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Video: Rio Protesters March against Planned Education Cuts in Brazil

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sao Paulo on Thursday, during a national day of protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s government planned cuts to federal universities.

Earlier in May, Brazilian far-right’s government announced a 30 per cent cut to the funding of federal universities.

The decision was strongly criticised by many top education officers, who claimed that it would put at risk public university and therefore access to higher education for young people.

The government is also planning to withdraw financial support from the human sciences and prioritise areas such as veterinary, engineering and medicine, which, in Bolsonaro’s words, can generate immediate return to the taxpayers.

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Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism

By Nicos Poulantzas

The resurgence of the far right across Europe and the emergence of the ‘alt-right’ in the US have put the question of fascism urgently back on the agenda. For those trying to understand these forms of politics, there is no better place to start than Fascism and Dictatorship, the unrivalled Marxist study of German and Italian fascism. It carefully distinguishes between fascism as a mass movement before the seizure of power and what it becomes as an entrenched machinery of dictatorship. It compares the distinct class components of the counterrevolutionary blocs mobilised by fascism in Germany and Italy; analyses the changing relations between the petty bourgeoisie and big capital in the evolution of fascism; discusses the structures of the fascist state itself, as an emergency regime for the defence of capital; and provides a sustained and documented criticism of official Comintern attitudes and policies towards fascism in the fateful years after the Versailles settlement. Fascism and Dictatorship represents a challenging synthesis of factual evidence and conceptual analysis, a standard bearer of what Marxist political theory should be.


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