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Re: The ADL Doubles Down on Opposing the Anti-Zionist Left | Mari Cohen and Isaac Scher | Jewish Currents

John Edmundson
 

I guess they see anti-zionism as a greater threat than actual antisemitism.


On Mon, 2 May 2022, 17:53 Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo, <kklcac@...> wrote:

https://jewishcurrents.org/the-adl-doubles-down-on-opposing-the-anti-zionist-left






Deborah Lipstadt vs. “The Oldest Hatred” | Mari Cohen | Jewish Currents

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo
 


Re: New Crackdown on working class of Belarus

Dayne Goodwin
 

On Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 4:11 AM Dayne Goodwin <daynegoodwin@...> wrote:
>
> On 19 April, the Belarusian KGB arrested more than a dozen trade union activists, including almost all the union leaders. Among them were President of Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) Alexandr Yarashuk, vice-president Siarhei Antusevich, and the head of the Free Belarusian Trade Union Mikalaj Sharakh. One of them, the head of Free Trade Union of Metal Workers (SPM) Aliaksandr Bukhvostau, had a heart problem and was taken to the hospital.
>
> For decades the independent trade union movement in Belarus has taken a strong stand against the dictatorial regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Despite a severe political crackdown, the BKDP has openly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demanded the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the territory of Belarus.
>
> Global unions, the ILO, Amnesty International, and others have already condemned the arrests.  We demand the immediate release of all the activists and stop the prosecution of independent trade unions in Belarus.
> https://www.labourstart.org/news/index2019.php
>
> https://www.labourstart.org/news/country.php?country=Belarus&langcode=en
>
>
> Trade union leaders arrested in Belarus
> https://www.svenssonstiftelsen.com/post/trade-union-leaders-arrested-in-belarus
> Updated: April 20
>
> The repression against the free trade unions in Belarus has escalated seriously. Today, 19th of April the leadership of the confederation Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Union (BKDP) has been arrested: At least 13 are in detention, including President Aliaksandr Yarashuk and Vice-President Siarhei Antusevich of BKDP, as well as the chairperson of the Belarusian Free Trade Union (SPB), Mikalaj Sharakh. This comes after the BKDP has expressed strong opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and one of its unions, the Belarusian Trade Union of Radioelectronic Industry Workers (REP) earlier this month was deemed by the regime as an "extremist" organisation. The charges are still not known.
>
> A search in the office of BKDP in Minsk took place today by KGB. Searches at the homes of Yarashuk and Antusevich has been held. PCs, flash cards, personal documents, passports, bank cards belonging to them and their family members, SIM cards of foreign mobile operators, union flags, everything with white-red-white ribbons, cups, flags, symbols, leaflets, and even books. The mobile phones of all BKDP office employees: lawyer, international secretary and media team officer are off. One of the office employees is taken to interrogation after the search in her apartment.
>
> The chairperson of the Belarusian Free Trade Union (SPB), Mikalaj Sharakh, was also arrested as he was riding his bike to take part in a court hearing in Polotsk, and his house and apartment was searched.
>
> The independent trade unions received the Arthur Svensson Prize last year
>
> The «Arthur Svensson International Prize for Trade Union Rights» was last year awarded to the independent trade union movement in Belarus, represented by the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) and its affiliates. They received the award for their fearless struggle for democracy and fundamental trade union rights in Europe's last dictatorship.
>
> Belarus is considered one of the worst countries in the world for violating workers' rights. Human rights organizations have for many years expressed deep concern about the human rights violations in the country; «disappearances», police violence and lack of freedom of expression and association. Despite the Lukashenko regime's attempts to take control of the independent unions and complicate recruitment, organizing and regular trade union activity, they have never given up and have continued to work for its members.
>
> In connection with the presidential election in the autumn of 2020, where the result was obviously falsified, the situation in the country deteriorated further. All forms of opposition have been cracked down on through heavy police brutality, imprisonment and harassment. The independent trade union movement became central early in the fight against the falsification of the election result and the fight for democracy. There was a wave of strikes, actions and demonstrations demanding the cancellation of the election results and the release of all political prisoners.
>
> The strikes and demonstrations then were met with terror, mass arrests and torture. A number of trade union representatives and activists were fired from their jobs, and many have been imprisoned or forced to flee the country. Union offices have been raided and closed.
>
> Last August the authorities ordered the dissolution of the journalists’ union BAJ and arrested more than 20 democracy supporters. In September, activists from the Belarusian Independent Trade Union (BITU) and members of the ITUC-affiliated Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) were arrested, detained and subjected to searches by the state security services.
>
> ILO has called on the government to restore the rights of workers
>
> The ILO Committee of Experts has called on the government of Belarus to restore the rights and freedoms of workers without delay (Here is the full ILO report on Belarus (page 104-115)). It urges the government to take measures for the release of all trade unionists who remain in detention and for dropping of all charges related to participation in peaceful protest action in 2020; refrain from arrest, detention and harassment, including prosecution, of trade union leaders and members engaged in legitimate trade union activities.
>
> The Committee has urged the Government to ensure that there are no obstacles to the registration of trade unions, both in law and in practice; put an end to interference in the formation of trade unions, including in private companies.


