The May/June issue of New Left Review is now on sale, featuring the following essays:
Pablo Iglesias: Understanding Podemos
The general secretary of Spain’s new anti-austerity party sets out the strategic thinking behind its bid to become a national force. Incipient crisis of the post-Franco regime, mired in corruption and economic collapse, and opportunities for a popular-political formation, mobilizing the social discontent of the indignados.
Pablo Iglesias: Spain On Edge
Responding to NLR’s questions, Pablo Iglesias discusses the regime’s counter-attack, the example of Syriza and the political geography of austerity in Spain. After May 2015’s regional elections, can Podemos forge a coalition strategy to navigate between marginalization and the lethal consequences of a PSOE embrace?
Mike Davis: Marx's Lost Theory
In a landmark re-reading of Class Struggles in France and The Eighteenth Brumaire, Mike Davis draws out the theoretical propositions on class and nation, world-market and inter-state rivalry, that underpin the seminal political writings. Repudiation of politics as discourse pur, and revaluation of Marx’s ‘middle-level concepts’ for the mediated expression of complex social interests.
Francis Mulhern: A Party of Latecomers
Over the past decade the American political-intellectual scene has undergone a significant change with the emergence of a lively nexus of journals, ideas and activities, constituting a new kind of cultural left. Francis Mulhern etches the portrait of the Brooklyn-based n+1, which has been both forerunner and intellectual flagship of this effervescence.
JoAnn Wypijewski: Home Alone
Costs of America’s imperial project registered in the emotional damage inflicted on its soldiers, and multiplier effects on those around them. Contrasting perspectives—reportage, blockbuster, trauma-group documentary—on men and war, as veterans’ suicides overtake us battlefield casualties.
R. Taggart Murphy: On Shinzo Abe’s Japan
Headline-grabbing economic and monetary reforms read as smokescreens for a hardening of Japanese foreign policy, with Washington’s partial support. Incompatible mythologies of legitimation in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, presaging insoluble tensions for the region.
NLR 93 also contains the following books reviews:
Joshua Rahtz on Marcel Fratzscher, Die Deutschland Illusion.
Fallibilities of the German economy diagnosed by a leading adornment of its policy elite.
Emma Fajgenbaum on Marius Hentea, TaTa Dada.
Tristan Tzara’s trajectory from avant-garde Bucharest to Cabaret Voltaire and the French Surrealist scene.
Volodymyr Ishchenko on Andrew Wilson, Ukraine Crisis.
The Maidan and civil war from the perspective of an EU think-tank.