Indigenous organizations in Peru declare state of emergency

Friday, 24 June 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Deforestation

Stop assassinations, end land grabs, recognize rights to ancestral territories

International companies are destroying forests to create palm oil plantations

The following statement was issued by thirteen Indigenous organizations from across the Peruvian Amazon, including local and regional federations from Ucayali, and the national Indigenous Peoples organization AIDESEP.


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The World Is Ruled By A Backwards Puritanical Regime: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Saturday, 25 June 2022 — Caitlin Johnstone

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“China is a strange, backwards nation ruled by tyrants,” said the nation founded by Puritans who used to execute women for witchcraft and just killed reproductive rights protections because they think Jesus told them to.

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The future of work 2 – working long and hard

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 — michael roberts

In the first post of my Future of Work series, I looked at the impact of working from home and remote work which has mushroomed since the COVID pandemic.

In this second part, I want to consider the impact of work on people’s lives and health and how that will pan out over the next few decades. Marx once said “The less you eat, drink and buy books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save—the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor rust will devour—your capital. The less you are, the less you express your own life, the more you have, i.e., the greater is your alienated life, the greater is the store of your estranged being.” —Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts 1844.

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Zugzwang*

Alastair Crooke

Europe’s future looks bleak. It is now pressed by its own imposition of sanctions, and the resultant spike in commodity prices. The EU is lumbering around in a daze.

Western self-destruction – a puzzle defying any unique causal explanation – continues. The examples where policy is pursued in apparent indifference to anything resembling rigorous reflection, has become so extreme as to provoke a former British military chief (and former head of NATO forces in Afghanistan), Lord Richards, to huff that the relationship between strategy and any synchronisation of ends has become hopelessly broken in the West.

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A tightening world

Sunday, 19 June 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

It’s been a big week for the major central banks. First, the European Central Bank (ECB) called an emergency meeting because government bond yields were rising sharply in the more indebted Eurozone economies like Italy and Spain.  That threatens to deliver a new sovereign debt crisis as happened after the Great Recession from 2010-2014, leading to the Greek nightmare.

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Socialist economic development – a review

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — michael roberts

I recently participated in a zoom seminar to review a new book entitled Socialist Economic Development in the 21st Century by Alberto Gabriele and Elias Jabbour.  Gabriele is a Senior Researcher at Sbilanciamoci, Rome, Italy and Elias Jabbour is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, at Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil.

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The Trend Toward a Multipolar World is Defined by Class Struggle

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 — The Chronicles of Haiphong

The emerging multipolar world is the result of struggles for national sovereignty and self-determination, which are connected with the world wide class struggle.

Danny Haiphong

These edited remarks were given by the author at an event held on June 11th by Friends of Socialist China titled The Empire Strikes Back: Imperialism’s Global War on Multipolarity. They were originally published in the Black Agenda Report and the full event can be viewed here.

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Escobar: Will The Global South Break Free From Dollarized-Debt?

Sunday, 12 June 2022 — The Cradle

Pepe Escobar

In his latest book, economist Michael Hudson pits socialism against finance capitalism and tears apart the ‘dream civilization’ imposed by the 1 percent.

With The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism or Socialism, Michael Hudson, one of the world’s leading independent economists, has given us arguably the ultimate handbook on where we’re at, who’s in charge, and whether we can bypass them.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2022

Thursday, June 9 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven important new books on science, medicine, and socialism.

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, 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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By endangering the petrodollar, Ukraine conflict brings multipolar world & U.S. revolution far closer

Monday, 6 June 2022 — See You in 2020

The U.S. empire’s social stability can no longer rely on buying off the workers within its own borders. When Che Guevara observed that international worker solidarity gets undermined by the proletarians in the core imperialist countries receiving special benefits compared to the proletarians in the exploited countries, he was right. But with the contraction of capital, and the consequential introduction of neoliberalism to keep capital afloat, this has changed. Every year, the masses within the United States face conditions that are more like the ones in the Global South. The global wealth gap is still the primary wealth gap in a macro sense, but this widening of the U.S. empire’s internal inequality represents a contradiction which can bring about the empire’s defeat from within. And therefore a major step towards eliminating the global gap.

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Why is Everything Broken?

Thursday, 2 June, 2022 — Edward Curtin

“Begin then with a fracture, a cesura, a rent; opening a crack in this fallen world, a shaft of light.”    Norman O. Brown, Love’s Body

Being sick for the past few weeks has had its advantages.  It has forced me to take a break from writing since I could not concentrate enough to do so.  It has gifted me with a deeper sympathy for the vast numbers of the seriously ill around the world, those suffering souls without succor except for desperate prayers for relief.  And it has allowed thoughts to think me as I relinquished all efforts at control for a few miserable weeks of “doing nothing” except napping, reading short paragraphs in books, watching some sports and a documentary, and being receptive to the light coming through the cracks in my consciousness.

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Bilderberg does China

Friday, 3 June 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

By Pepe Escobar

Photo: Flickr/barnyz

When Davos and Bilderberg messenger boys look at The Grand Chessboard, they realize that their era of perpetual free lunch is over.

Discreetly, as under the radar as a looming virus, the 68th Bilderberg meeting  is currently underway in Washington, D.C. Nothing to see here. No conspiracy theories about a “secret cabal”, please. This is just a docile, “diverse group of political leaders and experts” having a chat, a laugh, and a bubbly.

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Australia: turning for the worse

Saturday, 21 May 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

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If you agree that there is an imperialist bloc of countries that dominates and controls the world, then Australia should be included.  It may be a new and smaller entrant to the bloc, and it may be just a satellite of US imperialism in the Asia-Pacific, but it still fits the bill as part of the bloc.

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Inflation: wages versus profits

Monday, 9 May 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

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The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey set the attitude of the mainstream view on the impact of inflation in February, when he said that “I’m not saying nobody gets a pay rise, don’t get me wrong. But what I am saying is, we do need to see restraint in pay bargaining, otherwise it will get out of control”.

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Decriminalized Marijuana Reinvents Racism and Poisoning

Saturday, 14 May 2022 — The New Dark Age

by Don Fitz and Susan Armstrong

The change in marijuana laws across the US raises issues far beyond, “Hey, dude, we can blow a joint now without getting busted.” The racism that permeated the age of criminalization now lurks throughout the phase of decriminalization. The burgeoning business of growing pot raises the specter of corporate agriculture with its threats to human health and natural ecosystems. Are there ways to enjoy weed while challenging racism and corporate domination over the environment?
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Inflation: wages versus profits

Monday, 9 May 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

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The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey set the attitude of the mainstream view on the impact of inflation in February, when he said that “I’m not saying nobody gets a pay rise, don’t get me wrong. But what I am saying is, we do need to see restraint in pay bargaining, otherwise it will get out of control”.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2022

Monday, 9 May 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Democracy, insects, Cuba, plastic, capitalist drug pushers & trespassing. Books for understanding and changing the world

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, 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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The Great Currency Reset and Why Europe Is Trapped