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Bullet #1208: The Uses and Abuses of 'Civil Society'

by Ellen Meiksins Wood | January 19, 2016

The death of Ellen Wood on January 14, 2016 represents an immense loss for socialists everywhere. As a frequent contributor to the Socialist Register since her first essay in 1980, special co-editor of the 1995 volume on Why Not Capitalism, and a member of the Register’s editorial collective from 1996 to 2009, her depth of socialist commitment, theoretical originality and profound insight may best be gauged from this excerpt from her essay on “The uses and abuses of ‘civil society’” in the Socialist Register 1990: The Retreat of the Intellectuals.

What's New: Refusing to Choose Between Martin and Malcolm

| January 18, 2016

The triple-threat crisis of racism, militarism and materialism continues to define the American empire: unprecedented levels of racially-biased incarceration, increasingly disempowering and divided educational systems based on race and class, and statistics which show that Blacks are 9 times more likely to be killed by police. Despite a President (in an extraordinary act of self-denial) proclaiming in his final major address that there is no Black America, the evidence suggests that we are living in a particularly dangerous period of time, particularly if you are or know a young person of African descent.

Bullet #1207: The "New Turkey's" Test With Freedom of Thought and Expression: Resurgent Fascism?

by Kansu Yildirim | January 18, 2016

The petition by the Academicians for Peace in Turkey has resulted in an assault against the academic community of the country, which resembles the practices of the military junta of the September 12 1980, coup d'état. The petition itself and the reactions for/against it have gained a different momentum following the increasing pressure by the AKP (the governing political power) via various channels such as university administrations, legal bodies and partisan media organizations.

What's New: Chomsky hits back at Erdogan

| January 17, 2016

The leftwing U.S. academic Noam Chomsky has hit back at Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Turkish president accused him of ignorance and sympathising with terrorists. Hours after Tuesday's bomb attack on a tourist area of Istanbul, Erdogan delivered a sneering criticism of Chomsky and “so-called intellectuals” who had signed a letter calling on Turkey to end the “deliberate massacre” of Kurdish people in the south east of the country.

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January 17, 2016

Moderated by Linda Kealey. Presentation by: Leo Panitch. Recorded in Peterborugh, 24 October 2015.

What's New: Capitalism and Its Current Crisis

by Prabhat Patnaik | January 16, 2016

The “thirty-year crisis” of capitalism, which encompassed two world wars and the Great Depression, was followed by a period that some economists call the Golden Age of capitalism. Today, however, capitalism is once again enmeshed in a crisis that portends far-reaching consequences. I am not referring here to the mere phenomenon of the generally slower average growth that has marked the system since the mid-1970s. Rather, I am talking specifically of the crisis that started with the collapse of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007-8 and which, far from abating, is only becoming more pronounced.

What's New: Not so much Anti-Boycott as Pro-Israel

by David Palumbo-Liu | January 16, 2016

The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm, aspires to be “a resource to bring reason, history, and sound information to campuses confronting the BDS agenda.” The editors clearly feel their book has accomplished that -- Cary Nelson has awarded it five stars in his “review” of his own book on Amazon.

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