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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Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly reviewed

Hitler’s Beneficiaries (2005) by Gotz Aly review by Prairie Fire (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 …

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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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Global Inequality Versus Socialist Equality

[This is an old article that was originally published several years ago. It shows some of the development of our political economy.] Global Inequality Versus Socialist Equality (llco.org) An approach to economics centered on equality as a regulative idea is in no way contrary to approaches that center around the mechanics of exploitation. It is not …

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On patriarchy, coconuts, and feminism

On patriarchy, coconuts, and feminism (llco.org) First Worldism is a bag of dogmas that are uncritically accepted by most so-called revolutionaries today. In its most general form, First Worldism is the belief that there is a significant proletariat, a significant social base for revolution in the First World. It would be a mistake to think …

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Simple questions by the numbers..

Simple questions by the numbers.. the majority in the United States: revolutionary or not? (llco.org) The median annual household income for 2006 was $48,201 (USD) according to the United States Census Bureau. (1) Per household member (including all working and non-working members above the age of 14) it was $26,036 (USD). (2) What is a …

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