Late last year, US National Security Advisor John Bolton coined a new phrase: troika of tyranny. Bolton’s phrase refers to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Far right leaders in the hemisphere (Bolsonaro, Márquez, and Trump) salivate at the prospect of regime change in each of these countries. They want to eviscerate the “pink tide” from the region. Meanwhile, in the immediate aftermath of Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League galloping to victory, garment workers—the heart of Bangladesh’s GDP—came onto the streets to demand a higher minimum wage since their current wages force starvation. And in India, student leaders are facing judicial attacks with British-era sedition law. The whole system seems premised on cruelty, structured violence against ordinary people who must either live as a disposable population who works or a disposable population who does not work. But we have with us, to carry us through this cruelty, Rosa Luxemburg’s words: “I was, I am, I shall be”.
In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.
Globalisation and Its Alternative lays out Samir Amin’s assessment of the concept of globalisation as well as his concept of ‘de-linking;’ that is, for the Third World to compel imperialism to accept its conditions and to be able to drive its own policy. Amin’s perspective helps us understand the current crisis of capitalism and imagine a world based on a multi-polar, internationalist people’s agenda, rather than one driven by global capital.
Ahead of the 2019 elections in India — the largest exercise of electoral democracy in the world– Brinda Karat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) discusses the current political context in the country and the left-led resistance to the deepening assault on basic human rights led by India’s right-wing.