On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 9:49 AM Anthony Boynton <anthony.boynton@...> wrote:
Belarus' dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, is Putin's closest ally. Much of the invasion of Ukraine has been staged from Belarus. The working class of Belarus has protested the invasion and there have been many reported incidents of sabotage against Russian military trains and transport moving through the country. Now, the top leaders of almost all of the country's unions have been rounded up and arrested. Global unions, the ILO, Amnesty International, and others have already condemned the arrests and called for a stop of repression against Belarusian Trade Unions. 




Re: The New Turn in Ukraine: Putin’s War Becomes Biden’s War

Dayne Goodwin
 

Excellent as usual, thank you Michael K.
good point John E.
dayne

On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 7:41 PM John Edmundson <johnedmundson4@...> wrote:

Just a minor point in relation to Mike's post:
"Indonesia, was eventually defeated (with the aid of a change in imperialist policy)."

This was true of East Timor, but clearly not true for the much larger West Papua, which is still subject to brutal occupation by Indonesian forces, and the settlement of Indonesians which skews the population balance.

Otherwise, I find Mike's contribution to this important discussion thought provoking and helpful.

On Sun, May 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM Michael Karadjis <mkaradjis@...> wrote:
John Reimann quotes the author: "If Putin now offered a ceasefire in
order to negotiate the status of the Donbass republics and to assert
other Russian needs and interests, would the U.S. and Ukraine be
justified in refusing to talk in order to punish or “weaken” him?" He
answers his question: "Of course not!"

To add to John's response: there is just so much unreality in all
these discussions that begin with such statements. "Would the US and
Ukraine be justified" etc? The US and Ukraine are two different
countries. The US can do what it wants, but Ukraine is under invasion
and occupation. Ukraine is fighting for its existence. If it decides
it wants to fight on in order to get as much of its country back as it
can and to be able to exert a stronger position at the inevitable
bargaining table, that is up to Ukraine, not the US or western
leftists who believe they know better. If Ukraine decides it can't
handle the superior Russian firepower any longer and is forced to sign
a ceasefire with humiliating conditions, that is up to Ukraine, not up
to the US or western leftists who think they know better. Ukraine's
decisions, in other words, should not be subject to the approval of
either imperialism or the imperial left.

Now the assumptions in a lot of these endless articles spouting the
wisdom of "negotiations" etc is that Russia is just dying to negotiate
(and has "reasonable" concerns or demands), and Ukraine would also be
ready to negotiate, just that the US is apparently opposed to
negotiations, opposed to any concessions to Russia, and is either
"banning" Ukraine from negotiating or compromising, or at least is
pumping in so many arms in order to encourage Ukraine to continue
fighting and not negotiate.

Trouble is, this scenario is entirely fictional. No-one making these
endless statements has ever presented any evidence. They just made it
up, because it fits their schema that this is a war being waged by US
imperialism, rather than the actual war being waged by Russian
imperialism against its former colony that stares anyone in the face
that wants to look.
. . .


