3 March 2013 — Voltaire Network
During his annual State of the Union address, President Barack Obama unilaterally announced the opening of negotiations for a Transatlantic Global Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union (12 February). A few hours later, the scoop was confirmed by a joint statement from the U.S. President and the Presidents of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy and European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
30 December 2012 — Radical Notes
The War on Afghanistan is a Profit driven “Resource War“.
25 November 2012 — Monthly Review Press
The Conductor and the Conducted
<div class=”bookinfo”><strong class=”bookinfo”>What was “real <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism”—the term which originated in twentieth-century <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialist societies for the purpose of distinguishing them from abstract, theoretical <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism? In this volume, Michael A. Lebowitz considers the nature, tendencies, and contradictions of those societies. Beginning with the constant presence of shortages within “real <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>socialism,” Lebowitz searches for the inner relations which generate these patterns. He finds these, in particular, in what he calls “vanguard relations of production,” a relation which takes the apparent form of a social contract where workers obtain benefits not available to their counterparts in capitalism but lack the power to decide within the workplace and society.
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3 October 2012 — The Bullet • Socialist E-Project No. 706
“They call it democracy but this isn’t one” was the cry repeated in the squares and on the demonstrations. And as time went by, this slogan took on still more meaning. The stigmatization and repression against those who struggle in the street for their rights has only intensified in recent times. The worse the crisis gets, the more popular support broadens for those who protest and the more the brutal repression increases. The thirst for liberty is being smothered along with the current “democracy.”
13 February, 2012 — Monthly Review
Review of the Month
Five years after the Great Financial Crisis of 2007–09 began there is still no sign of a full recovery of the world economy. Consequently, concern has increasingly shifted from financial crisis and recession to slow growth or stagnation, causing some to dub the current era the Great Stagnation.1 Stagnation and financial crisis are now seen as feeding into one another. Thus IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde declared in a speech in China on November 9, 2011, in which she called for the rebalancing of the Chinese economy: