[Marxism] What did Marx mean by ‘abolish the wages system’? | The Marx Memorial Library | The Morning Star

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[Marxism] Miami Hospital ICU Doctor: New Influx Of Patients Is Younger Than Before : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

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[Marxism] If There Is to Be Any Future for the U.S. Left, We Must Break with Sanders and the Democrats | Left Voice

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Re: [Marxism] (99+) (PDF) Academic Corruption, the Israel Lobby, and 9/11, or, Why I have resigned from my emeritus status at the University of Sussex | Kees Van der Pijl - Academia.edu

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 To show how "sheltered" I am -- I never heard of this guy ---

I knew that there was some "scuttlebutt" in the Arab world that all Jews
were told not to go to work On sept. 11, 2001 in the twin towers  (dont'
the remember the "Israelis did it" part but that's logical ...given the
first "fact")  and of course I know the 9-11 truthers who believe the Bush
Administrataion orchestrated 9-11 (even one from an old friend of mind that
the plane NEVER hit the Pentatgon -- that the "hole" was made by a missile
--- who "photos" to prove it!!) ---

I guess human capacity to convince themselves to believe what they want to
believe is infinite!!


> Kees Van der Pijl goes out swinging.
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Re: [Marxism] (99+) (PDF) Academic Corruption, the Israel Lobby, and 9/11, or, Why I have resigned from my emeritus status at the University of Sussex | Kees Van der Pijl - Academia.edu

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On 7/13/20 3:36 PM, Michael Meeropol wrote:

  To show how "sheltered" I am -- I never heard of this guy ---


He wrote something that is kind of a classic: "The Making of an Atlantic 
Ruling Class".




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[Marxism] Moving on from Bernie - New Politics

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[Marxism] (99+) (PDF) Academic Corruption, the Israel Lobby, and 9/11, or, Why I have resigned from my emeritus status at the University of Sussex | Kees Van der Pijl - Academia.edu

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Kees Van der Pijl goes out swinging.

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[Marxism] Race Is About More Than Discrimination: Racial Capitalism, the Settler State, and the Challenges Facing Organized Labor in the United States | Bill Fletcher Jr. | Monthly Review

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https://monthlyreview.org/2020/07/01/race-is-about-more-than-discrimination/


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[Marxism] Fwd: Racism Is Killing the Planet-Sierra Club

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(JAI:  Sent on to me by a comrade who was one of my 9th grade teachers.  It
makes a compelling case.  I know: a look at the webaddress and one sees
'Sierra Club'.  "Treehuggers"  But the article is as thoughtful  as
well-reasoned, as it is a passionate melding of the inner connections
between a capitalism based on people and a capitalism based in color and
the destructions it is visiting on this earth.) Racism Is Killing the
Planet

The ideology of white supremacy leads the way toward disposable people and
a disposable natural world

By Hop Hopkins | Jun 8 2020

Last week, my family and I attended an interfaith rally in Los Angeles in
defense of Black life. We performed a group ritual in which we made noise
for nine minutes to mark the last moments of George Floyd’s life. My wife,
my oldest daughter, and I played African drums to mark those nine minutes
with the rhythm of a beating heart. *Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum*, over and over
again.

While we drummed, I realized how difficult it is to keep up any physical
activity for nine minutes straight. Most of us can’t even sit completely
still on our butts for nine minutes; if you’ve ever meditated, you
understand why they refer to sitting as *practice*.

As I struggled to maintain my posture and keep up the rhythm, I thought
about the level of commitment it takes to hold someone down for nine
minutes straight. The realization horrified me. The cop who has been
charged with murdering George Floyd had to have been deeply committed to
taking his life. The police officer had so many chances to let up the
pressure, to let George live. Yet the officer made the choice not to.

To spend nine minutes taking the life-breath from another person: That is
what white supremacy does to white people. That is what white supremacy
does to the rest of us too. White supremacy robs each of us of our
humanity. It causes white people to view Black people as less than human.
Every one of those cops watching George die was convinced that the man
pinned to the ground was less than human, was in some way disposable.

Otherwise, how could they hold him down for nine whole minutes? How could
they bring themselves to do it?

You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have
sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can't have disposable
people without racism.

During the street protests and marches of the past two weeks, many people
carried signs that read “Racism Is Killing Us.” It’s no exaggeration to say
that racism and white supremacy harm all of us, because in addition to
robbing us of our humanity, racism is also killing the planet we all share.

An idea—a long-overdue realization—is growing in the environmental
movement. It goes something like this: “We’ll never stop climate change
without ending white supremacy.” This argument has entered the outdoor
recreation and conservation space thanks to the leadership of Black,
Indigenous, and other people of color in the climate justice movement. The
idea has taken on new force as folks in the mainstream environmental
movement do our best to show up for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony
McDade, and all the Black people still living and subject to police
violence.

