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Was Eric Hobsbawm a dangerous Communist?

Richard J. Evans The Guardian
In this essay, the author of a new biography of Hobsbawm, the famous Marxist historian, gives us a brief assessment of British Communist writer's life and work.

Why Hollywood Sucks: They Don’t Make More Movies Like ‘Vice’

Andrew Stewart Washington Babylon
Vice is a picture that distills entire semesters worth of history, geopolitics, psychology, media theory, film studies, and military analysis into a historical comedy-drama that has netted far less attention and box office receipts than it deserved.

'Informer': TV Review

Tim Goodman Hollywood Reporter
A taut, twisty new series from Amazon and the BBC touches on race, class, immigration and terrorism.

The Wall (running the changes)

Philip Fried
New York poet Philip Fried traces the evolution of THE WALL, “the quintessential barrier/for keeping the future out and the past in.”

Why the Working Class Matters

Steve Early LA Progressive
With the rise of popular interest in socialism, this book goes beyond promoting efforts boosting needed protective legislation and improved social welfare for working people to look globally at struggles against capital and strategies for winning.

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Robert D. Atkinson New York Journal of Books
Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist from China whose new book surveys the impact and future of Artificial Intelligence on his society as well its prospects in Western countries. Reviewer Atkinson offers a mixed assessment.

Please Help Us End Our Annual Fund Appeal With a Bang!

Portside moderators Portside
If you've meant to contribute to support Portside but haven't yet done so, this is your last opportunity for the season. Every year, we ask our readers to support Portside - from Thanksgiving until the end of January. So please act now.