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> en-US <p>Please see <a title="Reprint Permissions" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here for reprint requests</a>.</p> (Monthly Review Archives) (Jamil Jonna) Tue, 01 Nov 2022 01:07:01 -0400 OJS 60 Strategies for Degrowth <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 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 End of Cold War Illusions <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 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Bhima Koregaon—Before the Law <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 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 What Comes after a Cycle of Protests? <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 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Anthropocene, Capitalocene, and Other "-Cenes" <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 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Notes from the Editors, November 2022 <div class="buynow"><a title="Back issue of Monthly Review Volume 74, Number 06 (November 2022)" href="">buy this issue</a></div> <p>The latest Review of the Month, written by Spanish geologist Carles Soriano, considers the implications of idea of the Capitalocene, the historical determinations affecting the study of the Earth Sciences, and how our views of the current planetary crisis are often shaped by inadequate narratives. Current approaches, he writes are "non-dialectic and non-materialist regarding the study of social reproduction modes, and this renders the whole understanding of the planetary crisis not only incomplete but idealist, for the capitalist mode is assumed as absolute rather than historical."</p> - Editors Copyright (c) 2022 Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Monthly Review in Historical Perspective <p><em>Monthly Review</em> was started in 1949 and is now in its forty-fourth year of publication, so you could say that <em>MR</em>'s existence is pretty much coterminous with the second half of the twentieth century. What have been the most important characteristics of this half century?</p> Paul M. Sweezy Copyright (c) 2022 Mon, 03 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Young Marx on Fetishism, Sexuality, and Religion: Revisiting the Bonn Notebooks <p>There is hardly any theme in Karl Marx's theoretical corpus that has garnered as much traction as his theory of fetishism. Ever since Marx introduced the term into his critique of political economy in <em>Capital</em>, fetishism became a field of theoretical force. While much ink has been spilled on the specific content and theoretical scope of fetishism in <em>Capital</em>, young Marx's initial exploration of the term has rarely enjoyed critical attention.</p> Kaan Kangal Copyright (c) 2022 Mon, 03 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0400 New York: Forest of Symbols <p>New York City is facing a crisis in its urban ecosystem. As wealthy developers and real estate mega-projects rupture the connections between people and the social and spatial webs making up the city's once-rich undergrowth, how can city-dwellers nurture and restore their metropolitan habitat?</p> Andy Merrifield Copyright (c) 2022 Mon, 03 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Some Lessons on Planning for the Twenty-First Century from the World's First Socialist Economy <p>The Soviet Union's efforts at centralized economic planning suffered greatly by neglecting to integrate cybernetics into a comprehensive model. Today, this cybernetic approach to economic planning is still blocked. The time has come to implement alternative planning in the form of an automated model that coordinates the activities of all industries and sectors of toward a prosperous and sustainable future.</p> Elena Veduta Copyright (c) 2022 Mon, 03 Oct 2022 00:00:00 -0400