New Politics Vol. XVI No. 2, Whole Number 62

 

  • From the Editors
  • Trump Takes Office, Resistance Takes to the Streets, Saulo Colón, Barry Finger, Thomas Harrison, Michael Hirsch, Nancy Holmstrom, Dan La Botz, Joanne Landy, and Jason Schulman
  • The Rust Belt in Revolt, Barry Finger
  • Russia: The Revolution and Beyond
    • “Glorious Harbinger of a New Society”: The Bolshevik Revolution, Thomas Harrison
    • This Changed Everything—Twice: Russia, Revolution, and Counter-revolution, Dan La Botz
    • Neoliberal Imperialism, the Latest Stage of Capitalism, Saeed Rahnema
    • Russia and the Left, Stephen R. Shalom
  • Articles
    • #czarnyprotest: The Black Protest for Abortion Rights in Poland, Katarzyna Bielińska-Kowalewska
    • The Rise of the Revolutionary Left in Argentina, Marisela Trevin and Juan Cruz Ferre
    • Italy: Sovereignty Belongs to the People, Stefanie Prezioso
    • Solidarity Report from Standing Rock, Nancy Romer
    • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community Fifty Years Later: Remembering Martin Luther King’s Last, Most Radical Book , Peter Kolozi and James Freeman
    • The Rise and Fall of the Muckrakers, Martin Oppenheimer
    • The Capitalist Mentality and the Politics of Radical Reform, Bryant William Sculos
  • Words & Pictures
    • Leonard Weinglass on The Patriot Act, Seth Tobocman, with an introduction by Kent Worcester
  • Reviews
    • 1939: Soviets Invade Poland. Defensist? Imperialist?, Herman Benson, review of Matgamna, ed., The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: The Fate of the Russian Revolution
    • Samir Amin’s Russian Campist Anti-Imperialism, Dan La Botz, review of Amin, Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism
    • Reflections on Opportunity Lost: Greece and the Syriza Experience, Aaron Amaral, review of Rasmus, Looting Greece: A New Financial Imperialism Emerges, and Sheehan, The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
    • Getting Away With It: Israel and Global Occupation, Kyle Stanton, review of Halper, War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinans and Global Pacification
  • Obituary
    • Sam Bottone, Joanne Landy

In this issue:

From the Editors

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The inauguration of Donald Trump as the president of the United States opens what we fear will be one of the darkest and most dangerous periods in American history since the founding of this journal in 1961.

Trump Takes Office, Resistance Takes to the Streets

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Donald Trump takes office  on January 20, setting up the most right-wing, racist government in modern American history, but he will not go unchallenged. That challenge is already in motion.

The Rust Belt in Revolt

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This year’s elections are the culmination of the long-standing economic and cultural grievances of America’s industrial workers, a subclass largely composed of white men from the Rust Belt whose factories have been asset-stripped and sent abroad and whose unions or small businesses, pensions, and prospects have been decimated. They are not the poorest of the poor—not even the poorest of the white poor. They are not from places where the economic conditions are the worst, but they are from places where uncertainty about the future of industrial jobs is most acute.

"Glorious Harbinger of a New Society"

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One hundred years ago the most democratic revolution in history took place. Led by the Bolshevik Party, the Russian working class, allied with the peasantry and organized into mass democratic institutions—the soviets—took power.

This Changed Everything—Twice

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During the tumultuous years that followed the horrors of World War I, especially in the period of 1917 to the early 1920s, the Russian working class became an inspiration to workers around the world.

Neoliberal Imperialism, The Latest Stage of Capitalism

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One hundred years ago, in exile in Zurich during the spring of 1916, Lenin started writing one of his most important and influential works, his pamphlet on imperialism. What is the relevance of this work today?

Russia and the Left

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What explains the enthusiasm in certain quarters of the left for Vladimir Putin and Russia?

#czarnyprotest

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In Poland the law on abortion is one of the most restrictive in the European Union, sex education does not exist, and contraception is both expensive and hard to obtain because a medical prescription is often needed.

