New Left Review, Volume 322 (July - August 2014)
New Left Review, Volume 322 (July - August 2014)
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The New Left Review is a bimonthly political magazine covering world politics, economy, and culture. It was established in 1960. In 2003, the magazine ranked 12th by impact factor on a list of the top 20 political science journals in the world. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 1.485, ranking it 25th out of 157 journals in the category "Political Science"and 10th out of 92 journals in the category "Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary".
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A 160-page journal published every two months from London, New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and philosophy; cinema, literature, heterodox art and aesthetics. It runs a regular book review section and carries interviews, essays, topical comments and signed editorials on political issues of the day. ‘Brief History of New Left Review’ gives an account of NLR’s political and intellectual trajectory since its launch in 1960.
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Emily Morris: Unexpected Cuba
Alone among the ex-Comecon countries, Cuba has forged a distinctive path since 1991—not transition to capitalism but careful adjustment to external change, safeguarding its gains in social provision and national sovereignty. Emily Morris challenges the view that Havana will have to embrace the market and submit to foreign capital if it is to survive.
Marco d'Eramo: UNESCOcide
From Venice to Edinburgh, Porto to Rhodes, San Gimignano to Luang Prabang—the World Heritage label as vital tool for the global tourist industry, but death sentence for the hurly-burly of real urban life.
Gleb Pavlovsky: Putin's World Outlook
Former Kremlin advisor and election manager offers a unique account of the Russian leader’s ideological formation and worldview. A Soviet-realist analysis of the failings of the USSR and the actual motivations of the capitalist states.
Kevin Pask: Mosaics of American Nationalism
Annealed through expansionism after the Civil War, could America’s sectional divisions re-emerge if the empire falters? Kevin Pask explores the changing parameters—closing frontiers, rising Sunbelt—of the nationalism that dares not speak its name.
Jean-Paul Sartre: Marxism and Subjectivity
Transcript of Sartre’s 1961 Lecture at the Istituto Gramsci in Rome, previously unpublished in English. A sustained philosophical riposte to Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness and argument for a concept of subjectivity as process, vividly illustrated in concrete situations.
Fredric Jameson: Sartre's Actuality
Reflections on the occasion of the Rome Lecture and on its themes. Dialectic of the inside and the outside, the surprising role of non-knowledge in subjectivity—and new technologies and labour processes as experiential grounds for transformation in class consciousness.
Wolfgang Streeck on Peter Mair, Ruling the Void. Diagnosis of Western democracy’s hollowing in the final work of a political-science master.
Michael Christofferson on Christophe Prochasson, François Furet. A former colleague supplies the case for the defence.
Kristin Surak on David Pilling, Bending Adversity. Hopes for a Thatcherized Japan in Fukushima’s wake from the FT’s man in Tokyo.
Hung Ho-Fung on Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin, The Making of Global Capitalism. Canada provides the model for America’s frictionless rise to global supremacy.
distribution but also for the dynamics of Cuban economic growth. Social divisions It is not easy to assess what proportion of the population has access to cucs or foreign currency, and in what amounts. Some estimates suggest that half the population have some cucs, but in many cases the sum will be very small. The concentration of savings in bank accounts is very high—but those with successful black-market businesses, for example, keep their money elsewhere. What can be identified with some
to executive power: executive power ends with the Prime Minister. The President is above them all, like a tsar. For Putin that is dogma. He thinks that in old societies and states there is a sense of order—people don’t aspire to destroy their opponent when they are victorious at the elections—and we don’t have that sense of order. He also thinks that all forms of power in Russia so far have been unperfected: he wants to build a strong, durable form of government. So Putin was consciously trying
of the Cold War. Twenty years on, it is the real inequality that was mounting even as Furet assailed egalitarianism which now seems to threaten not only liberty, but democracy itself. Kristin Surak RE-SELLING JAPAN ‘Japan is not interesting’: thus the literary scholar Masao Miyoshi could, with a twist of irony, entitle an essay on his native country a decade and a half ago. The dramas that have since beset Japan might serve to qualify Miyoshi’s provocation. In 2011, the fifth most powerful
extraterritorial enforcement of property rights in general’. After the destruction in Europe, the dollar, now underpinned by the Federal Reserve system, would become ‘the major reserve currency in the world financial system, albeit still sharing the stage with sterling, and to a lesser extent with the franc. Moreover, the flow of private American capital to Europe after wwi was considerably greater than immediately after wwii.’ If the American state nonetheless failed to adopt a truly global role
Although Cuba faced exceptionally severe conditions—it suffered the worst exogenous shock of any of the Sovietbloc members and, thanks to the long-standing us trade embargo, has confronted a uniquely hostile international environment—its economy has performed in line with the other ex-Comecon countries, ranking thirteenth out of the 27 for which the World Bank has full data. As Figure 1 shows, its growth trajectory has followed the general trend for the ‘transition economies’: a deep recession in