[Marxism] Marxist Literary Criticism Today | Review of *Marxist Literary Criticism Today* by Barbara Foley | Dragan Plavšić | Counterfire

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[Marxism] Turkish folk musician dies in hunger strike

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/second-member-banned-turkish-folk-group-grup-yorum-dies-hunger-strike--ibrahim-gokcek

John

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[Marxism] Father and son charged with murder of unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia - ABC News

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-unarmed-black-man-killed-georgia-speaks-ahmaud/story?id=70552216

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[Marxism] On Labor-power and Labor- Edward G Robinson and Pablo Picasso

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Almost anyone beginning a reading of Marx' Capital finds the distinction
between labor-power (the ability to work) and labor (working) something of
a mystery.  I like to think of it as the difference between a sewing
machine and sewing.  One buys the commodity sewing machine (labor-power)
and sewing (labor).  One purchases the commodity but pays nothing more to
run it.

Tonight being the start of TCM's salute to the GOAT, Edward G Robinson, and
featuring 3 of hs best at 5pst Little Ceasar,   At 8pst The Sea Wolf and at
10pst the best film I know of, Key Largo.  So I will give again his
description of the difference:

“The sitting around on the set is awful. But I always figure that's what
they pay me for. The acting I do for free.”
*https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edward_G._Robinson
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And comes along this today regarding Picasso:

One day, Pablo Picasso was sitting in a Paris cafe and sketching something
on a small napkin.

Once he was done, a secret admirer recognized him, approached him and asked
whether he could have that napkin.

“Sure,” Picasso answered. “20,000 francs and it is yours.”

“20,000 francs? It took you five minutes to draw this.”

“Nonono, it took me more than 40 years.”

Cited by Vjekoslav Nemec at Quora
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-coolest-line-in-history/answer/Vjekoslav-Nemec


The difference between labor-power and labor is the same as that between a
sewing machine and using it to sew. You pay for the machine (its ability to
do work, i.e. like labor-power) but you pay nothing more to use it (like
the workers’ labor).”


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[Marxism] bellingcat - The Venezuela/Silvercorp USA Saga Keeps Getting Weirder - bellingcat

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[Marxism] 1950 newsreel clip of Harry Bridges following his perjury conviction - YouTube

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ilVkuL6DI

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[Marxism] 'We are living through the first economic crisis of the Anthropocene' | Books | The Guardian

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By Adam Tooze.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/07/we-are-living-through-the-first-economic-crisis-of-the-anthropocene

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Re: [Marxism] Two Truths from the Pandemic No One Is Mentioning - CounterPunch.org

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To be honest, I'm not sure who the "no one" in the title is because these
seem to be pretty widely expressed views. The green movement is certainly
arguing both pretty stridently and some mainstream people are picking up on
them too.

 Point one, while true in a sense, appears more religious than scientific,
especially when accompanied by such statements as "the earth is telling us
that the capitalist world is using her up, fouling her systems, killing off
species useful and needful to her, and no one species however sapient can
be allowed to do that." The earth hasn't "struck back", which requires some
sort of conscious or unconscious decision making. It's just that
(capitalist) human activity has pushed elements of our ecosystem to a
breaking point where mass condensing of animals into cramped environments,
whether 'wet markets' in Asia or antibiotic drenched factory farms in the
West, into conditions that could not have better replicated the petri
dishes of the 1918 trenches.

Point two too has been made loud and clear by the environmentalist movement
since the 1970s at least - probably earlier. "Small is beautiful" has been
a rallying cry of that movement since its inception. So while eliminating
the mass factory farming elements of our production systems and fetishising
huge scale 'efficiency' may well be a good plan, claiming that "no one is
mentioning" it seems odd to say the least. Any mainstream liberal
publication you open will be airing these views.

Cheers,
John

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[Marxism] Leninism? – Spectre Journal

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By Charles Post

https://spectrejournal.com/leninism/

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[Marxism] Howie Hawkins running-mate announced

2020-05-07 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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We are pleased to announce that Howie’s first choice all along, Angela 
Walker, has accepted the invitation to be the Vice Presidential nominee 
of our 2020 campaign.


Angela Walker is a veteran working-class activist with decades of 
experience working for racial and economic justice in social movements, 
unions, and as an independent or third-party candidate. Angela already 
has experience running for vice president as the Socialist Party USA 
picked her as their vice-presidential candidate in 2016.


