socialism

Dr. Garry Potter: « Revolution is our only hope of salvation »

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote « After Postmodernism: An introduction to Critical Realism », and « The Bet, the: Truth in Science, Literature and Everyday Knowledges ». These two books lead to your concept of critical realism. Can you explain this concept to our readers?

Dr. Garry Potter: Critical realism emerged through the work of Roy Bhaskar around about the time of the emergence of postmodernism.  Postmodernism, perhaps more than any other theoretical framework, encapsulated some of the incoherence of one of the long-standing poles of thought concerning social science: social constructivism. The other pole was/is, of course, positivism. Lire la suite »

Prof. Harry Targ: « The neoliberals and the neocons are working together to undermine the new Trump administration »

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book « International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle » is for me relevant and especially visionary.In your opinion, what are the most effective tools to fight against the ultra-liberalism and imperialism?

Prof. Harry Targ: That book was written to challenge the dominant discourse among those of us who study international relations. Reigning paradigms—realism, liberalism, and behavioral science—did not address imperialism, dominance, and dependency. The book was written in the early 1980s and reflected my growing engagement with theories of imperialism, particularly Lenin, and dependency, primarily scholar/activists from the Global South such as Walter Rodney, Samir Amin, Andre Gunter Frank, Fernando Cardoso and others. I wanted researchers and teachers of international relations in North America to incorporate these theories into how we looked at the world. Most importantly, I wanted our students to be confronted with ideas about imperialism and dependency, particularly the predominant imperial power of the United States. Lire la suite »

Michael Yates: “Clinton is an active war criminal and has done a great deal of damage in the world”

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Michael Yates. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Is there really a difference between the candidate Hillary Clinton and the candidate Bernie Sanders?

Michael Yates: They have much in common: career politicians, much similarity in foreign policy outlook (including support for the criminal Israeli state), tied to the Democratic Party, unable or unwilling to critique capitalism itself. However, there are real differences. Clinton is an active war criminal and has done a great deal of damage in the world, from being in league with her husband to end the system of aid to poor people and to greatly expand the prison population to wreaking havoc upon nations around the world. She is utterly beholden to the rich finance capitalists and their institutions and will continue to do their bidding if elected. Lire la suite »

Norman Pollack: « If one had to choose between Clinton and Trump, Americans would be best advised to move to Canada ».

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Prof. Norman Pollack. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Is the capitalist system compatible with life?

Norman Pollack: I think not, not as a reflex-action, but because the commodity structure, which is the salience of capitalism, is the source of alienation. Human beings are reduced to commodities, valued—if at all—for their exchange value. The characteristic impulse or query under capitalism is, what’s in it for me? There is no intrinsic respect for others; in fact others become no more than means to the satisfaction of one’s own ends. The classic statement of this analysis is Marx’s Economic-Philosophical Manuscript of 1844, and an excellent statement built on that is Fritz Pappenheim, The Alienation of Modern Man. Lire la suite »