Monthly Review 2018-10-19T00:22:30-04:00 Monthly Review Archives Open Journal Systems <p>This site contains nearly all articles published in <em>Monthly Review</em> since its inception in May 1949. Current subscribers can access content free of charge. Learn more about <em>MR</em>&nbsp;<a title="Monthly Review" href="" target="_self">at the main website</a>.</p> The Radicalization of Dashiell Hammett 2018-10-19T00:22:28-04:00 Albert Ruben <p>In his review of <em>Hardboiled Activist: The Work and Politics of Dashiell Hammett</em> by Ken Fuller, Albert Ruben debunks popular arguments about Hammett's consistent radicalism. Instead, he highlights Fuller's research to point to Hammett's process of radicalization—from nihilism to communism—and the events that shaped his life and work.</p> 2018-10-01T06:42:17-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## How does it end? 2018-10-19T00:22:28-04:00 Marge Piercy <p>A new poem by Marge Piercy, author of many books of poetry&amp;emdash;most recently <em>Made in Detroit</em>.</p> 2018-10-01T06:42:05-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A Subaltern Perspective on China's Ecological Crisis 2018-10-19T00:22:28-04:00 Lau Kin Chi <p>The modernization paradigm pursued by China has tended to privilege industry over agriculture, urban over rural, and the middle class over the subaltern, with the country's growth statistics and policy emphases accordingly geared to such a paradigm. This has resulted in almost mindless degradation of nature. The key question China faces is thus not one of more progress or more growth, but of the multiple tasks of reversing the dire damage already done to its ecology, society, and culture.</p> 2018-10-01T06:41:50-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## On the Nature of the Chinese Economic System 2018-10-19T00:22:29-04:00 Zhiming Long Rémy Herrera Tony Andréani <p>There is considerable debate within China about the nature of the economy, including recognition of tendencies toward state capitalism. Consequently, most writers focus theorization of the many possible paths the economy could take—whether toward or away from capitalism. The present article takes a step further, arguing that the Chinese system today still contains some key components of socialism and is compatible with a market, or market-based, socialism that is clearly distinct from capitalism.</p> 2018-10-01T06:41:35-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Nothing to Lose but Their Chains 2018-10-19T00:22:29-04:00 Michael D. Yates <p>In this excerpt from his forthcoming title, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Can the Working Class Change the World?</em></a>, Yates details the historical development of the working class&amp;emdash;its potential for (and barriers to) unity, and how it is still the only force in society that can bring about its fundamental, radical transformation.</p> 2018-10-01T06:41:05-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Communist Manifesto, 170 Years Later 2018-10-19T00:22:29-04:00 Samir Amin <div class="ed-author-intro">In the last piece he wrote before his passing, Samir Amin revisits, for our age, the most important revolutionary document of all time, the <em>Communist Manifesto</em>. In a fitting conclusion to the work of a great revolutionary intellectual, Amin seeks nothing less than to explain the changing world trajectory from 1848 to 2018. Against the persistent vision of the globalized development of capitalism, he puts forward a vision for the transformation of the world through revolutionary processes—breaking with the submission to the deadly vicissitudes of the decadence of civilization.</div> 2018-10-01T06:40:19-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Notes from the Editors, October 2018 2018-10-19T00:22:29-04:00 - Editors <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review, October 2018 (Volume 70, Number 5)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>This issue is dedicated to remembering the life and work of Samir Amin (1931–2018), the greatest single theorist of imperialism of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, and one of the leading world activists and organizers in today's anti-imperialist struggle.</p> 2018-10-01T06:39:35-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Notes from the Editors, September 2018 2018-10-19T00:22:30-04:00 - The Editors <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review, September 2018 (Volume 70, Number 4)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>Founded in the late 1960s and recently revived, the radical organization Science for the People did—and does—far more than just publish a magazine. Chapters are forming around the country, including physicists, engineers, and biologists, as well as representatives of other scientific groupings and social movements. We at <em>MR</em> welcome the return of this great publication and movement of the U.S. left.</p> 2018-09-01T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Making War on the Planet 2018-10-19T00:22:30-04:00 John Bellamy Foster <p>The dangers posed by climate change have inspired a desperate search for technological fixes in the form of <em>geoengineering</em>—massive human interventions to manipulate the entire climate or planet. But as long as the dominant strategy for addressing global warming remains subordinated to the ends of capital accumulation, any attempt to implement such schemes will prove fatal to humanity.</p> 2018-09-01T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## South Africa's 'Radical Economic Transformation' 2018-10-19T00:22:30-04:00 Lekgantshi Console Tleane <p>The South African political class appears to have finally recognized the depth of the crisis into which the country's capitalist system has sunk. Can the government's new Radical Economic Transformation program begin to address the profound inequalities that remain at the heart of South African society?</p> 2018-09-01T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##