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Archives by Tag 'neoliberalism'
Barack Obama and the Neo-Liberal Coup
ROB URIE
Defenders of the policies of President Barack Obama have correctly pointed to the difficult circumstances he and ‘the nation’ faced when he entered office and the dim intransigence of Congressional Republicans while they fail to address that his actual policies have d...
The Origins of the Neoliberal War on the Poor
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In November of 1994 two years of ramshackle government, breached pledges and the Clinton administration’s frequently manifested contempt for its traditional base, exacted their price. In the midterm elections Republicans seized control of both the House and the Sena...
Obama’s Plan for Economic Immiseration
ROB URIE
President Barack Obama spoke at length on the economy on Wednesday in the first of what is reported to be a series of speeches he will give around the country to push his economic ‘agenda.’ A question for his supporters is why Mr. Obama is now purporting to promote th...
Teenagers vs. Billionaires
JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Santiago, Chile. “What day is it, Wednesday? Thursday?” asked Moises Paredes as his eyes drooped nearly shut.  Paredes, 18-years old, the national spokesman for a collective of Chilean high school students, is exhausted. On Wednesday Paredes helped ...
Africa Crashing
PATRICK BOND
Durban. Barack Obama’s weekend trip to South Africa may have the desired effect of slowing the geopolitical realignment of Pretoria to the Brazil-India-Russia-China-SA (BRICS) axis. That shift to BRICS has not, however, meant deviation from the hosts’ ...
The Prairie Fire That Swept Brazil
LAURA CARLSEN
With a million people demonstrating in the streets of cities throughout Brazil, everyone’s scrambling to understand how a twenty-cent bus fare hike turned into a social revolt. Government officials are the most surprised. President Dilma Rousseff hastily cancelle...
The Standing Man of Turkey
T. SABRI ÖNCÜ
On 16 June 2013, after describing the brutal events that took place in Istanbul on the evening of 15 June, which were covered extensively by the international media, Taksim Solidarity—the umbrella group that initiated the Taksim Gezi Park protest on 27 May—said on its...
The Human Equivalent of the $640 Toilet Seat
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Neoliberal economics has been an ideological mantra of Republicans and Democrats alike since President Jimmy Carter began the wave of privatization and deregulation that exploded during the succession of Republican and Democratic presidencies after 1980. The centra...
The Corporate State and Manufactured Dependence
ROB URIE
An argument often heard in the 1980s and ‘90s by those favoring lower taxes on the rich was the rich could avoid paying taxes because they had the resources to do so, so why not be pragmatic and set tax rates low enough the rich would actually pay them? The people makin...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
Crime Fiction and Capitalist Reality
RON JACOBS
The novel is generally acknowledged to be a bourgeois form of literature. It wasn’t until there were enough literate people with time for leisurely reading that this entertainment came along.  The crime novel reflects the bourgeois obsession with order and usually ...
American Advice for Indian Growth
VIJAY PRASHAD
Where does one even begin? On May 21, the US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, addressed the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kolkata. She told the eager crowd of businessmen that “if India is to grow again, support for policies that are necessary for ...
Albert Camus and the Liberal Dilemma
RON JACOBS
Albert Camus is arguably one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His relatively short life is well chronicled and the fodder of multiple conversations in university literature classes. His novels and essays raise fundamental questions about life in a world w...
South Africa’s Sub-Imperial Seductions
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Thanks are due to an odd man, the brutally-frank Zambian vice president Guy Scott who last week pronounced, “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States”, and to our own president Jaco...
Bono: Mascot of Neoliberalism
DAVE MARSH
In 1984 I wrote a hostile (to both music and words) review of U2’s Unforgettable Fire. Some weeks later, I found myself dragooned (by a force too absurd to mention) into a late afternoon conversation with Bono. It wasn’t an interview. He wanted to talk one-on-o...
The Economics of Over-Ripe Capitalism
ALAN NASSER
“We have now grown used to the idea that most ordinary or natural growth processes (the growth of organisms, or populations of organisms or, for example, of cities) is not merely limited, but self-limited, i.e. is slowed down or eventually brought to a stand...
Obama, Syria and the Arrogance of Imperialism
RON JACOBS
Imperialists are not just arrogant, they are stupid.  Pretending that they might get a different result than previous US administrations have obtained before, the Obama administration is planning to send lethal arms to Syrian rebels.  According to the Washington Post...
The Politics of Food Banks
MICHAEL BARKER
Eating has always been an intensely political issue: those with money eat, those without starve. With food in abundance, the only thing stopping its fair distribution is the profit motive. This explanation not only helps us understand the regularity of famines, but likewi...
Let Us Now Praise Heinous Men
ANDREW LEVINE
Too bad for corporate moguls that they can’t yet patent news events.  If they could, they could turn the dedication ceremony for George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas last Thursday into one hell of a moneymaker.  Big Pharma could market the DVD as an emeti...
Margaret Thatcher a Freedom Fighter?
ALAN MACLEOD
Margaret Thatcher’s face stares out at me from the front ...
Four Signs Neoliberalism is (Almost) Dead
SAMEER DOSSANI
Though Margaret Thatcher is no longer among the living, her ideology lives on. That ideology – known today as neoliberalism, “free market fundamentalism” in a phrase coined by George Soros – is strikingly unique. Apart from religious beliefs, is there any example ...
Decay and Ruin in Mrs. Thatcher’s England
TARIQ ALI
This interview with Tariq Ali was conducted by Die Presse in Vienna and appears in German in the paper’s Sunday edition. ...
The Lessons of the Global South
RON JACOBS
Vijay Prashad is fast becoming the historian of the Global South.  His books and articles discussing the relationships between the oligarchs of global capitalism and the people and institutions of those it manipulates into its money pit of debt are detailed discussions o...
The Collapse of the Anglo-Saxon Imperium
PATRICK FOY
We are witnessing the slow-motion collapse of the second Anglo-Saxon imperium in less than a hundred years. There was something called ...
The Myth of the Aztec Tiger
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. According to rumors spread by everyone from The Economist to The New York Times, Mexico has gone from being the bloody epicenter of the “drug war” to a roaring “Aztec tiger” in the space of three short months. Following l...