[Marxism] People of Rojava left to fight Covid-19 alone (Green Left)

2020-03-25 Thread Chris Slee via Marxism
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Re: [Marxism] [UCE] Socialist Party of Malaysia: dangerous myth of "mitigation" of covid-19 (Links)

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On the Philippines see below. Maybe you can post it on this list. 

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2020/03/23/philippines-a-weak-but-authoritarian-state-confronts-covid-19/

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/philippines-duterte-responds-covid-19-authoritarianism-corruption-and-neglect

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[Marxism] [UCE] Socialist Party of Malaysia: dangerous myth of "mitigation" of covid-19 (Links)

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http://links.org.au/socialist-party-malaysia-dangerous-myth-mitigation-covid-19/


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[Marxism] 68 cultural/historical collections you can explore online

2020-03-25 Thread Dennis Brasky via Marxism
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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/68-cultural-historical-and-scientific-collections-you-can-explore-online-180974475/

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[Marxism] Fw: Coronavirus: the hammer and the dance (Tomas Pueyo)

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A very detailed article explaining how China, South Korea etc have brought the 
outbreak under control.

Their strategies include mass testing and contact tracing, among others.

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56.
 The article has been translated into several languages.


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[Marxism] Unsanitized: Bailouts, A Tradition Unlike Any Other - The American Prospect

2020-03-25 Thread MM via Marxism
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"The enormity of this bailout is being under-reported. The number you’re 
hearing is $500 billion. Of that, $75 billion goes to the airline industry and 
the mysteriously named “businesses critical to national security.” The other 
$425 helps capitalize a $4.25 trillion, with a T, leveraged lending facility at 
the Federal Reserve. The taxpayer dollars would soak up any losses from that 
lending program. The loans won’t be secret anymore, but the oversight is 
largely after the fact, without subpoena power, and mainly reduced to writing 
reports. How exactly do you expect a small, underfunded panel to find fraud in 
a $4.25 lending facility! Especially when the current administration explicitly 
believes they are not required to turn over anything to Congress.

"So it’s not a $2 trillion bill, it’s closer to $6 trillion, and $4.3 trillion 
of it comes in the form of a bazooka aimed at CEOs and shareholders, with 
almost no conditions attached. At the moment nobody’s seen language, but 
there’s apparently only a buyback ban for the term of the loan. The money 
cannon can therefore go to executive compensation or mergers or wholesale 
purchases of distressed businesses or whatever other financial engineering the 
accounting department can muster. And once the company returns to health, it 
can leak out cash to investors (and during the loan too, in dividends). There’s 
no requirement to keep workers hired; in fact, the (necessary) provision to 
boost unemployment insurance for four months to 100 percent of median salary 
(including furloughed workers, gig workers and freelancers) means that these 
companies can fire with relative impunity. Members of Trump’s family can’t get 
bailout funds, so, yay.

"This is a robbery in progress. And it’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. 
It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility that made these 
companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them. The 
short-termism and lack of capital reserves funneled record profits into a 
bathtub of cash for investors. That’s who’s being made whole, financiers and 
the small slice of the public that owns more than a trivial amount of stocks. 
In fact they’ve already been made whole; yesterday Wall Street got the word 
that they’d be saved and stocks and bonds went wild. BlackRock, the world’s 
largest asset manager, is running these bailout programs for the Fed, and could 
explicitly profit if the Fed buys its funds, which it probably will.

"This is a rubber-stamp on an unequal system that has brought terrible hardship 
to the majority of America. The people get a $1,200 means-tested payment and a 
little wage insurance for four months. Corporations get a transformative amount 
of play money to sustain their system and wipe out the competition.

