Monthly Review 2021-05-01T17:06:01-04:00 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> Nostalgia for what never was 2021-05-01T16:59:54-04:00 Marge Piercy <p>A new poem by Marge Piercy.</p> 2021-05-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow 2021-05-01T16:57:34-04:00 Alain Badiou <p>Today the political <em>visibility</em> of the Paris Commune is not at all evident. At least, that is, if what we mean by "today" is the moment when we have to take up the challenge of thinking politics outside its subjection to the state and outside the framework of parties or party.… And yet the Commune was a political sequence that, precisely, did not situate itself in such a subjection or in such a framework. [To tackle] the political facts and determinations of the Commune…[it is necessary to utilize] a completely different method…[than that of the classical interpretation].</p> 2021-05-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Five Characteristics of Neoimperialism 2021-05-01T16:53:09-04:00 Cheng Enfu Lu Baolin <p>Neoimperialism, the specific contemporary phase of historical development, can be summed up on the basis of five key features: the new monopoly of production and circulation; the new monopoly of finance capital; the monopoly of the U.S. dollar and intellectual property; the new monopoly of the international oligarchic alliance; and the economic essence and general trend.</p> 2021-05-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The Council on Foreign Relations, the Biden Team, and Key Policy Outcomes 2021-05-01T16:50:30-04:00 Laurence H. Shoup <p>We can analyze the new Biden administration, its personnel, and the policies it is likely to follow, especially on the all-important questions of the climate crisis and U.S. grand strategy toward China, by looking at the Council on Foreign Relations.</p> 2021-05-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Notes from the Editors, May 2021 2021-05-01T16:46:31-04:00 - Editors <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 73, Number 1 (May 2021)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>In 1884, important figures in England's budding socialist movement broke with the Social Democratic Federation over concealed jingoism and strong support for the British Empire. A similar division within the broad left on the issue of imperialism is threatening to reappear in our time.</p> 2021-05-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Was Folk Music a Commie Plot? 2021-04-01T01:04:01-04:00 Mat Callahan <p>The revival of folk music—music derived from rural southern sources, unamplified, and, to a large extent, comprised of old songs of anonymous origin—was more than just another fad. Folk music encapsulated longings for an idyllic past, for a time before crass commercialism turned music into a commodity, and for relationships between musicians and audiences that were egalitarian and holistic.</p> 2021-04-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Socialist Practice and Transition 2021-04-01T01:01:57-04:00 Steve Ellner <p>In <em>Socialist Practice</em>, a collection of essays on leftist theory and experiences, Victor Wallis adheres to the view that the achievement of socialism is a drawn out, nonlinear process consisting of episodes that in many cases have a mixed impact on the revolutionary cause. He analyzes several, ranging from the seven decades of Soviet rule to the New Left of the 1960s. His main thesis is that over the last century pure socialism has never existed and that on all fronts socialist movements and governments have contained elements of the old—namely, capitalism.</p> 2021-04-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 These Brothers Chose Well 2021-04-01T00:59:11-04:00 Michael D. Yates <p>Writer, editor, and prison activist Susie Day has written a beautiful, heartrending, and inspiring account of the friendship between Paul Coates and Eddie Conway. Both were born in the late 1940s and grew up in Black communities—Paul in Philadelphia and Eddie in Baltimore. Both were members of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s and early '70s, and both were harassed by police for their radical activities as Party members. Eddie was wrongfully convicted of killing a Baltimore policeman and spent forty-four years in prison. Through it all, Paul was his steadfast friend and supporter, as well as partner in their political development and commitment to the liberation of Black people in the United States.</p> 2021-04-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Engels's Ecologically Indispensable if Incomplete Dialectics of Nature 2021-04-01T00:55:44-04:00 Paul Blackledge <p>Engels was neither a reductionist nor a positivist, and, far from being a political fatalist, he embraced a form of interventionist politics that was underpinned by a historically emergent ethics. It was this standpoint that he aimed to philosophically ground in <em>Dialectics of Nature</em>.</p> 2021-04-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021 What Sort of Kinetic Materialism Did Marx Find in Epicurus? 2021-04-01T00:53:04-04:00 Boris Hennig <p>In his <em>Theses on Feuerbach</em>, Karl Marx suggests that the main flaw of all previous materialism has been to uncritically accept and champion a notion of matter that has its proper place in a dualistic framework, where matter is passive and the mind is active. If this is so, true materialism will conceive of matter as an active principle, and of material beings as perfectly capable of conscious sensation and agency.</p> 2021-04-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2021