[Marxism] Capitalism Has Its Limits

2020-03-29 Thread Richard Modiano via Marxism
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Judith Butler: The failure of some states or regions to prepare in advance
(the US is now perhaps the most notorious member of that club), the
bolstering of national policies and the closing of borders (often
accompanied by panicked xenophobia), and the arrival of entrepreneurs eager
to capitalize on global suffering, all testify to the rapidity with which
radical inequality, which includes nationalism, white supremacy, violence
against women, queer, and trans people, and capitalist exploitation find
ways to reproduce and strengthen their powers within the pandemic zones.

https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4603-capitalism-has-its-limits

Richard Modiano
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Re: [Marxism] Was Dorothy Day a Saint or a Subversive?

2020-03-29 Thread Michael Meeropol via Marxism
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Karen Armstrong is a BRILLIANT writer  her book THE BATTLE FOR GOD was
a must read right after 9-11 with all the simplistic arguments about
"religious fundamentalism."

I should have realized it was her writing!!

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[Marxism] Eduard Limonov, 1943–2020

2020-03-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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In It’s Me, Eddie (1979) — the most famous of his New York memoirs, 
which unexpectedly made him a literary star in France, he recalls his 
brief and superficial involvement with members of James P. Cannon’s 
Socialist Workers Party. They are exactly what you imagine Trotskyists 
to be: inoffensive, bookish types from the suburbs. In this book, 
Limonov admits to a growing fondness of Trotsky: he admires what Ernst 
Jünger once called Trotsky’s “modern martial energy,” the story of his 
armored train, his courage and sacrifice in the civil war. Trotsky’s 
disciples, however, appeared as the very opposite of these qualities. 
Moreover, Eduard liked Stalin for very similar reasons as he liked Trotsky.


https://jacobinmag.com/2020/03/eduard-limonov-obituary

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Re: [Marxism] [UCE] coronavirus bailout, inflation and Marx

2020-03-29 Thread MM via Marxism
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> On Mar 29, 2020, at 3:20 PM, John Reimann via Marxism 
>  wrote:
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> https://oaklandsocialist.com/2020/03/29/coronavirus-bailout-inflation-and-karl-marx/
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I would have thought that what determines whether rising wages will fuel 
inflation is whether production can keep up with demand for consumer goods, and 
I think that’s obviously in serious question at the moment. Roughly 15% of US 
food and about 35% of overall consumer goods are imported, so US supply of 
“everyday stuff” is still heavily dependent on domestic production. For US 
capitalism, I believe the question of the moment is how to meet that demand 
(even if at a lower level due to everyone scaling back their spending) at a 
time when public health imperatives prevent domestic production from returning 
to anything like pre-COVID levels any time soon.

Of course, another question of the moment is how to prevent a cascading debt 
crisis from taking down the financial system if government supports to the 
millions of people suddenly without an income aren’t sufficient to keep most 
people above water for the next year or two.
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[Marxism] [UCE] coronavirus bailout, inflation and Marx

2020-03-29 Thread John Reimann via Marxism
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"I’ve been trying to think through the issue of inflation in light of the
$2 trillion Coronavirus bailout and its affects on inflation.

"A large chunk of the bailout will be going to workers, in effect raising
their buying power or at least limiting the fall in their buying power.
Will that lead to inflation and does it contradict the views of Karl Marx?"
Here's my view on why it won't and doesn't.
https://oaklandsocialist.com/2020/03/29/coronavirus-bailout-inflation-and-karl-marx/

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[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Fwd: Sunday Covid readings

2020-03-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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 Forwarded Message 
Subject:Sunday Covid readings
Date:   Sun, 29 Mar 2020 20:11:58 +0200
From:   only hopey 
To: ja...@novaramedia.com



/Here are some more links:/

  * *'In Defence of Richard Horton (and Karl Marx)'


*- /Labour Briefing/

  * *'Socialism in a time of pandemics'

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/International Socialism/, where Joseph Choonara says this:

There are three reasons why the left should be wary of heaping praise on 
China.


1) The forcible herding of tens of thousands of people into makeshift 
isolation centres in stadiums, mass surveillance both online and at 
local street level, are hardly a model for ­socialists or a method of 
engendering genuine support for public health measures. The Chinese 
response has been described as consisting of “desperate, aggressive 
measures” similar to those used in counter-insurgencies in Algeria or 
Palestine


  2) The superficial picture of efficient, centralised repression 
assumes that the Chinese state is more powerful and coherent than it 
really is. Again, the anonymous author in /Chuang/ provides the best 
commentary. While the central state apparatus could, eventually, focus 
its efforts in Wuhan, in general it relied on a combination of 
“widely-publicised calls for local officials and local citizens to 
mobilise and a series of after-the-fact punishments meted out to the 
worst responders”. Outside of Hubei, the response was highly uneven. 
This led to arbitrary repression in some areas, for instance the issuing 
of 30 million “local passports” in four cities in Zhejiang, “allowing 
one person per household to leave home once every two days”. China-based 
journalists at the /New York Times/ report:


/A grass-roots mobilisation reminiscent of the Mao-style mass crusades 
not seen in China in decades, essentially entrusting front line epidemic 
prevention to a supercharged version of a neighborhood watch… Despite 
China’s arsenal of high-tech surveillance tools, the controls are mainly 
enforced by hundreds of thousands of workers and volunteers, who check 
residents’ temperature, log their movements, oversee quarantines 
and—most important—keep away outsiders who might carry the virus./


3) [It also] ignores the culpability of the Chinese state in allowing an 
epidemic to take hold in the first place—something that has happened 
with great regularity in recent years, as the examples of SARS and H5N1 
show. The initial response of the state, when cases emerged in early 
December 2019, was to seek to cover up the outbreak—silencing medical 
professionals who acted as whistleblowers, most famously the 
ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, whose Covid-19 related death sparked an 
outpouring of anger.


