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SOCIALISM, ENVIRONMENT AND COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY

The transition to what Marx termed a new metabolism with nature means that the system of production must be one subject to conscious planning rather than just a self-organized response to market demand. Advocacy of conscious planning in kind has been a preoccupation of mine for almost forty years now and is most prominently expressed in Towards a New Socialism[1]. In this article, I will look at some of the computer engineering and computer algorithm problems that I had researched to provide the background to that book and how I have now returned to them to address the issue of environmental planning.

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MARXIST DEBATES ON VALUE: ON THE DEBATE BETWEEN DAVID HARVEY AND MICHAEL ROBERTS

In his short but comprehensive article, Harvey poses the question “what … was Marx’s distinctive value theory and how does it differ from the labor theory of value?” And he comments on almost all concepts and discussions within Marxism, allocating at least one sentence for each. It is my opinion that there are several theoretical criticisms to be raised against Harvey’s account of the theory of value presented in his intense essay. But first, let’s give a brief presentation of Harvey’s account of the Marxist theory of value.

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RED KERALA’S COVID SUCCESS STORY – LESSONS AND LIMITS

Kerala has emerged as a shining example of how to beat the coronavirus. The first state in India to have Covid positive cases (back in January), it also became the first Indian state to nearly flatten the curve. It also has among the highest recovery rates among all Indian states. This model is so evidently effective that global publications from Washington Post to The Guardian have celebrated the success. What makes these headlines more interesting is that Kerala is ruled by a Communist party.

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DID STALIN TRY TO STOP MAO?

It is an often mentioned claim that on the eve of the Chinese Popular Revolution, Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, asked Mao Zedong not to begin the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) final assault against the Nanjing Government. This claim, which rests on diverse memories and narratives of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai1 has become a cause for debate first between the historians of the USSR and the PRC, and then between Russia and China.

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EBOOK – MODERNITY CRITICAL OF MODERNITY: ENLIGHTENMENT, SCIENCE & SOVEREIGNTY

Canadian philosopher Joshua Moufawad-Paul’s trilogy on the enlightenment, science, and hegemony, now available in PDF format.
 
In this controversial and thought-provoking trilogy, JMP criticizes post-modern and post-Marxist approaches, bringing a clear Marxist perspective to the chief discussions of these trends. Strongly recommended to students of social sciences!
 
Free to download, read, criticise, and discuss!
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KASHMIR — FROM ACCESSION TO OCCUPATION

August 5 2019 proved to be a dark day in the history of Kashmir, the consequences of which will unfold and shape lives for decades to come. The newly re-elected Modi led Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in India introduced a bill to revoke Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution which allowed greater federal autonomy to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

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BUILDING POWER WITH AND BEYOND THE #METOO MOVEMENT?

Political sociologist Kumru Toktamış and journalist/sociologist Abby Scher analyze the impact of the #MeToo movement which started in the US and spread across the globe. This piece, which presents the historical development of the women’s movement in the United States through brief sketches, discusses the conditions which could facilitate the realization of the radical potential of the #MeToo movement.... Tamamını Oku...

ONE NATION, DIVIDED: RACE, MIGRATION AND CLASS IN THE UNITED STATES

From the very beginning of US independence, the young nation was beset with intra-class conflict. While post-independence conflicts like Shays’ Rebellion cemented the fact that the North American revolution was unquestionably a bourgeois one, a conflict between Southern slave capitalists and Northern industrial capitalists almost immediately began to shape the political and economic motions of the new state.... Tamamını Oku...

A NEW FORMATION IN THE US LEFT: MARXIST CENTER

Marxist Center ought to provoke enquiry by outsiders, both to understand the significance in terms of the US left represented in its recent construction, and to draw lessons about what forms new critical engagements with the “existing” left take, which may be pertinent in diverse countries. What follows is an interview with one representative of the organisation, Kate Doyle Griffiths, who helps illuminate how Marxist Center understands itself and its own social/political context.... Tamamını Oku...

