“The Most Crucial Election of Our Lifetime?”—The 2018 US Midterm Elections

Field Notes

On October 22, 2018, Barack Obama declared the 2018 midterm elections to be “more important than any I can remember in my lifetime, and that includes when I was on the ballot.”

Hog Farms, Toxic Water, and Toxic Prisons

Field Notes

The pre-eminence of environmentalism in the twenty-first century is a novel political and historical development. Ecology is a new body of scientific description and knowledge upon which social, economic, political and ethical ideas and practices have become premised. Ecosystem science suggests that political, social, and economic arrangements must be compatible and ideally optimize natural ecological processes.

THINKING ABOUT COMMUNISM:
Fundamental Principles of Communist Production and Distribution: A New Look at an Old Text *

Field Notes

After the strikes and demonstrations of 1921 in Germany, the revolutionary movement that had begun in 1919 ebbed, gradually depriving revolutionaries of space for collective action. Isolated, they were reduced to reflection and propaganda. After 1924, it was clear to these people that the social-democratic and bolshevik approach, to nationalize the means of production, led to a state-run form of capitalism.

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Field Notes

Thinking it would be interesting to have our inside correspondent review Rachel Kushner’s prison novel The Mars Room, Field Notes had the publisher send Malik Washington a copy.

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