Debates of great consequence take place in the circuits of academic work – whether in journals or at conferences. Many of the themes of these debates are crucial for the political movements that exist outside those circuits. It is near impossible to access the journals – which are often behind a paywall – as well as near impossible to access the context of the debates – which are often based on long-standing conversations within the academy. Some of these debates and some of the new work being done in the academy is crucial information and analysis for political movements and for students. At the same time, the work of political movements – and their theory – is often not easily accessible to the general public, who would benefit from reading an assessment of the challenges for and the innovations of political movements. The Notebook will provide a window into the world of intellectual debate inside academic circles and political movements – indispensable for other political movements and for students of politics.

Our second Notebook analyses the contemporary production process that results in Apple’s iPhone. We move from a look at the iPhone’s production to the inner workings of profit and exploitation. We are interested not only in Apple and the iPhone, but more particularly in the Marxist analysis of the rate of exploitation at play in the production of such sophisticated electronic devices. It is necessary, we believe, to learn how to measure the rate of exploitation so that we know precisely how much workers deliver into the total social wealth produced each year.

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.