THIS RUTHLESS CRITICISM OF ALL THAT EXISTS: MARXISM AS SCIENCE

Whereas today’s chic critical theorists uphold a variety of post-Marxist European theoretical tendencies so as to dismiss and castigate Marx, I uphold Marxism to castigate these theoretical tendencies. I am not claiming, to be clear, that we cannot borrow from some of the insights of these tendencies but only that, as tendencies, they are theoretically inferior to Marxism regardless of the latter’s purported flaws.... Tamamını Oku...

THE SINO-SOVIET SPLIT AND CHINA’S ROLE IN CLASS STRUGGLE

While it is largely forgotten today, one of the important events of the Cold War period was the split between the Soviet Union and the People's  Republic of China of the year 1960 and on, maintains its' key role in the comprehension of the history of socialism as well as the state of contemporary political affairs. What were the causes, implications, and results of various phases of the rivalry between Moscow and Beijing when both countries claimed to be at the vanguard of the world revolution?

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CAPITALISM FROM THE CHINESE COUNTRYSIDE

The People’s Republic of China had, for a long time between the mid-1950s and early 1980s, a socialist rural economy run by rural communes and collectives. In the early 1980s, China started dismantling its rural communes and collectives. The post-Mao leadership believed the rural collective institution was a major obstacle for the capitalist oriented reform they were launching at the time.... Tamamını Oku...

DIGITAL LABOR IN CHINA: A NEW PHASE?

Concepts such as “immaterial or digital labor”, “post-industrial society” and “cognitive capitalism” are widely discussed by contemporary scholars. This piece will set the scene for further examination by providing a theoretical framework for the discussions on digital labor. While some argue that the emergence of immaterial labor through technological developments caused a radical change in the relations of production and created a “post-industrial” era, the first aim of this article is to open these points to the discussion.... Tamamını Oku...

DILEMMAS OF BOLIVARIAN SOCIALISM

Why has the Venezuelan experiment, which in the 2000's was the primary source of interest for the global left, lost most of its shine today?

In this piece, we attempt to analyse why the Bolivarian process developed under the leadership of Hugo Chavez and after his untimely death, led by Nicolas Maduro, had entered an impasse.

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Новая ось: Россия и Китай

С падением СССР и восстановлением капитализма в Китайской Народной Республике 1990-е годы стали периодом одностороннего глобального господства США. Продолжающийся кризис, разразившийся в США в 2008 году, также изменил баланс международных отношений.... Tamamını Oku...

YOUTHQUAKE

Today, as the contradictions in human society between imperialists and the colonised nations, between capitalists and the impoverished masses, between patriarchy and women and LGBT, between all oppressors and oppressed become sharper and clearer before our very eyes, we must look to the generations which are inheriting this world which runs on profits, which is wracked by war and choked by pollution.... Tamamını Oku...

RADIATING DISASTER TRIUMPHANT: MODERNITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS

The general “post-modern” critique is that the Enlightenment’s claim to universalism, with humanity as central to making society and history, is intrinsic to murderous projects such as colonialism and capitalism; communism, and the claims made by every form of Marxism, are seen as cut from the same cloth. Hence it is tempting to respond to this anti-communist criticism by upholding the Enlightenment and modernity with mild qualifications.... Tamamını Oku...

HOW CAN COMMUNIST IDEOLOGY BE ARTICULATED IN IMPERIALIST COUNTRIES TODAY?

Our goal is not to stop austerity alone, but to use the quantitative process of the fight against austerity as an educational process for the masses to learn how they can fight for political power in their own hands, and as a means to expose the ruling elite as robbers and parasites, who just as they now try to tear basic needs from the proletariats that benefit most from imperialism, so too do they rob and exploit and oppress and kill the oppressed peoples who these imperialist proletariats are taught to view as their enemies: oppressed nations, colonised and semi-colonised people across the world, from Palestine to Kurdistan to Bolivia to Chiapas.... Tamamını Oku...

COULD “COMMUNAL ECONOMY” BE A DISTINCT MODE OF PRODUCTION?

The model of communal economy provides both political and economic opportunities for organisation, and aims to fend off colonialism. Even so, espousing this as more than a tactical-strategic move would mean ignoring class struggle, and a project of cooperativism without the aim of a socialist regime would be confined to a very limited area in Turkey and quickly get absorbed by the capitalist system.... Tamamını Oku...