I know that a lot of people are struggling with the thought that addressing
the environmental crises must involve dismantling white supremacy. At
Sierra Club meetings, some people hear me say something like that and
think, “Damn, fighting climate change wasn’t hard enough already? Now we
have to end racism and white supremacy too? Seriously, man?

Full at https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/racism-killing-planet
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[Marxism] Howie Hawkins goes national

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https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2020/07/12/howie-hawkins-goes-national-1299846

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[Marxism] "I Came To Take The White House!" Angela Walker of the Green Party | #MOBP is FREE!

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[Marxism] This Isn't Hillary Clinton's Polling - The Atlantic

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[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-LatAm]: Winks on Rodríguez Navas, 'Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature'

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: H-Net Staff via H-REVIEW 
> Date: July 13, 2020 at 9:24:22 AM EDT
> To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> Cc: H-Net Staff 
> Subject: H-Net Review [H-LatAm]:  Winks on Rodríguez Navas,  'Idle Talk, 
> Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature'
> Reply-To: h-rev...@lists.h-net.org
> 
> Ana Rodríguez Navas.  Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in 
> Caribbean Literature.  New World Studies Series. Charlottesville  
> University of Virginia Press, 2018.  308 pp.  $35.00 (paper), ISBN 
> 978-0-8139-4162-2; $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8139-4161-5.
> 
> Reviewed by Christopher Winks (Queens College CUNY)
> Published on H-LatAm (July, 2020)
> Commissioned by Casey M. Lurtz
> 
> At first glance, the premise of this study may seem obvious: the 
> practice of gossip can either subvert the dominant order by mocking, 
> outing, or otherwise exposing its representatives, or reinforce it by 
> scapegoating individuals incapable of, or refusing to, fit 
> comfortably into a given community. But Ana Rodríguez Navas's 
> outstanding, lucidly written, and engrossing work brings to light the 
> sheer complexity of the far-from-trivial phenomenon of gossip within 
> the Caribbean and the ways it is mobilized in key texts from the 
> region's literature, thereby reinforcing the dialectic between oral 
> (the customary mode of gossip, frequently expressed in 
> nation-language) and scribal practices. Rodríguez Navas states in 
> her acknowledgments that "this was a project many years in the 
> making," and what distinguishes this book from today's 
> run-of-the-mill scholarly monograph is precisely her thoroughness, 
> her assured command of languages and a broad range of texts from the 
> entire Caribbean region, her deft incorporation of secondary critical 
> sources into her argument, and the kaleidoscopic perspective with 
> which she approaches the topic (p. ix). Chapter by chapter, she 
> builds a narrative that expands outward from the local level to the 
> commanding heights of power, grounded in creative readings of her 
> primary texts. All this should inspire her (hopefully many, and not 
> only specialist) readers to take a fresh look at, or be welcomed to, 
> Caribbean literature through the lens of gossip. After all, to 
> paraphrase one of the authors she (sympathetically but critically) 
> examines, the Cuban Guillermo Cabrera Infante, is not history as a 
> narrative genre built on gossip of sorts? And is it not the fiction 
> writer's job to "tell tales" about her or his characters, even 
> venturing into their deepest thoughts and fears? In the Caribbean, 
> where so much of life is carried on in public, gossip is an integral 
> part of daily existence--and as Rodríguez Navas shows, it is not the 
> exclusive domain of women, contrary to the prevailing stereotype. 
> 
> This book tells stories about how stories are told in the Caribbean 
> by a variety of agents, ranging from the neighbor across the lane to 
> the messengers of dictatorial state power, and the author takes pains 
> to clarify that gossip in the Caribbean, as an important technique of 
> storytelling, is not some essential trait artificially linking its 
> diverse peoples but reflects a historical condition "where 
> inequality, tyranny, and long histories of domination bring with them 
> the constant violation of social rules," thereby creating a fertile 
> ground for gossip. Insofar as gossip acts to destabilize and call 
> into question discursive orders, it is valuable as a means of 
> "splinter[ing] official accounts into a more representative 
> proliferation of viewpoints," but it can also "corrode social ties, 
> disempower individuals, and silence dissenting voices" (p. 24). It is 
> this double-edged quality of a weapon wielded largely but far from 
> exclusively by the weak that Rodríguez Navas meticulously explores 
> in her readings. 
> 
> Summarizing and challenging what she calls the hitherto monocultural 
> (hence reductive) approach to gossip, Rodríguez Navas goes on to 
> discuss the etymologies and semantic associations of the English 
> "gossip," the Spanish "chisme," and the French "ragot," along with 
> the various nation-language words for the practice (for example, 
> "susu," "télédyol," "bochinche"). Using works by Gabriel García 
> Márquez and Jean Rhys, among others, she refutes the generally 
> accepted "Anglo-American" notion of gossip as a force of social 
> cohesion and considers instead its potential to open fissures 

