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Cornell West Endorse's Bernie Sanders by Norman Markowitz

As someone who has  known Cornel West  and deeply respected for many years and has always been deeply impressed by his insights and courage in an academic world where both are often in short supply, I thought our readers should read and respond to his  clear, well-reasoned, and powerful endorsement...

Toure Reed on the Fallacy of Separating Race and Class by Norman Markowitz

As a Marxist-Leninist theoretical jounal, Political Affairs struggles to be a unifying voice for the left, neither following various movements as uncritical observers or judging these movements in a dogmatic sectarian manner.  Below I have pasted a really insightful article by Toure Reed on the question of separating race and...

Alan Singer and Doonsbury on Texas and the Right "Messing" with U.S History by Norman Markowitz

In fascist dictatorships history is merely rewritten to revitalize various national myths, from Mussolini's proclamations of a New Roman Empire turning the Meditteranean into "Mare Nostrum"(our sea) to Hitler's Third Reich, or empire.

Bernie Sanders on the Solutions to Racism in America by Norman Markowitz

Divide and Conquer.  It is as old as the slave tribute empires of antiquity.  Bernie Sanders, an independent who called himself a socialist for many years, reached the U.S. Senate with the support of Democratic voters, is now running for President.  He  running on the most class conscious, socialist oriented platform and program since Upton Sinclair left the Socialist Party and gained the Democratic nomintation for Governor of California in 1934 on a program called End Poverty in California.  Sinclair lost of course, with the united capitalist class, the entire press, and the movie studios aggressively attacking him.  The regular Democrats even organized a "third party"(which they to add insult to injury called the Progressive Party) to defeat him.  But all of that is not really so important.  What is important is that while Sanders is being attacked on the center  and the right for the usual reasons, some on the left are also attacking his campaign and seeing him as they usually see any left candidate who seeks to make a breakthrough in national politics as a misleader, some sort of phoney no different than the forces he is challenging.  For the left that has long functioned as a security blanket for inaction.

A Poem from Stewart Acuff forwarded by Norman Markowitz

Stewart Acuff as I am sure many know has been a labor and civil rights activist for a very long time, working with people at all levels.  He is also a fine poet The poem below reminded me of Woody Guthrie, but it is more than memory.  It fits today

It is Michael Berkowitz and and and my Introduction was Cut off by Norman Markowitz

A huge apology to both Michael Berkowitz and are readers.  In my always limited Internet skills I tried unsuccessfully to cut and paste Michael's excellent article and then finally, it went through, but with my mispelling of his name and my intro cut off. 

"Leaning Left" Duncan McFarland on Political Trends in China Today Forwarded by Norman Markowitz

Below I present belatedly Duncan McFaland's excellent presentation at the left Forum last June.

The Marxist IQ for August by Norman Markowitz

Unfortunately, I'm  a week late with this month's Marxist IQ, do to a very busy schedule.  Since Marxism is both a guide to analysis and action, this month's IQ will be dedicated to looking at contemporary events in ways different from mass media.

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