[Marxism] Igor Levit is like no other pianist

2020-05-11 Thread Dennis Brasky via Marxism
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> Other pianists of Levit’s generation may have achieved wider mass-market
> fame—Lang Lang and Yuja Wang come first to mind—but none have comparable
> stature as a cultural or even a political figure. In German-speaking
> countries, Levit is a familiar face not only to classical-music fans but
> also to a broader population that shares his leftist, internationalist
> world view. He has appeared on mainstream German TV shows; participated in
> political panel discussions; and attended the annual gathering of the Green
> Party, playing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” the anthem of the European Union.
> It was no surprise that Levit’s inaugural live stream attracted attention,
> though I was taken aback when the number of viewers climbed into the tens
> of thousands.
>
>
> https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/igor-levit-is-like-no-other-pianist
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> *Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas* – Igor Levitt -
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NaGFZDeNZo=PLwZcmtVIy8GhYFh09kc5wHBycWi-qvugc
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[Marxism] nurse told to shut the f__k up... by own union leader

2020-05-11 Thread John Reimann via Marxism
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The head of the NY State Nurses Association sent out an email telling a
nurse who complained about lack of ppe's to "shut the f__k up". And this
union is supposed to be oh-so-different and wonderful. I guess not.

https://nypost.com/2020/05/11/nurse-who-complained-about-lack-of-ppe-told-to-shut-the-f-k-up/?utm_source=facebook_sitebuttons_medium=site+buttons_campaign=site+buttons=IwAR0RPfdi-n_dmLZzyqWHG-gUIKgRoQLki-0uXBUAXTmSz-Pk5KXuD8TXD5A

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[Marxism] Capitalism is a Virus: Value Chains, Class Struggle, and the United Front | Left Voice

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.leftvoice.org/capitalism-is-a-virus-value-chains-class-struggle-and-the-united-front

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[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Peter Dreier, Bhaskar Sunkara, and the Green Party | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

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On April 28th, a 71-year old professor named Peter Dreier lit into 
Bashkar Sunkara in The Nation magazine with the kind of ferocity that 
made you wonder if the Jacobin editor had co-produced “Planet of the 
Humans”. Titled “WTF Is Jacobin’s Editor Thinking in Voting Green?,” 
Dreier reacted to an April 22nd Tweet that was probably not intended to 
generate any kind of controversy.


You can even describe the Tweet as damning with faint praise since it 
disavows support for the Greens a party and uses most of its 280 
characters reminding his readers to vote for Democrats.


Like many other liberals, Dreier repeats the same arguments that have 
been heard ad infinitum ever since Ralph Nader was blamed for allowing 
George W. Bush to be elected in 2000. Rather than holding Al Gore up to 
the scrutiny he deserved as Bill Clinton’s neoliberal sidekick, people 
like The Nation’s Eric Alterman and the singularly loathsome Todd Gitlin 
viewed blamed Nader for being a “spoiler”.


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Re: [Marxism] Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do

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Thanks, Louis.  I am deeply honored and am blushing.  The move to Marx occurred 
when I was a fellow in Law and Humanities at Harvard Law School in 1975-76.  
The fellowship meant I could audit any undergraduate course, and I gleefully 
took every one (not in science) taught by a Marxist.  This, plus their reading, 
plus friendship with many graduate students and teaching assistants, moved me 
onto the road towards Marxism.  It greatly helped also that liberalism was (is) 
such a failure, at democracy, at equality, and at telling the truth.  And here 
I still am.  Wythe