Re: US on brink of recklessness in Ukraine

Dayne Goodwin
 

I haven't been able to attend to the internet or marxmail as much as usual lately.  When i read one of Bradley's recent typically brilliant analyses of the misleaders of the U.S. 'left' - the "counter-hegemonist" de facto supporters of Russian imperialism - i intended to get back to it, read it carefully and share some thoughts of mine.  Now, again without much time i'm not able to quickly find the post.  So i'm just going to go ahead with my comment.

I think it is useful to understand that the 'one-sided anti-imperialists' have an ultraleft strategic political perspective, what Lenin called "Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder"  https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/index.htm   I first began to understand the nature of ultraleftism in 1970 when i read the text of a talk by Peter Camejo on strategy for the anti-Vietnam War movement, "Liberalism, ultraleftism or mass action" https://www.marxists.org/archive/camejo/1970/ultraleftismormassaction.htm   Around the same time i listened to a talk Camejo gave at an August 1970 SWP national educational conference at Oberlin College.  In that talk Camejo used the metaphor of tuning into a station on the radio: there is no simple method for 'tuning into correct' revolutionary socialist strategy.  We have to do our best to develop an appropriate strategic perspective for the class struggle conjuncture and adjust tactics based on concrete analysis of the current situation.  You can get lost in the static of getting off track to the left or to the right of the 'revolutionary socialist pathway/station.'

It is important to be aware of the relationship between reformism and ultraleftism, both similarly off-track from revolutionary socialist strategy.  You will observe that individuals and organizations can readily slip from one to the other, sometimes even simultaneously holding to bits of both fallacious approaches.  Professional misleaders of the working class (i.e. trade union bureaucrats, Stalinists, career bourgeois politicians) prefer reformist class collaboration but can readily go ultraleft 'revolutionary' for perceived political advantage.  I think the widespread current 'left-wing communism' among U.S. radicals is primarily a product of ignorance and inexperience, relying on a simplistic assumption that revolutionary strategy flows from a singular focus on attacking apparent U.S. capitalist class geopolitics instead or organizing around workers interests and working class struggle.

Keep up your good work Bradley.  You have far more intellectual energy, resources and capacity than i do.


On Sun, May 1, 2022 at 6:45 PM Anthony Boynton <anthony.boynton@...> wrote:
Brad, would you please tone down your rhetorical excesses? Like this one,

"Guilt by association?  We leave such sentiments for our secretly pro-Russian opponents to sort out among themselves, their subjective traumas - assuming they have any consciousness at all of the reality of the world situation - of no concern to us on the honest and politically correct side of this issue, as we, and not they, are able to accurately address the larger world historical context within which the Russo-Ukraine War takes place."

Since neither you nor anyone else knows who is "secretly pro-Russian", nor do any of us know anything about the subjective traumas of other contributors, what is the point of this kind of rhetoric?

You would be more likely to persuade those who have not taken a side, and those who are genuinely confused, by making your points without these rhetorical flourishes which, IMHO, detract from what you are trying to say.

Anthony


On Sun, May 1, 2022 at 2:44 PM Bradley Mayer <blmayer062@...> wrote:
"NATO recklessness" is also the current theme taken up by the Duginist "Saker", see the current, fatuously titled "Sitrep": https://thesaker.is/sitrep-operation-z-17/

How timely! 

Guilt by association?  We leave such sentiments for our secretly pro-Russian opponents to sort out among themselves, their subjective traumas - assuming they have any consciousness at all of the reality of the world situation - of no concern to us on the honest and politically correct side of this issue, as we, and not they, are able to accurately address the larger world historical context within which the Russo-Ukraine War takes place.

Here we simply point out that our "left" opponents march thematically in close lockstep with extremely toxic, reactionary elements.  Particularly reprehensible is the political line that portrays Russian military reversals as a "misfortune" that only encourages "NATO recklessness" a la Saker's own fears.  Putin's repeated rattling of the nuclear saber - the real "recklessness" - is intended to bolster the "antiwar" and "peace" forces in the NATO countries, an example of how the Putin regime can deftly work both sides of the political street in the service of Russian foreign policy.  The Putinists even hand out to their supporters toy plastic "nuke" replicas to wave at us.

