[Marxism] What's new at Links: Lessons of Great Depression; Women in Russian Revolution; John Bellamy Foster; Water crisis; Michael Lebowitz on Marx; El Salvador

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Mar 9 00:55:43 MDT 2009

What's new at Links: Lessons of Great Depression; Women in Russian 
Revolution; John Bellamy Foster; Water crisis; Michael Lebowitz; El Salvador

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    Lessons from the past: The Great Depression and the Communist Party
    of Australia <http://links.org.au/node/937>

By *Dave Holmes*

[This is an excerpt from the new pamphlet, /Meltdown! A socialist view 
of the capitalist crisis/, by Resistance Books. /Meltdown!/ features 
essays by John Bellamy Foster, Phil Hearse, Adam Hanieh, Lee Sustar and 
others. Purchase a copy from Resistance Books 
The current economic crisis is a fundamental crisis of the world 
capitalist system. British socialist Phil Hearse calls it the "third 
slump" in the history of the capitalism (the other two being the Great 
Depression of the 1930s and the 1974-75 sharp downturn). And the levels 
of mass distress may yet come to rival the 1930s.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/937>

    Pamphlet: Comrades in arms: Women in the Russian Revolution

To mark International Women's Day, /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ is publishing an excerpt from Resistance Books' 
/Comrades in arms: Women in the Russian Revolution/, by Kathy Fairfax, 
and making available the entire pamphlet to download in PDF format.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/934>

    John Bellamy Foster: A failed system -- The world crisis of
    capitalist globalisation and its impact on China

By *John Bellamy Foster*
/John Bellamy Foster is editor of /Monthly Review/ and professor of 
sociology at the University of Oregon. He is coauthor, with Fred 
Magdoff, of /The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences/ 
(Monthly Review Press, January 2009) among numerous other works. This 
article was originally a presentation delivered to the International 
Conference on the Critique of Capital in the Era of Globalization, 
Suzhou University, Suzhou, China, January 11, 2009. It appeared in the 
March edition of /Monthly Review/ and is posted at /Links International 
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ with John Bellamy Foster's permission./

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/931>

    Sydney, April 10-12 (Easter), 2009: World at a Crossroads - Fighting
    for Socialism in the 21st Century <http://links.org.au/node/756>

World At a Crossroads:

Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century

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    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/756>

    Animation: `Closed Zone', by Yoni Goldman, the animator of `Waltz
    with Bashir' <http://links.org.au/node/936>

Despite declarations that it has "disengaged" from the Gaza Strip, 
Israel maintains control of the Strip's overland border crossings, 
territorial waters and air space. This includes substantial, albeit 
indirect, control of the Rafah Crossing. During the past 18 months, 
Israel tightened its closure of Gaza, almost completely restricting the 
passage of goods and people both to and from the Strip. These policies 
punish innocent civilians with the goal of exerting pressure on the 
[elected] Hamas government, violating the rights of 1.5 million people 
who seek only to live ordinary lives --- to be reunited with family, to 
pursue higher education, to receive quality medical treatment and to 
earn a living.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/936>

    Market madness: `Oversupply' of water tanks during a record water
    crisis! <http://links.org.au/node/935>

By *Dave Holmes*
Melbourne, February 26, 2009 -- Australian plastics manufacturer Nylex 
has been placed in the hands of receivers. Nylex is a well-known name 
--- the company produces the iconic Esky, water tanks, wheelie bins, 
hose and garden fittings and interior trimmings for car manufacturers. 
According to the February 13 Melbourne /Age/, "The drought and a 
government rebate stimulated demand for water tanks, but oversupply 
pushed down prices and demand collapsed after substantial rain in 
Queensland and NSW."

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/935>

    Michael Lebowitz: The path to human development -- capitalism or
    socialism? <http://links.org.au/node/930>

The following is the preface to an important article in the March 2009 
issue of /Monthly Review/ by Michael Lebowitz, entitled "The path to 
human development: capitalism or socialism?". /Links International 
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ encourages its readers to follow the link 
below to the full article. Michael Lebowitz will be a featured guest at 
the /World at a Crossroads/ conference, to be held in Sydney, Australia, 
on April 10-12, 2009, organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective, 
Resistance and /Green Left Weekly/. Visit 
http://www.worldATACrossroads.org <http://www.worldatacrossroads.org/> 
for full agenda and to book your tickets.

By *Michael A. Lebowitz*
If we believe in people, if we believe that the goal of a human society 
must be that of "ensuring overall human development", our choice is 
clear: socialism or barbarism.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/930>

    El Salvador's left poised for election victory: FMLN promises a
    people-centred government <http://links.org.au/node/928>

By *Erica Thompson *

February 26, 2009 -- Committee in Solidarity of the People of El 
Salvador (CISPES) -- Polls on the March 15 presidential vote show the 
election will likely open a new progressive chapter in El Salvador's 
long, violent history of war and dictatorships with a victory by the 
left-wing FMLN, which is promising to build a people-centred government. 
But the right is not taking its impending defeat lightly; it has been 
orchestrating a massive fear campaign and has worked feverishly to 
secure corporate-driven development contracts before its rule is set to 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/928>

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