapon of war.