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Announcing this online discussion group from our friends at essential discussions:

Essential reading from MR Press author Michael A. Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada

Beyond CAPITAL: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class (2003 Palgrave Macmillan)
Winner of the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize 2004

Few authors provide the clarity of vision and practical lessons offered by Michael A. Lebowitz. His writings give us both strategic and tactical applications that will be of value to everyone interested in building a viable alternative to the dangerous and destructive capital system. Lebowitz demonstrates the forms of struggle that allow the reader to understand the importance of moving beyond capital with clarity and practicality. The development of worker control, community control, and self-management by the 99% will strengthen the necessary subjective and objective power of the people and start the process of building socialism in our time.

In mid-January 2012 essential discussions will start on-line discussions of this important work by Michael A. Lebowitz. There will also be a discussion group meeting in the Boston area. If you are interested in participating in these discussions, contact essential discussions at 617-731-8725 or

Also available:
The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
by Michael A. Lebowitz

Build It Now: Socialism for the 21st Century
by Michael A. Lebowitz

And coming soon:

The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
by Michael A. Lebowitz

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It starts tomorrow,

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Economic Crisis


Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers
By Éric Toussaint and Damien Millet

Translated by Judith Abdel Gadir, Elizabeth Anne, Vicki Briault, Judith Harris, Brian Hunt, Christine Pagnoulle and Diren Valayden, with the collaboration of Francesca Denley, Virginie de Romanet and Stephanie Jacquemont

ISBN: 978-1-58367-222-8
$17.95 paperback
368 pages
September 2010

Economics / Imperialism & War

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“This excellent handbook on the Washington-based international financial institutions and the debt mechanism by means of which the Global South is subjugated is not only an indispensable tool for pro-poor anti-debt activists, but also a very useful synthesis that can and should be used in classrooms.” —Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

“Éric Toussaint is one of the brightest and most influential economists of his generation. He is the founder of the CADTM, and has gained a worldwide reputation for his exemplary struggle against the ‘odious debt’ strangling countless countries in the South.” —Jean Ziegler, former UN Special Rapporteur

Mainstream economists tell us that developing countries will replicate the economic achievements of the rich countries if they implement the correct “free-market” policies. But scholars and activists Toussaint and Millet demonstrate that this is patently false. Drawing on a wealth of detailed evidence, they explain how developed economies have systematically and deliberately exploited the less-developed economies by forcing them into unequal trade and political relationships. Integral to this arrangement are the international economic institutions ostensibly created to safeguard the stability of the global economy—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank —and the imposition of massive foreign debt on poor countries. The authors explain in simple language, and ample use of graphics, the multiple contours of this exploitative system, its history, and how it continues to function in the present day.

Ultimately, Toussaint and Millet advocate cancellation of all foreign debt for developing countries and provide arguments from a number of perspectives—legal, economic, moral. Presented in an accessible and easily-referenced question and answer format, Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank is an essential tool for the global justice movement.

Éric Toussaint, a doctor in political science, is president of the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt, CADTM Belgium. He is author of A Diagnosis of Emerging Global Crisis and Alternatives, and The World Bank: A Critical Primer, among other books.

Damien Millet teaches mathematics and is spokesperson for CADTM France. He is the author of L’Afrique sans dette, and co-author with Éric Toussaint of Tsunami Aid or Debt Cancellation.

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Keeping an independent socialist magazine and press alive for six decades is no small achievement, and in recognition of this we ask our friends and supporters to come together for an evening of speakers, reminiscences, music, and more.

We will look back on Monthly Review’s history as an uncompromising radical voice while we look forward to the future and our ongoing struggle for a global socialism in the twenty first century.

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The Rouge Forum Update: Education at the Crossroads (January 26th 2009)


A Message from Rich Gibson


Dear Friends

An up front reminder on the Rouge Forum Conference, May 14 to 17, in Ypsilanti Michigan. Proposals due very soon.

Centered in the key organizing point of North American life, the Rouge Forum represents the only voice of the left, recognizing that at the core of our many crises, economic collapse to perpetual war and all in between, lies the system of capital. This conference represents a gathering of people who have learned that friendship can arch over political differences. Come join us!

From Monthly Review, here is one of the better economic analyses of why things are as they are in the growing depression.

This is the conclusion: “In this sense we are clearly at a global turning point, where the world will perhaps finally be ready to take the step, as Keynes also envisioned, of repudiating an alienated moral code of “fair is foul and foul is fair”­used to justify the greed and exploitation necessary for the accumulation of capital­turning it inside-out to create a more rational social order. 49 To do this, though, it is necessary for the population to seize control of their political economy, replacing the present system of capitalism with something amounting to a real political and economic democracy; what the present rulers of the world fear and decry most ­as “socialism.” 50

What is missing from the analysis is the dual role of war. It was war that ended the last depression, not Keynesian hyper-spending, and it is also imperialist war that lies, in part, at the base of the current deepening collapse.

And from YouTube, here is Noam Chomsky on the election, capitalist democracy (those who spend most, win, among other things) and what is next: (part one of three).

The take on election results from the Dailey Show:

Michael Klare hoping for the unlikely event; that Obama will abolish the Carter Doctrine on Mideast Oil:

Reminder of the March on the Pentagon on the anniversary of the Iraq invasion, March 21, Washington DC:

Short update this week, but plenty of reading.

Thanks to Amber, Tom, Bob, Adam and Gina, Karl,  Dave, Glenn, Candy, Sharon A, Lucy, Michael, Dell, Mary, Chris, Ruthann, Paul, Zoey, Carl G, Sandy, Van, and Tina.

Rich Gibson


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