Category: Corporations

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Greg Ruggiero: Microradio Broadcasting Aguascalientes of the Airwaves

  Excerpted from notes prepared for a presentation given at the "Festival of Resistance" organized by the NY Zapatistas, 10/12/98.   "Where there is even a pretense of democracy," writes Noam Chomsky, "communications are at its heart." Given the present state of our society, however, it’s no surprise that we find communications not at the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Corporate Sovereignty And (Junk) Science

  One of the great myths and ideological rationales of capitalism is that consumers are sovereign, their demands ultimately ruling the system, with producers only responding to consumer needs and wants. In reality, by virtue of their immense resources and power, producers, not consumers, are sovereign. This is dramatically evident in examining the recent history Read more…

Matthew Murray: The Suburban Economy

  Several years ago, a friend in Atlanta told me about the latest resource planning problem facing that city. New construction was underway to extend the subway lines further out into the suburban sprawl, with extra bus routes scheduled to feed off from the most distant terminals. The purpose of this expansion was not to Read more…

Vincent Romano: Inspecting the Inspectors

Disarmament   Inspecting the Inspectors By Vincent Romano   It is August 1998 and for the umpteenth time, a crisis with Iraq looms. The government of Saddam Hussein has barred UNSCOM inspectors from implementing their mandate to root out all suspected hidden weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. is enraged. Major media pontificate on the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Neoliberalism Comes Unglued

Neoliberalism Comes Unglued By Mark Weisbrot   With the stock market plummeting, an economic and political crisis in Russia, and a regional depression in Asia, a lot of people are wondering if we are staring into the abyss. It’s no longer just the left, which has predicted six out of the last three world economic Read more…

James Petras: The New Revolutionary Peasantry

Latin America The New Revolutionary Peasantry The growth of peasant-led opposition to neoliberalism By James Petras   I was invited to give one of the inaugural speeches at the Second Latin American Congress of Rural Organizations (Congreso Latinoamericano de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC) that took place in Brazil November 3-7, 1997. There were approximately 350 Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: Weaving A Net That Works

  It was lunchtime in a dusty barrio near Tijuana, Mexico, where the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ) had come to meet in July 1993. The schedule called for us to march to a transfer station for hazardous waste, one of many plants poisoning the area, and picket it. I asked how Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Looking Back, Moving Forward

SOUTH END PRESS: What achievements of the Left have given you the most hope for the future?   ALBERT: Ending feudalism, ending slavery, enacting labor laws, winning universal suffrage, ending Jim Crow laws, overcoming much of the mindset and practice of patriarchy as it was entrenched though the 1950s and 1960s, bringing gay rights and Read more…

Jim Crotty: Labor Resistance in Korea

  Labor Resistance in Korea By Jim Crotty & Gary Dymski     Since our article in the July-August issue, Asia has fallen into a self-reinforcing regional collapse. It may be at the edge of a meltdown. East and Southeast Asia are highly integrated economically. Falling Asian demand has hurt Japanese exports and staggered its ailing banking Read more…

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David Bacon: The GM Strike

The GM Strike By David Bacon Ending the strike of two auto parts plants near Detroit—a process which used to take just a few days—has instead lasted weeks. But delay and stubborn conflict is not the most unique factor marking this strike. It’s the fact that General Motors strikers have been forced to confront the Read more…

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