Monthly Review Archives https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr <p>This site contains nearly all articles published in <em>Monthly Review</em> since its inception in May 1949. Current subscribers can access content free of charge. Learn more about <em>MR</em>&nbsp;<a title="Monthly Review" href="http://monthlyreview.org/about" target="_self">at the main website</a>.</p> en-US <p>Please see <a title="Reprint Permissions" href="https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here for reprint requests</a>.</p> archives@monthlyreview.org (Monthly Review Archives) archives@monthlyreview.org (Jamil Jonna) Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 3.1.1.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The Politics of Food in Venezuela https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_1 <p>Few countries and political processes have been subject to such scrutiny, yet so generally misunderstood, as Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. This is particularly true today, as the international media paints an image of absolute devastation in the country, wrought by failed policies and government mismanagement. One way to comprehend the complexities of what is happening in Venezuela today—missed entirely by the dominant, mainstream narrative—is by homing in on the dynamics around Venezuela's most highly consumed staple foods.</p> Ana Felicien, Christina Schiavoni, Liccia Romero ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_1 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_3 <p>Three hundred years after what became known in the nineteenth century as the Great Game—a struggle for regional hegemony between the British and Russian Empires—Southwest Asia remains an imperial staging ground. The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in September 2001 signaled Washington's desire to cement its hegemonic position, but seventeen years later it is mired in an unwinnable war, even as the U.S. economy—and that of much of the Western world—endures the "endless crisis" of contemporary capitalism.</p> <p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 2: June 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-2" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Aasim Sajjad Akhtar ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_3 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 A Marxist Correspondence https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_4 <p>Paul A. Baran (1910–1964) and Paul M. Sweezy (1910–2004) were two of the most creative and influential Marxist economists of the last century. <em>The Age of Monopoly Capital</em> collects hundreds of letters between Baran and Sweezy, written between 1949 and Baran's death in 1964. The correspondence contains numerous interesting, important, and unanticipated ideas. Nuggets of wisdom about economic theory, socialist history, dialectical method, academic politics, and many other topics are scattered throughout.</p> <p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 2: June 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-2" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Tom Mayer ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_4 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Two Intellectual Giants of the American Left https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_5 <p>Instead of theory, early U.S. radicals excelled in reportage, like John Reed's <em>Ten Days That Shook the World</em>, or fiction, like Upton Sinclair's packing-house shocker <em>The Jungle</em>. To Europeans American thought seemed impermeable to the difficult ideas of Marxism. That changed with the founding of <em>Monthly Review</em> in 1949, which marked a newly realized if not entirely new trend in American Marxist thought.</p> <p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 2: June 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-2" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Paul Buhle ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_5 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Notes from the Editors, June 2018 https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_0 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review, June 2018 (Volume 70, Number 2)" href="http://monthlyreview.org/product/mr-070-02-2018-06/">buy this issue</a></div> <p>With the eruption in March of the scandal around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, articles raising the alarm on "surveillance capitalism" are suddenly everywhere. The term, which was <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.14452/MR-066-03-2014-07" target="_blank" rel="noopener">coined in <em>MR</em> in August of 2014</a>, was developed to highlight the links between digital spying systems and contemporary capitalism as a whole. Academic interpretations of the concept effectively divorced surveillance capitalism from class analysis, and from the overall political-economic structure of capitalism—as if surveillance could be abstracted from monopoly-finance capital as a whole.</p> <p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 2: June 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-2" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> The Editors ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_0 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The Birth of the Cuban Polyclinic https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_2 <p>During the 1960s, Cuban medicine experienced changes as tumultuous as the civil rights and antiwar protests in the United States. While activists, workers, and students in western Europe and the United States confronted existing institutions of capitalism and imperialism, Cuba faced the even greater challenge of building a new society.</p> <p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 2: June 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-2" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Don Fitz ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-02-2018-06_2 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Two Lives on the Left https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_6 Jane Lazare has written a fascinating, intensely personal book about history, family, and the Communist Party in the United States. She knows this story well: her father was an active Communist organizer, and the memoir recounts his life and hers, and the connections between them.<p class="mrlink"><p class="mrpurchaselink"><a href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-1" title="Vol. 70, No. 1: May 2018" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Esther Cohen ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_6 Sun, 06 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Behind the 'Black Protests': The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Poland https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_5 In October 2016, cities across Poland were seized by massive demonstrations against proposals for a total ban on abortion. Whatever their ultimate outcome, the protests prove that mass mobilizations are possible in today's Poland, and that the right's political and cultural hegemony may yet be more fragile than it appears.<p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 1: May 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-1" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Paweł Szelegieniec ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_5 Sat, 05 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The Physics of Capitalism https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_4 Human economies are complex biophysical systems. By exploring some fundamental concepts in physics, we can develop a better understanding of the ways that the energy-intensive activities of capitalism are changing humanity and the planet.<p class="mrlink"><p class="mrpurchaselink"><a href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-1" title="Vol. 70, No. 1: May 2018" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Erald Kolasi ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_4 Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000 The <i>Communist Manifesto</i> in the Twenty-First Century https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_3 The <em>Manifesto</em>'s analysis of the capitalist crises that "put on its trial, each time more threateningly, the existence of the entire bourgeois society" remains central to any attempt to predict the events of the coming years.<p class="mrpurchaselink"><a title="Vol. 70, No. 1: May 2018" href="http://monthlyreview.org/index/volume-70-number-1" target="_self">Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the <em>Monthly Review</em> website.</a></p> Paul M. Sweezy, John Mage, John Bellamy Foster ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://archive.monthlyreview.org/index.php/mr/article/view/MR-070-01-2018-05_3 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 +0000