Learning to Dream Together: A Conversation with Felipe Venegaz

Cira Pascual Marquina The Che Guevara Commune lies in the foothills of the Andes, in the township of Mesa Julia. The commune is nestled among lush hills and fields where small farmers cultivate coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, and bananas. The Che Guevara Commune has an aura of mystique surrounding it: a well-deserved reputation as a revolutionary…

Returning to Normality?

Atilio A. Boron The cruel pandemic that is plaguing humanity has aroused reactions of all kinds. A few see it as the cruel but fertile epiphany of a better and more fortunate world that will erupt as the inexorable climax of the widespread destruction unleashed by the coronavirus. If Edouard Bernstein believed that the mere…

Socialism and Dignity: Seniors Are Not Roadkill

Stephen Millies Workers picket at Safire Rehabilitation in Tonawanda, N.Y., where nearly half the staff contracted COVID-19. Why are so many people in nursing homes dying from the coronavirus? Over 28,000 people across the United States have died in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.  Nearly 35 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the…

Communist Parties General Appeal for a Global Front to Address Health Emergency, Covid-19, Blockades and Imperialist Wars

GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY (DKP) – COMMUNIST PARTY OF PEOPLES OF SPAIN (PCPE) – COMMUNIST PARTY OF VENEZUELA (PCV) GENERAL APPEAL REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY Covid-19 WORKERS AND COMMUNIST PARTIES AGAINST BLOCKADES AND IMPERIALIST WARS The Communist and Workers’ parties that suscribe the present APPEAL declare: The serious international situation which has come from the…

New Order, or Euphemism to Deceive the People

Fernando Buen Abad The uprising, the work of prominent Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, is a powerful universal symbol of class struggle. Transforming the world is a slogan of the people. Semantic hegemony over the idea of the “new order” is in dispute (renewed). It is not the first time that an international “crisis” has produced…

Only Socialism Saves!

Carlos LuqueContemplating the painful global panorama as the pandemic advances seemingly unstoppable, claiming thousands of lives; unburied corpses on the street with no space in funeral homes or private cemeteries; forcing doctors to violate their oath and choose who will die; tens of thousands of workers idle, halting the senseless commercial frenzy that never appeared…

China’s Socialist Planning and COVID-19

Sara Flounders The global COVID-19 viral pandemic has exposed in the sharpest light the contradiction between a globalized world economy and a still existing but archaic capitalist system based on the private expropriation of wealth and resources. The relentless drive to reap a profit from every type of human interaction now stands exposed as the…

The Pandemic and the End of the Neoliberal Era

Atilio A. Boron The coronavirus has unleashed a torrent of reflections and analyses that have as a common denominator the intention to outline the (diffuse) contours of the kind of society and economy that will re-emerge once the scourge has been controlled. There are plenty of reasons to enter into that kind of speculation, which…

Pandemic and Socialism

Prabhat Patnaik A COVID-19 hospital in Wuhan that was built in less than 10 days. It is said that in a crisis everybody becomes a socialist; free markets take a back seat, to the benefit of the working people. During the Second World War for instance, when universal rationing was introduced in Britain, the average…

Black America, Endless War and the Evil Genius of Russiagate

Glen Ford The Democrats — who are now the most aggressive war party – have succeeded in linking Donald Trump to Russia, and then lumping all critics of U.S. war-making with Russia and, thereby, with Trump.  “For all of Black history on this continent, Black people have been supremely skeptical of the motives of the…

Quarantine (VII): The Restless Neoliberal Dream

Reinaldo Iturriza López Neoliberalism from below In a very schematic way, I would say that the contribution of Veronica Gago in her extraordinary work La razón neoliberal, involves: the recovery of the concepts of governmentality and biopolitics (Foucault) as a starting point for thinking about the question of neoliberalism; the problematization of the concept of…

Quarantine (VI): On the Socialist Art of Governance

Reinaldo Iturriza López To Govern Socially When, in June 2010 (1), I first made use of the concept of governmentality, I did so in order to pose a question that seemed crucial and urgent at the time: what does it mean to govern socially? At that time I identified at least three situations: On the…