[Marxism] Fwd: H-Net Review [H-CivWar]: Powers on Link, 'United States Reconstruction across the Americas'

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> Date: July 13, 2020 at 8:13:15 AM EDT
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> Subject: H-Net Review [H-CivWar]:  Powers on Link, 'United States 
> Reconstruction across the Americas'
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> 
> William A. Link, ed.  United States Reconstruction across the 
> Americas.  Frontiers of the American South Series. Gainesville  
> University Press of Florida, 2019.  136 pp.  $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 
> 978-0-8130-5641-8.
> 
> Reviewed by Michael S. Powers (Angelo State University)
> Published on H-CivWar (July, 2020)
> Commissioned by Madeleine Forrest
> 
> Examining the Civil War era in a global context has been a leading 
> avenue of recent study. Historians, such as Matthew Karp in _This 
> Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders and the Helm of American Foreign 
> Policy _(2016) and those in Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur's _The 
> World the Civil War Made _(2015), have demonstrated how focusing on 
> the global links of the era are apt case studies for an analysis of 
> slavery, emancipation, citizenship, capitalism, nation building, and 
> a host of other aspects of central interest to Civil War era 
> scholars. More recently, historians have begun to extend analysis of 
> Reconstruction beyond national borders. Grounded in research from 
> North America, South America, the Caribbean, and Great Britain that 
> examines a rich array of primary sources from newspapers and 
> government reports to private correspondence, _United States 
> Reconstruction across the Americas _admirably broadens the scope of 
> the Civil War's aftermath. 
> 
> This chronologically and geographically broad analysis of the end of 
> the Civil War and its implications builds on William A. Link's 
> previously excellent co-edited (with Brian Ward and Martyn Bone) 
> collection, _The American South and the Atlantic World _(2013).  Link 
> begins _United States Reconstruction across the Americas_ with an 
> admirable introduction that weaves together the collection's three 
> essays, demonstrating that the themes in each are "all central to 
> U.S. Reconstruction" and "interwoven with patterns of post-Civil War 
> global political, social, and economic developments" (p. 3). In the 
> first essay, Rafael Marquese compares how American and Brazilian 
> landowners organized and employed labor in the transition from 
> slavery to freedom as a result of the Paraguayan War. Dan H. Doyle, 
> meanwhile, uses the lens of foreign relations to examine partnerships 
> between Mexican resistance to French intervention and the US 
> government under the guidance of William H. Seward to explore the 
> triumph of a more egalitarian republicanism above and below the Rio 
> Grande. Finally, Edward B. Rugemer argues that Jamaican freedmen's 
> protest against continued oppression, and the British government's 
> subsequent violent crackdown, known as the Morant Bay Rebellion, 
> significantly influenced the formation of Radical Republican 
> policies. Therefore, all three essays analyze the aftermath of each 
> area's most significant late nineteenth-century moment of violence 
> and conflict as cathartic events that further entangled the United 
> States, Mexico, Jamaica, and Brazil. 
> 
> In a blending of social history with macro-economic history, 
> Marquese's essay strives to internationalize the history of 
> Reconstruction without falling into the prevalent pitfall of 
> enhancing notions of US exceptionalism. "The Cotton Economies of the 
> United States and Brazil, 1865-1904" tracks the growth of European 
> immigrant labor in the _colonato _system of Brazil following gradual 
> emancipation brought on by the Free Womb Law of 1871. According to 
> Marquese, São Paulo planters observed the decentralized nature of 
> sharecropping and established a post-emancipation labor market on 
> coffee plantations that continued, and even consolidated, elite 
> control. Marquese's compelling essay raises questions for future 
> analysis, especially those that focus on how American and Brazilian 
> racial differences shaped the free labor system of each. 
> 
> "Reconstruction and Anti-imperialism: The United States and Mexico" 
> by Doyle is the most historiographically significant in the book. 
> Doyle counters the orthodox view that Secretary of State Seward's 
> postbellum policies in the Western Hemisphere were indicative of 
> commercial imperialism. Instead, Doyle posits that Seward resurrected 
> the 

[Marxism] The Harper’s Letter Is a Weak Defense of Free Speech - The Atlantic

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[Marxism] BAR Book Forum: Andrew J. Douglas’s “W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society” | Black Agenda Report

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[Marxism] What Do College Students Think of Their Schools’ Reopening Plans? | The New Yorker

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By Masha Gessen. She will be teaching at Bard in September.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/what-do-college-students-think-of-their-schools-reopening-plans

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[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Don’t Fall For The 'Cancel Culture' Scam | HuffPost

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[Marxism] Reactionary liberalism

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(Before the Harper's letter appeared, this guy destroyed the premises it 
was built on.)


New Republic
Osita Nwanevu/July 6, 2020
The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism
The critics of progressive identity politics have got it all wrong: 
They’re the illiberal ones.


