New Politics Vol. XVIII No. 3, Whole Number 71
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
FROM THE EDITORS
THE UNMAKING OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM?
TEN YEARS SINCE THE ARAB SPRING
ECOLOGICAL IMPERIALISM AND JAIR BOLSONARO’S AGENDA IN BRAZIL
PERSPECTIVES ON THE DSA CONVENTION
THE FAR RIGHT AFTER JANUARY 6
MEDICARE FOR ALL IS NOT ENOUGH: THE TWO SOULS OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE
“CONSCIOUS LINKAGE”: THE PROLETARIANIZATION OF ACADEMIC LABOR IN THE ALGORITHMIC UNIVERSITY
CLASS STRUGGLE IN AFRICA
MARX’S COMMUNE: AN APPRECIATION AND A CRITIQUE
Dan La Botz
ROSA LUXEMBURG AT 150
- EITHER-OR: ROSA LUXEMBURG AND INTERNATIONALISM
- CAPTURING “THE SPIRIT OF STRUGGLE”: ROSA LUXEMBURG ON LITERATURE
- LEARNING ABOUT PRISONS: A PERSONAL REFLECTION
- MAKING BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS MATTER
Review of Brown, The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America
- MARXISM AND ART
Review of Molyneux, The Dialectics of Art
In this issue:
From The Editors
In our last issue we noted that while we were greatly relieved that Trump was gone, we also recognized “any progress under Biden will be the result of militant pressure from mass social movements, including organized labor.”
The co-author of The Making of Global Capitalism considers how well their analysis has stood up.
Ten Years Since the Arab Spring
It’s difficult to recollect the euphoria of the early days of the 2011 uprising in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Reflecting on that time, Syrians speak of the breaking of the “fear barrier”—the suffocating . . .
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What does it mean to be a left anti-imperialist today? Stephen R. Shalom interviews Gilbert Achcar.
The case of Brazil under Bolsonaro helps to illustrate how authoritarian governments in the Global South see ecological concerns as impediments to capitalist growth.
The backdrop for the last two DSA conventions was resistance to Donald Trump and the anticipation of a second Sanders campaign. In 2021, that is gone: Trump is no longer president. Sanders lost. In the Biden era, what is DSA?
The Far Right After January 6
It is now clear that the seemingly inexorable dynamic of fascization has experienced a significant setback. The most evident sign of this change came with Trump’s defeat in November 2020.
Why was the American far right, the least organized among advanced capitalist nations, able to mount the (apparently) most threatening attack on the institutions of liberal democracy?
Deplatforming has deep flaws, and reliance on it tends to reinforce unhealthy top-down dynamics within the left.
The overwhelming morbiity and mortality of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its consequent social and economic devastation, has dispelled the illusion of American exceptionalism.
technology is being used to transform the academic worker into a “conscious linkage” of the machine.
Class Struggle in Africa
In October 2020, millions in Nigeria marched for two weeks in a revolt that shook the world. From Badagry to Yola, youth and workers rose in unity against the barbarism of police brutality and bad governance. . . .
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Everyone’s focus is on trying to save what is dying in South Africa. Few are paying attention to what is struggling to be born.
In the wildlife preserves of the Okavango Delta—home to 200,000 people and spanning parts of Namibia and Botswana—a Canadian oil company is drilling for oil over the fierce opposition of indigenous people, activists and environmental experts.
Rosa Luxemburg at 150
An exploration of Luxemburg’s proletarian internationalism and its lessons for today.
Rosa Luxemburg has been the subject of numerous works of literary fiction in the century since her death, including Karl and Rosa, the final book of Alfred Döblin’s multivolume November 1918: A German Revolution (1950); Rosa, . . .
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I’d twice interviewed former professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent almost twenty years in prison for a . . .
Even before I’d been inside a prison, I was sympathetic to the circumstances of some people who are incarcerated.
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An interview with the political singer-songwriter whose anti-Trump song got over 100 million views on social media.
What Melville crafted might paradoxically be called a gothic humanism. While probing the depths of human depravity with lyricism and wit, Melville’s fiction directly confronted slavery and capitalism.
Lawrence Brown’s book, The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America looks at the long history of intentional harm and damage done to Black communities caused by white supremacist practices, policies, and budgets.
In his most recent book, John Molyneux provides a well-researched overview and analysis of the visual arts in Western society, written from the standpoint of revolutionary Marxism. Molyneux was a longtime member of the UK Socialist . . .
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