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Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
by Deepa Kumar
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.68
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about Islamophobia, September 26, 2012
I have just finished reading the book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. It was written by Deepa Kumar, a faculty member at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Even though I live near Rutgers, I do not believe that I have ever met her.

It is a really excellent book that makes the case that Islamophobia has been constructed by those who rule the USA, including billionaire-funded foundations and think tanks and both the Republican and Democratic Parties. It also describes very well the extent to which Muslim communities in the US have been harassed, arrested and tortured by police, ICE and similar agencies. She makes a very good case also about Islamophobia as a new McCarthyism.

She also discusses how to struggle against this, and ties it into the struggles against police racism more generally, and into the struggles of Occupy.


Crossing the River of Fire: The Socialism of William Morris
Crossing the River of Fire: The Socialism of William Morris
by Mahamdallie
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book about William Morris, October 2, 2008
William Morris was a great socialist author and organizer of the 1800s. This book is a terific one and makes his life, ideas and importance shine forth to American readers like me. I want to thank the author for this terrific job!
sam friedman,
poet, socialist, AIDS researcher


Reclaiming Marx's 'Capital': A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (The Raya Dunayevskaya Series in Marxism and Humanism)
Reclaiming Marx's 'Capital': A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency (The Raya Dunayevskaya Series in Marxism and Humanism)
by Andrew Kliman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.95
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it helps me to understand Marx on economics, August 21, 2007
I have read a fair amount of Marxist economics over the last 40 years. During this period, I have always been puzzled by issues of time and how the period between the use of capital in producing a commodity and the time at which it is sold affects its value. This has clearly been a key aspect of the issues around the rate of profit and the transformation problem, and previous discussions of this have left me puzzled at how the authors could write what they did.

Kliman's answers, by contrast, make sense. They convince me that much of what passes as Marxist economics is deeply flawed. As a bonus for the reader, the book is extremely clearly written--which is often a sign that the writer understands the subject matter very well indeed.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand and/or to change the world.

sam friedman


Jackson Mississippi an American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism
Jackson Mississippi an American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism
by John R. Salter
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what we need to know, February 17, 2004
The Civil Rights Movement was an effort to save the American soul from a sordid history of racism. Heroes like the author of this book risked their lives many times over, with only partial success. This book tells of one of the major struggles during this period--that in Jackson, MS--and of how the movement was weakened and betrayed by liberals like John and Robert Kennedy. It is a useful reminder for those who hope that liberals will solve current problems. Then and now, a much more far-reaching and radical change is needed. Salter shows this through the history he tells--and also shows how the ideas and courage of "plain folks" hold out hope for the needed changes.
I recommend that everyone read this. And show it to your kids or parents!


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