Collin Harris: America: The Land of Hungry Ghosts

Gabor Mate is an author, physician, and social critic. His most recent book is In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.   HARRIS: There seems to be two underlying realities to the issue of drugs in our society. One is the world of recreational and abusive illegal drug use and the global Read more…

Collin Harris: Design Action

Design Action Collective is a worker-owned co-op based in Oakland, California providing design and visual communication services to movements for social justice. To say that designers and artists of all kinds play a crucial and highly complicit role in the great circus of consumer capitalism is an insight that evades the average art school student. Read more…

Collin Harris: The Obama Syndrome

I have no animosity towards people who supported and voted for President Obama. This prevailing logic of supporting the lesser-than-two-evils, fitting for an era of diminished expectations, is the most important political resource of the Democratic Party and the typical cop-out for its “progressive” supporters. What will finally deliver a deathblow to the logic of Read more…

Collin Harris: The Student Debt Bubble

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of political economy at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and co-author of the article “The Student Loan Debt Bubble.”   Harris: How severe is the issue of student loan debt?   Nasser: It was announced last summer that the total student loan debt—at $830 billion—now exceeds the total U.S. Read more…

Collin Harris: Groundation

Alternative currents in the United States are in need of more creative and constructive tactics, projects, and forms of expression, broader and more inclusive cultures of resistance, and spaces for experimentation with new ways of living. Music and the arts can work to disrupt the flow of information, subvert existing systems, and inspire others. Music Read more…

Collin Harris: NAFTA & Political Economy of Immigration

International migration is not, strictly speaking, a new phenomenon. However, in recent decades, the ascendancy of the global economy and the (short-lived?) triumph of neoliberal economics produced a parallel ascendancy in the rate of international immigration. Specifically, in Mexico the effects of neoliberal structural-adjustment programs in the 1980s, NAFTA in the 1990s, and the ongoing Read more…

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