#64 - March 2014

Vol. 28, No. 1
Radical Perspectives on Intellectual Property
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The idea of socialism is one to which the US public has now become increasingly open – as shown first by national survey results in 2012 and then, in 2013, by the local electoral victory (in Seattle) of a socialist candidate over an...


Considering the grave dangers facing humanity today, it might appear that Intellectual Property (IP), though loudly controversial, is at best a tempest in a teapot, at worst a diversionary tactic designed to focus attention away from...


Before beginning our investigation of Intellectual Property, some personal experience might shed light on certain perplexing questions that arise whenever the subject is broached. I am a musician, a composer and an author, a typical...


Political economy is very relevant for a discussion of intellectual property, especially because so many people seem to regard intellectual property as the pinnacle of a modern market economy. In reality, intellectual property...



More than any other media or cultural sector, the music industry is commonly perceived as having undergone fundamental and irreversible transformation in the wake of the internet and other related...

Jannis Kompsopoulos and Jannis


Greece has for more than four years been the focus of discussion about the causes of the Eurozone crisis. It has also been a real-life social laboratory where new policy tools for fighting the crisis...

Reviewed by Mark

George Katsiaficas, Asia's Unknown Uprisings, Vol. 2: People Power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2013)

Being a...



The role of the state and the social economy context

The major challenge to the proliferation of cooperatives today is the retreat of the state in its responsibilities for establishing societal justice and...

Efe Can Gürcan and Efe

On 31 May 2013, a localized demonstration against the destruction of a public park at the heart of Istanbul (Gezi Park) spiraled into a nationwide anti-government protest cycle of unprecedented form and scale in Turkey’s modern history...


The strategic value of international solidarity with the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, refugees in the Diaspora, and Palestinians in Israel raises some fundamental questions. The most immediate and urgent are: what...

Ricardo R.
Fuentes Ramírez


During the last two decades, many Marxists have undertaken analyses of feasible alternatives to capitalism, and the particular institutional forms these may take. However, studies focusing on the...

Kevin B.

I originally sought to do three things in Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxism. First, I argued that Lenin’s 1914-15 notes on Hegel and dialectics constituted a serious and original engagement with dialectics, one that went beyond...


In November 2011 the journalist and author Christopher Hitchens succumbed to cancer. The occasion provoked an outpouring of encomia on the part of the world’s mainstream press while weaker voices – mainly from smaller alternative...

Exchange on Eurasianism

Dear Socialism and Democracy,

I was disturbed to read Efe Can Gürcan’s review essay “NATO’s ‘Globalized’ Atlanticism and the Eurasian Alternative” (Socialism and Democracy vol. 27, no. 2). Gürcan details the...

Matthew Lyons, using emotional language, targets me rather than the original arguments that I advanced in my essay.

Lyons accuses me of “completely whitewashing Alexander Dugin,” whereas I make clear from the outset that Dugin’s...

Book Reviews

Reviewed by Evelyn

Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal, and Hilary Wainwright, Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism. Re-issued with new introductions (London: Merlin Press, 2013)

Cuddling, Huddling, and...

Reviewed by Miriam

Nancy Stout, One Day in December: Celia Sánchez and the Cuban Revolution (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012)

Long overdue in the catalog of books on the Cuban Revolution, Nancy Stout’s One Day in...

Reviewed by George

Basil Fernando, Narrative of Justice, told through stories of torture victims (Hong Kong: Asian Human Rights Commission, 2013)

Something is rotten in the “democratic socialist” state of Sri Lanka. Since...

Reviewed by Ronald

Mathias Nilges and Emilio Sauri, eds., Literary Materialisms (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Crisis and Criticism

In Post-Marxism: A Reader (1998), the editor Stuart...

Reviewed by Michael E.

Mark Zuss, The Practice of Theoretical Curiosity (New York: Springer, 2012)

Mark Zuss introduces The Practice of Theoretical Curiosity as an attempt to develop “a historical profile of curiosity...

Reviewed by Kevin

Eugene Gogol, Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization (Leiden: Brill, 2012)

Raya Dunayevskaya (1910-1987) has attracted considerably less scholarly attention than C.L.R. James, her onetime co-...

Reviewed by George

Anthonia C. Kalu, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, eds., Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2013)

The appearance of this...

Reviewed by Carla

Myrna Nieves, ed., Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012 (New York: Campana, 2012)

“I wanted an anthology that would document the efforts of so many Puerto Rican...

Reviewed by Daniel

Ernesto Che Guevara (author) and María del Carmen Ariet García (editor). The Awakening of Latin America: A Classic Anthology of Che Guevara's Writing on Latin America (North Melbourne: Ocean...


Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written on Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, and the Orientalism...