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Contemporary Capitalism and Temporal Control in Sarah Sharma’s In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics

by Duy Lap Nguyen
“The same extension occurs in Sharma’s chronography of flexible capitalism. In her critique of Marx’s quantitative conception of temporal control, the ontology of value determined by labor is never called into question.”

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Review of “Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy: Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism” by Kohei Saito

by Adam Benden
“The book is of interest for Marxist scholarship but also clearly seeks to catalyze a shift in politics in ecology and environmental politics as well. An ecosocialist Marx is being excavated to return to the necessity of his analysis to challenge capitalism’s destruction of the environment.”

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Review of “Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands” by Stuart Hall

by Brant Roberts
“Stuart Hall is arguably one of the most important Marxist intellectuals of the past century. That Familiar Stranger ends in 1964 is one of its weaknesses, but it provides a glimpse into the early life of one of Britain’s most important theorists.”

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A Futurism without a Future: A Review of Aaron Bastani’s “Fully Automated Luxury Communism”

by Brant Roberts
“For Bastani, it is easier to imagine mining asteroids and a work-free utopia than to imagine unalienated labor and socialism.”

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Review of Kristen Ghodsee’s “Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism”

by Brant Roberts
“In short, the author walks a fine line between conservative criticism of socialism and uncritically embracing the system, all while asking the readers to take into account what could work for everyone in a democratic-socialist future.”

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Review of Joshua Moufawad-Paul’s “Demarcation and Demystification: Philosophy and Its Limits”

by Adam Benden
“For Moufawad-Paul, philosophy as it appears to operate in the book would eventually remove the veil of ideology and class distortion to allow us to see reality, bare and naked, as it really exists. It implies that philosophical errors will no longer exist once the communist revolution is successful because the terrain and theory after a revolution will be a truly unmediated experience of reality without the ideological distortions of class society.”

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Review of Nick Estes’ “Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance”

by Brant Roberts
“The radical kernel of the book is that today’s Indigenous political struggles are reflections of past struggles both in resistance to settler-colonialism and the violence imposed against them.”

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Alain Badiou’s Hypothesis and the Arab Left as Contemporaries of May 68

by Dabya
“What united them was not the vocabulary of classes or proletarian leadership, but the vocabulary of revolution and change in the broadest sense. For those who incorporated their bodies, thoughts, affects, and potentialities into a certain political truth procedure, and who became ‘militant[s] of this truth,’ the change had to look a certain way..”

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“Whose Identity is Mistaken?” A Review of Asad Haider’s “Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump”

by Brant Roberts
“Asad Haider’s Mistaken Identity takes the reader down a different path, one bent on collective liberation through what he terms ‘insurgent universality’.”

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Review of Massimiliano Tomba’s “Insurgent Universality: An Alternative Legacy of Modernity”

by Brant Roberts
“The book is rich in potential for rethinking what kind of future we would like to strive towards and deals with lost moments in history that have often been overlooked by both historians and socialists alike.”