Monthly Review Archives <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> en-US <p>Please see <a title="Reprint Permissions" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here for reprint requests</a>.</p> (Monthly Review Archives) Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 OJS 60 Notes from the Editors, September 2018 <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> - The Editors ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Making War on the Planet <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> John Bellamy Foster ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 South Africa's 'Radical Economic Transformation' <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> Lekgantshi Console Tleane ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 The Reserve Army of Labor in China's Economy, 1991&ndash;2015 <p>Since the late 1990s, China's economic expansion has depended on an immense pool of cheap labor. Today, as wages increase and manufacturing operations leave the country, there are constant complaints about shortages of peasant workers. But has China really entered a new era of labor shortage?</p> Fusheng Xie, Xiaolu Kuang, Zhi Li ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Rural Communities and Economic Crises in Modern China <p>Throughout China's nearly seventy-year history of industrialization and financialization, whenever the cost of an economic crisis could be transferred to the rural sector, capital-intensive urban industries have had a "soft landing" and existing institutional arrangements have been maintained—a pattern that continues today. We argue that Chinese peasants and rural communities have rescued the country from no fewer than ten such economic crises.</p> Sit Tsui, Qiu Jiansheng, Yan Xiaohui, Erebus Wong, Wen Tiejun ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Beyond the Class&ndash;Race Binary <p>In his insightful new book, the historian David Roediger raises critical questions for scholar-activists seeking to understand white racism and contemporary capitalism and its class realities. He joins a long line of thinkers who have clearly recognized the need for both specifically racial <em>and</em> more universal, class-oriented programs of major social and economic change.</p> Joe R. Feagin ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 She Works Like a Man; If a Woman's Word <p><span class="authorbioname">Linda Backiel </span>is a criminal defense attorney practicing in San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p> Linda Backiel ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 'The Deadly Implications of Capital for the Human Habitat' <div class="ed-auth-intro">In October 1992, <span class="no-italics">MR</span> founding editor Paul M. Sweezy wrote the following brief letter, published here for the first time, to Mészáros in response to an interview with Chris Arthur and Joseph McCarney that had just been published in <span class="no-italics">Radical Philosophy</span>. Sweezy saluted the critical significance of Mészáros’s argument on “the monstrous power of capital,” and the failure of many Marxists to perceive this problem in its full dimensions. He also affirmed the imperative of incorporating the ecological economics of Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.</div> Paul M. Sweezy ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Metabolic Rift and the Human Microbiome <p>Metabolic rift theory can deepen our understanding of the human microbiota&mdash;organisms living on and inside of humans&mdash;and the ways that capitalism has disrupted these microbial ecosystems, with serious consequences for our health.</p> Michael Friedman ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 02 Jul 2018 04:47:58 -0400 Marx, Value, and Nature <p>In recent years ecological critiques of capitalism have deepened and multiplied, resulting in new debates over the conception, scope, and purpose of Marx's value theory and its relation to the natural world.</p> John Bellamy Foster ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0400