The Social Science Collective

Latin America: Dismantling the Monoculture Mentality

Latin America: Dismantling the Monoculture Mentality By Raúl Zibechi (“Young people today are more critical than they were in the seventies,” Adolfo Pérez Esquivel observes, much to the contrary of what the majority of his generation thinks. He was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 during the middle of the Argentine military dictatorship.) more »

Life and its suburbs

Life and its suburbs By Sohail Hashmi (The writings of Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto, perhaps two of the finest writers of the short story in any language, have begun to attract a much larger audience thanks to the many translations in English and other languages and transliterations in Hindi that have become available in recent years..) more »

Olympics, Art and the Orbit of Capital : Anirban Gupta Nigam

Olympics, Art and the Orbit of Capital : Anirban Gupta Nigam By Sunalini Kumar (In 1992, Prijedor – a mine in a place called Omarska in Bosnia – was transformed into a concentration camp by Bosnian Serb forces. The number of Bosniak and Croat people held in the camp varies between at least 3,334 and 5000-7000. Many of them –… Read more →

A Polish Historian’s Accounting of the Holocaust Divides His Countrymen

A Polish Historian’s Accounting of the Holocaust Divides His Countrymen By Marc Parry (Most academic historians labor in obscurity. But in Poland last year, a Princeton professor’s slim volume of Holocaust history became a controversial best seller. The publisher, Znak, saw its e-mail addresses bombarded, its business threatened with a boycott, and the area by its office graffitied.) more »

The Critique of Pure Kagan

The Critique of Pure Kagan By Christopher A. Preble (FOR NEARLY two decades, Robert Kagan has opined about U.S. foreign policy. The author of five books and many articles, including a monthly column in the Washington Post, he is a fixture in the foreign-policy establishment with bipartisan influence in Washington. A foreign-policy adviser to Mitt Romney today, as he was… Read more →

Why ‘living simply’ isn’t the answer

Why ‘living simply’ isn’t the answer By Paul D’Amato (International protests against globalization have cast a bright light on how transnational corporations run roughshod over ordinary people’s lives everywhere. In reaction, activists have come up with a broad range of responses – from demonstrations in the streets to personal choices about consumption.) more »

Why today’s radicals must read Marx’s Das Kapital

Why today’s radicals must read Marx’s Das Kapital By Mike Wayne (The relevance of Marx’s Das Kapital to the modern capitalist world is once again getting a hearing. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the opening up of China to international capitalism, the political and economic elites declared that a new economic paradigm had arrived, bringing… Read more →

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