Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism

28 October 2019 — Climate & Capitalism
Book Review

The alternative to global capitalism must be a transnational popular project that leads to globalization from below

William I. Robinson
Into the Tempest: Essays on the New Global Capitalism
Haymarket Books, 2018

reviewed by David Klein

Capitalism’s grow-or-die imperative is driving humanity to the brink of extinction. At the present rate of global greenhouse gas emissions, the climate crisis alone could soon end civilization and destroy the biosphere. Biologists report that up to a million species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction.  Global capitalism is not only creating unprecedented extremes of inequality and injustice, it is wrecking the planet.

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The Irreversible (but Laborious) Construction of a Multi-Polar Order

24 September 2019 —

Atilio Borón

Ismael Hossein-zadeh, an Iranian-born Kurdish economist and professor emeritus at Drake University (Iowa) wondered in a recent post why China, India, Russia and other countries do not challenge the tyranny exerted by the US over the institutions that monitor, regulate and control the functioning of the international economic and financial system such as the IMF, the WB, the WTO, the Bank for International Settlements (Basel) and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT).(i)

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On TEDx, Gene Therapy, Profits, and Criminal Thinking By Phil Butler

7 March 2019 — New Eastern Outlook


And the headlines read, “Putin wants his own private internet.” This genius stroke of Neanderthal mass information came from TechRadar via the golden string of stupidity that emanates from Bloomberg. This “thread” I speak of is the connective tissue of the most ominous force in the history of our planet. How’s that for sensational? Now let me show you why America’s propaganda machine will be the end of us all. Very soon, thinking at all will be a crime.

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A Progressive ‘Artifice’ of Democratic Impotence: The ‘World’ Finally ‘Gets It’ By Alastair Crooke

28 January 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Antonio Gramsci described an interregnum as a time “when the old is dying and the new cannot be born… in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms pertain.” In such periods, the new is perceived as mad, bad and dangerous to contemplate.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 5 November 2011: India/Pakistan / Russia / Anti-Globalism / Asia Occupy Wall Street

5 November 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Paradigm Shift in India-Pakistan Relations
05.11.2011 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)
Pakistan on 2 November 2011 decided to accord most favoured nation (MFN) status to India… the new arrangement will help both the countries to meet many of their economic necessities in a complementary framework. It may give a push to larger plans like Iran-Pakistan-India and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipelines, and bring other countries of South Asia towards larger economic integration under the rubric South Asian Free Trade Area…

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Dmitry Sedov – Revolts in Arab world – who’s next?

25 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The revolt in Libya makes us seriously revise our attitude to the events in the Arab East. A widespread point of view that the Internet was to blame for creating options for self-organization has been shaken.

Indeed, the Internet opens opportunities for political mobilization and creation of mass movements, but in any case this is only the channel through which different social groups promote their interests. Accumulation of serious social and economic contradictions when it reaches the point, after which an outbreak of social rage follows, is the real base of national protests. The Internet is not more than a detonator. It is no longer important whether those who want to play with social sentiments have a clear plan of actions or not. It is much more important that without social-economic reasons such plans just don’t work.

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Lowering Workers’ Wages is the Objective

14 December, 2010 — The Real News Network

Leo Panitch: Big Business opposed to government jobs programs, as their objective is to drive wages down through fear and global competition

Leo Panitch is the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto. Panitch is also the author of “Global Capitalism and American Empire” and his most recent release “American Empire and the Political Economy of International Finance”. In addition to his university affiliation he is also a co-editor of the Socialist Register the latest volume of which is The Crisis This Time.

