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W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction Is Essential Reading

Jeff Goodwin Jacobin
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America is one of the greatest modern studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It’s also an extraordinary example of a materialist and class analysis of race under capitalism.

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Karl Kautsky on Democracy and Republicanism

Rida Vaquas Prometheus
Karl Kautsky was once the world's leading Marxist theoretician, but his reputation dimmed after World War I. On the occasion of the publication of a newly translated volume of his writings, reviewer Vaquas offers a reassessment.

In Wealthy City, a Marxist Mayor Wins Over Voters

Denise Hruby New York Times
Yes, this Communist politician in Graz, Austria, wants to redistribute wealth, but a focus on housing, her own modest lifestyle and a hard childhood have helped her popularity.

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Beyond a Biography: Seeing C.L.R. James Afresh

Paul Buhle New Frame
John L Williams’ new book on the pan-African thinker is a marvel that offers a close, meticulous description of his life and thinking, untangling his transformations and inviting reacquaintance.

W.E.B. DuBois’ Abolition Democracy

Gerald Horne The Nation
What distinguished DuBois' close study of slavery and Reconstruction (and does so even today) was its Marxism. Black Reconstruction was his first extended effort to shine Marxism’s sweeping floodlight on the tortured history of his homeland.

Tidbits – Apr 21, 2022 – Reader Comments: Ukraine and the Left; Grad Students; Who Is Working-Class; Amazon Rainforest; Jackie Robinson; Amazon Rally Sunday; May Day; Global Green New Deal; Labor Notes Conference; Teaching Socialism; Mark Rogovin;

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Reader Comments: Ending Ukraine War; Ukraine and the Left; Grad Students; Who Is Working-Class; Amazon Rainforest; Jackie Robinson; Amazon Rally Sunday; May Day; Global Green New Deal; Labor Notes Conference; Teaching Socialism; Mark Rogovin; more...

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“Bad Ideas” Aren’t Keeping Workers From Fighting Back

An interview with Vivek Chibber Jacobin
Critics often say the working class doesn't fight back against exploitation because it's confused about its real interests. But this ignores how capitalism itself leads workers to resign themselves to their situation — and how we can overcome that

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Das Kapital in Kiswahili

Joachim Mwami, Loren Balhorn Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Dr. Joachim Mwami, a retired professor of sociology at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, began translating Capital into Kiswahili, the language spoken by roughly 100 million people across East Africa.
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