"Small businesses get their own program, and can’t participate in the $4.3 
trillion bonanza. They get $300 billion, so do the math on who’s supported 
more. They get forgivable loans if they keep staff on payroll; there’s no such 
requirements for the corporates. While the Federal Reserve, which can transfer 
money from the cash cannon with ease, runs the corporate bailout, the hapless 
Small Business Administration will deal with the small businesses; they have 
been endlessly criticized for delays on their couple billion in loan guarantee 
programs, let alone $300 billion. The monopolists get concierge service, the 
small businesses get to take a number. And the result will almost certainly be 
massive concentration of power.”


https://prospect.org/coronavirus/unsanitized-bailouts-tradition-unlike-any-other/
 



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[Marxism] 13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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NY Times, March 25, 2020
13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital
Hospitals in the city are facing the kind of harrowing increases in 
cases that overwhelmed health care systems in China and Italy.
By Michael Rothfeld, Somini Sengupta, Joseph Goldstein and Brian M. 
Rosenthal


In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest 
compressions at Elmhurst Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in 
his 60s and a 38-year-old who reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had 
tested positive for the coronavirus and had gone into cardiac arrest. 
All eventually died.


Elmhurst, a 545-bed public hospital in Queens, has begun transferring 
patients not suffering from coronavirus to other facilities as it moves 
toward becoming one dedicated entirely to the outbreak. Doctors and 
nurses have struggled to make do with a few dozen ventilators. Calls 
over a loudspeaker of “Team 700,” the code for when a patient is on the 
verge of death, come several times a shift. Some have died inside the 
emergency room while waiting for a bed.


A refrigerated truck has been stationed outside to hold the bodies of 
the dead. Over the past 24 hours, New York City’s public hospital system 
said in a statement, 13 people at Elmhurst had died.


“It’s apocalyptic,” said Dr. Bray, a general medicine resident at the 
hospital.


Across the city, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus 
outbreak in the United States, hospitals are beginning to confront the 
kind of harrowing surge in cases that has overwhelmed health care 
systems in China, Italy and other countries. On Wednesday morning, New 
York City reported 16,788 confirmed cases and 199 deaths.


More than 2,800 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized in the city. 
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday offered a glimmer of hope that 
social-distancing measures were starting to slow the growth in 
hospitalizations. Still, hospitals are preparing for a major influx.


Working with state and federal officials, hospitals have repeatedly 
expanded the portions of their facilities equipped to handle patients 
who had stayed home until worsening fevers and difficulty breathing 
forced them into emergency rooms.


Dr. Mitchell Katz, the head of the Health and Hospitals Corporation, 
which operates New York City’s public hospitals, said plans were 
underway to transform many areas of the Elmhurst hospital into intensive 
care units for extremely sick patients.


But New York’s hospitals may be about to lose their leeway for 
creativity in finding spaces.


All of the more than 1,800 intensive care units in New York City are 
expected to be full by Friday, according to a Federal Emergency 
Management Agency leadership briefing obtained by The New York Times. 
Patients could stay for weeks, limiting space for newly sickened 
residents. Mr. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he had not seen the 
briefing; he said officials could quickly add intensive care beds if the 
state dipped into its growing supply of ventilators, the machines that 
help the most sick coronavirus patients breathe.


The federal government is sending a 1,000-bed hospital ship to New York, 
although it is not scheduled to arrive until mid-April. Officials have 
begun erecting four 250-bed hospitals at the Jacob K. Javits Convention 
Center in Midtown Manhattan, which could be ready in a week. President 
Trump said on Wednesday on Twitter that construction was ahead of schedule.


Officials have also discussed converting hotels and arenas into 
temporary medical facilities.


At least two city hospitals have filled up their morgues, and city 
officials anticipated that the rest would reach capacity by the end of 
this week, according to the leadership briefing. The city requested 85 
refrigerated trailers from FEMA for mortuary services, along with staff, 
the briefing said.


“That is inaccurate,” said a spokeswoman for the city’s office of the 
chief medical examiner. “We have significant morgue capacity in our five 
citywide sites, and the ability to expand.”


In interviews, doctors and nurses at hospitals across the city gave 
accounts of how they were being stretched toward a breaking point.


Workers at several hospitals, including the Jacobi Medical Center in the 
Bronx, said employees such as obstetrician-gynecologists and 
radiologists have been called to work in emergency wards.


