Monthly Archives: July 2017

Marxism and the crisis in retail

By Mattie Stardust “If you want to know about American history, just page through a Sears catalog!”   These words, no doubt meticulously crafted by a multi-million-dollar marketing firm, call to mind the Sears-Roebuck of the twentieth century. Once a fledgling mail order catalog, by mid-century Sears would become the largest department store chain in the U.S., boasting the tallest

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This Is Your Mind On Growth: The Addiction-Industrial Complex

By Matthew Kenner “We’re crazy, going crazy,” Kurt Vonnegut said in a 2006 Rolling Stone interview, “about petroleum. It’s a drug like crack cocaine.” In April 2007, I’d just recently started a stint in inpatient rehab as part of a plea agreement related to my July, 2006 arrest, at the age of 18, for cocaine distribution, when one of my

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Bernie Sanders: Not a Real Socialist

By Val Reynoso Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the hearts of millions when running in the 2016 US presidential election on the Democrat party ticket. Sanders described himself as a “democratic socialist,” and would usher in a “political revolution,” with more left leaning politics than what the mainstream establishment candidates had to offer. Despite Sanders being characterized as a socialist

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ALTHUSSER APOLOGISTS TO THE GULAG, or, on fear and loathing patriarchy in 2017

By Taryn Fivek Without comment, a comrade of mine passed me an interview with Louis Althusser that was recently published on the Verso blog. My eyes fell on these lines:   And then, there was the influence of my wife who had fought in the terrible resistance and who had taught me a lot, a lot. Everything has come to

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