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Archives by Tag 'neoliberalism'
Democrats: Masters of Self-Delusion
MICHAEL BRENNER
Democrats are masters of illusion – especially self-delusion. Their abject performance over the past few decades has shorn them of identity and conviction. They have lost on every front against a Republican opponent that has abandoned the mainstream for cloud cuckoo lan...
The Fall and Rise of the French Rothschilds
EVAN JONES
‘Rothschild’ is a household name. It belongs to a family banking dynasty with a two hundred year lineage, reputedly once supremely powerful. Omnipresent historian Niall Ferguson has devoted two volumes to this history. The Rothschild name is now bestowed on a s...
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism. Under the careful ...
Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People
GRAHAM PEEBLES
In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly con...
Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story
JEFFREY SOMMERS and MICHAEL HUDSON
A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were...
City on a Hill, Slum in the Valley
JASON HIRTHLER
All through the fall, you could hear them chanting their glib platitudes, each candidate posturing as a champion of hardworking Americans. Now, as the country lists toward our season of mass consumption, you can listen to the publicans gravely intone the perils of the “...
Ireland Under Austerity
CAOIMHGHIN Ó CROIDHEÁIN
Dublin. Targeting young families, the elderly and the sick, as the government slashes child benefits, triples prescription charges and rubber-stamps controversial property tax. Another political party is selflessly sacrificing itself to the ‘preyi...
The Plutocrats and the Placeholder President
ROB URIE
In Quentin Tarantino’s movie ‘Jackie Brown’ the illegal arms dealer played by Samuel L. Jackson laughs as he recounts the sales slogan used by the manufacturer of the ‘Tech Nine’ semi-automatic weapon—“the most popular gun in American crime, like they p...
Toilet Apartheid
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. This week’s World Toilet Summit offers an opportunity to contemplate how we curate our crap. Increasingly the calculus seems to be cash, generating contradictions ranging from local to global scales, across race, gender, generation ...
Free Trade and Economic Imperialism
ROB URIE
The modern dilemma is to understand just how unreasonable the reasoning classes are in both thought and action. Political ‘progressives’ were behind efforts to obliterate Native American cultures through forced assimilation and acculturation for the purported ‘benef...
The Dark Age of Money
JAMES C. KENNEDY
If you often wonder why ‘free market capitalism’ feels like it is failing despite universal assurances from economists and political pundits that it is working as intended, your intuition is correct.  Free market capitalism has become a thing of the past.  In t...
How the Marikana Movement Stunned Neoliberal South Africa
PATRICK BOND
How long can the amazing upsurge of class struggle in South Africa go on? Living here 22 years, I’ve never witnessed such a period of vibrant, explosive, but uncoordinated worker militancy. The latest news from the labour front is that 12 000 workers were fired on Octob...
The Wrecking Society
DEAN BAKER
There is an old story from the heyday of the Soviet Union. As part of their May Day celebrations they were parading their latest weapon systems down the street in front of the Kremlin. There was a long column of their newest tanks, followed by a row of tractors pulling mi...
Obama and His Silent Base
NORMAN POLLACK
During the Great Depression, America was a different nation.  We were drawn togther as a people, even or especially in extreme hardship.  Class was a salient term, one to build on, not an object of ridicule subject to obfuscation.  We accepted responsibility for one an...
Slouching Toward the Ballot Box
ANDREW LEVINE
A year ago, thanks to Occupy Wall Street and the movements it spawned, American politics took a turn for the better.  People were in motion – a small minority, of course, but enough to put change on the agenda, not in the meretricious Obama sense, but for real. ...
America on the Cusp of Fascism
NORMAN POLLACK
I use “fascism” here not as a cliché, but as an historical-structural formation principally rooted in the mature stage of capitalism, in which business-government interpenetration (what the Japanese political scientist Masao Maryuma called the “close-em...
The Coming Age of Austerity
SHAMUS COOKE
The coast is clear, the media tells us; economic disaster has been averted. The Euro Zone is finally stable and the U.S. economy is recovering. Whew! Why, then, are government policies internationally still pursuing extremist measures? In the U.S., a third round of...
The Disappearance of Public Intellectuals
HENRY GIROUX
With the advent of Neoliberalism, we have witnessed the production and widespread adoption within many countries of what I want to call the politics of economic Darwinsim. As a theater of cruelty and mode of public pedagogy, economic Darwinism removes economics and market...
Romney Rescues the Democrats From Themselves
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney’s meltdown has Democrats in a celebratory mood. They are so accustomed to living on thin political rations that their enthusiasm waxes whenever fortune smiles upon them. This sudden brightening of prospects in the Presidential election may have nothing t...
Back to School in the Twilight of Capitalism
RON JACOBS
Universities serve multiple purposes in a modern capitalist society.  One of those purposes–the education of young adults–is a noble and worthy one.  It is how this is done that is often less noble.  If capitalism requires technicians and managers, it is te...
Kill Lists and Giant Triplets
TOLU OLORUNDA
 Power is self-sufficient, a replete possession, and must be maintained by whatever agency is required. —Wole Soyinka, Climate of Fear [1]...
Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism
HENRY GIROUX
The United States has entered a new historical era marked by a growing disinvestment in the social state, public goods, and civic morality. Matters of politics, power, ideology, governance, economics, and policy now translate unapologetically into a systemic disinvestment...
Francois Hollande, the Austere Socialist
PHILIPPE MARLIERE
London. As François Hollande hits the 100-day mark, what is the verdict on the man at the top of French politics? In terms of style, his trademarks emerged quickly enough. Hollande has renewed the Gaullist interpretation of the presidency: in accordance w...
The New Masters of Capital
ROBERT HUNZIKER
When the elite of capitalism met in Davos for the 2012 World Economic Forum, the world did not stand still, tongue-in-cheek, but a vision or special revelation of some kind was expected if only because of their self-elevated status. However, the accolades for the event go...