The Conformist Rebellion: Marxist Critiques of the Contemporary Left

Philipp Nolz Elena Louisa Lange and Joshua Pickett-Depaolis (eds) The Conformist Rebellion: Marxist Critiques of the Contemporary Left Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, 2022. 326 pp., £100.00 hb ISBN9781538160152 Already a century ago, political thinkers and philosophers were confronted with an apparent paradox: the failure of revolution. Just when the material conditions and the political organisations of the popular…

Give Peace A Chance: China and the World Today

This presentation by Friends of Socialist China co-editor Carlos Martinez was given at a webinar organised by the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) Education Commission on the theme ‘Give peace a chance – China and the world today.’ The webinar took place on 22 January 2023. Carlos discusses the current state…

$70+ Billion for a Failing Warplane: A Dubious Canadian Project

Barbara Waldern Demonstration by the Hamilton Stop the War Coalition in Burlington, ON, on January 8, 2023 as an event of the cross-Canada set of actions to protest the F-35 program. It disrupted MP Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development at her levee at the Art Gallery. [Photo by Graham Paine of…

How NATO Exploits the Crises it Creates

Rainer Shea Maidan The North Atlantic Treaty Organization represents the stage of capitalism where the imperialists, after making nuclear annihilation a possibility, have taken advantage of this horrific reality that they themselves engineered. The equivalent has happened with Covid-19, in which the IMF has used the pandemic as a pretext for imposing further austerity measures onto 81…

Colombian President Petro’s Davos Proposal and What it Reveals

Eder Peña The Colombian president went to present his concern about the global environmental crisis to those who are generating it  On January 17, Colombian President Gustavo Petro participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which brought together heads of state and world leaders, and presented Colombia’s proposals to address the climate…

White Supremacy

Jemima Pierre, Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús White supremacy should not be identified solely with self-proclaimed white nationalists. It is a centuries old, international, economic, and political system that cannot be eradicated with slogans and wishful thinking. In recent years, the concept of white supremacy has been associated with extreme racist groups and ultranationalists, as well as…

Venezuela: Rentier Capitalism and a Project for Change

CARLOS DÜRICH The Bolivarian process has gone through several phases in its almost three decades of existence. The following is a historical analysis on the evolution of the dynamics of the class struggle in the Venezuela of Chavismo. Part I: The emergence of rentier capitalism “To historically articulate the past does not mean to know…

Capitalism’s Court Jester: Slavoj Žižek

Gabriel Rockhill One of the most prominent intellectuals in the contemporary world was named to the list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in Foreign Policy magazine in 2012.[1] He shares this distinction with the likes of Dick Cheney, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Mossad director Meir Dagan. The theorist’s best idea—according to this well-known publication…

Religious Fundamentalism and Imperialism in Latin America

Tricontinental The entrance of the community building serves as a reminder and commemoration of the work and life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Colonia Dolores, San Salvador, El Salvador. (Alison McKellar / Flickr)  The church is responsible for a litany of injustices — and today Christian rhetoric is used to defend a violent neoliberal capitalism. But…

The Labor of Land

Rama Salla Dieng In order to better resist contemporary, neocolonial accumulation, we need to historicize land grabs in Africa. Contemporary land grabs and agricultural investments have generated huge attention. The transformations in land tenure, production and social reproduction in the aftermath of land rushes have generated a rich literature. A central question is about labor, and its implications for…

Steps to a Socialist Pan-African Movement

Nicholas Mwangi A recently published book by Vita books publishers Essays on Pan-Africanismedited by Shiraz Durrani & Noosim Naimasiah contains essays on Pan-Africanism written by Pan-Africanist intellectuals at various times. In its preface, Prof. Issa Shivji says writings on Pan-Africanism never become dated for the desire of Africans globally for freedom continues burning, sometimes dimming into…

Dutch Farmers Battle Technocratic Forces Driving Them into Oblivion

Nash Landesman Dutch farmers are in open struggle against a cartel of multinational corporations, Davos-aligned parties and NGO’s seeking control over the global food supply. “They are sweeping the culture from the land,” a farmer laments. HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS –– The Netherlands is a patchwork of quaint towns and cities interwoven with flat expanses of immaculately-kept green…

The Netherlands: Template for Ecomodernism’s Brave New World?

Colin Todhunter Farmers in the Netherlands protest. Disaster capitalism and crisis narratives are currently being used to manipulate popular sentiment and push through a set of unpalatable policies that would otherwise lack sufficient political support. These policies are being promoted by wealthy interests that stand to make billions of dollars from what is being proposed. They…

Open Veins of Africa Bleeding Heavily

Ndongo Samba Sylla and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Africa’s ‘Black Gold’ The ongoing plunder of Africa’s natural resources drained by capital flight is holding it back yet again. More African nations face protracted recessions amid mounting debt distress, rubbing salt into deep wounds from the past. With much less foreign exchange, tax revenue, and policy space to face…

At Stake in Ukraine Is the Future of Globalized Capitalism

Samir Saul and Michel Seymour Photo by Dmytro Smolienko/Ukraine Territorial Defense Forces/Twitter Ukraine is only one front in an all-round confrontation The far-reaching war in Ukraine is only one phase of a world-wide conflict that began earlier. In international relations, the driving forces are often obscured by surface occurrences, such as immediate military events and the din…

Multinationals Set to Expand Gas and Oil Sites Despite Climate Concerns

Ocean Rebellion demonstrators protest against the use of fossil fuels in the shipping industry, in London, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. As climate activists and politicians began leaving the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt today, it emerged that the giant gas and oil producers were finalising plans for more new fossil fuel production sites. The news…