The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

This piece by Scott Patrick originally appeared on Bakunin Matata. Patrick is a PhD candidate studying comparative politics at the American University in Washington, DC. While some of its observations are dated given the upheavals that have defined the Trump administration, it is nonetheless a worthwhile short read:  We are living in an age of capitalist… Read More The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria

“Reconciliation” has become something of a buzzword in Canada, the country of my birth, underpinning much of the mainstream discourse around the historical mistreatment of indigenous people and the future of relations between settlers and natives. One might be surprised to learn that Reconciliation is also a buzzword in Syria, but for rather different reasons.… Read More Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria

Americanization from a European Perspective

A change of pace to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Canadian academic year, what follows are two European pop radio hits which deal with the Americanization of European culture.  Americanization as a concept has been popular since the 1960s and refers to claims that European media forms are exhibiting direct influence by and a… Read More Americanization from a European Perspective

The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

In celebration of the release of his outstanding book Washington’s Long War on Syria, I am republishing an excerpt written by Canadian writer Stephen Gowans, originally published in October 2016 on his blog What’s Left. The book is availiable to order from Montreal publisher Baraka Books and I encourage all our readers to get a copy and… Read More The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

Book review: Samir Amin – Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

This review was written by Carlos Martinez and originally appeared in the UK paper Morning Star and on his blog, Invent the Future.  The book is available from Monthly Review Press In this short book, the renowned Egyptian Marxist Samir Amin presents an overview of the world’s first large-scale experiment building socialism – the Soviet Union –… Read More Book review: Samir Amin – Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

Immigration: Critical Readings on the buzzword of 2016

2016 was a year of disruptions, collapses, and reactions and nothing embodied this more than the dominance of discussions around immigration, and the resurgence of the right-wing in the United States and Europe under the auspices of controlling a migrant crisis which threatened the survivability of the State and its citizen-subjects alike. Many readers might… Read More Immigration: Critical Readings on the buzzword of 2016