Video: Susan George on “How to win the class war – The Lugano Report II” Part 1

30 November 2013 — 

Susan George shares the story behind her new book

If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be in the shoes – and the minds – of the guardians of the capitalist system, Susan George can give you the key. “How to win the Class War” is a ‘Factual Fiction': the facts are based on solid research, but the fictional setting and the story make you feel as though you’re reading a political thriller. The Report shows that the powerful are vulnerable to popular movements – if these movements understand the tactics they are up against.

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Join Susan George Discussing the Class War

29 November 2013

Join Susan George Discussing the class war

Susan has a world wide reputation as a searing critic of capitalist globalisation and as an activist for international social justice. Her latest book, titled How to Win the Class War, is the sequel to her popular Lugano Report. 

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Book Review: How the corporate elite win the class war By John Palmer

29 November 2013 — Red Pepper

John Palmer reviews Susan George‘s latest book How to Win the Class War: The Lugano Report II

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Susan George has a world wide reputation as a searing critic of capitalist globalisation and as an activist for international social justice. Her first ‘Lugano Report’ more than a decade ago attracted attention in part because she wrote it in the persona of a sinister international cabal planning the future neo-liberal world economic order. In it George predicted, well ahead of the event, the near collapse of the world banking system in 2007 and a looming global warming catastrophe as well as warning of the emergence of a super rich ruling class throughout much of the capitalist world. Her predictions went completely against the grain of the “conventional wisdom” of the time – but were chillingly prescient.

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Oceans on the brink of ecological collapse By Simon Butler

14 October 2013 – Climate and Capitalism

Marine scientists say the health of the oceans is in crisis. A ‘deadly trio’ of emission impacts may have already initiated a mass extinction event, a mass die-off of species and catastrophic loss of biodiversity.

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Video: The Great Rift: Capitalism and the metabolism of nature and production John Bellamy Foster

7 August 2013 — MRZine

John Bellamy Foster: We need a society that is geared, as István Mészáros always tells us, to substantive equality. And no compromise on the issue of equality. Bolívar said equality is the law of laws. So we need substantive equality and we need ecological sustainability. And they have to go together. How do we know they have to go together? Because what is causing the ecological damage and what is causing the social damage is the same thing: it’s the rift in the production system; it’s the alienation of nature, which is one with the alienation of human society. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for July 3, 2013: MHP, Joy-Ann Reid vs Wikileaks & the Constitution, Obama & Mandela: Dangerous Mythology

3 July 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Gandhi once said that western civilization would be “a good idea.” So would black journalism. One white TV talking head said he was ready to arrest Glen Greenwald. Not to be outdone, MSNBC’s black talking heads too, are ready to personally scalp Wikileaks and put the cuffs on Edward Snowden. Public opinion, which favored Snowden early, has to be pushed in the administration’s direction. A dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. Continue reading this...

Snowden, Surveillance And The Secret State By David Cromwell and David Edwards

28 June 2013 — Media Lens

Reports of Washington’s anger directed at surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate a basic truth about power. Noam Chomsky has expressed it as the underlying problem for genuine democracy, even in so-called ‘free’ societies: Continue reading this...

Capitalism, Democracy, and Elections By Richard D. Wolff

21 June 2013 — MRZine

Capitalism and real democracy never had much to do with one another.  In contrast, formal voting in elections has worked nicely for capitalism.  After all, elections have rarely posed, let alone decided, the question of capitalism: whether voters prefer it or an alternative economic system. Continue reading this...

Black Agenda Report for 19 June 2013: Lies of Empire, No Rollback on Mass Incarceration, Obama’s Syrian Press Pass and more…

19 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones? Continue reading this...

Capitalism in Crisis: Our Opportunity for a New System By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

19 June 2013 – Truthout

Capitalism.(Photo: adam greenfield / Flickr)

[I can't say I entirely agree with this essay's approach to dealing with the crisis of capitalism (after all, it's not the first crisis but the umpteenth) but nevertheless I still think it's worth reading if only because it's a refreshing change after the British left's attempt at addressing the crisis (see for example Richard Seymour's video, 'In practical terms today, we are all reformists ...') Though I would argue that the British left has always been reformist, well at least William Morris's time, and in any case, he speaks not for me. WB]

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Media Lens: ‘You Say What You Like, Because They Like What You Say’ By David Cromwell

13 May 2013 — Media Lens

The local elections in England earlier this month saw the right-wing UK Independence Party win over 140 council seats, gaining around 25 per cent of the vote where it stood. This led to a deluge of media headlines and stories echoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s gleeful claim of a ‘game changer’ in domestic politics. The Conservatives ended up with egg on their face after veteran Tory Ken Clarke had labelled UKIP ‘a collection of clowns’.

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