At a branch of the Montefiore Medical Center, also in the Bronx, there 
have been one or two deaths a day, or more, said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, 
a nurse. There are not always enough gurneys, so some patients sit in 
chairs. One patient on Sunday had been without a 

[Marxism] the virus can be stopped only with harsh steps, say the experts

2020-03-25 Thread Dennis Brasky via Marxism
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Terrifying though the coronavirus may be, it can be turned back. China,
South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan have demonstrated that, with furious
efforts, the contagion can be brought to heel.



But doing so takes intelligent, rapidly adaptive work by health officials,
and near-total cooperation from the populace. Containment becomes realistic
only when Americans realize that working together is the only way to
protect themselves and their loved ones.



Americans must be persuaded to stay home, they said, and a system put in
place to isolate the infected and care for them outside the home. Travel
restrictions should be extended, they said; productions of masks and
ventilators must be accelerated, and testing problems must be resolved.

But tactics like forced isolation, school closings and pervasive GPS
tracking of patients brought more divided reactions.



What follows are the recommendations offered by the experts interviewed by
The Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/health/coronavirus-restrictions-us.html
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[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Trump Is Inciting a Coronavirus Culture War to Save Himself

2020-03-25 Thread Dennis Brasky via Marxism
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The president’s attempt to racialize the pandemic is a cover-up of the fact
that he trusted false reassurances from Beijing.

Administration officials directly warned Trump of the danger posed by the
virus, but “Trump’s insistence on the contrary seemed to rest in his
relationship with China’s President Xi Jingping, whom Trump believed was
providing him with reliable information about how the virus was spreading
in China,” *The Washington Post* reported
,
“despite reports from intelligence agencies that Chinese officials were not
being candid about the true scale of the crisis.”

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Re: [Marxism] The danger of inflation in the COVID-19

2020-03-25 Thread John A Imani via Marxism
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Why must revolutionaries worry about inflation? That cannot be answered
without a simultaneous worry about wages. Even in a capitalist system, if
wages rise with inflation then that is of benefit to borrowers as they pay
back the advance with ‘cheaper’ dollars. The key is the ratio of inflation
to the wage. Indexing the wage to the rate of inflation, i.e. say a wage of
$20 per hour is increased 100%, to match the 100% rate of inflation, leaves
the real purchasing power of the wage the same but devalues debt by 50%. But
more to the point here is that inflation, properly used, deliberately
induced inflation, can be a monetary tool that we can use as one method of
aiding the transition from a capitalist system to a socialist system--
which itself ought be transitioning in its role as a precursor of a
communistic economy and society.

Inflation. Inflation as a transitional device. Deliberately induced
inflation. Created by a printing press ‘bazooka’, initially, to give to all
a *GAI (UBI)
*. And,
after an initial pre-inflation wage boost (most important are a rise in the
minimum and the guarantee of employment), the creation of new currency
a la *nuevo
peso *in 1993, and at the same time an indexing to the rate of inflation of
wages, pensions, welfare, bank accounts (up to a limit of say the FDIC
limit of $100,000), even shareholdings and bonds (to that limit) held by
individuals, perhaps in 401Ks, all these would again be protected by being
indexed to the rate of inflation. Limits for housing ownership, subject to
socially set limits. Savings, incomes, capital gains above that limit (or
any limit that society sets) would be subject to being devalued by the
deliberately induced inflation. Expropriation through inflation.
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Re: [Marxism] ‘Unworthy Republic’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Indian Removal in the 1830s

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Not exactly "the war the slaveholders won," though they certainly
inaugurated and implemented it.  However, it was pursued actively by
Northern Democrats, Whigs, and all but the most radical of the Republicans.

Just think "railroads" and you get the point.  America's first Big Business
and the means for accumulating much of the capital for what was to follow
got its first great too-big-to-fail leg up from Indian Removal.
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[Marxism] ‘Unworthy Republic’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Indian Removal in the 1830s

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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5NY Times, March 24, 2020
‘Unworthy Republic’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Indian Removal in the 1830s
By Jennifer Szalai

Unworthy Republic
The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory
By Claudio Saunt
Illustrated. 396 pages. W.W. Norton & Company. $26.95.

The steamboat: For many Americans in the 19th century, it was a symbol 
of power and progress, a triumph of technology that ferried goods and 
people upriver with impressive speed.


