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Tim Wise: Famous Last Words

Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments. So much so, that if we aren’t paying close attention, we’ll miss them altogether. Such Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Capitalist Globalism In Crisis

Robin Hahnel When real world outcomes differ from the efficient ones predicted by mainstream models in text books, the memories of pro-capitalists are jogged to recall catchall phrases, like “perfect competition,” and “complete markets.” The word “perfect” refers to knowledge and requires complete and accurate information for all participants in the economy about the consequences Read more…

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Edward Herman: All the Book Reviews Fit to Print

Books are a relatively open avenue to dissent in the United States. Critical voices of the left are rarely heard on TV or in the leading news magazines and dominant newspapers, and never at the length (or with the repetitions) necessary to overcome audience unfamiliarity and cognitive dissonance. Left-of-center books, by contrast, are published frequently, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Some Thoughts About the Bombings

(1) Does it ring any bells for anyone else that bombing country A may not have anything to do with country A per se, at least in recent times? Once it begins, bombing almost never yields a sought outcome regarding the place bombed (save, of course, when one literally wants to devastate it). It rarely Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Keep Hope Alive

shameful foreign economic policy in Africa. It’s a nice object lesson for those who think that progress is only made by those who "go along to get along," begging for crumbs and then settling for "reforms" that actually make things worse. Here’s the story: the Orwellian-named "Africa Growth and Opportunity Act" would require African countries Read more…

James Petras: The Philippines Revolution

Nearly 100 years ago, U.S. Marines invaded the newly independent Philippines and killed anywhere from a quarter of a million (U.S. military estimates) to a half million Filipinos in the course of colonizing the archipelago. The legacy of 50 years of U.S. colonial rule is palpable in the slums and streets of Manila, the misery Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Monsanto: A Checkered History

Headquartered just outside St. Louis, Missouri, the Monsanto Chemical Company was founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. Queeny, a self-educated chemist, brought the technology to manufacture saccharin, the first artificial sweetener, from Germany to the United States. In the 1920s, Monsanto became a leading manufacturer of sulfuric acid and other basic industrial chemicals, and Read more…

David Kotz: Russia and the Crisis of Neoliberalism

  This past summer Russia suffered a financial crisis so severe that it not only brought down former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko’s government but also shook financial markets around the world, including on Wall Street. This episode may appear to be just one more failure of the post-Soviet Russian regime, in its so far futile Read more…

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Site Administrator: “New Global Architecture” Poses Questions for the Left

Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello   Global capitalism has entered a crisis that few of its architects anticipated. As a result, the air is abuzz with proposals for a “new architecture” for the global economy. An era of debate and struggle over the design of the global economy lies ahead. But popular movements, progressives, and Read more…

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