The Rise of the Revolutionary Left in Argentina

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Night had fallen on the Atlanta Stadium in the city of Buenos Aires on November 19, and as “The Internationale” began to blare from the loudspeakers, more than twenty thousand people at the Trotskyist Left Front rally stood up, their fists held high, to sing the international workers’ anthem with a single voice.

‘Sovereignty Belongs to the People’

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On December 4, 2016, the Italian electorate was asked to vote on a government-proposed constitutional reform, and the vote dealt the government and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans a ringing blow. The referendum was a political gambit on which the PM bet everything, yet 59.1 percent of voters rejected the reform. Barely an hour after the polls closed, Renzi announced his resignation.

Solidarity Report from Standing Rock

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The struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was one of the major political mobilizations of 2016, combining the demand for Native rights with the call for environmental justice. New Politics asked Nancy Romer to cover these events for us. She was at Standing Rock from November 10-15.

Remembering Martin Luther King’s Last, Most Radical Book

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Marking an anniversary of a book’s publication is, appropriately, reserved for books that were widely read when they first appeared many years ago. Books we commemorate with an anniversary are ones that ushered in a new way of thinking and influenced the way society tries to make sense of the world. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community did neither of these things.1

The Rise and Fall of the Muckrakers

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The Occupy movement and the Bernie Sanders campaign spotlighted once again the fact that a fairly small number of very rich people dominate the major economic and political institutions of the country.

The Capitalistic Mentality and the Politics of Radical Reform

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Periodization of the various versions of capitalism is tough academic work, and what follows is not meant to diminish the importance of those kinds of projects.

Leonard Weinglass on The Patriot Act

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The pages that follow are taken from Seth Tobocman’s new graphic biography of the radical lawyer Leonard Weinglass, Len: A Lawyer in History (AK Press). This particular section is based on a transcript of a talk that Len Weinglass gave at the 2002 Left Forum on the relationship between Nixon-era encroachments on civil liberties and the Patriot Act.

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1939: Soviets Invade Poland. Defensist? Imperialist?

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When the Stalin-Hitler pact triggered World War II in 1939, and Soviet troops occupied half of Poland and then invaded Finland, the Socialist Workers Party in the United States was plunged into crisis.

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Samir Amin’s Russian Campist Anti-Imperialism

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Reflections on Opportunity Lost

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In very different ways, Helena Sheehan’s The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left and Looting Greece: A New Financial Imperialism Emerges by Jack Rasmus look back over the period of the Greek debt crisis, and the parallel rise and fall of Syriza, and try to take stock.

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Getting Away With It: Israel and Global Occupation

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At the heart of Jeff Halper’s War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification is the question “How does Israel get away with it?” In other words, how is Israel able to continually occupy Palestinian territory in contravention of international law?

Sam Bottone, 1926-2016

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New Politics editorial board member, socialist activist, intellectual, and labor organizer Sam Bottone, 90, died in Portland, Oregon of multiple chronic illnesses on December 30, 2016.

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  1. […] del mondo », MicroMega, 15 octobre 2016. Sur cette bataille, voir Stefanie Prezioso, « Italy : “Sovereignty Belongs to the People” », New Politics, XVI, 2, 2017, p. […]

  2. […] bella del mondo », MicroMega, 15 octobre 2016. Sur cette bataille, voir Stefanie Prezioso, « Italy : “Sovereignty Belongs to the People” », New Politics, XVI, 2, 2017, p. […]

  3. […] del mondo”, MicroMega, 15 de octubre de 2016. Sobre esta batalla, ver Stefanie Prezioso, “Italy : Sovereignty Belongs to the People” », New Politics, XVI, 2, 2017, p. […]

  4. […] del mondo”, MicroMega, 15 de octubre de 2016. Sobre esta batalla, ver Stefanie Prezioso, “Italy : Sovereignty Belongs to the People” », New Politics, XVI, 2, 2017, p. […]