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The Last Man to Know Everything

Troy Vettese Boston Review
This new collection of essays by a highly regarded radical intellectual receives a mixed, but engaging review.

Global Left Midweek - November 7, 2018

Portside
Google Walkout, Revolutionary Rojava, Brazil Left Unites, Italy's Dilemma, Left Populist Path in Canada, Africa's Marxist Era, Latin Pink Tide Aftermath

Intersectionality: A Marxist Critique

Barbara Foley MR Online
Intersectionality can usefully describe the effects of multiple oppressions. It does not, however, offer an adequate explanatory framework for addressing the root causes of social inequality in the capitalist socioeconomic system.

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Marx at the Chicken Shack

Mike Davis Verso Blog
A paean to Marx's contemporary relevance, the author argues in an excerpt from his new book that what makes Marx a stranger even to Marxist movements is not simply the difficulty of certain key works and passages, but a series of other obstacles.

What’s the Deal with Tariffs?

Stephanie Luce Organizing Upgrade
So is Trump the worker’s hero? Will increased tariffs return jobs to the US? The left has been weak on this issue. The left lacks a real program to address the real concerns of those impacted by trade deals.

In Memoriam: Samir Amin

Prabhat Patnaik Newsclick
Two characteristics set Samir Amin apart from most other Marxist intellectuals of his time. One was his total and absolute commitment to praxis for the cause of socialism. The second was the centrality he accorded to imperialism.

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On Economic Madness

Luke Pretz Against the Current
David Harvey's book both distills Marx's Capital and makes the text relevant in understanding today's contagion of neoliberal globalization.

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Perry Anderson's Long Goodbye to Gramsci's Hegemony

Bruce Robbins The Nation
Perry Anderson based his early Antonio Gramsci work on a reading of ruling class political hegemony based on consent. Now he insists that coercion is at history’s heart, a reading he also ascribes to Gramsci. Both propositions are overstated.
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