The November-December 2014 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 59, #6, is available on the web.
Lead: Racist election deepens reactionary direction of U.S.
The U.S. government took an ominous, reactionary political turn in the 2014 midterm elections, with Republicans taking control of the Senate. Multiple crises of impending war, ecological catastrophe, and a new global economic downturn mean time is running out for humanity under the disconnect between thought and reality endemic to capitalist politics.
Editorial: Rojava and Syria’s revolution
Today the heroic struggle of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, along with allies of the Free Syrian Army, to defend Kobane from the IS deserves all support. This means first the support of the people, the workers, women, and all who struggle for a better life.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: 1953 letters on Hegel’s Absolutes, Part 2
Raya Dunayevskaya’s May 12, 1953, letter—presented in two parts, beginning in the previous issue—is one of the historic-philosophic writings included in The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism.
Mexico at a new moment of revolt
Massive protests have swept across Mexico in response to the brutal state-instigated attack against students from the Escuela Normal in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.October and November have been months of rage, led by hundreds of thousands of students.
New Spanish Translation of American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard
Contradicciones históricas en la civilización de los Estados Unidos. Las masas afroamericanas como vanguardia: New Spanish Translation of American Civilization on Trial: Black Masses as Vanguard by Raya Dunayevskaya.
Hong Kong youth confront class rule
Hundreds of people in Hong Kong marched to People’s Republic of China government offices on Nov. 9 to demand direct negotiations with the government of China and to oppose sham democratic elections planned for 2017. Marchers began from encampments of thousands of protesters who had been maintaining blockades of major thoroughfares for more than six weeks.
Essay: The Syrian Revolution and its philosophy
The confrontation between differing classes and worldviews has been most intense in Syria, making it the test of world politics—and of philosophy and revolution. The Syrian Revolution has pushed thought about revolution to a new level.
Workshop Talks: Ebola fearmongers
In the wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, only one person has died on U.S. soil from the virus. But millions have been led to panic. Irresponsible politicians created a climate of fear, calling for mandatory quarantines on healthy healthcare workers like Kaci Hickox returning from West Africa.
Michael Brown rally
A participant reports on demonstrations in St. Louis and Memphis over the killing of Michael Brown and others by police.
Hundreds of thousands throng People’s Climate March
Central Park in New York City was filled with hundreds of thousands at the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21.
Prison hunger strike commemorated
About 100 people commemorated one year since the suspension of the historic 60-day hunger strike by California prisoners opposing the torture of solitary confinement.