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‘The Dawn of Everything’ gets human history wrong [ClimateAndCapitalism.com]

[This post originally appeared on ClimateAndCapitalism.com on December 17, 2021. The Dawn of Everything is available for purchase at LeftWingBooks.net; these reviews and the introductory text are from Monthly Review Online, where this content is mirrored from: https://mronline.org/2021/12/20/the-dawn-of-everything-gets-human-history-wrong/]   Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Two materialist critiques of …

Ecological Leninism: Friend or Foe? by Gabriel Kuhn

A joint review by Gabriel Kuhn of Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century (Verso, 2020) and How to Blow up a Pipeline (Verso, 2021) by Andreas Malm, both of which are distributed by leftwingbooks.net. This review first appeared on Kuhn’s new website https://lefttwothree.org/   Andreas Malm first received wider recognition …

Prospects for Anti-Capitalism in a Divided World, by Yuriy Dergunov

Review of the book: Lauesen T. (2018) The Global Perspective. Reflections on Imperialism and Resistance, Montreal: Kersplebedeb. Torkil Lauesen’s book The Global Perspective. Reflections on Imperialism and Resistance is written from a perspective that can be described as Third Worldist Marxism. For its author, such views are not just theoretical …

‘The “Dangerous Class” and Revolutionary Theory: Thoughts on the Making of the Lumpen/Proletariat’ by J. Sakai reviewed by Joshua Moufawad-Paul

(mirrored from Marx & Philosophy Review of Books) Sakai has always been provocative. His work, when it is not relegated to obscurity, is treated as either sacrosanct or heretical, and so it is very difficult to review his most recent book without capitulating to this binary. Moreover, his work is a …

A Threat of the First Magnitude, reviewed by Don Hamerquist

The recent book by Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher, “A Threat of the First Magnitude”, focuses on the FBI counterinsurgency operation against the Maoist sector of the left during the decade after 1968. The book provides important, impressively substantiated, insights into the development and application of state counterinsurgency theory and …