  * *'Social Contagion' 
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- /Chuang /

  * *'COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital'*


[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-Diplo]: Kraft on Renshaw, 'Human Rights and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia'

2020-03-29 Thread Andrew Stewart via Marxism
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: H-Net Staff via H-REVIEW 
> Date: March 29, 2020 at 12:28:06 PM EDT
> To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> Cc: H-Net Staff 
> Subject: H-Net Review [H-Diplo]:  Kraft on Renshaw, 'Human Rights and 
> Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia'
> Reply-To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> 
> Catherine Renshaw.  Human Rights and Participatory Politics in 
> Southeast Asia.  Philadelphia  University of Pennsylvania Press, 
> 2019.  256 pp.  $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8122-5103-6.
> 
> Reviewed by Herman Joseph Kraft (University of the Philippines)
> Published on H-Diplo (March, 2020)
> Commissioned by Seth Offenbach
> 
> The issue of human rights in Southeast Asia has been an entire 
> intellectual industry since Southeast Asian political leaders first 
> challenged the idea of universal human rights with the idea of "Asian 
> values." Aside from the debate over the legitimacy of cultural 
> relativism as a critique of liberal interpretations of human rights, 
> the discussion about human rights in Southeast Asia has covered a 
> number of topics ranging from specific country issues (such the Dili 
> massacre and struggle for self-determination of East Timor, and 
> political repression in Myanmar) to the question of how human rights 
> norms can be propagated in the region. The latter includes debates 
> that try to explore structure (the prevalence of existing regional 
> norms such as broad adherence at the official level to the principle 
> of non-interference) and agency (the role played by civil society at 
> both the national and regional levels, and, more importantly, the 
> role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). While the issues 
> addressed by scholars in these different areas of discussion are 
> interrelated, they tend to focus on one or two as the core component 
> of their research. Catherine Renshaw's book covers these same issue 
> areas but takes off from a different starting point. 
> 
> Renshaw asks a question which largely puts all of the discussion 
> points covered by the literature together: is the behavior of states 
> in the region towards human rights more likely to be influenced or 
> affected by global- or regional-level engagement? In _Human Rights 
> and Participatory Politics in Southeast Asia_, she argues that 
> regional and global influences operate differently to effect change 
> in the human rights behavior of states. This depends not just on 
> agency but also on the prevalent political norms within a region. 
> Global human rights norms have a better chance of being accommodated 
> within a region if states within that region endorse those norms, 
> whereas the opposite is true if there is intractable opposition 
> within the region because of political or religious factors, or when 
> the presence of a hegemonic power "distorts the socialization 
> process" (p. 14). Essentially she is arguing that where liberal 
> political values have traction within a region, those groups 
> promoting human rights norms have a stronger chance of seeing these 
> norms adopted nationally. Where these values do not have any support 
> within the region, groups promoting human rights are better off 
> appealing to global norms and mechanisms. At the same time, she notes 
> that responses to _specific_ norms are different across governments 
> and countries, and therefore not simply dictated by political 
> conditions. Differences in how states in Southeast Asia respond to 
> human rights and specific human rights norms can be attributed to the 
> "relative legitimacy of global and regional norms and the 
> institutions that promote them" (p. 14). 
> 
> The book begins with the establishment of the Charter of the 
> Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was adopted in 
> 2007. At the time, it was unclear as to the extent this would open up 
> a new era for human rights in the region. The book argues that there 
> was reason to be optimistic about those prospects. The book is 
> divided into two parts. The first part covers the discussion on the 
> domestic political situation of the different Southeast Asian states 
> and how this affected progress at the regional level of the adoption 
> of human rights norms. In this context, Renshaw points out that the 
> democratic deficit in different Southeast Asian countries, 
> particularly among the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and 
> Vietnam), made it difficult to establish a robust regional human 
> rights mechanism with oversight 

[Marxism] Epidemics, working-class self-organization and socialism

2020-03-29 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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https://solidarity-us.org/epidemics-working-class-self-organization-and-socialism/
 


The COVD-19 pandemic and the attendant economic crisis raise big-picture 
questions of great importance to socialists. Disasters, natural, human-made or 
a combination of both, such as wars, famines, economic depressions and 
epidemics, often trigger great political and social crises affecting all areas 
of life. This brief article offers reflections on the ways that crises have 
raised the question of the relationship between self-organization and socialism.

Sudden crises lay bare the great contradictions of class society and create 
both the necessity and the opportunity for the self-organization of daily life. 
More rarely, they lay the groundwork for revolutionary situations in which the 
question of Who rules society? is posed.
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[Marxism] Coronavirus stimulus and disaster plans reveal cruelty of capitalist and political 'reality'

2020-03-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-stimulus-disaster-plans-reveal-cruelty-capitalist-political-reality-ncna1166861

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[Marxism] To Fix the Looming Supply Chain Crisis, Nationalize Amazon - In These Times

2020-03-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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http://inthesetimes.com/article/22413/supply-chain-crisis-nationalize-amazon-coronavirus-covid-19

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[Marxism] If Sanitation Workers Don’t Work, Nothing Works | The Nation

2020-03-29 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Don't call them garbagemen. That's the word for the Trump administration.

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/nyc-sanitation-covid/

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[Marxism] Kenya: Condemnation of the State Repression in Mombasa

2020-03-29 Thread RKOB via Marxism

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Kenya: Condemnation of the State Repression in Mombasa

Joint Statement of the RSL (Kenya) and the RCIT, 29 March 2020

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/kenya-condemnation-of-the-state-repression-in-mombasa/


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