> On May 11, 2020 at 11:16 AM Louis Proyect  wrote:
> 
> 
> On 5/11/20 10:51 AM, wytheh...@cox.net wrote:
> > I moved from liberalism to radicalism in my 30s. I am still a radical. 
> > People still treat me as though I escaped from a mental institution. 
> > Wythe Holt
> 
> Wythe is too modest to mention his background so I will do it for him. 
> It makes his transition all the more interesting.
> 
> 
> Wythe Holt
> 
> Professor Holt served on the Law School Faculty [of the University of 
> Alabama] from 1966 through 2005.  He received his B.A. from Amherst 
> College and his J.D. and Ph.D. (in American history) from the University 
> of Virginia.  In law school he was elected to Order of the Coif and 
> served as Virginia Editor of the Virginia Law Review.  Within the 
> Alabama Law School, Professor Holt received one of the first four Chairs 
> awarded, and is now University Research Professor of Law Emeritus.
> 
> Professor Holt taught and published in the fields of federal 
> jurisdiction, conflict of laws, trusts and estates, and future 
> interests, while his primary field of teaching and publication was 
> American legal history, particularly the history of American labor law. 
> In retirement his chief production has included books on the Whiskey 
> Rebellion of 1794, the early history of the American federal court 
> system, and a Civil War battle which took place near his hometown of 
> Hampton, Virginia.  At the University of Alabama, Professor Holt also 
> taught or co-taught courses in the English, History, American Studies, 
> African-American Studies (as it was then), New College, and Criminal 
> Justice departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He served as a 
> visiting professor at the law schools of George Washington University, 
> West Virginia University, and the University of Miami, and was a 
> visiting member of the faculty of history at the University of Virginia. 
>   He has also served as a visiting lecturer or professor at Mekelle 
> University in Ethiopia, Fribourg University in Switzerland, and the 
> Australian National University in Canberra.
> 
> Professor Holt was a founding member and early Secretary of the American 
> Society for Legal History.  He has served as Secretary of the Southwest 
> Labor Studies Association and as a member of the American Legal Studies 
> Association.  He also served in the University of Alabama Faculty Senate 
> for many years, being elected its President for one term by his peers there.

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Re: [Marxism] Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do

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My response was, perhaps predictably given the touchiness of my email system, 
deleted by the internet. Here is the message I received:
The following message to  was undeliverable.
The reason for the problem:
5.3.0 - Other mail system problem 550-'maximum allowed line length is 998 
octets, got 1054'
Of course no message was "following". I will try to respond again. Wythe

> On May 11, 2020 at 11:16 AM Louis Proyect  mailto:l...@panix.com > wrote:
> 
> 
> On 5/11/20 10:51 AM, wytheh...@cox.net mailto:wytheh...@cox.net wrote:
> 
> > > I moved from liberalism to radicalism in my 30s. I am still a 
> radical.
> > People still treat me as though I escaped from a mental institution.
> > Wythe Holt
> > 
> > > Wythe is too modest to mention his background so I will do it for 
> > him.
> It makes his transition all the more interesting.
> 
> 
> Wythe Holt
> 
> Professor Holt served on the Law School Faculty [of the University of
> Alabama] from 1966 through 2005. He received his B.A. from Amherst
> College and his J.D. and Ph.D. (in American history) from the University
> of Virginia. In law school he was elected to Order of the Coif and
> served as Virginia Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Within the
> Alabama Law School, Professor Holt received one of the first four Chairs
> awarded, and is now University Research Professor of Law Emeritus.
> 
> Professor Holt taught and published in the fields of federal
> jurisdiction, conflict of laws, trusts and estates, and future
> interests, while his primary field of teaching and publication was
> American legal history, particularly the history of American labor law.
> In retirement his chief production has included books on the Whiskey
> Rebellion of 1794, the early history of the American federal court
> system, and a Civil War battle which took place near his hometown of
> Hampton, Virginia. At the University of Alabama, Professor Holt also
> taught or co-taught courses in the English, History, American Studies,
> African-American Studies (as it was then), New College, and Criminal
> Justice departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as a
> visiting professor at the law schools of George Washington University,
> West Virginia University, and the University of Miami, and was a
> visiting member of the faculty of history at the University of Virginia.
> He has also served as a visiting lecturer or professor at Mekelle
> University in Ethiopia, Fribourg University in Switzerland, and the
> Australian National University in Canberra.
> 
> Professor Holt was a founding member and early Secretary of the American
> Society for Legal History. He has served as Secretary of the Southwest
> Labor Studies Association and as a member of the American Legal Studies
> Association. He also served in the University of Alabama Faculty Senate
> for many years, being elected its President for one term by his peers 
> there.
> 
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Re: [Marxism] Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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On 5/11/20 10:51 AM, wytheh...@cox.net wrote:
I moved from liberalism to radicalism in my 30s. I am still a radical. 
People still treat me as though I escaped from a mental institution. 
Wythe Holt


Wythe is too modest to mention his background so I will do it for him. 
It makes his transition all the more interesting.



