Ukraine News Links 11-12 July 2022

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 • 17:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back. If it gets updated, I usually insert the time on the line above. A lot of cross-posting usually indicates that the article is popular and some links may not work, depending on your location but I’ve kept them anyway, so at least the reader has some idea of the scale of censorship now operating in the ‘democratic’ West.

The Judgement of the Nations

Ukraine and NATO’s Hardline Position on Expansion: End the War, Lift the Sanctions, Initiate Peace Negotiations

EU is set to allow seizure of Russian assets – official

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Michael Hudson: The End of Western Civilization – Why It Lacks Resilience, and What Will Take Its Place

Monday, 11 July 2022 — Michael Hudson

By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

The greatest challenge facing societies has always been how to conduct trade and credit without letting merchants and creditors make money by exploiting their customers and debtors. All antiquity recognized that the drive to acquire money is addictive and indeed tends to be exploitative and hence socially injurious. The moral values of most societies opposed selfishness, above all in the form of avarice and wealth addiction, which the Greeks called philarguria– love of money, silver-mania. Individuals and families indulging in conspicuous consumption tended to be ostracized, because it was recognized that wealth often was obtained at the expense of others, especially the weak.

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Political False Dichotomies: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

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You may vote and debate freely on any issue which does not affect the functioning of the empire. When it comes to how money, weapons and resources move around the world, however, you suddenly find that your votes don’t matter and your position has no mainstream representation. They’ll let you argue until you’re blue in the face over whether or not you can have an abortion or whether minorities should have civil rights; they’ll even let you vote on it. But things like military expansionism and neoliberal globalization and deregulation are off limits.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, July 2022

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Summer reading for greens and reds. New books on work, extractive industry., empire, pandemics, organizing, and socialism 

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Crashing a Continent

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 — The Van Says…

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Europe is rushing to run a fool’s errand against Russia


This week has seen the euro plummet against the dollar as well as the German government publishing pretty dire figures and with even worse prospects, affairs in Europe are bleak. This article will examine why this is and what can be expected from both East and West over coming months.
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