It was always a given that 2020 would be a year to remember. Even so, it 
continues to surprise. It seems likely that June will go down as one of 
the pivotal months of our political era, a period when our streets, our 
press, and some of our major institutions were rocked by the force of 
progressive identity politics. Conversations over the implications of 
all that’s happened in recent weeks will continue for some time. One of 
the more active debates is whether our recent social controversies 
should be seen as further evidence for the advent of what the writer 
Wesley Yang has called a “successor ideology” that might supplant 
liberalism altogether.


This was the conclusion of an essay on upheaval in the media from 
journalist Matt Taibbi. “The leaders of this new movement are replacing 
traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even 
racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew 
debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation,” he 
wrote. “They are counting on the guilt-ridden, self-flagellating nature 
of traditional American progressives, who will not stand up for 
themselves, and will walk to the Razor voluntarily.” In another recent 
essay, New York’s Andrew Sullivan charged that progressives now believe 
“the liberal system is itself a form of white supremacy” and that 
“liberalism’s core values and institutions cannot be reformed and can 
only be dismantled.”


Versions of this argument have been circulating for over half a decade 
now. In a 2015 piece, New York’s Jonathan Chait warned readers to take a 
series of then-recent campus controversies seriously. “The upsurge of 
political correctness is not just greasy-kid stuff, and it’s not just a 
bunch of weird, unfortunate events that somehow keep happening over and 
over,” he wrote. “It’s the expression of a political culture with 
consistent norms, and philosophical premises that happen to be 
incompatible with liberalism.”


Now, it really would be quite remarkable if American students and 
activists had, within the space of five or so years, constructed or 
wandered into a real and novel alternative to the dominant political 
ideology of the last few centuries. But they haven’t. The tensions we’ve 
seen lately have been internal to liberalism for ages: between those who 
take the associative nature of liberal society seriously and those who 
are determined not to. It is the former group, the defenders of 
progressive identity politics, who in fact are protecting—indeed 
expanding—the bounds of liberalism. And it is the latter group, the 
reactionaries, who are most guilty of the illiberalism they claim has 
overtaken the American Left.


The word “liberalism” has grown many bizarre and contradictory 
appendages and meanings over the years, particularly in the United 
States, but the original ideas central to it are fairly clear. 
Liberalism is an ideology of the individual⁠. Its first principle is 
that each and every person in society is possessed of a fundamental 
dignity and can claim certain ineradicable rights and freedoms. Liberals 
believe, too, in government by consent and the rule of law: The state 
cannot exercise wholly arbitrary power, and its statutes bind all equally.


Associative freedom is often entirely absent from popular discourse 
about liberalism and our political debates, perhaps because liberals 
have come to take it entirely for granted.
Overall, the liberal ideal is a diverse, pluralistic society of 
autonomous people guided by reason and tolerance. The dream is 
harmonious coexistence. But liberalism also happens to excel at 
generating dissensus, and some of the major sociopolitical controversies 
of the past few years should be understood as conflicts not between 
liberalism and something else but between parties placing emphasis on 
different liberal freedoms⁠—chiefly freedom of speech, a popular 
favorite which needs no introduction, and freedom of association, the 
under-heralded right of individuals to unite for a common purpose or in 
alignment with a particular set of values. Like free speech, freedom of 
association has been enshrined in liberal democratic jurisprudence here 
and across the world; liberal theorists from John Stuart Mill to John 
Rawls have declared it one of the essential human liberties. Yet 
associative freedom is often entirely absent 

[Marxism] “New Right” Leaders Are Co-opting Progressive Language to Mislead Voters

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Rutger Bregman turned the tables on Tucker Carlson when Carlson invited 
him to talk about the need to tax the rich. Expecting the kind of 
lovefest he has with Max Blumenthal, Bregman accused Fox News of being 
opposed to raising taxes and called its hosts "millionaires funded by 
billionaires".


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[Marxism] "The rats are leaving the sinking ship": Lindsey Graham agrees to let Robert Mueller testify | Salon.com

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With many Twitter commentators saying Graham's s decision would make 
Trump exceedingly unhappy by giving Mueller a forum to talk about his 
investigation, some felt Graham — who is struggling in the polls — was 
trying to put distance between himself and the unpopular president.


As one person noted, it looks like 'The rats are leaving the sinking ship."

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[Marxism] Mass protest in Serbia and an attempt of state-led demobilisation | Lefteast

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The regime of Aleksandar Vučić and the machinery of the Serbian 
Progressive Party managed to almost completely privatise state, 
municipal and public institutions for their own benefit, starting in 
2014 when Vučić became a prime minister for the first time. In the years 
since, many people left Serbia in pursuit of work and better living 
conditions. The lives of those who remain in Serbia are instrumentalized 
by the Progressive Party.


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