As a public transit bus driver and Legislative Director of her 
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) local in Milwaukee, Angela was in the 
middle of the Winter-Spring 2011 Wisconsin Uprising against Gov. Scott 
Walker’s union-busting attack on the collective bargaining of public 
employees. In the Fall of 2011, Angela played a leading role in Occupy 
Milwaukee and the Milwaukee chapter of Occupy the Hood, which sought to 
represent the interests of oppressed people and bring people of color 
into the Occupy Movement.


full: 
https://hawkins2020.us/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1=246_medium=email_campaign=website_source=sendgrid.com


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[Marxism] Cuba's Medical Solidarity

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In The Economist, dated April 4, there is an article entitled Mercy and Money.  
It’s behind a paywall.

A few points from the article.  
In the last 18 months 9,000 (doctors) have left Brazil, Bolivia, El Salvador, 
and Ecuador, due to the advent of right-wing governments.
Portugal, which has received Cuban doctora since 2009, pays 50,000 euros (US 
$55,000) a year for each one.

With the article is a chart with startling (to me) information.  The median age 
in Haiti is 24 and in Angola 16.7.

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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-War]: Pratt on Granatstein and Oliver, 'The Oxford Companion to Canadian Military History'

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Date: Thu, May 7, 2020 at 9:32 AM
Subject: H-Net Review [H-War]: Pratt on Granatstein and Oliver, 'The Oxford
Companion to Canadian Military History'
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J. L. Granatstein, Dean F. Oliver.  The Oxford Companion to Canadian
Military History.  Don Mills, Ont.  Oxford University Press, 2011.
xiii + 514 pp.  $74.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-543088-2.

Reviewed by William J. Pratt (University of Calgary)
Published on H-War (May, 2020)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

The long-running Oxford Companion series aims to provide reference
works on every conceivable topic from English literature (1932) to
cheese (2016). The volume on Canadian military history consists of
more than five hundred alphabetical entries ranging from brief
one-paragraph blurbs on individual soldiers, weapons, or battles, to
longer essays on significant figures and broader themes. Many entries
end with cross-references to related topics and offer suggested
readings. The handsome volume includes 250 illustrations, featuring
previously unpublished photographs, color paintings, and maps,
presenting an attractive addition to either the coffee table or the
library reference section.

While the _Oxford Companion to American Military History_ (1999) had
five hundred contributors, this volume has two: Jack Granatstein and
Dean Oliver. The historians were both affiliated with the Canadian
War Museum when they wrote this book and acknowledged the
contributions from staff (p. xi). Published as a co-production
between Oxford University Press and the museum, the work is an
example of the long-standing support that Canadian military history
has enjoyed from the War Museum. In the realm of academic publishing,
the institution has contributed funds and editorial support to the
Studies in Canadian Military History series by the University of
British Columbia Press and to _Canadian Military History, _the
leading journal in the field. Many of the captivating illustrations
were sourced from the museum's archives.

Reviewers of works on warfare in the Oxford Companion series have
questioned the worth of one-volume encyclopedic subject dictionaries.
American military historian Russell Weigley suggested that with
extensive digital information a mere click away, the space
constraints of this format seem obsolescent.[1] This critique is only
partially applicable to this volume. While the online _Canadian
Encyclopedia_ and the _Dictionary of Canadian Biography_ cover some
of the most commonly known aspects of Canada's martial past just as
well or in greater detail, on the other hand, figures who lived after
the Second World War and many of the lesser-known events and
organizations are covered more completely here. British historian
Simon Ball suggested the companion idea is "fatally flawed" in that
contents often fall inadequately between brief entries with condensed
descriptive information and essays surveying broad themes from lofty
heights.[2] Whatever the potential pitfalls of the format, this
volume on Canadian military history was well received. The book won
the distinguished C. P. Stacey Prize for best book in Canadian
military history.

A number of entries deliver the bare facts on topics big and small.
These will please the detail-oriented military buff, and the writer,
editor, or public historian using the work as a fact-checking
reference. The short essay entries are of greater interest. Some take
the long view on various and, at times, novel themes (Canadian
alliances; military language; national interests; Quebec and the
military) or provide balanced overviews of complex topics, often
providing international context (Battle of the Atlantic; Cold War;
home front, war finance, and war industry in the world wars; Korean
War). An entry on casualties examines problems in quantification,
politicization, and nationalism. Others offer historiographical
insight into the lack of military biography or autobiography in
Canada, the controversy over Canadian participation in strategic
bombing, and the development of Canadian military history as a field.
Beginning in 2012, several of these essays were published as
stand-alone articles in _Canadian Military History_ and are now
available free online_._[3]

The authors were presented with the difficult task of selecting the
most important aspects of the field and then condensing them
according to importance. The book covers historical topics from the
colonial period, but more emphasis is given to the post-Confederation
era. Without an additional index or a table of contents, searching
for specific topics can take time. 

