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Roberto Lovato’s Epic Memoir “Unforgetting” Bends the Space Time Continuum

by Freddy Jesse Izaguirre
“Lovato’s fresh voice, which some may erroneously categorize as ‘new,’ is that of a longtime revolutionary who’s lived a life as colorful as the ones he’s depicted through masterful storytelling.”

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Pre-Marxism in the Last Instance: A Review of Chantal Mouffe’s “For a Left Populism”

by Brant Roberts
“The current political order is riddled with obstacles along legal and economic lines, not to mention the concrete structure of the state, making social democratic reforms appear more utopian than communism.”

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Jusqu’ici Tout Va Bien: La Haine 25 Years Later

by Brant Roberts
“Amid rebellions throughout the US after the police-murder of George Floyd and the popular calls for abolishing the police, the messages of La Haine continue to be urgent, relevant, and important.”

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Review: Houston Bound – Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City by Tyina Steptoe

by Ahmed H. Sharma
“Employing vivid scholarship and strategic sources on race and ethnicity in Houston through sound, Steptoe successfully proves her vigor as an historian and scholar while simultaneously displaying her skills as a writer.”

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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.”