(Originally published by Against the Current, and then published online by newsocialist.org on August 25, 2018, here: https://newsocialist.org/karl-marx-revolutionary-heretic/) DAVID MCNALLY Let us celebrate Marx the heretic. In a global moment in which “the old is dying and the new cannot yet be born” (Gramsci), let us embrace the Marx who, fully immersed in his historical moment,
(Originally published at newsocialist.org on November 6, 2017, here: https://newsocialist.org/adventure-it-was-the-impossible-revolution-of-1917/ ) DAVID MCNALLY Through the wasteland of war and hunger emerged a simple flash of light. A message of hope from Russia: the Czar of Russia had been overthrown and a new workers’ government was declaring an end to war, poverty and exploitation. Victor Serge glimpsed this
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Toward the end of his review of the moving film, 5 Broken Cameras, came words that stayed with me. Celebrating this documentary of one Palestinian village’s resistance to colonization, Ali Mustafa quotes its cameraman and co-director, Emad Burnat: “Forgotten wounds cannot be healed. So I film to heal.” So it was with Ali himself. To
The following article is part of a four-person symposium hosted by New Socialist webzine. You can find the full forum here: http://www.newsocialist.org/692-up-against-the-neoliberal-parties-what-should-the-left-do-four-views Anyone looking for easy answers to the challenges of radical politics today is sure to be disappointed. The terrain on which the left operates at the moment is messy, complicated and full of contradictions.
On December 3, 2012, nearly 200 people crammed the Ballroom at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto to celebrate the launch (in paperback) of Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism, and the book’s receipt of the 2012 Deutscher Memorial Award. MCed by Faria Kamal and Alan Sears, the event heard brief remarks from
It is a truism to say that democracy began with the Greeks – less so to say that it originated in popular rebellion against debt and debt-bondage. Yet, with the Greek people ensnared once more in the vice-grip of rich debt-holders, it may be useful to recall that fact. For the only hope today of