THE PRESENT AS HISTORY 2021: Ongoing Open-Ended Critique


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"This collection of essays by authors associated with Monthly Review covers the entire gamut of contemporary studies from a critical Marxist perspective, that deal with imperialism, ecology and feminism. The detailed references will be especially valuable for students and lay readers alike who wish to explore a particular area of analysis. The editors are to be commended for putting together this collection and for their very useful introductory survey." – Utsa Patnaik, Prof. emerita at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

With the convergence of a planetary ecological tipping point, a global epidemiological moment of truth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and unabating world economic distress, capitalism has moved into an epoch of catastrophe. In addition to coverage of the epidemiological, ecological, and economic crises, the essays in this book embrace reflections on Marx’s method; Engel’s oeuvre; Lenin’s Marxism; Marx on Indigenous peoples, and on slavery; racial capitalism and what it has done to African descendants in the U.S.; Marxist-feminist social reproduction theory; the US-China trade war; India’s China policy; and, what capitalism’s Other, socialism, must be – a society of substantive equality and ecological sustainability.

Bernard D’Mellois the author ofIndia After Naxalbari: Unfinished History(Aakar Books, 2018). He was a senior journalist with theEconomic & Political Weeklyover the period 2005 to 2018.

Subhas Aikathas been the editor and publisher ofAnalytical Monthly Review, the Indian edition of the independent socialist magazine Monthly Review.


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