Re: [Marxism] Don’t Believe Former Amazon VP/ICE Collaborator Tim Bray’s Grift | Washington Babylon

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After this recent story came out I noticed he had blocked me on twitter.  Was 
curious why and found I had tweeted about:

https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2015/08/16/Working-at-Amazon

He's spent over 5 years ignoring evidence of Amazon's awful practices because 
he didn't experience them personally in his bubble -- this isn't just about 
warehouse workers, the time he wrote this blog post it was in response to 
reports on how their programmers are treated.

Good that he finally realized they were chickenshit... But shouldn't forget the 
5+ years of not only ignoring it but actively pushing back against those who 
spoke up.

Tristan

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[Marxism] The Green Erasure of Indigenous Life | NACLA

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A wind energy boom on Colombia’s Caribbean coast threatens to continue 
the dispossession of Indigenous communities—with a green veneer.


https://nacla.org/news/2020/05/06/green-erasure-indigenous-life

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[Marxism] It Takes a Revolution to Make a Solution: The Nineteenth Newsletter (2020).

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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-War]: Carnaghi on Dodd and Lees, 'Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945'

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Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945'
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Lindsey Dodd, David Lees, eds.  Vichy France and Everyday Life:
Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945.  London  Bloomsbury
Academic, 2018.  264 pp.  $39.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-350-14379-1;
$120.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-350-01159-5.

Reviewed by Benedetta Carnaghi (Cornell University)
Published on H-War (May, 2020)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

"My God! What is this country doing to me?" cries a shocked Irène
Némirovsky in one of the handwritten notes collected in the appendix
of _Suite Française_.[1] Her country, France, rejected her when it
became Vichy France. She was of Jewish origin, so she was arrested as
a Jew under the racial laws that Vichy France implemented.

Vichy France _is_ its everyday life: its traumatic impact on the
French population, coping with unwanted occupiers and contradictory
propaganda. Némirovsky's manuscript is but one of the many
historical documents attesting to life after France's defeat in 1940
and the ensuing German occupation. Michel Foucault described it as
"waiting for the dawn."[2] Lindsey Dodd and David Lees's _Vichy
France and Everyday Life_, the outcome of a one-day conference they
organized at the University of Warwick in March 2016, chooses to
study this historical moment from the standpoint of "less well-known
people (and indeed unknown people)" (p. 5).

This work is a welcome addition to other microhistorical efforts to
address Vichy France through its people's experiences and emotions.
The authors of the book teach us something very important about
agency: they argue that "human emotion" is worth studying as "a
driver of historical change" (p. 9)--in particular, the emotions of
"unimportant, ordinary and historically anonymous people." The
authors also underline, following Michel de Certeau and Benedict
Anderson's scholarship, that the everyday experience cannot be
reduced to "a mirror image of an event played out on the small-scale
local level," but, rather, encompasses "the interplay between the
individual and his or her immediate society, the individual and his
or her imagined community, the individual and his or her neighbour"
(p. 10).

It is a matter of "shifting the lens" (p. 4) and "redirecting the
gaze" (p. 2), the editors argue, in an already nearly saturated
historiographical landscape. They take as inspiration Robert Gildea's
_Marianne in Chains _(2004), opposing it to Henry Rousso's _The Vichy
Syndrome_ (1994) and works that focus exclusively on "grand
narratives of resistance, collaboration, heroism and guilt" (p. 5). I
would soften the contrast, for a couple of reasons. While a top-down
approach would suggest looking strictly at the Vichy government and
at Marshal Pétain's policies, Rousso also argued for the importance
of studying the impact of the regime on French society and people.[3]
And regardless of Rousso's work, the story of the French Resistance
and of the Vichy collaboration with the Nazi regime is very much
ingrained in the daily life of ordinary people who found themselves
compelled to make a choice after the French defeat in May-June 1940.
This is the argument Guillaume Pollack, Vincent Houle, and I made in
our _Frontières. Circulations, vie quotidienne, illégalités_,
issued from a conference held at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
University in February 2018, showing how the establishment of new
Vichy borders after the French defeat meant disarray for the local
population.[4] The French people reacted in different ways: some
joined a resistance organization that fought for a common goal;
others chose to collaborate with the Nazi regime--but most people
adopted less clear-cut approaches in the gray zone between these two
opposites.

