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> The Point Is to Change It <p>We who are engaged in the struggle for change might ask: "Through what lens of refraction is the evidence of events recalled and related?" If we are to resist the genocidal use of military force, and to oppose the environmental depredation that follows in its wake, we need to see the roots and laws of motion of colonialism and empire</p> Michael E. Tigar Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 59 63 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_5 Epidemic Response <p>The COVID-19 pandemic is at its root a crisis of globalization, racial capitalism, colonialism, the social organization of our public health system. It is a crisis of treatment and care versus demonization and wall building. And it is the latest pandemic in a long line of modern ones—from SARS to swine flu to HIV to Ebola—a predictable and predicted outcome, not the mysterious unforeseeable lightning strike as it is often portrayed.</p> Jennifer Dohrn Eleanor Stein Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 54 58 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_4 The Guaidó Era <p>U.S. sanctions killed tens of thousands of Venezuelans before the recognition of Juan Guaidó as interim president in 2019 led to even more murderous sanctions. The message is that tremendous economic pain will be inflicted on the country until Nicolás Maduro is gone.</p> Joe Emersberger Justin Podur Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 37 53 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_3 What Is Happening in the United States? <p>In order to understand what is happening in the United States, in the aftermath of the presidential election, one needs to comprehend the distribution of power in the country.</p> Vicente Navarro Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 24 36 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_2 Capital and the Ecology of Disease <p>The death of Salvador Allende in 1973 marked, simultaneously, not only the demise of one of the great socialist experiments, and the launching of neoliberalism; it also represented the loss in Allende of one of the great figures in social medicine. Nowhere has neoliberalism had more devastating effects than in the destruction of public health and social medicine initiatives throughout the world.</p> John Bellamy Foster Brett Clark Hannah Holleman Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 1 23 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_1 Notes from the Editors, June 2021 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 73, Number 2 (June 2021)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>Where capitalism itself is concerned, the dominant view is that the COVID-19 crisis constitutes a rare, unpredictable, and unlikely to be repeated occurrence. The world capitalist economy, we are informed, was fundamentally sound prior to the advent of this unforeseen exogenous shock, and it will revive quickly once the SARS-CoV-2 virus is under control. This received view, however, is incorrect on all counts.</p> - Editors Copyright (c) 2021 2021-06-01 2021-06-01 c2 64 10.14452/MR-073-02-2021-06_0 Nostalgia for what never was <p>A new poem by Marge Piercy.</p> Marge Piercy Copyright (c) 2021 2021-05-01 2021-05-01 70 70 10.14452/MR-073-01-2021-05_4 The Paris Commune: Marx, Mao, Tomorrow <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> Alain Badiou Copyright (c) 2021 2021-05-01 2021-05-01 60 68 10.14452/MR-073-01-2021-05_3 Five Characteristics of Neoimperialism <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> Cheng Enfu Lu Baolin Copyright (c) 2021 2021-05-01 2021-05-01 22 58 10.14452/MR-073-01-2021-05_2 The Council on Foreign Relations, the Biden Team, and Key Policy Outcomes <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> Laurence H. Shoup Copyright (c) 2021 2021-05-01 2021-05-01 1 21 10.14452/MR-073-01-2021-05_1