Monthly Review https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr <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="http://monthlyreview.org/about" 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="https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here for reprint requests</a>.</p> Mining Capital and the Indonesian State https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6181 <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> Arianto Sangadji Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-12-01 2022-12-01 46 62 10.14452/MR-074-07-2022-11_4 Crypto Convulsions, Digital Delusions, and the Inexorable Logic of Finance Capitalism https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6180 <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> Ramaa Vasudevan Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-12-01 2022-12-01 29 45 10.14452/MR-074-07-2022-11_3 Luisa Cáceres Commune-Building in Urban Venezuela https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6179 <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> Chris Gilbert Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-12-01 2022-12-01 21 28 10.14452/MR-074-07-2022-11_2 The Return of the Dialectics of Nature https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6178 <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> John Bellamy Foster Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-12-01 2022-12-01 1 20 10.14452/MR-074-07-2022-11_1 Notes from the Editors, December 2022 https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6177 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 74, Number 07 (December 2022)" href="https://monthlyreview.org/product/mr-074-07-2022-11/">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> - Editors Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-12-01 2022-12-01 c2 63 10.14452/MR-074-07-2022-11_0 Strategies for Degrowth https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6176 <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> Mariko Frame Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 58 61 10.14452/MR-074-06-2022-10_5 End of Cold War Illusions https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6175 <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> Harry Magdoff Paul M. Sweezy Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 54 56 10.14452/MR-074-06-2022-10_4 Bhima Koregaon—Before the Law https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6174 <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> Saroj Giri Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 43 52 10.14452/MR-074-06-2022-10_3 What Comes after a Cycle of Protests? https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6173 <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> Magdalena Muszel Grzegorz Piotrowski Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 30 42 10.14452/MR-074-06-2022-10_2 Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Other "-Cenes" https://monthlyreviewarchives.org/mr/article/view/6172 <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> Carles Soriano Copyright (c) 2022 https://monthlyreview.org/contact/reprint-permissions/ 2022-11-01 2022-11-01 1 29 10.14452/MR-074-06-2022-10_1