But for certain passengers, it represented something less glorious and 
more terrifying. In “Unworthy Republic,” the historian Claudio Saunt 
describes how the boats functioned as instruments of American expansion 
and — for the slaves and Indigenous people forced to travel on them — 
“as floating prisons.” The policy known as Indian Removal was signed 
into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. Transporting so many 
people up western rivers entailed squeezing them into cramped quarters, 
where diseases proliferated and a burst boiler could scald hundreds to 
death in an instant.


Saunt’s book traces the expulsion of 80,000 Native Americans over the 
course of the 1830s, from their homes in the eastern United States to 
territories west of the Mississippi River. This was one episode in a 
long history of colonial conquest that included waging war and spreading 
disease, but Saunt argues that Indian Removal was truly “unprecedented”; 
it was a “formal, state-administered process” designed to eliminate 
every native person to the east of the Mississippi — a systematic 
expulsion that would later serve as an ignominious model for other 
regimes around the world. The French in Algeria looked to it as an 
example, as did the Nazis in Eastern Europe. “The Volga,” Hitler 
announced in 1941, “must be our Mississippi.”


“Unworthy Republic” is a powerful and lucid account, weaving together 
events with the people who experienced them up close. President Jackson 
is an inevitable presence, but he’s relegated mostly to the background, 
expounding his policy in high-flown terms (“It will be my sincere and 
constant desire to observe toward the Indian tribes within our limits a 
just and liberal policy”) while gloating in his private letters (“I have 
in the chickisaw treaty destroyed the serpent”). Previously, as a 
general in the Tennessee militia and later the United States Army, 
Jackson had led brutal campaigns against the Creeks and the Seminoles. 
His election to the highest office, in 1828, meant that state 
governments in the South would get what they had long clamored for — 
federal resources to move Indigenous residents from the land, so that 
slaveholders could expand their cotton empire.


The entwined history of slavery and the expulsion of Indigenous people 
is a central theme in Saunt’s book. In antebellum America, both Native 
Americans and African-Americans were “subjects but not citizens.” 
Southern planters and politicians loudly declaimed states’ rights in 
defense of their “peculiar institution,” but they needed federal help to 
clear the land of native residents. Particularly enticing for slavers 
was the Black Prairie — a crescent-shaped swath of dark, rich soil 
through Mississippi and Alabama, where Chickasaws, Choctaws and Creeks 
lived.


But the unvarnished language of profits and exploitation wouldn’t be 
enough to get the Indian Removal Act passed in Congress, where some 
Northern representatives were already suspicious of Southern motives. 
Just as central to the cause of removal was the gauzy humanitarianism 
used to justify it. Essential to this effort was the work of Isaac 
McCoy, described by Saunt as a “sincere” and “naïve” Baptist missionary 
who envisioned a land uniting all the native peoples in “one body 
politic” called “Aboriginia.” Politicians learned to present expulsion 
as a protective policy, a benevolent program to rescue native people 
from “extinction.”


The Jackson administration had tacitly encouraged white settlers to move 
onto native land; having helped to stoke the problem, Saunt writes, the 
administration “was asked to provide a solution.” Jackson offered a 
“grand scheme,” but no proper plan. As Saunt meticulously documents, 
combing through government records and contemporaneous testimony, 
Indigenous people were caught in the teeth of a vast bureaucracy that 
combined penny-pinching austerity with terrible management, corruption 
and chaos on the ground.


Tens of thousands of people were supposed to be transferred “on the 
cheap,” with expired vaccines and imprecise maps. One drunken U.S. agent 
entrusted with the Choctaw removal recorded names on loose slips of 
paper that he 

Re: [Marxism] Trump's back to work dreams are a coronavirus nightmare. Good thing he can't enforce them.

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By picking the date of Easter, Trump has assured that the Evangelical 
Megachurches will be fully packed for services then, undoing any success at 
flattening the curve by that time ...SR

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[Marxism] bellingcat - The Coronavirus Disinformation System: How It Works - bellingcat

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/03/25/the-coronavirus-disinformation-system-how-it-works/

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[Marxism] Trump's back to work dreams are a coronavirus nightmare. Good thing he can't enforce them.