Wythe Holt

Professor Holt served on the Law School Faculty [of the University of 
Alabama] from 1966 through 2005.  He received his B.A. from Amherst 
College and his J.D. and Ph.D. (in American history) from the University 
of Virginia.  In law school he was elected to Order of the Coif and 
served as Virginia Editor of the Virginia Law Review.  Within the 
Alabama Law School, Professor Holt received one of the first four Chairs 
awarded, and is now University Research Professor of Law Emeritus.


Professor Holt taught and published in the fields of federal 
jurisdiction, conflict of laws, trusts and estates, and future 
interests, while his primary field of teaching and publication was 
American legal history, particularly the history of American labor law. 
In retirement his chief production has included books on the Whiskey 
Rebellion of 1794, the early history of the American federal court 
system, and a Civil War battle which took place near his hometown of 
Hampton, Virginia.  At the University of Alabama, Professor Holt also 
taught or co-taught courses in the English, History, American Studies, 
African-American Studies (as it was then), New College, and Criminal 
Justice departments of the College of Arts and Sciences.  He served as a 
visiting professor at the law schools of George Washington University, 
West Virginia University, and the University of Miami, and was a 
visiting member of the faculty of history at the University of Virginia. 
 He has also served as a visiting lecturer or professor at Mekelle 
University in Ethiopia, Fribourg University in Switzerland, and the 
Australian National University in Canberra.


Professor Holt was a founding member and early Secretary of the American 
Society for Legal History.  He has served as Secretary of the Southwest 
Labor Studies Association and as a member of the American Legal Studies 
Association.  He also served in the University of Alabama Faculty Senate 
for many years, being elected its President for one term by his peers there.


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[Marxism] Fact-sheet on Rami Makhlouf, Assad's cousin who controls 60% of Syrian economy

2020-05-11 Thread Ken Hiebert via Marxism
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One sentence in the article contradicts the headline that you gave it. The 
author claims the 60% figure is wide of the mark, but does not offer an 
alternate figure.
ken h

"He was also said to control up to 60% of the economy, a claim that continues 
to be widely shared, despite being wide off the mark."
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Re: [Marxism] Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do

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I moved from liberalism to radicalism in my 30s. I am still a radical. People 
still treat me as though I escaped from a mental institution. Wythe Holt

> On May 11, 2020 at 9:46 AM Louis Proyect via Marxism 
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> Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do
> by Charles Bukowski
> 
> I read a book about John Dos Passos and according to
> the book once radical-communist
> John ended up in the Hollywood Hills living off investments
> and reading the
> Wall Street Journal
> 
> this seems to happen all too often.
> 
> what hardly ever happens is
> a man going from being a young conservative to becoming an
> old wild-ass radical
> 
> however:
> young conservatives always seem to become old
> conservatives.
> it's a kind of lifelong mental vapor-lock.
> 
> but when a young radical ends up an
> old radical
> the critics
> and the conservatives
> treat him as if he escaped from a mental
> institution.
> 
> such is our politics and you can have it
> all.
> 
> keep it.
> 
> sail it up your
> ass.
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[Marxism] Reopening Our Economy Right Now Will Result in Mass Death

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://jacobinmag.com/2020/05/coronavirus-pandemic-reopen-economy-workers-crisis

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[Marxism] Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Having The Flu And With Nothing Else To Do
by Charles Bukowski

I read a book about John Dos Passos and according to
the book once radical-communist
John ended up in the Hollywood Hills living off investments
and reading the
Wall Street Journal

this seems to happen all too often.

what hardly ever happens is
a man going from being a young conservative to becoming an
old wild-ass radical

however:
young conservatives always seem to become old
conservatives.
it's a kind of lifelong mental vapor-lock.

but when a young radical ends up an
old radical
the critics
and the conservatives
treat him as if he escaped from a mental
institution.

such is our politics and you can have it
all.

keep it.

sail it up your
ass.

