The July-August 2012 issue of Monthly Review Magazine featured a missing chapter from the book Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order, published in 1966 by Monthly Review Press. The book was published following the death of Paul Baran in 1964, whom along with co-author Paul Sweezy spent over two years of […]

On September 11th, 1973, democratically-elected Chilean president, Salvador Allende, was violently overthrown by a CIA orchestrated coup. Bombs struck the presidential palace, tanks rolled through the streets, and the massacre began. The nine-eleven of Chile was underway. Salvador Allende, convinced he would be assassinated, instead took his own life as his home was being bombarded. […]

According to recent reports, around 6 billion USD will likely be spent in this year’s presidential election campaign, a figure which tops previous campaigns. Some analysts estimate each candidate is already spending over $30 million each week in advertising, and both candidates have thus far paid out millions as wages and salaries for campaign workers. […]

[Mao Zedong, in “Speech at the Chinese Communist Party’s National Conference on Propaganda Work,” talks mainly about work by intellectuals.  A key part of Maoism is about the existence of class struggle even under socialism.  There are different contradictions inherent in the struggle for socialism and revolutionaries must be aware of them.  In this speech […]

Over the past year, the US-led imperialism and its junior partners in the region have waged a relentless proxy war against the Syrian Republic. Under the guise of a popular revolt, reactionaries have armed and trained rebel groups to carry out attacks against the Syria’s state and civilian population. One of imperialism’s most surprising allies […]

Bell hooks was a leading figure in establishing ‘third-wave feminism’: a philosophical and practical branch of feminism centered around the history, experience, and interests of ‘women of color.’ Her writings are directly critical of previous feminist movements which favored white middle-class women, and she is generally critical of the standard feminist framework while finding cause in altering the scope of its discourse. Her central thesis in Feminist Theory, from Margin to Center is that the objective of feminism is not simply for equality between sexes but for an end to sexist oppression and the broader “ideology of domination” which supports it. In the process, she gets many things right in regards to the struggle against oppression while bringing a lot of detail and nuance into the discussion. In some regards, her critiques of feminism are applicable to nominally left-wing movements in the US today. Yet her explicit understandings of larger economic questions are lacking. Though she raises many salient points, these ideas are best understood as part of a broader yet more incisive critique of general social practice and relations between classes and groups.

“To tell the workers in the handful of rich countries where life is easier, thanks to imperialist pillage, that they must be afraid of ‘too great’ impoverishment, is counter-revolutionary. It is the reverse that they should be told. The labour aristocracy that is afraid of sacrifices, afraid of ‘too great’ impoverishment during the revolutionary struggle, cannot belong to the Party…”— V. I. Lenin; ‘On the Terms of Admission into the Communist International’.

This episode of the Pinky Show raises issues such as personal agency, moral obligation, institutional power and the role of university education, in the explicit context of imperialism and imperialist privilege. It starts off a bit slow, but begins to pick up towards the middle. While we don’t claim this video offers any relevant answers, […]

Attempts by the US to ‘rollback’ peoples’ democratic gains against capital did not end. After World War II the subsequent years became known as the Cold War, but could better be described as a Third World War: one waged by capital (through the CIA, conventional military means, propaganda, NSSs, etc) against Third World people and anyone perceived as a threat at the systemic level.

It is not hyperbole to describe the CIA network, which includes the interests it serves and those through which it operates, as the world’s most wide-spread, sophisticated and well-funded terrorist network today. Particularly, the CIA promotes violence and other tactics internationally as part of efforts to sway opinion in ways that enshrine policies favorable to the commercial interests of the United States and its allies. The CIA could be described as a US-centered terrorist group in service to capital.