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-back-work-dreams-are-coronavirus-nightmare-good-thing-ncna1168066

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[Marxism] Articles on Syria

2020-03-25 Thread RKOB via Marxism

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Idlib village 'burned to ashes' as Syrian regime breaks ceasefire

Syrian civilian defence reported 40 separate rocket attacks in villages 
across Idlib, which caused severe damage to farmland and civilian 
property, casting fresh doubts over last month's ceasefire.


24 March, 2020 
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/3/24/idlib-village-burned-to-ashes-in-syria-regime-bombing 



Intel: Turkey targeted by both sides in northern Syria conflict

Al-Monitor Staff March 20, 2020 
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/intel-turkey-target-north-syria-conflict.html 



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[Marxism] Links to Articles (25.3.2020)

2020-03-25 Thread RKOB via Marxism

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My links to some articles concerning the COVID-19 crisis from today

As lockdowns kill jobs, Africa’s informal workers suffer

By AMIRA EL-MASAITI 2020-03-25 
https://apnews.com/dea5bf9a96c541fc963f691e7e4dcee1


‘Cacophony of coughing’: Inside NYC’s virus-besieged ERs

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, JIM MUSTIAN and JENNIFER PELTZ 2020-03-24 
https://apnews.com/b08afe589e0d6dae9469c8211157199c


70 percent of G7 households expect to be made poorer by virus

Household incomes are being affected as cities enforce lockdowns, 
shutting businesses and factories, a survey showed.


2020-03-25 
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/70-percent-g7-households-expect-poorer-virus-200325060436759.html 



India's looming battle to save its workers from the coronavirus

More than 80 percent of India's workers do not have paid sick leave, 
leaving their livelihoods vulnerable to the virus.


by Tish Sanghera 2020-03-25 
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/indias-looming-battle-save-workers-coronavirus-200325043906292.html 



One third of humanity under virus lockdown

More than 2.6 billion people around the world now face some form of 
restriction on their movements


by Bhuvan Bagga and Shaun Tandon March 25, 2020 
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/one-third-of-humanity-under-virus-lockdown/


Taiwan serves as model in global virus battle

Aggregated databases and professionalism are helping territory keep 
Covid-19 at bay


by KG Chan March 24, 2020 
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/taiwan-serves-as-model-in-global-virus-battle/


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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-Atlantic]: Anderson on Tarter, 'Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia'

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From: H-Net Staff via H-REVIEW 
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 11:34 AM
Subject: H-Net Review [H-Atlantic]: Anderson on Tarter, 'Gerrymanders: How
Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan
Minorities in Virginia'
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Brent Tarter.  Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery,
White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia.
Charlottesville  University of Virginia Press, 2019.  vii + 130 pp.
$19.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8139-4320-6.

Reviewed by Tonnia L. Anderson (University of Science and Arts of
Oklahoma)
Published on H-Atlantic (March, 2020)
Commissioned by W. Douglas Catterall

Gerrymanders in Viriginia

The existence of popular sovereignty, or the idea that government
exists to serve citizens who elect representatives to express their
will, is central to American democracy. Yet one of the paradoxes of
American democracy--one that can be seen in the gap between
democratic ideals and reality--is the concept of political
representation, with its long history of inequality and exclusion.
Typically, the narrative of exclusion is readily applied to
historically marginalized groups as an unfortunate "hiccup" within
our governmental system, whose norms otherwise are geared expressly
towards the protection of justice, individual liberty, equality, and
the integrity of electoral institutions. This ideal of American
democracy, however, resonates sharply against the effects of
gerrymandering in which popular sovereignty is eroded by legally
disenfranchising millions of voters. In his 2016 State of the Union
Address, President Barak Obama indicated that political reform was
urgently needed to combat the ills of gerrymandering,
malapportionment, and voter suppression. "Democracy breaks down,"
Obama said, "when the average person feels their voice doesn't
matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the
powerful or some special interest." While political observers and
commentators from the nineteenth century to the present day have
warned against the pitfalls of gerrymandering as a threat to the
integrity of electoral institutions and consequently to
representative government, political scholars have tended to minimize
its impact until recently.[1] Moreover, attention has centered
largely on political parties' control of the US Congress rather than
on state legislatures or local districts.

