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The Defense of Nature

Dear Reader, we make this and other articles available for free online to serve those unable to afford or access the print edition of Monthly Review. If you read the magazine online and can afford a print subscription, we hope you will consider purchasing one. Please visit the MR store for subscription options. Thank you very much. —Eds.Comments are…

The Defense of Nature: Resisting the Financializaton of the Earth

On October 28, 2021, political leaders in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo signed an agreement with the Singapore shell company Hoch Standard, without the knowledge of Indigenous communities, giving the company title to the management and marketing of “natural capital/ecosystem services” on two million hectares of a forest ecosystem…

The Political Economy of Systemic U.S. Militarism

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The Bhima Koregaon Arrests and the Resistance in India

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For an Ecosocialist Degrowth

Michael Löwy is emeritus research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris and author of Ecosocialism (Haymarket, 2015). Bengi Akbulut is a professor at Concordia University, Montréal. Sabrina Fernandes is an ecosocialist organizer, postdoctoral fellow at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, and producer of Tese Onze. Giorgos…

Standing Against Racism and Empire: Remembering Elizabeth ‘Betita’ Sutherland Martinez

Erik Wallenberg is a PhD candidate in history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He studies the use of activist theater in addressing racism and environmental crises in the United States across the twentieth century. He is acquisitions editor at Science for the People.Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martinez spent her life fighting…

April 2022 (Volume 73, Number 11)

In light of the current events in Ukraine we have decided to make the Notes From the Editors for the April 2022 issue of Monthly Review immediately available. —Eds. As we write these notes at the beginning of March 2022, the eight-year limited civil war in Ukraine has turned into a full-scale war. This represents a turning point in the New Cold War…

March 2022 (Volume 73, Number 10)

Public education—both in the United States and the world as a whole—is now experiencing a combined assault that in sheer scale, level of organization, and long-term implications is unlike anything seen before in this sphere. Not only are we witnessing the digitalization and marketization of schooling via the educational technology industry, but…

Nature as a Mode of Accumulation: Capitalism and the Financialization of the Earth

The expropriation of the commons, its simplification, division, violent seizure, and transformation into private property constituted the fundamental precondition for the historical origin of industrial capitalism. What Karl Marx referred to as the original expropriation of the commons in England and in much of the world (often involving the expropriation…

The End of the Trilogy

Ricardo Antunes is a professor of sociology of work at the University of Campinas, Brazil. He is the editor of Uberização, Trabalho Digital e Indústria 4.0 (Boitempo, 2020), and author of The Meanings of Work (Brill, 2013) and Coronavírus: o trabalho sob fogo cruzado (Boitempo, 2020), among others. This is an extended version of the foreword to…

A Commune Called ‘Che’: A Socialist Holdout in the Venezuelan Andes

Chris Gilbert is a professor of political science at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela, and the creator and co-host of the Marxist educational television program Escuela de Cuadros.A big fluffy dog. That is all Simón Bolívar got out of the Andean people when he went there looking for recruits and supplies at the time of the independence wars…

Revisiting Marx on Race, Capitalism, and Revolution

Kevin B. Anderson is a distinguished professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with affiliations with political science and feminist studies. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Marx at the Margins (University of Chicago Press, 2010, 2016).Did Karl Marx have a theory of race and capitalism? Not exactly, but…

What 1930s Radicals Totally Knew: Scott Borchert on the Federal Writers’ Project

Scott Borchert is the author of Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America (Macmillan, 2021). He previously worked in the publishing industry at Monthly Review Press and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is at work on a book about the first generation of rock critics. susie day has worked for Monthly Review as assistant…

The United Fruit Co.

When the trumpets had sounded and all was in readiness on the face of the earth, Jehovah divided his universe: Anaconda, Ford Motors, Coca-Cola Inc., and similar entities: the most succulent item of all, The United Fruit Company Incorporated reserved for itself: the heartland and coasts of my country, the delectable waist of America. They rechristened…

Confession

“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” —P. J. O’Rourke “Councilmember XYZ, you said you’d support my measure…” I lied. I keep my eyes on the prize— and during this most trying time I can’t be seen as soft on crime… I’m throwing my hat in the ring for a…

February 2022 (Volume 73, Number 9)

As we write these notes in late December 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of going away, with a new wave of SARS-CoV-2 now occurring in the form of the more readily transmittable Omicron variant. In these circumstances, the issue of vaccine imperialism, dividing the Global North and the Global South, has taken on new significance. At present…

Lukács and the Tragedy of Revolution: Reflections on “Tactics and Ethics”

This article was first published in the journal Eszmélet in Hungary in November 2021. In his 20s and early 30s, Georg Lukács emerged as one of Europe’s towering intellectuals, the author of the two-volume A History of the Development of Modern Drama (1908, 1911), Soul and Form (1910), Aesthetic Culture (1913), The Theory of the Novel (1916), and…

Bury Class Society Before It Buries Us All

Ahmed Kanna is a Marxist anthropologist and activist based in Oakland, California. He wishes to thank Theresa Hammond for offering thoughtful feedback on an earlier draft of the article.During my twenty-plus years of teaching undergraduate anthropology, mostly at an introductory level, one recurrent theme in student questions particularly stumped me…

Magic, Necromancy, and the Nonhuman Turn

SunYoung Ahn is an assistant professor of English at Kangwon National University, South Korea. Her areas of interest are contemporary literature and culture, Marxism, the Frankfurt School, and humanist politics and philosophy.Across the humanities and the social sciences, critical attention is being given to the nonhuman as an ecological, philosophical…

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign: Jeremy Corbyn’s Political Assassination

Florian Zollmann is a senior lecturer in journalism at Newcastle University. His latest book is Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention. T. J. Coles is a postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth University, a regular CounterPunch contributor, and the author of several books, including Capitalism and Coronavirus.Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader…

The Fight to Save San Francisco’s City College: An Organizer’s View

Jody Sokolower is co-coordinator of the Teach Palestine Project at the Middle East Children’s Alliance and author of Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village (Interlink, 2021). She is co-editor of the Stonewall Book Award-winning Rethinking Sexism, Gender and Sexuality (Rethinking Schools, 2016) and editor of Teaching About the…

Better Build Back the movements—Ol’ Schmo’s tru blu 1%

”When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” —Maya Angelou “Nothing will fundamentally change…” —Ol’ Schmo Is it Just My Imagination; or was it really a year ago—the horn honking and all the Dancing In The Streets? Was it a breather from Boss Tweet’s months of Mengele Medicine? Or, another cover of “Promises…

Say, Gaza

He is turned, slightly, just a boy, in his own home. Say, Gaza. Someone took a photograph in the ruin of what was his life. Black and white. Sharp shadows. Light falls on what is not exercising its own right of return; picture a bad dream. His city. A fringe clinging to the sea. A window open. No, broken. At first, you don’t see it. You don’t want…

January 2022 (Volume 73, Number 8)

This number of Monthly Review is a special issue guest edited by Manolo De Los Santos and Vijay Prashad on The Cuban Revolution Today: Experiments in the Grip of Challenges. Although it covers the major internal struggles of the ongoing Cuban Revolution, along with the external attacks on it by Washington, one unaddressed area of critical importance…

Preface and Introduction

Manolo De Los Santos is co-executive director of the People’s Forum and researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He coedited, most recently, Viviremos: Venezuela vs. Hybrid War (LeftWord, 2020). Vijay Prashad is the executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is the author of Washington Bullets: A History…


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