Monthly Review

Monthly Review is a magazine specializing in Educational topics.

Articles from Vol. 38, July-August

A Science of Our Own: Marxism and Nature
A SCIENCE OF OUR OWN: MARXISM AND NATURE Before I learned to read, my grandfather, Abraham Sackman, read to me from Bad Bishop Brown's Science and History for Girls and Boys. The linking of science and history in the same book did not seem at all strange...
Biology and Social Responsibility
BIOLOGY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY My starting point is a familiar, simple one: the natural sciences are simultaneously products of social forces and of individual scientists' curiosity awakened and channeled by these forces. Both of these facets...
DNA and the Goal of Human Perfectibility
DNA AND THE GOAL OF HUMAN PERFECTIBILITY Science has a peculiar status in modern society. Its institutions and practitioners are widely perceived as being neutral, objective, value free, above mere human politics. Yet this is far from being the...
Microcomputers from Movement to Industry
MICROCOMPUTERS: FROM MOVEMENT TO INDUSTRY The microcomputer is the child of an odd marriage between the military industrial complex and counter-culutre hackers from the fringers of the new left. Ironically, this product of the anti-authoritarian...
Science and Progress; Seven Developmentalist Myths in Agriculture
SCIENCE AND PROGRESS: SEVEN DEVELOPMENTALIST MYTHS IN AGRICULTURE In the third world, the view of "science" as unqualified progress is expressed in developmentalism, the view that progress takes place along a single axis from less developed to more...
Technology, Research, and the Penetration of Capital: The Case of U.S. Agriculture
TECHNOLOGY, RESEARCH, AND THE PENETRATION OF CAPITAL: THE CASE OF U.S. AGRICULTURE The farm crisis that is so much in the news is not new, but is the culmination of the long process of the transformation of agriculture. This transformation is marked...
The Health of Black Folk: Disease, Class, and Ideology in Science
THE HEALTH OF BLACK FOLK: DISEASE, CLASS, AND IDEOLOGY IN SCIENCE Since the first crude tabulations of vital statistics in colonial America, one stark fact has stood out: black Americans are sicker and die younger than whites. As the epidemic infectious...
The Political Economy of Hybrid Corn
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HYBRID CORN [In a commodity,] there is a definite social relation between men, that assumes, in their eyes, the fantastic form of a relation between things. In order, therefore, to find an analogy, we must have recourse to...
The Radical Science Movement in the United States
THE RADICAL SCIENCE MOVEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES Frank Mirer was working for his Ph.D. in chemistry, headed toward an academic research career. Fran Conrad was teaching high school biology. Rich Rosen worked as a research physicist at Brookhaven...
The Technological Mystique and Third World Options
THE TECHNOLOGICAL MYSTIQUE AND THIRD WORLD OPTIONS Western socialists have been inspired during the past 30 years by the emergence of third world liberation movements which offered new possibilities beyond the stale European-originated reality of...
What Is Socialist Medicine?
WHAT IS SOCIALIST MEDICINE? One of the most debated subjects among progressive forces in the health fields is the meaning of socialist medicine. What is socialist medicine? To answer this question we must understand first what is meant by medicine...