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[Marxism] Stop Signs – Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/stop-signs

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[Marxism] Fact-sheet on Rami Makhlouf, Assad's cousin who controls 60% of Syrian economy

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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https://www.syria-report.com/library/economic-data/factsheet-rami-makhlouf-free-article

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[Marxism] Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America’s Billionaires Thrive and Prosper - CounterPunch.org

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Housing is not a major problem. Although journalists have trouble 
keeping track of the bewildering array of mansions purchased by 
America’s billionaires, Jeff Bezos reportedly owns 14 homes, including a 
newly-acquired $165 million Beverly Hills mansion. Another of his lavish 
dwellings, located in an exclusive section of Washington, DC, contains 
11 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms. Although Mark Zuckerberg apparently 
possesses only 10 homes, Larry Ellison has bought dozens of incredibly 
expensive mansions and real estate properties, plus (at a price of $300 
million) a Hawaiian island.


https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic-americas-billionaires-thrive-and-prosper/

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[Marxism] Race, Class, and Radicalism in the 20th Century US South – Spectre Journal

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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Mainstream commentators in the US, both liberal and conservative, tend 
to portray the South as a region whose culture makes it a permanent 
bastion of reactionary, racist, and anti-labor politics. Michael 
Goldfield’s new book, The Southern Key: Race, Class and Radicalism in 
the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020), challenges these 
truisms, revealing the possibilities for a racially egalitarian 
industrial unionism in the South during and after the Great Depression 
and how the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) squandered those 
opportunities. Spectre’s Charlie Post interviews Mike Goldfield about 
his provocative contribution to discussions of race and class in the US.


https://spectrejournal.com/the-southern-key/

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[Marxism] Corona Communism? - UP Front News - Issue Date: May 18, 2020

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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s a famous philosopher, Slavoj Zizek is a rare creature. Unlike 
Socrates, to achieve this impossible status, Zizek did not have to die 
from a final drink of hemlock at the hands of his tormentors. Au 
contraire! Zizek has been a celebrity and symbol, analyst and joker, all 
rolled into one for over two decades now. His philosophy is as 
performative as it is prolific. Taking an upside-down view, only to 
point out the absurdity of contemporary culture, signature style. In 
memorable phrases like ‘alcohol-free beer’ or ‘fat-free chocolate’, he 
forced us to re-evaluate virtues that masked a guilt or an evil.


https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20200518-corona-communism-1676121-2020-05-09

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[Marxism] The Shallow State - CounterPunch.org

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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By Marshall Sahlins

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/122659/

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[Marxism] The debt dilemma | Michael Roberts Blog

2020-05-11 Thread Louis Proyect via Marxism

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In the current coronacrisis, the slump is accompanied by high global 
debt, both public, corporate and household. The Institute of 
International Finance, a trade body, estimates that global debt, both 
public and private, topped $255tn at the end of 2019. That is $87tn 
higher than at the onset of the 2008 crisis and it is undoubtedly going 
to be very much higher as a result of the pandemic. As Robert Armstrong 
of the FT put it: “the pandemic poses especially big economic hazards to 
companies with highly leveraged balance sheets, a group that now 
includes much of the corporate world. Yet the only viable short-term 
solution is to borrow more, to survive until the crisis passes. The 
result: companies will hit the next crisis with even more precarious 
debt piles.”


https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/the-debt-dilemma/

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Re: [Marxism] Planet of the Humans backlash,

2020-05-11 Thread Ratbag Media via Marxism
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I am reminded of Don Fitz's review of Ozzie Zehner's 'Green illusions:
The dirty secrets of clean energy and the future of environmentalism',
which was also published in LINKS here in Australia in 2014.
http://links.org.au/node/3750
In it , Fitz wrote this, which I agree with:

:"At several points the author (ie:Zehner) implies, but does not
clearly state, what might be the fundamental theses for building an
environmental society:
1. Reducing CO2 enough to avoid environmental catastrophe requires a
massive (not a small) reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
2. Such a reduction in use of fossil fuels requires a large decrease
in industrial production.
3. Current capitalist society is so permeated by the production of
useless and destructive stuff that it is possible to decrease
industrial production simultaneous with an increase in the quality of
life globally."

Fitz has pursued the perspective in other articles he has
written...like this one: 'Should socialists support degrowth?'
https://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/03/25/should-socialists-support-degrowth-2/
Don Fitz: “Rather than being dismissive toward ongoing struggles
against growth, socialists should enthusiastically participate and
point to their anti-capitalist essence.”

Nonetheless, it seems to me, that what Fitz is arguing is a very long
way from the politics advocated in 'Planet of the Humans'...even if we
take into account the developments (significant changes in costs and
efficiencies) in wind and solar technology over the past decade.
I don't want to enter a debate about the film as there is plenty of
that to go around. But de-growthing the economy has to be recognised
as an ecosocialist essential and you can't do that without replacing
capitalism otherwise you fall victim to populationist arguments.

dave riley

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