By examining the evolution of representational government for
Virginia, from the colonial era to the present, Brent Tarter's
_Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White
Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia _presents the first
in-depth historical study on the subject that sheds considerable
insight into the methods, motivations, and consequences of
gerrymanders across time. As such, this case study is a much-needed
contribution that fills a void within the scholarship on
gerrymandering _because_ of its focus on state legislatures, directly
challenging the notion that "the redistricting of state legislatures
is less subject to partisan gerrymandering and resulting partisan
bias than popular commentary would suggest."[2] The book reveals the
extent to which powerful special interests groups within Virginia
have manipulated electoral institutions at the expense of the one
person, one vote principle upon which American government rests.
Tarter argues that "suffrage restrictions and apportionment schemes
have worked in tandem to shape the state's political culture and the
nature of its undemocratic politics and unrepresentative government"
(p. 5). In certain respects, _Gerrymanders_ can be seen as an
extension of an earlier work, _Grandees of Government_ (2013) in
which Tarter examines the undemocratic political culture within the
state and why it has been so resistant to change. _Gerrymanders_
elaborates on this earlier work, showing how representatives, too
often, have chosen their voters instead of allowing voters to choose
their representatives.

Written for a popular audience, _Gerrymanders_ presents a concise
narrative that is readily digestible for any reader unlike so much
scholarship on the subject dominated by complex political theories,
advanced mathematical formulas, and legal jargon. The book consists
of twelve short chapters that generally fit within four sections
describing the beneficiaries of gerrymandering in Virginia:
landowners, slaveholders, white supremacists, and partisan groups.
Tarter begins by carefully defining the term _gerrymander_ and
presents an overview of the problems it poses to representational
government historically and presently in light of the fact 

Re: [Marxism] Bernie Sanders Should Retool His Campaign to Lead the Charge Against Coronavirus

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*Just received via a DSA discussion board - *

Bernie Sanders has pivoted his campaign and the Our Revolution movement to
working on the coronavirus crisis. Among other things, Sanders has been
holding a series of superb roundtables with experts that are very
substantive on information and policy. Of course, there is little coverage
in the media of Sanders' work.

To see all of Sanders' roundtables on the coronavirus crisis, you can go to
his Youtube channel and scroll down to "Past Livestreams" or "Uploads."
Last night's roundtable, for example, with Congresswoman Jayapal and three
doctors, was outstanding:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH1dpzjCEiGAt8CXkryhkZg


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> My comment on reading this article is that it sounds very sensible. [...]
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[Marxism] The danger of inflation in the COVID-19 recession/depression: pandemic profiteering

2020-03-25 Thread Anthony Boynton via Marxism
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With money being pumped into the economy, but many goods becoming scarce,
profiteering and inflation will be the order of the day.

Comparisons with WWII measures in the NYT and elsewhere consistently leave
out war time rationing and price controls.

Aside from the issues of how much money is needed, and how it should be
distributed, the issue of inflation is now clearly on the agenda.

Anthony
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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-Asia]: Curley on Ray, 'Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850'

