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New ISR Issue #101 out now!

International Socialist Review, Issue #101
The summer issue of the International Socialist Review is out.
Lance Selfa’s “Socialism in the Air” discusses the dramatic shift in U.S. politics that has rendered “socialism” no longer taboo, using it as an opportunity to discuss the meaning of socialism from below. “If a substantial section of a new generation is open to the ideas of socialism,” he writes, “the question of organization—whether we need one, and what forms it can take—poses many challenges and, of course, many opportunities.” Jen Roesch’s feature-length review of John Riddell’s new volume on the Communist International’s Third Congress, “Majorities, minorities, and revolutionary tactics” focuses in particularly on the debate over the abortive 1921 March Action. “This most recent volume is particularly useful,” she writes, “because the Third Congress marked a critical turning point—a transition from the first years of the revolutionary storm, when everyone expected rapid revolutionary successes following the Russian example—to a recognition that the struggle would be protracted and require a much more developed understanding of strategy and tactics.”
We would also like to draw attention to the excellent review of the recent wave of student and workers’ struggles in Quebec by Alain Savard, the introduction to Samuel Farber’s new book on Che Guevara, Alan Wald’s insightful look at Noir in the 1940s and the parallels it has with today. “Marxism doesn’t embalm history,” writes Wald, “it seeks to join a living past to present changes.” And this is precisely what Wald’s piece does. Justin Akers-Chacon’s essay on the Mexican revolutionary Ricardo Flores-Magón traces his emergence from liberalism toward revolutionary politics in Mexico in the years leading up to the Mexican Revolution, and his work organizing cross-border solidarity between Mexican revolutionaries and US socialists and anarchists in the early 20th century.
Finally, there are a number of reviews of important books in our tradition: Haley Pessin reviews Keeanga Taylor’s From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation, Haley Swenson reviews Sharon Smith’s new edition of Women and Socialism, and Bill Keach reviews the second edition of Paul D’Amato’s Meaning of Marxism.
A complete table of contents for new issue up now at the website of the International Socialist Review.