New Politics Vol. XVIII No. 4, Whole Number 72

In this issue:

From The Editors

The Fight for Socialism Amid Narrowing Horizons and Increasing Dangers

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The editors assess the political conjuncture and prospects for socialism today.

The Climate Crisis

The Climate Crisis

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Introduction to Articles on the Climate Crisis

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[PDF][Print]In August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the UN-sponsored body that brings together the world’s leading climate scientists—issued its latest report on what is happening to the world’s climate. We have known for decades . . .

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The Planning and Politics of Transformation

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What can the original New Deal teach us about how to mobilize a Green New Deal?

Animal Liberation Is Climate Justice

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Schleifer and Fischer make a case for the importance of animal liberation as part of the struggle for socialism.

Precarity and Green Unionism

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In a real sense, under capitalism, all workers are precarious, meaning that they can be downsized, replaced, deskilled, outsourced, and so on. It’s simply a matter of degree.

The Fight to Defend Abortion Rights: A Roundtable

The Fight to Defend Abortion Rights: A Roundtable

[PDF][Print]We at New Politics have been horrified by the passage of laws in Texas and Mississippi aimed at reversing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that upheld women’s right to choose an abortion. The . . .

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Roe v. Wade in Red and Blue

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It is a safe bet that Roe v. Wade will not fare well in the Supreme Court’s 2021-22 Term.

The Abortion Crisis and the Legacy of Activism

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The history of the erosion of Roe v. Wade is marked by misguided and failed movement reliance on electoral politics and legalistic strategy.

The “Big Pink Elephant in the Room”

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The shortcomings of the reproductive rights movement are related to racism within the major reproductive rights groups.

Roe Is Already Gone

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The impending Fall of Roe is, at this point, more theoretical than actual for millions of people.

Articles

Education Reforms and Capitalism’s Changes to Work

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Weiner discusses education reform and prospects for resistance in recent years.

We Who Are in Prison Escape Every Day

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Layan Kayed, who was imprisoned by Israel for her activism, discusses organizing by students and women.

Internationalism, Anti-Imperialism, And the Origins of Campism

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La Botz analyzes the pseudo anti-imperialist character of campism and calls for genuine internationalism of workers against imperialism.

Russian Imperialism and Its Monopolies

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It is widely accepted that the accelerating rivalry between the great powers—the United States, China, the European Union, Russia, and Japan—is a key feature of world politics and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This . . .

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Women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Its Challenge to Feminism

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The Taliban’s takeover of power after the United States’ brutal twenty-year imperialist occupation is a catastrophe for women not only in Afghanistan but throughout the world.

Feminism Versus Fundamentalism in Afghanistan

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Sultani discusses women’s struggle in Afghanistan, historically and against the Taliban regime today.

The Legacy of Erich Fromm

Psychoanalysis for Collective Liberation

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Erich Fromm (1900-1980) was a humanistic psychoanalyst, writer, and activist influenced by the theories of Marx and Freud, though critical of both.

Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, & Pseudo-Populist Authoritarianism

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Remer analyzes far-right politics in light of Erich Fromm’s psychoanalytic theory.

Sports/Culture

The Politics of Sports

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Dave Zirin looks at sport through the lens of politics.

Review Essays

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Engaging Federici on Marx, Capitalism, and Social Reproduction

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The collection of essays delivers a relatively cohesive critique of Marx’s ideas and influence—one that is, to my mind, balanced if not always fair. 

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Half-Apology for Apartheid?

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Linfield’s The Lions’ Den reads like an intervention toward holding back the encouraging tide of pro-Palestinian awareness.

Reviews

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The Life and Political Contributions of Hubert Harrison

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[PDF][Print]With the completion of his biography of Hubert Harrison, Jeffrey B. Perry has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of one of Black history’s most important yet neglected figures. Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927) was the first . . .

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What Is Social Reproduction Theory Trying to Explain?

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Ferguson lays out the issues, doesn’t hide behind political labels, and advances a sophisticated analysis that crystallizes some contemporary thinking.

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The Centrality of Dialectics in Marxist Theory and Politics

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[PDF][Print]Kevin B. Anderson’s1 latest offering, Dialectics of Revolution, brings forward diverse perspectives on the concept of dialectics that have been discussed over the past two centuries. Beginning from Hegel, Anderson extends the discussion to Marx and . . .

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Marx’s Last Years Explored

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[PDF][Print]Karl Marx’s last years, when he famously failed to complete all the volumes of Capital, were for a long time viewed as a period of illness and even senescence, even though he was only 64 years . . .

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