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: H-Net Staff via H-REVIEW 
> Date: March 25, 2020 at 6:07:13 AM EDT
> To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> Cc: H-Net Staff 
> Subject: H-Net Review [H-Asia]:  Curley on Ray, 'Climate Change and the Art 
> of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850'
> Reply-To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> 
> Sugata Ray.  Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in 
> the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850.  Seattle  University of Washington 
> Press, 2019.  264 pp.  $70.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-295-74537-4.
> 
> Reviewed by David Curley (Western Washington University)
> Published on H-Asia (March, 2020)
> Commissioned by Sumit Guha
> 
> Curley on Ray, _Climate Change_
> 
> Sugata Ray's brilliant book, _Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: 
> Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna_, proposes new questions for the 
> discipline of art history. Using concepts and methods taken from 
> material culture studies as well as from art history, Ray proposes 
> reciprocal relations among the earth's changing environment, 
> ecological transformations brought about by the ways humans have 
> lived upon the land and sea, and "theology, art practice, and an 
> aesthetics of the natural world" (p. 20). As a case study, Ray has 
> chosen the region of Braj in north India, first, because of repeated, 
> disastrous droughts and famines in north India that seem to have been 
> particularly severe from the mid-sixteenth century to the early 
> eighteenth century, and second, because in the same period Gaudiya 
> Vaishnavas made the whole region of Braj a sacred landscape. 
> 
> In the 1540s, about a decade earlier than the first severe recorded 
> famine of the Little Ice Age, Gaudiya Vaishnava scholars residing in 
> Braj began producing theologies of what Barbara Holdrege has called 
> Krishna's "mesocosmic embodiment" in the locality as a whole. The 
> whole region of Braj, the Yamuna River, Govardhan Hill, sacred pools 
> and groves, and indeed every living being in Braj were considered 
> parts of the "manifest body" of Krishna.[1] Ray's thesis is that a 
> theology of Krishna's embodiment in the land of Braj, together with 
> climatic, political, and economic changes to the environment, led to 
> changes in devotional disciplines of Vaishnava pilgrims in Braj, and 
> to changes in visual practices of art and architecture. 
> 
> One should note at the outset, however, that his project is not 
> limited to artistic and architectural changes in Braj that were 
> related to climate changes of the Little Ice Age. Rather, Ray has 
> undertaken a case study in a more comprehensive discipline of 
> "geoaesthetics" as an "approach within art history." Ray describes 
> the subject matter of geoaesthetics expansively: "artistic and 
> architectural practices that were shaped through human interactions 
> with geographical, geological, botanical, zoological, mineralogical, 
> astronomical and climatic formations" (p. 22). 
> 
> Ray also describes his subject matter as an "interweaving," 
> "interplay," or "interconnectedness" between "nature and culture," or 
> "the natural world and human life," or "matter and life," or "the 
> human and the environmental" (pp. 20, 23, 57-9), suggesting practical 
> goals and a dimension of environmental ethics in his geoaesthetics. 
> In a coda we are encouraged to compare a miniature titled "Krishna's 
> Water Sport" from the Isarda _Bhāgavata Purāṇa_, ca. 1560-70 (p. 
> 26, plate 1.1) with an installation called "The Water Diviner," 2008, 
> by Sheba Chhachhi (pp. 185, 186, plates C.11 and C.12). The former 
> shows the whole, beautiful living environment of the sacred Yamuna 
> River. In in the second we see a dimly lit room filled with bundles 
> and shelves of old books, and a small light box that displays Radha 
> and her companions playing in the Yamuna River, but they are 
> surrounded and obscured by the river's floating burden of garbage, 
> and Krishna cannot be seen. Disconsolate birds and a deer look on 
> from an otherwise lifeless shore. 
> 
> One of Ray's strategies of mediation between "nature" and "culture" 
> (p. 58) is to develop a dialectical relation between more direct, 
> sensual experiences of environmental "matter" made sacred as 
> Krishna's living body, and more abstract cultural representations of 
> bodies of water and features of the landscape. Early works of Gaudiya 
> Vaishnava theology, archival records of property claims, temple 
> inscriptions, and accounts of travelers and pilgrims 

[Marxism] Maurice Berger, Historian Who Fearlessly Called Out Art-World Racism, Is Dead at 63

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Maurice Berger, an art historian and curator whose areas of focus 
included whiteness in the art world and the political implications of 
photography, has died at 63. On Twitter, New York magazine art critic 
Jerry Saltz wrote that Berger died of coronavirus-related causes, which 
was confirmed in an obituary by New York’s Jewish Museum, for whom he 
had organized an exhibition about art and television in 2015.



https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/maurice-berger-dead-1202682023/

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[Marxism] Marian Price interview on 'peace process'/evolution of the Provos

2020-03-25 Thread Philip Ferguson via Marxism
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*Marian Price* is a long-time revolutionary activist in the national
liberation struggle in Ireland.  She was imprisoned in Britain in the 1970s
for her activities in the IRA.  While in prison she went on hunger strike
and was force-fed for more than 100 days.

