Monthly Review 2022-12-02T04:36:17-05:00 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> Mining Capital and the Indonesian State 2022-12-02T04:36:17-05:00 Arianto Sangadji <p>Arianto Sangadji traces the relationship between the state and mining capital in Indonesia throughout the historical capitalist development of the country from Dutch colonialism to the contemporary practices of multinational mining corporations. While these powerful firms have generated significant profits, they are also associated with dispossession, environmental degradation, and ruthless labor exploitation, spurring resistance from the local populations.</p> 2022-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Crypto Convulsions, Digital Delusions, and the Inexorable Logic of Finance Capitalism 2022-12-02T04:33:03-05:00 Ramaa Vasudevan <p>The crypto winter, Ramaa Vasudevan writes, is here. Cryptocurrency, far from being a democratizing force in finance, has led to only further concentrations of wealth and power and increased precarity within the financial sector. The recent fall of Sam Bankman-Fried is only the beginning.</p> 2022-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Luisa Cáceres Commune-Building in Urban Venezuela 2022-12-02T04:30:01-05:00 Chris Gilbert <p>A visit to a Venezuelan commune reveals a fascinating look into the creative ways communards forge ways of life in urban centers, and how these projects intersect with the much-needed transformations required for a grassroots and socially integrated ecology.</p> 2022-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2022 The Return of the Dialectics of Nature 2022-12-02T04:26:25-05:00 John Bellamy Foster <p>John Bellamy Foster takes readers back to Marx's understanding of the dialectics of nature and society. As Marx and Engels noted, humanity must not only struggle for the advancement of human freedom, but also the capitalist destruction of the earth. Today, the struggle for freedom and the struggle for necessity coincide everywhere on the planet for the first time in human history, creating a prospect of ruin or revolution.</p> 2022-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Notes from the Editors, December 2022 2022-12-02T04:18:14-05:00 - Editors <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 74, Number 07 (December 2022)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>This month's "Notes from the Editors" takes on the Biden Administration's recently released <em>National Security Strategy</em>, a bellicose document that rattles sabers towards the supposed autocracies of Russia and China while reviving the age-old lie of the United States as protector of democracy.</p> 2022-12-01T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Strategies for Degrowth 2022-11-01T00:40:05-04:00 Mariko Frame <p>Mariko Frame reviews <em>The Future is Degrowth: A Guide to the World Beyond Capitalism</em>, by Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter, and Aaron Vansintjan (Verso, 2022) and its explorations of the policies, vision, and strategies for social change required for the burgeoning movement.</p> 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2022 End of Cold War Illusions 2022-11-01T00:37:37-04:00 Harry Magdoff Paul M. Sweezy <p>In this reprint of the February 1994 "Notes from the Editors," former <em>MR</em> editors Harry Magdoff and Paul M. Sweezy ask: "The United States could not have won a more decisive victory in the Cold War. Why, then, does it continue to act as though the Cold War is still on?"</p> 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Bhima Koregaon—Before the Law 2022-11-01T00:35:39-04:00 Saroj Giri <p>Bhima Koregaon is that rare sequence in Indian politics today that can challenge reveal the true powers of being able to retroactively "change the past" in order to liberate the future, much in the manner of Marx's historical materialism. The case, Saroj Giri writes, forces us to revisit the question of historical oppression based on caste from within the present, and beckons us to reject the capitalist accelerationist-futurist "progressive politics" of much of the left, taking us closer to the class struggle of Marx.</p> 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2022 What Comes after a Cycle of Protests? 2022-11-01T00:32:49-04:00 Magdalena Muszel Grzegorz Piotrowski <p>Two years after the peak of the 2020 street protests for reproductive rights in Poland, Magdalena Muszel and Grzegorz Piotrowski explore the movement's effects on Polish society. Despite the dissipating energy of the participants and continued intransigence of most major parties, this cycle of protests shifted the values and political preferences of specific gender and age groups, as well as affecting the common perception of protest movements in Poland.</p> 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Other "-Cenes" 2022-11-01T00:29:44-04:00 Carles Soriano <p>The perception that we are living in a critical historical period regarding the conditions of habitability on Earth—not only for humans but for many other living organisms too—is gaining more and more adepts among common people, academics, politicians, and social movements. This critical period has been typified as the planetary crisis of the Anthropocene Epoch and studies undertaken in the present century show that habitability on Earth is progressively deteriorating.</p> 2022-11-01T00:00:00-04:00 Copyright (c) 2022