New Politics Vol. XVIII No. 2, Whole Number 70

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From The Editors

From the Editors

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[PDF][Print]As we are putting together this issue of New Politics, the United States is experiencing one of the greatest crises in its history. The country has lost more than 300,000 people to the coronavirus pandemic, which . . .

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The U.S. Elections and Beyond

Biden Replaces Trump: A Malignant “Normalcy” Is Restored

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Biden’s win is the triumph not of democracy but of an oligarchic status quo.

The 2020 Elections in the United States: A Socialist View From Afar

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Many of us watching with envy from afar—“envy” because the destruction of democratic institutions has gone much further in our countries—have nothing but admiration for the way in which a would-be dictator has been peacefully overthrown.

Auditing U.S. Democracy

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The Trump years were deeply undemocratic, but they did not mark an abandonment of a previously rich democratic politics

Opening Articles

Race, Crisis, and Resistance in the United States

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discusses the significance of the struggle against racism and police violence.

Changes in Global Capitalism

Workers of the World: Growth, Change, and Rebellion

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An examination of the global working-class labor force in the twenty-first century.

Western Imperialism and the Role of Sub-imperialism in the Global South

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An examination of the significance of BRICS countries as “sub-imperial” powers in the context of global capitalism and imperialism.

The Latin American Left

Latin America in the Time of COVID

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Gonzalez examines the development of Latin American political economy and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bolivia’s Elections

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Bolivia has given the world an impressive lesson in democracy, but reactionary sectors of the country are once again revealing their anti-democratic impulse.

In Puerto Rico, the 2019 Uprising Produces an Electoral Opening Toward the Left

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As the eyes of the world were fixated on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico produced a more satisfying and historic outcome for the left after its local election on Nov. 3, 2020.

Articles

Belarus: The People’s Fight Continues

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More than ever, the organized popular classes in Belarus must take the initiative in favor of political and social change in order to prevent the frustration of this genuinely popular movement by forces opposed to their interests, whether pro-Russian or pro-Western.

The Techniques of Justice

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Camus and Orwell both understood that the justification for state violence depends on describing it in such a way as to not convey too specific an image of the actual event.

Unions, Democracy, and the Third Camp

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An analysis of debates among labor leftists about how a commitment to socialism “from below” should inform union activity.

Community Schools: Progressive Reform Or Privatization Trojan Horse?

Community Schools Will Help Unions and Education

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Community schools are a way to address the challenges faced by low-income school districts; they also provide a unique opportunity to create bottom-up, democratically controlled school governance.

Community Schools and the Dangers of Ed Tech Privatization

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Bottom-up democracy through community schools sounds like a great idea, but there are many dangers from these ‘charter schools on steroids.”

Reply to Klyczek

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We shouldn’t assume that union and community efforts will inevitably succumb to corporate co-optation.

Review Essays

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A Leftist Perspective on China’s Environmental Destruction

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[PDF][Print]As “part of China,” we Hong Kongers have seen how China’s economic growth has contributed to the degradation of its environment. To be fair, Hong Kong’s economic takeoff had already harmed its environment before China took . . .

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Film Reviews

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Helen Keller’s Socialism

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A documentary on Helen Keller that is both inspiring and edifying.

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The Occlusion of Political Economy

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Wilkerson’s adroit storytelling jumps off the page, but the glaring omission in her book is political economy.

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China’s Workers Battle Apple and Foxconn

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Foxconn promises the world but delivers hell, as the authors lay bare.

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Looking Back at Maoism and the Global Left

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As against nearly a century of debates over Stalinism, the international left has never come to terms with Maoism, especially its global impact.

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Capitalism, Romanticism, and Nature

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Robert Sayre and Michael Löwy’s Romantic Anti-capitalism and Nature is an extremely interesting book—enjoyable, informative, and intellectually stimulating.

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A Story from a Defeated Struggle

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Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war.

 

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