Marian left the Provos in 1998 over disagreements with the direction taken
by the republican leadership and became active in the 32-County Sovereignty
Movement.  She was later imprisoned without trial for several years.

This interview was actually done some time in the early 2000s, but remains
highly relevant to the evolution of the Provos and the critiques of their
rightward shifts.

https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/interview-with-marian-price-from-early-2000s/
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[Marxism] Link to Socialist Health Alliance (UK) 'Open Letter to Mr Johnson'

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https://www.sochealth.co.uk/2020/03/20/open-letter-to-the-prime-minister-from-the-socialist-health-association/

This below is a very pruned version showing just the opener and bolded
sub-headings (Link above).

Hari Kumar

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Dear Mr Johnson,

The pandemic has exposed the steady destruction of our public services and
welfare state which has happened over the last 10 years.

This is the most unprecedented health challenge in 100 years which is
complex and difficult – but as voiced by many experts in the field, we have
significant concerns about the way the UK government has hitherto been
approaching this national emergency. .


However the public is finally waking up to the fact that, as a result
of government austerity and privatisation policies, we are ill-prepared –
with too few ICU facilities, NHS beds, healthcare staff and equipment – to
offer a safe and effective response to the virus. Those most at risk also
have to use a threadbare social care system which is already bending under
the strain.

   1. *You are placing staff at risk*


   1. *You are placing patients at risk*


   1. *You are placing communities at risk*


   1. *You are placing the NHS at risk*


   1. *You are placing Social Care at risk*


   1. *You are placing democracy at risk*

*WE EXPECT YOUR GOVERNMENT TO:*

   - Treat us like adults – show us the evidence on which you base your
   decisions
   - Protect frontline staff right now ...
   - Protect the population of the UK by permanently increasing NHS staff
   in hospitals and primary care, increasing hospital beds, increasing
   respirators.
   - Roll back privatisation and austerity across public services.
   - Seize the opportunity of this pandemic to invest for the long-term in
   the welfare state, recognising that a thriving society requires a thriving
   state.
   - Suspend now legislation on the charging and reporting of undocumented
   migrants.
   - Invest permanently in social care, making it free at the point of use,
   fully funded through progressive taxation, promoting independence for all
   and delivered by a workforce with appropriate training, career structure,
   pay and conditions.
   - Protect those in precarious employment from financial meltdown from
   the pandemic. All those who should not be at work should have an
   living income.
   - Ensure that people across the UK have equitable access to the help
   they need, through their Devolved Administrations
   - Review the Long Term Plan___
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[Marxism] Lockdown! | Michael Roberts Blog

2020-03-25 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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According to AFP estimates, some 1.7 billion people across the world are 
now living under some form of lockdown as a result of the coronavirus. 
That’s almost a quarter of the world population.  The world economy has 
seen nothing like this.


Nearly all economic forecasts for global GDP in 2020 are for a 
contraction of 1-3%, as bad if not worse than in the Great Recession of 
2008-9.  And forecasts for the major economies for this quarter ending 
this week and the next quarter are coming in at an annualised drop of 
anything between 20-50%! The economic activity indicators (called PMIs), 
which are surveys of company views on what they are doing, are recording 
all-time lows of contraction for March.


https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/lockdown/

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[Marxism] 3.4 Trillion Reasons (ILO study on consequences of COVID-19 crisis for global working class)

2020-03-25 Thread RKOB via Marxism

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*3.4 Trillion Reasons*

*An ILO study shows the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis for the 
international working class and popular masses

*

/by Michael Pröbsting, 25 March 2020/

https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/global/covid-19-crisis-3-4-trillion-reasons/

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[Marxism] Gilead profits off antiviral

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Or as Louis would put it, dog bites man . . .

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/23/gilead-sciences-coronavirus-treatment-orphan-drug-status/


I hope this hadn't already been posted by someone else.

Essentially Gilead took at least $79 million in federal money, developed
the drug and got it classified as a treatment for a "rare disease". The
financial implications for them are gargantuan, the medical  implications
for poor and working people horrific . . .

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