Dodd and Lees's edited volume, like Vichy itself, could be summarized
as a conflict between people's emotions and the regime's propaganda.
Resistance to the latter came from unexpected places. Children (the
protagonists of Camille Mahé's, Matthieu Devigne's, and Lindsey
Dodd's essays) fought the regime's propaganda on their playgrounds
and proved to be much less malleable than Marshal Pétain thought
them to be. They were at the center of the rhetoric of his National
Revolution, but Vichy's toys--idealizing the marshal as France's
savior and conveying the only "true values" of the French
state--became increasingly impossible to afford. So, most children
played without the government-mandated toys, expressing 

[Marxism] Don’t Believe Former Amazon VP/ICE Collaborator Tim Bray’s Grift | Washington Babylon

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[Marxism] Two Truths from the Pandemic No One Is Mentioning - CounterPunch.org

2020-05-07 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Two truths at least are certain in this post-pandemic world:

1) Humans have so dominated the world, destroying much of non-human life 
and systems in the process, that the world has struck back in recoil and 
seeks to readjust the balance.


2) Human sustenance systems are far too large and unwieldly to be 
effective and the smaller the system or operation the more efficient, 
useful, friendly, or supportive.


full: 
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/two-truths-from-the-pandemic-no-one-is-mentioning/


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[Marxism] Deepening of authoritarianism and uneven struggles of global capitalist reorganization: politics of the COVID-19 crisis in Hungary | Lefteast

2020-05-07 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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This article was written as part of a series of analysis published by 
Solidarity Action Group, a collaboration between 12 left organizations 
which works to collect, connect and broaden solidarity-based solutions 
in face of the crisis. It was edited by Agnes Gagyi.


https://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/deepening-of-authoritarianism-politics-of-the-covid-hungary/

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Re: [Marxism] What Socialists Can Take From Corporate Strategic Management

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These idiots with their articles urging people to study Walmart for
hints on how socialism can be built. Now this. I am surprised they don't
single out McKinsey for emulation.

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[Marxism] South Africa case Re: Webinar this Saturday - : SHINING THE LIGHT ON CUBA'S MEDICAL SOLIDARITY

2020-05-07 Thread Patrick Bond via Marxism

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The headlines here in Joburg when the Cuban doctors came late last 
month, declared the 'cost' to be $24 million for 187 doctors (but the 
time they will be spending in SA isn't specified). Local doctors 
objected to not being consulted.


Here's a fairly balanced view: 
https://www.fin24.com/Opinion/mills-soko-much-ado-about-cuban-doctors-so-whats-behind-their-recruitment-20200430



On 5/7/2020 3:46 AM, Richard Fidler via Marxism wrote:

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This interview by an informed expert clarifies what is involved:

"For the emergency medical support, Cuba charges nothing. It depends on whether
host governments want to compensate the Cubans, but there is no price tag, as I
understand it. Likewise, for healthcare for what's called the Programa Integral
de Salud in poorer countries - sub-Sahara Africa is a good example - Cuba
charges nothing.

"However, for countries such as Qatar, where Cuba has got a hospital of 400
Cuban medical personnel, Cuba charges a lot of money. It charges less than what
the European and North American-trained doctors and nurses would charge, but it
does receive money from that. Estimates vary, but I would calculate about $6
billion goes into Cuban coffers as a result of Cuban medical services abroad.

"This money goes to maintain the Cuban medical system. So it is a form of
subsidizing the Cuban healthcare system, which I think makes eminent sense. For
the number of countries that pay for medical services, there is a sliding scale.
Some countries can afford to pay. Arab countries have a lot of petro-dollars
that they use. Angola, South Africa are fairly wealthy, they can pay. But if you
go to countries such as Gambia or Niger, you will see that  - if they do pay -
they will pay significantly less."




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From: Marxism [mailto:marxism-boun...@lists.csbs.utah.edu] On Behalf Of Chris
Slee via Marxism
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2020 7:38 PM
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Cc: Chris Slee; Ken Hiebert
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Webinar this Saturday - : SHINING THE LIGHT ON CUBA'S
MEDICAL SOLIDARITY

My understanding is that the poorest countries don't have to pay anything, while
richer countries pay on a sliding scale.

Chris Slee


David Duport asks
Cuba still charges host countries for these medical missions, right?

I can't say that I know all the facts.  It would make sense if some countries
did pay.  The item below suggests otherwise.
 ken h

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_medical_internationalism




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