A clearer pro-Russian position could not be found short of shouting "Victory to Russia!" itself.  At "best" this is a politics of appeasement of the global Far Right.  This differs not one iota from the systematic liberal capitalist "regime" appeasement of the Far Right in all of the NATO countries.  A coherent political circle of contradiction is closed when we realize that our opponents on the "Left" will be the very same who will tell us to vote for the "lesser evil" - that is, assert the systematic alliance of their version of the Left with the liberal capitalist regime - pointing to the same "scary" Far Right in each of our own countries in NATOLand.  These are the very same liberal imperialists accused of "recklessness" in regards to Russia.

Putin's Russia constitutes the most reactionary right wing political regime in all of Europe today.  Agree or disagree?  If one disagrees, present a comparative analysis of all the European regimes, from Spain, the UK and France, all the way to Russia that refutes this characterization.  Please go ahead and present a serious perspective!

One might find that any refutation must begin with the one country that may be able to compete in the reactionary capitalist sweepstakes.  Unfortunately it is not a European country at all, it's the United States!  However we will have to wait until 2024 for the competition to truly begin, after the Trump-endorsed President DeSantis, or perhaps simply Trump himself in a latter day Grover Cleveland encore, assume command of the absolutely most reactionary Federal "trifecta" in all of US history, including that of the Antebellum years before the American Civil War, where the slaveowners had permanently lost control of Congress in the 1850's. 

Perhaps then President DeSantis/Trump and the Putinists might compare notes, and realize they are on the same side of issues like LGBTQ+ rights, or on "Cultural Marxist Critical Race Theory" subversion and pollution of the "purity of the national spirit" and the rest of the ideological fetishes of the Far Right.   Under the banner of America First, that realization will prompt President DeSantis/Trump to tamp down on the "NATO recklessness"  in the interest of Far Right global "solidarity".  

A Far Right condominium over Europe appears to present the "best antiwar" prospect for "world peace", the stated goal of our opponents in the Left.  That would be a peace of the grave for any and all values associated with human progress, advancement and civilization, a sepulture sealed by the fossil fueled refusal of US/Russia to attempt to take any action against capitalgenic climate change.

This is the end that our present Left "leadership" is misleading us to.   Time to awaken from political bed and catch a whiff of one's political bedfellows, O Misleaders!  


Re: The New Turn in Ukraine: Putin’s War Becomes Biden’s War

John Edmundson
 

Just a minor point in relation to Mike's post:
"Indonesia, was eventually defeated (with the aid of a change in imperialist policy)."

This was true of East Timor, but clearly not true for the much larger West Papua, which is still subject to brutal occupation by Indonesian forces, and the settlement of Indonesians which skews the population balance.

Otherwise, I find Mike's contribution to this important discussion thought provoking and helpful.

Comradely,
John

On Tue, May 3, 2022 at 7:42 AM Marv Gandall <marvgand2@...> wrote:
Thanks to Michael K. for referring us to the Foreign Affairs article by the well-connected and influential US strategist Richard Haass. Haass has been, among other things, a senior official in the State department and bipartisan advisor to both Republican and Democratic administrations.
 
His article is a sophisticated rendering of the various scenarios and policy alternatives facing both the US/NATO/Ukraine axis and the Russians in the current conflict.

However, I do not agree with Michael that Haass' view "seems to come closer to the actual US view and behaviour" than the current direction of the Biden administration.

In contradiction to its escalated rhetoric and support of Ukraine, Hass counsels that "success for now could consist of a winding down of hostilities, with Russia possessing no more territory than it held before the recent invasion and continuing to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction...things would stand more or less where they did before the invasion, with Russia occupying Crimea and exercising de facto control through its proxies over parts of the Donbas. Such a future would come about if Ukraine clawed back some of what Russia has gained over the past two months but if neither Ukraine nor Russia were able to achieve decisive military progress.”
 
