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Held on November 18, 2013 at the Henry Luce Hall auditorium at Yale University
Noam Chomsky discusses Greece, one- and two-state solutions for Israel, really existing capitalism, debt, the social contract and more.
The Marxists Internet Archive has uploaded the journals of the Independent Socialist Clubs and the International Socialists, organisations which continued the revolutionary "third camp" socialism of Max Shachtman and Hal Draper.
This is a sketch of a partial value theory that I've been developing while completing my book Posthuman Life. If there are similar theories out there, I'd be grateful for links to bibdata so that I can properly acknowledge them!
ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1964, the Berkeley Independent Socialist Club (ISC) was founded by a small group of "Third Camp" revolutionary socialists, led by Hal Draper and myself. The Club originated following a years-long faction fight in the Young People's Socialist League and the Socialist Party to defend the political program of the Workers Party/Independent League (WP/ISL), against former comrades, Max Shachtman and his supporters, who were swinging rapidly to support of the Democratic Party and American imperialism.
The idea that violence and war have always been part of human society may seem like common sense. But an examination of the historical evidence reveals a very different picture. As the anthropologist R. Brian Ferguson points out, “the global archaeological record contradicts the idea that war was always a feature of human existence; instead, the record shows that warfare is largely a development of the past 10,000 years.”
The infancy and childhood of the movement was fortunate in having the intellectual leadership of one of the greatest minds of all time, Karl Marx. It was doubly fortunate in having in Marx’s collaborator, Friedrich Engels, a genius in his own right, whose true stature always remained obscured in the public mind as a result of his modest subordination to the towering height of Marx. The period of the formation of the Second International under the sound, experienced guidance of Engels, his last great service to the working class, coincided with the rise of the Marxist movement in Russia. The latter was soon to replace the intellectually declining movement of Western Europe as the center of uncorrupted Marxist thought and as the source of a revolutionary socialist renaissance on a world scale. Vigorous young Russian Marxism produced two men to fill the international leadership left vacant after the death of Marx and Engels – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
We will have to replace capitalism with a system that is democratically planned to decide on priorities for production and consumption, with working people—the producers of goods and services and, thus, most tangible wealth—playing a very key role. Our system will be planned to eliminate the incredible waste of capitalism—including war. Crucially, it will be planned to harmonize with the ecology we are all a part of.
The BBC's Mark Lowen meets some of the million Greeks going unpaid in the debt-ridden state's private sector.
Direct Democracy Party of Romania is a political vanguard project who wants to do an exercise of modernization of Romanian society. What does it mean direct democracy?
Thanks to Christina Henderson, co-chair of the Women of Color Network, for creating this great recap of this well-attended event during Week of WIN! (missed @WINonline's #winwoc event on social media?
Most fast food locations are also owned and operated by franchisees, which lets companies such as McDonald's, Burger King and Yum Brands say that they do not control worker pay.
Harvey, an important social theorist and geographer, has got the right idea.
When Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin took shots at Pope Francis for his apparent critique of capitalism, leftist religious scholar Reza Aslan pounced.
Do you dare to occupy a new American dream? It is a dream that will not get you out of the poor house every month.
As Wired's Kevin Kelly notes, “Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived on the farm.
Left Unity has nothing to do with an attempt to build a socialist party. It is a political manoeuvre led by Alan Thornett’s Socialist Resistance group, the British section of the Pabloite United Secretariat of the Fourth International. It is seeking to emulate what it calls “broad left” party initiatives in other countries, particularly the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France, Syriza in Greece, and Die Linke in Germany.
It is not uncommon to hear the following critique of Marx's theory of value: Marx claims that labor is what gives commodities their value. But what if I make a mudpie? A mudpie requires labor but it has no value in the market.
As you read this article, a series of people-power explosions of different magnitudes are taking on regimes that claim to be democratic or working towards democracy. While Thailand and Ukraine have been witnessing huge demonstrations for the past few weeks with protesters accusing their governments of betraying their trust, in Egypt public protests in Cairo and several universities continue in defiance of the harsh measures taken by the military-backed interim regime which seeks legitimacy on the pretext that it is working to bring democracy.
In the last two decades of his life, Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a model of how to liberate a country from the colonial yoke without succumbing to the temptation of dictatorial power and anti-capitalist posturing. In short, Mandela was not Mugabe, South Africa remained a multi-party democracy with free press and a vibrant economy well-integrated into the global market and immune to hasty Socialist experiments. Now, with his death, his stature as a saintly wise man seems confirmed for eternity: there are Hollywood movies about him — he was impersonated by Morgan Freeman, who also, by the way, played the role of God in another film; rock stars and religious leaders, sportsmen and politicians from Bill Clinton to Fidel Castro are all united in his beatification.
Imprisoned from 1964 to 1990, Mandela came to symbolize the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice among his countrymen and around the world. South Africa’s triumph over apartheid, its peaceful transition to democracy in 1994, and the growing pains the nation has felt in the years since are all part of the onetime revolutionary’s narrative.
The small town Figaro in Catalonia, Spain, is governed by an assembly of neighbours that does not belong to any political party. For ten years they have been in the Town Hall practicing a participatory democracy with a genuine desire to involve the rest of the people. One of its pillars is a participatory budgeting process where every resident can participate and decide how to spend the municipal budget.
Trying to find someone who has quit on buying insurance through the exchange? Good luck. (“@ezraklein: It’s hard to sign up for Obamacare. It’s much worse to be uninsured.
Leading representatives of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) of Germany and the Socialist Equality Party of Britain spoke at a November 30 meeting in Berlin to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International. Among those who gathered in a lecture hall at the Technical University to mark one of the central historical events of the 20th century was a delegation from France.