Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis

Comments on Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) ed. by Fred Magdoff and Brian Tokar. (llco.org) In the period between 2006 and 2008, a world food crisis emerged. Agriculture and Food in Crisis (2010, Monthly Review Press) is an anthology of articles describing the causes and effects of this crisis. The collection …

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MIM: Review of the “Black Book of Communism”

MIM: Review of the “Black Book of Communism” (llco.org) [Before MIM’s crackpot degeneration and despite their errors, MIM made some outstanding contributions to the proletarian struggle.] The Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press) is the bible of the anti-communist movement. The book is often cited as an academic work proving the barbarism of communism. …

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Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly reviewed

  Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly review (llco.org) Gotz Aly’s book Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) is a groundbreaking book. Aly breaks with the dogmatic view held by many myth-makers on the “left” that the German working class despised Hitler’s tyranny. It dispenses with the shared mythology found among almost all First Worldists, be they Trotskyist …

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Molotov, MIM, Dogma, and Stalin’s support for Israel

Molotov, MIM, Dogma, and Stalin’s support for Israel (llco.org) Stalin was a great socialist leader, but it is important to tell the truth about his mistakes. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov was a high-ranking, important member of Stalin’s regime. Today’s Stalinists occasionally choose him as their favorite candidate to have succeeded Stalin in  “what if” fantasy histories. …

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Lumpenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopment

Review of André Gunder Frank’s Lupenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopment (llco.org) André Gunder Frank’s Lumpenbourgeoisie: Lumpendevelopement, written in 1972, is a short summary of the evolution of dependency in Latin America from the colonial period through the neocolonial period up to the 1970s. Frank shows how the class structure of Latin American countries evolved in connection with changes …

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The Slum within the Global Countryside

The Slum within the Global  Countryside: Reflections inspired by Mike Davis’ Planet of Slums (llco.org) “The brutal tectonics of neoliberal globalization since 1978 are analogous to the catastrophic process that shaped a ‘Third World’ in the first place, during the era of late-Victorian imperialism (1870-1900). At the end of the nineteenth century, the forcible incorporation …

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