He wants the administration to play the long game because “in the near term, Western success will be highly unlikely to involve a peace treaty, a true end to the conflict, or regime change in Russia. His sales pitch to his US and NATO colleagues is that “over time, the West could employ a mix of sanctions and diplomacy in an effort to achieve a full Russian military withdrawal from Ukraine. Such success would be far from perfect, just preferable to the alternatives."
 
"This outcome could be acceptable to Ukraine, which has a powerful incentive to end a war that has caused so much death and destruction. It would be peace at a price, but potentially a price worth paying. And in principle, Putin, too, might support such an outcome, judging that there was little to gain from continuing the fight. If, as part of this scenario, Ukraine agreed not to join NATO, he might also calculate he could persuade many Russians that the country had won the war, even if it didn’t acquire much territory. If such a consensus emerged, it would be one worth supporting."

Agreed. 



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Re: an American defector in Germany

Michael Meeropol
 

thanks Marv --- I thought it would work but ...


On Mon, May 2, 2022 at 7:18 PM Marv Gandall <marvgand2@...> wrote:
Your link doesn't work, Michael. But I believe you're referring to this article:

https://victorgrossmansberlinbulletin.wordpress.com/2022/05/02/war-and-peace/

Which is very good, BTW!  Thanks for posting.
_._,_._,_


Re: an American defector in Germany

Marv Gandall
 

Your link doesn't work, Michael. But I believe you're referring to this article:

https://victorgrossmansberlinbulletin.wordpress.com/2022/05/02/war-and-peace/

Which is very good, BTW!  Thanks for posting.


Re: US on brink of recklessness in Ukraine

John Reimann
 

I wasn't clear if this post by Barry Brooks simply is the text of the article or if it represents his point of view or both. In case it represents his point of view, would he please let us know what are his sources of information and news for it. If that is too specific, I'd be interested in knowing his sources for his views in general.

Thank you.

John Reimann

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Question re: sources of information

John Reimann
 

Question: I've been trying to find out what are the main sources of information and news for those who take the position more or less like that of Code Pink, etc. regarding Ukraine. I'm referring to the position that more or less blames both sides and sees the expansion of NATO as being a major culprit in this war. Those who take this view often tend to see the fascists, including the Azov (former) Battalion, as a major force in Ukrainian society.

Can anybody help me with that? Anybody who has a view close to that tell me their sources? Anybody who knows others with that view know that those others' sources are?

thanks.

John Reimann

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an American defector in Germany

Michael Meeropol
 

"Victor Grossman" is an American who as a GI in 1951, swam across a river into what was then East Germany and defected.  He has been a German citizen ever since and writes what he calls the BERLIN BULLETIN.   (He has also authored a memoir and at least one history....)

His latest about Ukraine is heartfelt and interesting --





Re: The New Turn in Ukraine: Putin’s War Becomes Biden’s War

Marv Gandall
 

Thanks to Michael K. for referring us to the Foreign Affairs article by the well-connected and influential US strategist Richard Haass. Haass has been, among other things, a senior official in the State department and bipartisan advisor to both Republican and Democratic administrations.
 
His article is a sophisticated rendering of the various scenarios and policy alternatives facing both the US/NATO/Ukraine axis and the Russians in the current conflict.

However, I do not agree with Michael that Haass' view "seems to come closer to the actual US view and behaviour" than the current direction of the Biden administration.

In contradiction to its escalated rhetoric and support of Ukraine, Hass counsels that "success for now could consist of a winding down of hostilities, with Russia possessing no more territory than it held before the recent invasion and continuing to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction...things would stand more or less where they did before the invasion, with Russia occupying Crimea and exercising de facto control through its proxies over parts of the Donbas. Such a future would come about if Ukraine clawed back some of what Russia has gained over the past two months but if neither Ukraine nor Russia were able to achieve decisive military progress.”
 
He wants the administration to play the long game because “in the near term, Western success will be highly unlikely to involve a peace treaty, a true end to the conflict, or regime change in Russia. His sales pitch to his US and NATO colleagues is that “over time, the West could employ a mix of sanctions and diplomacy in an effort to achieve a full Russian military withdrawal from Ukraine. Such success would be far from perfect, just preferable to the alternatives."
 
