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Heine’s Heartmobile

Michael Hofmann New York Review of Books
The liveliness and invention of Heinrich Heine’s writing changed 19th century German literature for the better. Poet, writer, literary critic, satirist and ironist, but banned in his homeland and expatriated to Paris, he was well appreciated by Marx

Global Left Midweek - March 17, 2021

Portside
The Left faces Islamophobia in Europe, as Myanmar masses start to see how they were used. More news and analysis from everywhere

Surprise on the Left - Report on the Die Linke German Congress

Victor Grossman Portside
The LINKE party in Germany is one of the most important left-wing parties in Europe (perhaps the most important). Its congress a few days ago avoided a threatening split, elected two women as new co-chairs, and stressed militant unity on most issues

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Who Betrayed Us? The Failure of the German Revolution, 1918-19

Neal Ascherson London Review of Books
A new book on the ill-fated German revolution is exhaustive while casting doubt on the possibility of a successful workers’ uprising. The reviewer prefers an out-of-print work that faults the Social Democratic right for saving the extant ruling class

The Right Normalizes Fascism. The Best Response: Normalize It Back

David Ost Foreign Policy in Focus
Fascism is not just about violence. It’s also about politics. Today’s fascists are not embarrassed by their attacks on democracy. They apologize for nothing, ever. They are only embarrassed by the label of “fascist.”
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