Monthly Review <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> Monthly Review Foundation en-US Monthly Review 0027-0520 <p>Please see <a title="Reprint Permissions" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here for reprint requests</a>.</p> Notes from the Editors, January 2020 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 71, Number 8 (January 2020)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>The coup against the Bolivian government under Evo Morales came straight out of the latest political-military manuals of the U.S. imperial state. These manuals provide instructions on how systematically to undermine the reputation of a popular, elected leader with accusations of dictatorship, corruption, and various other forms of character assassination in order to soften support on the left. Moreover, these manuals provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the political and military bases of a coup.</p> - The Editors Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 c2 63 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_0 Liberating Women from "Political Economy" <p>There is an unresolved tension at the heart of Marxist explanations for women's oppression under capitalism. Although there is general agreement that the bourgeois family, as the dominant kinship unit, has something to do with generating and reproducing that oppression, the exact role of the family varies among Marxists. In this respect, Margaret Benston's proposal to situate domestic labor within capitalist production was truly pioneering. Rather than record and describe domestic work, Benston theorized this labor and laid the basis for later feminists to apprehend the production of commodities and the reproduction of labor power within a unitary framework.</p> Tithi Bhattacharya Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 1 13 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_1 Revolutionary Mexico in Chicago <p>In <em>The Mexican Revolution in Chicago: Immigration Politics from the Early Twentieth Century to the Cold War</em>, John H. Flores illustrates the growth of the Mexican population in 1920s Chicago and how migrant communities situated and organized themselves politically in an often-hostile social environment. Drawing from political experiences in Mexico, Flores identifies and explores the evolution of a Mexican population whose identities and loyalties were shaped and divided by the Mexican revolutionary and counterrevolutionary processes in <em>la patria</em> (the homeland).</p> Justin Akers Chacón Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 39 47 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_4 Interrogating the Cultural Production of Mexico <p>As part of a deconstruction of national identity, Jennifer Jolly, in her <em>Creating Pátzcuaro, Creating Mexico: Art, Tourism, and Nation Building under Lázaro Cárdenas</em>, analyzes the tourist town of Pátzcuaro in the west-central Mexican state of Michoacán as a microcosm of cultural power in which tourism, art, history, and ethnicity were woven together under the presidency of Lázaro Cárdenas del Río (1934–40).</p> Brian M. Napoletano Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 48 57 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_5 The Wisdom of a Socialist Defector <p>Victor Grossman's <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee</em></a> is at once an exciting adventure story, an engaging autobiography of a radical opponent of U.S. imperialism, and a clear-headed assessment of the successes and failures of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) at the onset of the Cold War until 1990, when its citizens voted to merge with the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, West Germany). Most poignantly, Grossman compares the benefits workers gained in the GDR, the FRG, and even the United States during the Cold War.</p> Harry R. Targ Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 58 62 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_6 On the Coincidence of Logic with Dialectics and the Theory of Knowledge of Materialism <p>In this reprint of "On the Coincidence of Logic with Dialectics and the Theory of Knowledge of Materialism," Evald Ilyenkov discusses the idea of the coincidence of dialectics, logics, and theory of knowledge—one of the hallmarks of the Ilyenkovian current in post-Stalin Soviet philosophy. Ilyenkov was a renowned and controversial Soviet Marxist philosopher who contributed substantially to the Marx Renaissance that emerged in the so-called Thaw Period, aiming to reconstruct Marx's original methodology. He was known as an ardent critic of technocratic tendencies in the Soviet Union and stressed that socialist society should express humanist values and not merely be an engineering project.</p> Evald Ilyenkov Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 21 37 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_3 Evald Ilyenkov and Soviet Philosophy <p>Vesa Oittinen interviews Andrey Maidansky about Soviet philosophy and the well-known and controversial Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov (1924–79).</p> Andrey Maidansky Vesa Oittinen Copyright (c) 2020 Monthly Review 2020-01-01 2020-01-01 15 20 10.14452/MR-071-08-2020-01_2 Notes from the Editors, December 2019 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 71, Number 7 (December 2019)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p><em>Bloomberg</em> insists that we need to get our priorities straight: the economy comes before the earth, capitalism before nature. Yet, from any sort of realistic, world-wise perspective, it is clear that we are faced with two immense, imminent, and irreversible crises, one threatening within as short a time as a year to destabilize the world capitalist economy, the other promising to destroy the planet as a home to humanity, destabilizing industrial civilization and undermining the survival chances of hundreds of millions or even billions of people this century. Both represent the culmination of capitalist contradictions over centuries of development and both point to the need to transform society in revolutionary ways. It is the coevolution of economic and ecological contradictions under global monopoly-finance capital that defines the epochal historical crisis of our times. In this new issue of <em>Monthly Review</em>, we also celebrate <em>Monthly Review</em>'s relationship with the annual School of Ecology in Mauritius.</p> - The Editors Copyright (c) 2019-12-01 2019-12-01 c2 64 10.14452/MR-071-07-2019-11_0 Capitalism and Robbery <p>Historical capitalism cannot be understood aside from its existence as a colonial/imperialist world system in which the violent exercise of power is an ever-present reality. In order to uncover the material conditions governing concrete capitalism, including its interface with land, nonwage labor, and corporeal life, it is therefore necessary to go beyond the inner reality of <em>exploitation</em>, and address <em>expropriation</em>, or the process of appropriation without equivalent (or without reciprocity) through which capital has sought to determine its wider parameters.</p> John Bellamy Foster Brett Clark Hannah Holleman Copyright (c) 2019-12-01 2019-12-01 1 23 10.14452/MR-071-07-2019-11_1 From Mass Incarceration to Mass Coercion <p>From the mid-1960s to the late 2000s, the number of people locked in U.S. prisons and jails, and forced onto parole or probation, increased from less than eight hundred thousand to more than seven million. From the beginning, this explosive growth, known commonly as <em>mass incarceration</em>, has been about containing, stigmatizing, and exploiting the poorest sectors of the working class. While an important prison reform movement has been underway for many years, private forces have attempted to co-opt this movement and have implemented and profited from alternative forms of <em>mass coercion</em> proliferating throughout society.</p> Mark Jay Copyright (c) 2019-12-01 2019-12-01 24 36 10.14452/MR-071-07-2019-11_2