This past week, a milestone was reached in human impact on the environment. Carbon levels in the atmosphere exceeded the 400 parts per million level. According to a report from National Geographic: “The last time the concentration of Earth’s main greenhouse gas reached this mark, horses and camels lived in the high Arctic. Seas were […]
Socialism, as mentioned elsewhere, is a transition period between capitalism and communism. Capitalism has many features and its hands in many pots. Thus socialism must entail a series of class struggles to remake society at all levels. At their most fundamental level capitalism and communism are distinct production relations. Capitalism assigns value according to labor-content […]
From The Guardian (UK): Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world UN study says horsemeat scandal exposed dark side of cheap meat and shows how farming practices destroy natural world Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent The Guardian, Sunday 17 February 2013 People in the rich world should become “demitarians” – eating half as much meat as […]
One effect of global imperialism on the peoples of the world is the increasing decline of language diversity. In the efforts to bring the world into a monolithic whole many local indigenous languages are declining and even disappearing. According to the Endangered Languages Project over half of the world’s 7,000 known languages are in danger […]
Immanuel Wallerstein, speaking in the video at the Progress Paradox Conference, is a founder of the ‘world-systems analysis’ school of thought. World-systems analysis is an attempt to offer a historical materialist summary of the 20th century and highlight potential possibilities for future revolutionary struggle. Wallerstein’s recent text, World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction, will be part of […]
This is a statement from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) concerning the recent UN report on the oil spills in the Ogoniland region of Nigeria, which stated that cleanup from decades of oil spills the companies created would take over 30 years. We have previously reported on the MEND, and […]
Reviewed by Nick Brown, RAIM-Denver (www.antiimperialism.wordpress.com)
The main contradiction in the world is between the Global North and the Global South. Due to super-exploitation of the Third World, the “masses” in the First World have been bought off. The main battleground for revolutionary change lies not in the imperialist cores, but in the exploited peripheries. These ideas, often expounded by the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement, are not ours alone. In his recent essay, “The Trajectory of Historical Capitalism and Marxism’s Tricontinental Vocation,” Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum and author of the recent book ‘The Law of Worldwide Value,” presents a similar series of arguments regarding what he calls the struggle for socialism and communism.