The November-December 2015 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 61, #1, is available on the web.
Lead: California prisoners battle barbaric U.S. ‘justice’ system
In California the ongoing struggle of prisoners against the U.S.’s barbaric criminal justice system reached a milestone in the effort to totally transform a society in which millions of poor, unemployed and people of color end up in an inhuman gulag.
Philosophic basis of News & Letters
On the 60th anniversary of News & Letters, we discuss its philosophic basis and invite readers to participate.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Black masses, youth, and the needed U.S. revolution: philosophy and reality
This piece looks at the possibility of revolution in the U.S. and the importance of Black masses as vanguard.
Editorial: Putin’s retrogressionism
Putin found a formula: to participate in genocide while claiming to be fighting “terrorism.” This says everything about the nature of his retrogressive rule, and about the hypocrisy of the U.S. and Europe.
Workshop Talks: Workers not robots
The workplace at Amazon.com is making employees physically and mentally ill, which is a hallmark of production under capitalism. What happens at Amazon.com is not unusual and can be seen even in areas like healthcare, for example, at Kaiser.
To transition or not transition?
A review of Blood and Visions: Womyn Reconciling with Being Female, an anthology on the pros and cons of transitioning. It includes intense, painful, personal stories of young butch and “gender non-conforming” Lesbians who experienced great pressure from society, their own LGBTQ communities, and medical and therapy professions to identify as Transgender men.
UAW workers vote down Chrysler deal
UAW workers reject Chrysler contract and force an improved one, showing the power of their strike.
Philosophic Dialogue: Behind Marković’s turn to fascism was rift with Marx’s humanism
Philosophic dialogue discusses Markovic’s turn to fascism.
World in View: Deadly war waged on Yemen’s civilians
Saudi Arabia’s seven-month-long campaign of death and human suffering has been abetted by logistical support from the Obama administration. The Houthis they purport to oppose wasted the popular welcome they received entering Sana’a in 2014 by allying with former oppressor, ex-ruler Saleh, and imposing their own brand of narrow sectarian rule.
Voices from Chernobyl chart disaster
Review of Voices from Chernobyl: The oral history of a nuclear disaster.
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