Notes on Libya

In April 2011, when the scholar Horace Campbell met with a small group of Angolan youth in Luanda, he did something unusual. He warned them to be careful in how they resisted their government. He said Angola was rich with resources, and it would not take much for “the militarists to drum up some pretext …

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Responsibility To Protest: The Peace Movement and the Challenge of R2P

The following originally appeared in The Spark! Marxist Theory and Discussion no. 28, 2018. The Spark is an official publication of the Communist Party of Canada. As the dangers of mass destruction through war grow, the challenge to the peace and anti-imperialist movements involves exposing the real, imperialist reasons behind interventions cloaked in the humanitarian …

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A Manifesto for Our Time: Review of The World We Wish to See by Samir Amin (2008)

This article originally appeared on anti-imperialism.com. It has been reproduced for Peripheral Thought in its entirety. Author Theo V. Kenji is an aspiring agrarian sociologist and co-founder of the Radical Reading Collective at UC Irvine. By Theo V. Kenji “What to do?” (53). A short question with a very complex answer. In The World We …

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Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

Political discussions within the United States quickly bog down into meaningless party partisanship, often utilizing labels without clearly elucidating what they mean. Here Dr. Maximilian C. Forte discusses the US Progressive movement — one of the two poles on the great imperial engine of US politics, Populism being positioned as the other. His piece is …

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NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to …

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A Review of Russiagate, its Propaganda and Hysteria

This important and thorough dossier of articles, research, and evidence dismantling the liberal-imperialist myth of "Russiagate" - the idea that Trump is a foreign agent of Russia - was originally compiled by Lary Kummer, editor of Fabius Maximus. We at Peripheral Thought are extremely appreciative of Kummer's work compiling this impressive collection, though we of …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 – …

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