Promote Parenti, not Slavoj Zizek

Zoltan Zigedy


In a blistering evisceration of phoney Marxists, ZOLTAN ZIGEDY excoriates those academics and their dupes who peddle trendy nonsense that was never a threat to capitalism

GOOGLE knows that I have an abiding interest in Marxism. Consequently, I receive frequent links to articles that Google’s algorithms select as popular or influential.

Consistently at the top of the list are articles by or about the irrepressible Slavoj Zizek.Read More »

US news media: Shifts towards emotional appeals, and ownership of media

A Journal of People report

A RAND Corporation study finds: Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals.

The study report – News in a Digital Age, Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms – released earlier this week, argues that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is “more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.”Read More »

Class struggle at the video games console

by Ben Cowles

BEN COWLES recommends an excellent Marxist critique of the video-games industry


Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers and Class Struggle

by Jamie Woodcock

(Haymarket Books, £12.99)

ON THE face of it, Marxists might not seem to have all that much to say about video games and gamers might not necessarily have all that much interest in Marx. But Jamie Woodcock’s brilliant book explains why they both should.Read More »

Iranian communists call for peace as US threatens war

by Steve Sweeney

Morning Star | May 16, 2019

IRANIAN communists have called for unity among the country’s progressives striving for peace in response to US sabre-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran.

The Tudeh Party noted “a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in recent days.Read More »

British firefighters stand with Spanish comrade who faces jail for rescuing migrants

by Marcus Barnett

Morning Star | May 16, 2019

“WE stand with you” was British firefighters’ defiant message to a Spanish firefighter facing prison time for saving drowning refugees.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) meeting at the union’s conference gave four standing ovations today to Miguel Roldan, a firefighter based in Seville in southern Spain.Read More »

‘You’ll always have a comrade in Parliament,’ Rayner tells firefighters

by Marcus Barnett

Morning Star | May 17, 2019

ANGELA RAYNER told firefighters today: “You will always have a sister and comrade in Parliament.”

Speaking at the FBU’s Blackpool conference, the shadow education secretary and former union representative told delegates: “I will always say what needs to be said — because we as a party have pussyfooted around what needs to be said for far too long.Read More »

Cuba and China do not forget their roots


López Miera stressed that many Chinese fought alongside Maceo, who left their mark due to their combative self-sacrifice and revolutionary convictions. Photo: Archive

The First Deputy Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Army Corps General Álvaro López Miera, received on Tuesday morning the Director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, Admiral Miao Hua, who began a working visit to Cuba, with the aim of exchanging experiences in the political-ideological and cultural fields.

The welcoming ceremony included both officers paying tribute to Antonio Maceo and Francisco Gómez Toro at the Cacahual Mausoleum, a site that recalls Cuba’s independence struggle, and highlights the examples of its heroes as valuable weapons in the deconstruction of the ideological lies that imperialist forces launch against the peoples of the world.Read More »

Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters

by Mark Gruenberg

Peoples’ World | May 17, 2019

Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters

Pro Nicolas Maduro supporters hold signs and speak with a bullhorn from the second floor window of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. | Andrew Harnik/AP

WASHINGTON—Demonstrators are expected this Saturday at noon at the Venezuelan Embassy here  two days after police – following the orders of the right-wing GOP Trump administration – ejected the last four supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from the building.

The eviction, after 38 days, is a proxy for President Donald Trump’s ideological effort to overthrow Maduro, the elected Venezuelan president. It’s also a throwback to both U.S. “gunboat diplomacy” of the 20th century and to prior and frequent U.S. intervention in Latin America, often on behalf of corporate interests.

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Trump’s trade war against China won’t help U.S. workers

by C. J. Atkins

Peoples’ World | May 16, 2019

Trump’s trade war against China won’t help U.S. workers

In this Nov. 9, 2017, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, sits next to Chinese President Xi Jinping during an event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Trump is escalating his trade war against China, but China is not giving in to pressure. | Andy Wong / AP

“Trade is a zero-sum game.” “There can only be one winner and one loser, and the United States is losing.” That’s the message Donald Trump has been hammering since before he even came into office. The biggest villain in his nationalist nightmares, beating and cheating the U.S. in the cutthroat game of global economics? China, of course.

The narrative used to justify his escalating tariff war goes something like this: The trade deficit is out of control because China plays dirty. It keeps U.S. products out of its domestic market, undervalues its currency in order to sell things cheaper, subsidizes its state-owned companies, and steals “our” technology to improve its own products.

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The Disinformationists

by C J Hopkins

So, the election-meddling Putin-Nazi disinformationists are at it again! Oh yes, while Americans have been distracted by Russiagate, Obstructiongate, Redactiongate, or whatever it’s being called at this point, here in Europe, we are purportedly being bombarded with Russian “disinformation” aimed at fomenting confusion and chaos in advance of the upcoming EU elections, which are due to take place in less than two weeks.Read More »