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It's about Trump and The Boy Scouts? Really ? Andrew Taylor, July 25, 2017

It's about Trump and The Boy Scouts? Really ?
I won’t apologise for being far more concerned with ongoing US wars in the Middle East and Africa, the ongoing covert coup against Venezuela, The US incarceration of 800,000 African American men, and the nation's for-profit Medical system than these antics. The Boy Scouts of today go home to log into Pornhub. Right? This isn't the era of Leave it to Beaver and Doris Day.These lamentations about Trump's immorality play to the idea that a good and decent USA still exists. It is virtue signalling. The political focus should be on the Bipartisan support for poverty and sickness for the many at home and war abroad? Trump is vulgar, a buffoon, narcissistic. He may be as much of a compulsive fornicator as JFK and with the difference he'll say anything. Agreed. But Trump is not the sudden problem in a stable, healthy America, - he's the symptom of the advance of the 1% corporate class that has been transferring wealth from …

As the World Turned Upside Down: Left Intellectuals in Yugoslavia, 1988–90 by Helena Sheehan, MR

As the World Turned Upside Down Left Intellectuals in Yugoslavia, 1988–90by Helena Sheehan in Monthly Review
Demonstrators supporting the Constituent Assembly on Palace Square, 5 January 1918. State Museum of the Political History of Russia, St. Petersburg. (The Bolsheviks in Power, p. 107) Helena Sheehan is professor emerita at Dublin City University and the author of The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left(Monthly Review Press, 2017). For decades, we had staked out various positions on “actually existing socialism,” a debate where sometimes static arguments on both right and left were ritually reenacted. Now the process was going off the rails in an unknown direction. A tired tale was transmuting into a thriller. At first, for the left, it was all good. From 1985, we focused anew on the news from the USSR. We felt our hopes raised by the prospects of glasnost and perestroika. Mikhail Gorbachev spoke of socialism as we wanted it to be and with all the weight of the …

"Like a fire? Rosa Luxemburg and primitive accumulation" by Carl Cassegard, Monday, 4 April 2011

Monday, 4 April 2011 Like a fire? Rosa Luxemburg and primitive accumulation The idea of primitive accumulation is having a renaissance. Here I will sketch how the idea develops from Rosa Luxemburg to contemporary thinkers like David Harvey, Saskia Sassen, Giovanni Arrighi, and Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri. By right, I suppose I should have started these notes with Marx, but that will have to wait. After all this is only a blog. Suffice it to say that to Marx, primitive accumulation - the appropriation of wealth derived from non-capitalist modes of production, often through means such as fraud, looting, conquest or oppression - played a crucial part in the origin of capitalism.


The first important step in the development of the idea after Marx is taken by Luxemburg. She criticizes Marx for viewing primitive accumulation as merely "incidental" to the functioning of capitalism or as "illustrating merely the genesis of capital" (Luxemb…

'Lenin's Imperialism in the 21st Century': New Book Explores 1917 Classic 100 Years

+'Lenin's Imperialism in the 21st Century': New Book Explores 1917 Classic 100 Years
Source: Telesur A new book released in the Philippines collects the work of eight authors who re-examine modern imperialism and monopoly capitalism a century after Lenin's groundbreaking title was published. One hundred years ago, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's seminal 128-page work, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, was published for the first time in pamphlet form. Written a year prior from his place of exile in neutral Switzerland and released in then-Russian capital Petrograd, the pamphlet took shape amid the world's first truly global conflict – when cities were reduced to rubble, empires were toppled and millions of lives were claimed.

Far be it from a pacifist manifesto denouncing the evils of war through emotional platitudes, Lenin presented caustic arguments against what he called the highest stage of capitalism – modern imperialism or monopoly…