[Marxism] What Do Socialists Actually Read?

pero kovacevic at sympatico.ca
Sun May 1 13:03:23 MDT 2005


Does anyone know what "real nespapers" means?
Are the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal...
real newspapers? (News paper!)

I have doubts.

Pero
A socialist who (barely) reads all
and none of the suggested.
             :)


on 1/5/05 2:51 PM, Bonnie Weinstein at giobon at sbcglobal.net wrote:

> Speak for yourself, Yoshie. Don't tell me what I read.
> 
> Bonnie
> 
> 
> On 5/1/05 5:47 AM, "Yoshie Furuhashi" <furuhashi.1 at osu.edu> wrote:
> 
>> The problem with "newspapers" of US socialist organizations is that
>> they are not the publications that interest socialists (excepting
>> outliers).  The organizations that put out their "newspapers" believe
>> that they are necessary "mass organs," appropriate for potential
>> recruits, i.e. non-socialist activists.  But writings about socialism
>> that don't even interest socialists naturally do not engage
>> non-socialists either.
>> 
>> What do US socialists actually read for their own purposes, to
>> inform, educate, and entertain themselves?
>> 
>> A.  Real newspapers, like the New York Times, the Washington Post,
>> the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times,
>> The (UK) Guardian, etc. (and real newspapers on the left, like The
>> Akahata in Japan and Il Manifesto and La Repubblica in Italy, if they
>> can read foreign languages) and wire dispatches from Reuters,
>> Associated Press, Agence France Presse, etc.  (For busy socialists
>> who don't have time to read real newspapers and wire dispatches every
>> day, the indefatigable WSWS.org may serve as a kind of newspaper
>> clipping service.)  Socialists (mainly students, teachers,
>> librarians, and researchers) who have remote access to LexisNexis and
>> the Foreign Broadcast Information Service should consider themselves
>> fortunate and share what they have with others.
>> 
>> B.  Broad left publications, such as CounterPunch and Le Monde
>> Diplomatique.  (Less often read but probably still on the menu once
>> in a while are broad liberal publications like AlterNet, Common
>> Dreams, The Progressive, In These Times, and The Nation.)
>> 
>> C.  Socialist and other leftist publications that publish theoretical
>> and empirical analyses, like Monthly Review, New Left Review,
>> Socialist Register, etc.  (More specialized but of interest to a
>> probably sizable sector of socialists, a number of whom are college
>> and high school teachers and students, are The Review of Radical
>> Political Economics, Radical History Review, Critical Asian Studies,
>> New Political Science, Critical Sociology, Radical Philosophy,
>> Capitalism Nature Socialism, Rethinking School, Radical Teacher, Jump
>> Cut, Cineaste, etc.)
>> 
>> D.  A wide variety of non-fiction books and articles for general and
>> scholarly audiences, past and present, on subjects that interest
>> socialists, some of them written by socialists and non-socialist
>> leftists, others by liberals and occasionally rightists.
>> 
>> E.  Fiction of all sorts, past and present.
>> 
>> F.  Reviews, reviews, reviews (book reviews, movie reviews, music
>> reviews, art reviews, etc. -- especially book and movie reviews).
>> 
>> G.  Citations.
>> 
>> H.  Blogs by liberals and leftists, like Juan Cole's Informed Comment
>> and Ken MacLeod's The Early Days of a Better Nation.
>> 
>> I.  For socialists who are members of socialist organizations of one
>> sort or another, unpublished internal bulletins and theoretical
>> and/or regroupment journals of their own socialist organizations (the
>> former are probably read with more interest than the latter).  Decent
>> theoretical and/or regroupment journals are read by more than their
>> members.
> 
> 
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