"This outcome could be acceptable to Ukraine, which has a powerful incentive to end a war that has caused so much death and destruction. It would be peace at a price, but potentially a price worth paying. And in principle, Putin, too, might support such an outcome, judging that there was little to gain from continuing the fight. If, as part of this scenario, Ukraine agreed not to join NATO, he might also calculate he could persuade many Russians that the country had won the war, even if it didn’t acquire much territory. If such a consensus emerged, it would be one worth supporting."

Agreed. 


Re: chomsky-calls-trump-the-one-western-statesman-with-a-sensible-plan-for-resolving-russia-ukraine-crisis

Bradley Mayer
 

Mr. Chomsky is nothing if not honest.

"Chomsky added that Trump is not his “favorite person” and thinks “he’s the most dangerous person maybe in history.”
 
But let’s tell the truth: he’s the one person who’s said it and it’s the right way out,” he said. “Others have said it too but not in high positions.”
 
"Watch above, via EduKitchen (h/t Glenn Greenwald)"

It is likely a mistake to assume that Trump would have a consistent policy toward Russia, Ukraine or NATO.  But, yes, let's tell the whole truth:  A world Left that does not come done four-square for the defense of Ukranian self-determination in the face of predatory Russian aggression - a state that, as a parasitic exporter of Russian-owned and state-protected monopoly capital, in fossil fuels, in agricultural products, and in military ordinance, absolutely fits Lenin's definition of imperialism - is a world Left that is objectively, this meaning whether it likes to think so or not,  in league with the world Far Right positively sympathetic with the political character of the Putin regime.  

It is left to others to reconcile the characterization of Trump as "the most dangerous person maybe in history", with Trump the bringer of peace to Europe.


5/7 Saturday: John Bellamy Foster on Ecology, Marcello Musto on Communism, 2:00 p.m.

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5/7 Saturday: John Bellamy Foster on Ecology, Marcello Musto on Communism, 2:00 p.m.

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John Bellamy Foster & Marcello Musto

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This event is co-produced with the Marxist Education Project (NYC) and Monthly Review.

Musto and Foster speak to their chapters in The Marx Revival: Key Concepts and New Interpretations.

About the book: The planet is in deep trouble because of capitalism, and Karl Marx, freed from the chains of “real socialism,” is being rediscovered all around the world as the thinker who provided us with its most insightful critique. The Marx Revival is the best, most complete and most modern guide to Marx’s ideas that has appeared since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Written by highly reputed international experts, in a clear form accessible to a wider public, it brings together the liveliest and most thought-provoking contemporary interpretations of Marx’s work. It presents what he actually wrote in respect of 22 key concepts, the areas that require updating as a result of changes since the late-nineteenth century, and the reasons why it is still of such relevance in today’s world. The result is a collection that will prove indispensable both for specialists and for a new generation approaching Marx’s work for the first time.

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), Trump in the White House: Tragedy and Farce (2017), The Robbery of Nature: Capitalism and the Ecological Rift (with Brett Clark, 2020), and The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology (2020).

Marcello Musto is Professor of Sociology at York University (Toronto– Canada) and is acknowledged globally as one of the authors who has made significant contributions to the revival of Marx studies over the last decade. His major writings comprise Another Marx: Early Manuscripts to the International (Bloomsbury, 2018); and The Last Years of Karl Marx: An Intellectual Biography (Stanford University Press, 2020). Among his edited books there are Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years Later (Routledge, 2008); Marx for Today (Routledge 2012); Workers Unite! The International 150 Years Later (Bloomsbury, 2014); Marx’s Capital after 150 Years: Critique and Alternative to Capitalism, (Routledge, 2019); The Marx Revival: Key Concepts and New Interpretations (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Karl Marx’s Writings on Alienation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021); and Rethinking Alternatives with Marx: Economy, Ecology and Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). His writings– available at www.MarcelloMusto.org– have been published worldwide in twenty-five languages. Musto is also the editor of the book series Marx, Engels, Marxisms (Palgrave Macmillan) and Critiques and Alternatives to Capitalism (Routledge).

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