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Karel Ludenhoff

August 20, 2006 Length: 1812 words

Marx, Capitalism and the ‘Automatic Subject’

Summary: Review of Adventures of the commodity: for a new criticism of value by Anselm Jappe, Munich 2005 – Editors

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Peter Hudis

June 1, 2006 Length: 1028 words

Rosa Luxemburg in ‘World’s Sweatshop’

A report on the March 12-14 conference on “Rosa Luxemburg’s Thought and Its Contemporary Value” at Wuhan University, China, where discussion focused not only Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital but also, to a surprising extent, on dialectics and humanism as well as feminism – Editors

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Kevin B. Anderson

April 1, 2006 Length: 1184 words

Europe, Muslim Minorities and “Free Speech”

The Danish cartoons demonizing Muslims should not be defended as free speech given the context of their publication, in which oppressed minorities inside Europe were demeaned in a racist manner by the dominant media. At the same time, equally reactionary forces in the Muslim world have taken advantage of the controversy to shore up their support – Editors

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Peter Hudis

April 1, 2006 Length: 2396 words

New Challenges to Global Capital in Latin American Battle of Ideas

A report from the World Social Forum in Caracas. The turn to the left in Latin America, especially in Bolivia and Venezuela, has challenged US imperialism, and invigorated the global left. But the turn toward statism in Venezuela has also been challenged by some of that country’s youthful leftists, including anarchists. The lack of an in-depth discussion of exactly what constitutes a society that negates and transcends capitalism remains a problem – Editors

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Peter Hudis

February 1, 2006 Length: 1276 words

Bolivia at the Crossroads

An assessment of the situation in Bolivia in the aftermath of the election of the leftist Evo Morales to the presidency, in a society with a long history of labor and indigenous struggles – Editors

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Arvind Ghosh,
Peter Hudis

October 19, 2005 Length: 3095 words

Can We Change the World without Taking Power?

Critique of John Holloway’s Change the World without Taking Power. Originally appeared in Open Space Forum (India): http://www.openspaceforum.net/twiki/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=49 – Editors

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September 21, 2005 Length: 2939 words

New Orleans: The Human Cost of Capitalism’s Brutality

Hurricane Katrina did far more than wreak an enormous amount of human, material, and environmental devastation to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The giant storm violently lifted the curtain that obscures the racial and class divides that constitute American civilization and made plain for the world to see that anti-Black racism continues to shape the reality for millions.

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Peter Hudis

June 2, 2005 Length: 2021 words

Acheh: The Social Form of `Natural’ Disaster

The tsunami that impacted over a dozen nations in the Indian Ocean region at the end of 2004 was a natural catastrophe, but it was no less of a social disaster. Nowhere is that truer than in Acheh, the province of northern Sumatra that was most gravely affected by the tsunami – Editors

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Peter Hudis

June 1, 2005 Length: 958 words

Iraq and the Idea of Freedom

Wadood Hamad is correct that many today are “stuck between two inadequate visions” — either apologizing for U.S. imperialist actions or “cheering any misguided ‘apparent’ resistance to imperialism.” Avoiding these false alternatives is not only needed to develop a successful antiwar movement; it is needed to ensure that the idea of freedom is not forsaken by today’s radicals.

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Peter Hudis

March 20, 2005 Length: 5737 words

Directly and Indirectly Social Labor: What Kind of Human Relations Can Transcend Capitalism?

An examination of the work that contains Marx’s most detailed discussion of a non-capitalist society, his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program, this presentation focuses on the differences between the lower and the higher phases of communism in that work.  Issues such as directly vs. indirectly social labor, and the factors that must exist before it is possible to reach “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” are discussed.  Originally presented as part of a Marxist-Humanist class series entitled “Beyond Capitalism,” Chicago – Editors

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Peter Hudis

March 1, 2005 Length: 2179 words

Crossroads for Movement Against Global Capital

A report on the January 2005 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil – Editors

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Peter Hudis

January 15, 2005 Length: 4819 words

Marxist-Humanism and the Struggle for a New Ecology

Capital’s drive for self-expansion is the foundation of the ecological crisis, this vs. those, even on left, who believe that capital can be controlled.  Even revolutionary Marxist thinkers like Istvan Meszaros believe that capital can be controlled, holding to the notion that the post-capitalist society would not end the wages system.  Nor do neo-primitivist ecologists offer a viable solution, since they evade the question of achieving industrial and economic development in a non-capitalist manner. Originally read (in the author’s absence) at Workshop on “Ecology and the Future Society,”  Nagpur, India, January 15-16, 2005 – Editors

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Peter Hudis

January 1, 2005 Length: 80 words

Rosa Luxemburg in China

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