Immanuel Wallerstein, the celebrated world-systems theorist and longtime contributor toand Monthly Review Press, died on August 31, 2019. Wallerstein first achieved international fame with the publication in 1974 of hisThe Modern World-System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the World-Economy in the Sixteenth Century(the first in a four-volume masterwork on the. We pay tribute to Wallerstein in this new issue of

We are seeing today what appear to be the beginnings of an ecological revolution, a new historical moment unlike any humanity has experienced. Not only is the planet burning, but a revolutionary climate movement is rising up and is now on fire in response.more

Ever since the United States divided the Korean peninsula in 1945, North Korea has had to cope with the existential challenge of U.S. hostility. Korea marks the western boundary of the empire, a border area where the sea power of the United States adjoins the land power of Russia and China. North Korea has been able to utilize this liminality to create a sovereign stateÑthe Democratic Peoples Republic of KoreaÑwhose independence is not welcomed by either Moscow or Beijing but tolerated because the alternatives, a client of the other or absorption into the U.S. empire, are considered worse. Washington, as global hegemon, has been less willing to tolerate this independence but has faced constraints. The result has been a policy of hostility, of unrelenting diplomatic and economic war of varying intensity, stopping short of actual kinetic war, though never far from it.more

November 5, 2019, is the 225th anniversary of the acquittal of Thomas Hardy on charges of High Treason. Hardy is nearly forgotten today, but for decades workers and democrats in England celebrated November 5 as the anniversary of a major victory, a triumph over a powerful state that had deployed immense resources to crush working-class organizations and suppress popular demands for democratic rights.more

Collectivity and individuality express two different aspects of Marxisms humanist tradition, of how they ought to go together. It is another way to frame the dialectic of justice andjouissance, a radical hope for equality on the one side, plus a diversity of self-expression on the other. In a sense, this is not only what Marxism should offer; it is what any city should offer, too. Cities should reconcile problems of freedom and necessity, ought to provide affordable housing and a decent quality of life, alongside novelty of experience and scope for expansive individuality.more

Monthly Reviewand Monthly Review Press author and celebrated world-systems theorist Immanuel Wallerstein died on August 31, 2019. In his memory, we republish an article that first appeared inMonthly Review55, no. 3 (JulyÐAugust 2003).more

Marge Piercyis the author of many books of poetry, most recentlyMade in Detroit.more

In Bill Fletcher Jr.s first novel,The Man Who Fell from the Sky, the sleepy Cape Cod town of Osterville has blood on its hands. In this murder mystery, Fletcher digs through layers of racism in Southern Massachusetts to uncover more than the killers identity. The novel compellingly exposes the racism of society, turning its victims against each other.more

New issue of Monthly Review! If there is one thing that is clear about the economic situation in the mature capitalist economies, as we write these notes in mid-August 2019, it is that the financial world is increasingly running scared and looking for safe havens, worrying about the storm clouds ahead. There is now little doubt that the world economy is on the verge of a recession after a long sluggish recovery from the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-09. In itself this should not give occasion to surprise. In this instance, however, there lurks a bigger fear, the possibility of a financial Armageddon on the level of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008or worse.more

In an interview with Farooque Chowdhury, Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster speaks about the historical conditions associated with the rise of new far-right movements of a broadly neofascist character. What we are witnessing, especially in the advanced capitalist world, is the development of a neoliberal-neofascist alliance, reflecting the decline of the liberal-democratic state. Neofascism is the most dangerous and volatile phenomenon in this emerging right-wing historical bloc. All of this has to be seen in relation to the structural crisis of capitalism and growing ruling-class attempts to restructure the state-capital relationship so as to create regimes more exclusively for capital.more

Costas LapavitsassThe Left Case Against the EU(Polity, 2019) is recognized as the leading work advocating Lexit, the left-wing case for Brexit, and for nations leaving the European Union more generally. In light of current Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnsons commitment to exit the European Union by October 31, even if it means a no-deal Brexit, the role of the left takes on growing importance. Moreover, this raises issues of the European Union generally, including the dominance of neoliberalism within it and the question of German hegemony. Here, Neil Davidson offers an assessment of Lapavitsass book.more

Setting the record straightThe Real Democracy Movement reviews Jazz Justice

Not afraid to challenge facts about Marxs life: Socialist Review on Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society

NEW! The Punishment Monopoly: Tales of My Ancestors, Dispossession, and the Building of the United States

Zillah Eisenstein: feminism, socialism, and the imperative of confronting white supremacy, via Out of Bounds

More liberty than bourgeois society can reach: Socialism Democracy reviews Culture as Politics: Selected Writings of Christopher Caudwell

The Punishment Monopoly: Tales of My Ancestors, Dispossession, and the Building of the United States

Shamrocks and Oil Slicks: A Peoples Uprising Against Shell Oil in County Mayo, Ireland

The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation

Planning from Below: A Decentralized Participatory Planning Proposal

Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music

Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society: The Life of Marx and the Development of His Work (Volume I: 1818-1841)

Abolitionist Socialist Feminism: Radicalizing the Next Revolution

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Mumia Abu-Jamal is just one step away from freedom, says Maureen Faulkner

Record inequality and corporate profits are what media call a strong economy

BBC attacks Corbyn over his correct stance on foreign wars

Elizabeth Warren endorses Trumps economic war on Venezuela, then soft-pedals far-right Bolivia coup

Thousands march in response to Cochabamba massacre as the dictatorship prepares for a State of siege

Orwellian absurdity: U.S. reversal on settlements draws international outrage

A letter to intellectuals who deride revolutions in the name of purity

Working Document 2: The fate of Xolobeni would be the fate of us all

The coup in Bolivia has everything to do with the screen youre using to read this

Building resistance to Canadas destructive mining industry

Urban farming as a response to climate-driven food crises: Cuba shows the way

Climate change and overfishing boost toxic mercury levels in fish

For Feminist Resistance to Population Control

Disrupting the nitrogen cycle: Articles on a major metabolic rift

A Land Grant in Maine: The Gift Thats Been Giving Since 1767

Lets Get Serious About Inequality and Socialism

Fictionalizing Radical Activism of the 1960s, a review of Bryan Burroughs book,

Remarks on Capitalism and the Environment It Produces

A Critique of Heinrichs, Crisis Theory, the Law of the Tendency of the Profit Rate to Fall, and Marxs Studies in the 1870s

Response to HeinrichIn Defense of Marxs Law