News & Letters,
December 2004

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What's in store for the readers of News & Letters in 2005, the 50th anniversary of the birth of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S.?


After the death of Arafat: Is there a way forward for Palestine and Israel?

On the one hand, Arafat’s life and death embodied the claims of the Palestinian people to nationhood and therefore their own state. On the other hand, he represented the rankest opportunism and the politics of the gun. The grand illusion of Bush and Sharon is that with Arafat gone, they can now find "reasonable" Palestinian leaders who will accept a rump state in Gaza, those parts of the West Bank unoccupied by settlers, and this without any of Jerusalem. That is as great a mirage as was Bush’s dream of reconfiguring the Arab world in a pro-U.S. and pro-Israeli direction by invading Iraq in 2003.


Bush agenda: the clock is ticking

The clock is ticking. George W. Bush and his ultraconservative allies in Congress are in a hurry to consolidate their powers and institutionalize a regime of religious ideology and unrestrained capital accumulation. Why the rush?

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya

Marx's concept of labor

The hubris tossed on Marx's Marxism over the years has left us with something far different that his philosophy of revolution, especially the underpinnings of his view of workers as the gravediggers of capitalism. About clearing the theoretic debris, Dunayevskaya commented,  "The revolt of the laborer against his exploiter, the capitalist, was also directed against the ideology, the false consciousness, which represented him as what he is not."


A fresh look at Marcuse's 'Ontology'

We can discover in two of Marcuse's readings of Hegel's texts separated by almost a decade that Marcuse approached and then retreated from the idea that insufficient development of dialectical philosophy was the missing link in revolutions against capitalism.

Our Life and Times

Ukraine uprising

The November-December uprising surpassed anything seen in Ukraine since the 1920s. As in most peoples’ movements of this sort, winning over the rank and file of the repressive apparatus has been a key element in the struggle.

Brazil's Landless Workers Movement

The landless workers movement directly poses the question of whether an alternative to capitalism—not simply to neoliberal development—is possible. The movement's representatives, now on tour in the U.S., are asking that question while they build solidarity.


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