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zugzwang
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Mar 5 2018 02:58
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Any good subscription-based publications you'd recommend, preferably ones that do so on a regular basis (monthly for example)? I'd like to be more in the loop with whatever's happening, but I don't really like reading stuff at a computer (should probably invest in an ereader). I'm really only familiar with the Socialist Standard (I like most of their articles) and the Fifth Estate, which I've decided to try out.

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Mar 9 2018 20:36

Any recommendations? I received an issue of FE, but one of the first pieces was some Chomsky-esque defense of LEV. I'll still read through the rest of it though. I'm guessing it's just a "catch-all anarchist" magazine.

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Mar 9 2018 21:11

I don't know if you can subscribe, and it's nowhere near monthly, but http://www.basepublication.org/ is good, and does have print versions.

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Mar 9 2018 21:26

Depends what sort of stuff you're looking for - but from a brief look at your profile, I note you're in NA, uhhh, the Brooklyn Rail is monthly and has a section edited by Paul Mattick, and there's Hard Crackers as well... do Insurgent Notes do a print version? Upping the Anti, maybe?

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Mar 9 2018 22:38

Thanks, I'll look into those. It doesn't have to be monthly, and it can be international, like the socialist standard. I just want stuff to read based on current events, in print form.

Is that a different Paul Mattick from the deceased one?

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Mar 9 2018 22:52

Yes, but close relation: https://libcom.org/tags/paul-mattick-jr

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Mar 10 2018 10:23

Oh, if we're including UK stuff, there's Strike! (I haven't read that much, and I think it's not entirely my cup of tea, but have a look and see what you think), I think the AF still produce Organise! twice yearly, and the new Anarchist Communist Group are saying they'll start doing a publication soon, Plan C do BAMN but they've only done two issues of that in about five years so I wouldn't hold your breath for the next one. Uh, depending how high-brow you want to go, N+1 and The Baffler have some good stuff, I was going to say The New Inquiry as well but I dunno if they do a print version.

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Mar 11 2018 19:30

Thanks. FE is more or less rubbish. I hate the writing, and voting stuff, and one contributor was making a strange distinction between anarchism and socialism/communism as if anarchism wasn't socialist/communist - I'm not sure why they'd be hostile to those terms. I'm sure FE has nice content now and then, but nothing really interesting in this issue.

Yeah I like serious publications, possibly with commentaries on current events, and with clear anti-capitalist politics.

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Mar 12 2018 09:56

The only left leaning publications that I've ever had print subscriptions to were Z Magazine and The Nation. This was right after 9/11 and they were okay for keeping up with current events but the writing was usually quite social democratic in perspective. I once had a roommate that had subscription to Mother Jones and there were some informative articles in there but as with z mag and the nation I found that the writing generally expounded social-democratic conclusions.

AK Press has a selection of available anarchist periodicals. I've never subscribed to any of these but from reading some of what is available online I do have a varying level of familiarity with Upping the Anti, ASR, FE, EN, and Perspectives, and If had money I'd probably subscribe to all of these except for Fifth Estate.

Anyone who is not a Wobbly subscribe to the Industrial Worker? Or anyone to Monthly Review? And if you do what do you think of them?

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Mar 12 2018 13:22

For leftish publications, I subscribe to In These Times and Jacobin. Probably going to also subscribe to n+1 sooner or later, as well. The Baffler is sometimes good, too. Of course, all of these publications are left social democratic. I haven't come across an anarchist or communist publication that I think is decent enough for me to actually hand over money to buy.

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Mar 12 2018 13:49

Yeah I thought IWW had a publication. I need to check out the Industrial Worker, not a bad price for US non-members. No idea why the FE description on AK Press is referencing a "new world order," conspiracy crap. I'm not sure if that's FE's doing. I really can't stand reading social democratic opinion pieces, but it's fine when it's just news about what's going on in government and so on.

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Mar 12 2018 13:40

The Industrial Worker is not very good, tbh. Most of the articles in it have been published elsewhere and the few original pieces usually revolve around old Wobbly history. I think the quality of it has taken a dive since it switched from a newspaper to a magazine. It also lost a few good columns and several people who used to write regularly for it no longer do for whatever reason.