“He who has not lived in the years before the revolution cannot know what the sweetness of living is,” goes the quote from Talleyrand that inspired the title of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Before the Revolution — a hell of a thing for a young Italian Marxist to call a film in 1964. As youth and countercultural movements across the world were beginning to reimagine a radical new future, here was a brief evocation of what might be lost — of a world that, for all its iniquities, still had a wistful romance to it. The film followed a young Parma man (Francesco Barilli) whose revolutionary activities conflicted with his bourgeois milieu, but it largely focused on his amorous relationships — with his aunt (an incestuous affair, borrowed loosely from Stendhal’s Charterhouse of Parma), with the beautiful daughter of another wealthy family, and possibly with a suicidal young male friend. The director was fervently political, but he had feet planted … [Read more...] about Between Revolution and Reflection: Bertolucci’s Italian Films Return
Marxist approach to international relations
The liberal world order is taking a beating these days, and not just at the hands of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. In recent months a bevy of American political scientists from the progressive left to the libertarian right has launched attacks on the very idea of the liberal order, as well as on the conduct of American foreign policy over the past seven decades. These critics argue that the liberal order was a “myth,” a cover for American hegemony and “imperialism.” To the degree there was an order, it was characterized by “coercion, violence, and instability,” and also by hypocrisy. The United States did not always support democracy, but often backed dictatorships, and in the name of shaping a “putatively liberal order,” it often “upended, stretched, or broke liberal rules.” The celebrated achievements of the liberal order, they therefore claim, are either overblown—the “long peace” was due to … [Read more...] about The World America Made—and Trump Wants to Unmake
Capitalism is not "the end of history" as the American Francis Fukuyama postulated in 1992. The system question is open! The economy should be re-embedded in society. What seems rational in micro-economics collides with the irrationality of maximum profits as an end-in-itself. Capitalist elements could be implemented in a socialist economy. A paradigm shift is necessary. AGAINST MARKET RADICALISM Challenges for Economic Theory and Left Economic Policy By Christa Luft [This 2018 study is translated abridged from the German on the Internet, http://www.rosalux.de.] Where should left policy press so the economy will again be engaged by society and be subordinated to the German Basic Law? Polanyi gave us a keyword for this: overcoming the market society. Money, labor, land and property, according to Polanyi, should be withdrawn from the market and publically regulated. That would be a second “Great Transformation.” For me, an entry lever for a fundamental change … [Read more...] about Against Market Radicalism : Indybay
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Briefing Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByChris Stanford June 18, 2018 (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up .) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Bipartisan call to halt family separations • Republican lawmakers, Laura Bush, the conservative tabloid The New York Post and a onetime adviser to President Trump have joined Democrats in condemning the administration’s practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border. Nearly 2,000 children were removed from their parents in a six-week period. The administration, which announced a “zero tolerance” approach this spring, has argued that it was just enforcing the law, a false assertion that Mr. Trump has made repeatedly. The House is set to vote this week on two immigration bills, a hard-line measure that … [Read more...] about Migrant Families, World Cup, Beyoncé: Your Monday Briefing
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Cuba's next president: Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel? The relatively unknown Communist Party official is expected to replace retiring Cuban President Raul Castro. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 10:23 p.m. ET April 17, 2018 | Updated 4:56 p.m. ET April 18, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Cuba is set to undergo a historic shift on Thursday, elevating a relatively unknown Communist Party official, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to replace retiring President Raúl Castro. The National Assembly selected First Vice President … [Read more...] about Cuba’s next president: Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel?