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Michael Albert: Replying to a Review

Recently I got an email telling me about a review of a book of mine, Looking Forward (SEP 1991) linked on the theory page of Anarcho-Syndicalist Review (http://www.syndicalist.org/theory/parecon1.shtml) I read it and was rather surprised by some of the content, and so I thought I would write some reactions here, even though I think it Read more…

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Michael Albert: Economics and Parecon

A second interview for Polish publication… 1) Many economists, for example L. Mises and other austrian economists, think that private ownership of means of production is a necessity. They argue that without private ownership of means of production economic calculation is impossible because means of production (like machines and others) don’t have prices so it’s Read more…

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Michael Albert: Market Madness

I was asked to do an email interview by a friend from Poland, for publication there, dealing with a rising tide of market ideology among Polish economists. Since it bears on issues of parecon, I thought I might as well convey it here, as well… 1) In Poland a growing number of economists are in Read more…

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Michael Albert: Answering a Comment

In general, I cannot pledge I will relate to all comments, even all questions, posted to the blogs. There is only so much time available. However…. One of the comments I found said I “seem to start with a basic split between Producers and Consumers which requires an economic system to relate the two.” Actually, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: India Today

It’s important to bear in mind that there are two quite different Indias. There is the high tech India in Hyderabad, which Thomas Friedman raves about in his odes to “globalization” — meaning, the neoliberal version of investor-rights-based international economic integration.. I’ve been there in the scientific research centers too, and what he says is Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Turkey in the World

Turkey’s human rights record has been awful, though it has been improving, as commentators routinely point out. But that overlooks a rather important fact: Turkey’s crimes against its own population, particularly Kurds, rely crucially on (1) massive US military support and (2) the cowardice and dishonesty of the intellectual classes (including the media) which refuse Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The SU and the Arms Race

Questioner: Given that the arms race was a disaster for the Soviet Union economically and of little advantage militarily, why did the USSR engage in it? What it did to them economically is exactly what Khrushchev predicted, and presumably what JFK and his advisers had in mind when they turned down Khrushchev’s call for sharp Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq and Vietnam

Personally, I don’t see much useful analogy between Iraq and Vietnam. Vietnam was in a remote corner of the world that no one cared about very much, so the US could pound away at it, devastating four countries, with little international protest, and that little mostly about the bombing of the regions in the northern Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Saudi Puppet

It’s often pointed out in the international relations literature that the notion “puppet” is not a simple one. Puppets can often influence the dominant power significantly. The Soviet satellites were certainly “puppets,” if the term has any meaning. But unlike Western powers, Russia subsidized its satellites massively, to the extent that they were mostly richer Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Reagan Phenomena

I believe this is the first such extravaganza in the US. … There was something similar after the JFK assassination, but of course the assassination of a living president is quite different. I don’t recall anything else remotely similar, perhaps since FDR, in the midst of a war, and of course he really was a Read more…

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