New from Strategic Culture Foundation 30 October – 5 November, 2010

5 November, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The echo of the past war

05.11.2010 | 21:27 | MEDEN Natalia
In Germany the reaction on the plan of David Cameron’s Cabinet to withdraw the British troops from Germany by 2020 (not by 2035) in order to save money for the state budget was quite controversial… Here are some of the comments from readers on the web site of Neue Westfälische Zeitung newspaper: ”Finally the occupants get out from here”. “Super! Good news! Finally the occupants are going home. We had enough. The empty houses and barracks can be successfully used for other purposes”… A. Merkel is confident that at the Lisbon summit “a very good document heading to the future” will be signed, and Spiegel has already announced that NATO’s new concept does not envisage the removal of the US nuclear troops from Germany (not a single word was said about the removal of military bases).… When the Russian troops left Germany the soldiers sang a song with the words “Good bye, Germany, our native country waits for us”. As for the British soldiers who are to leave Germany in 10 years it is not their home country but a distant land which is waiting for then – Afghanistan…

1789 for US Establishment Liberals?

04.11.2010 | 17:21 | KERANS David (USA)
The Republican Party’s recapture of control of the House of Representatives and recovery of several seats in the Senate in the midterm elections of 2010 will certainly affect the tenor of US government over the next two years. The Republicans will assume leadership of House Committees, and distort policy even further towards corporate special interests, including the defense sector, with its lust for foreign conflicts and the large government contracts attending them…

Acquired Amnesia Syndrome. On US Medical Experiments in Guatemala

03.11.2010 | 11:50 | LEBEDEVA Irina (US)
Last October, headlines in US media were grabbed by reports showing that some six decades ago US “researchers” deliberately exposed Guatemalans to syphilis and gonorrhea. The revelations forced the US to apologize… What seems strange about the whole story is that the US did make an apology for what was done ages ago. US history abounds with cases where one or another American Doctor Mengele subjected humans to experiments with a panacea against some XX or XXI century plague…

The WikiLeaks Enigma

02.11.2010 | 21:16 | PUSTOVOITOVA Elena
You will not learn from WikiLeaks how for years the Iraqi oil used to be stolen and delivered to the US via Turkey’s seaport of Ceyhan to be sold below cost. Nor does WikiLeaks mention the fact that mutant children are born in numbers in Fallujah, the city which survived strikes by US shells containing low-enriched uranium…

The Dawn of the Rousseff Epoch

02.11.2010 | 09:49 | NIKANDROV Nil
The majority of polls picked Dilma Rousseff as the frontrunner on the eve of the presidential runoff in Brazil. Brazil’s outgoing president Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, a hyper-popular leader whose rating at the final stage of the term in office topped 80%, strengthened Rousseff’s bid for presidency by reiterating that voting for Dilma was in fact the same as voting for him… Lula must be credited with resolving the political continuity problem: his former right-hand woman Dilma Rousseff is sure to take over her predecessor’s list of strategic priorities…

The Two Myths Behind Globalism

01.11.2010 | 09:16 | GORDEEV Konstantin
While only 350 terrorist acts perpetrated by suicide bombers were recorded in 1980-2003 and only 15% of them targeted US citizens, in the much shorter 2004-2009 period of time the number reached 1,833, US citizens being victims in 92% of the cases. Evidently, the surge of suicide bombings over the past six years must be attributable to the US-led NATO campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and to the Western occupation of the countries.

The Geopolitics of Drug Trafficking

31.10.2010 | 21:01 | SHUSTOV Aleksandr
The geography of drug supplies from Afghanistan explains the drug lords’ increasing interest in the northern drug trafficking route…The Talib surge in Afghanistan’s northern provinces, the fighting with insurgents in Tajikistan’s Rasht valley, and the second Kyrgyz “revolution” may be elements of the same picture – the establishment of favorable conditions for the transit of drugs from Afghanistan… Moscowis increasingly concerned over the situation in Tajikistan…


31.10.2010 | 12:34 | MAHAPATRA Aurobinda (India)
The selection of India this month as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has catapulted the Brazil – Russia – India – China (BRIC) nations at the highest international body as a force to reckon with… It may not be a pure coincidence that the coming months in this year will see high powered visits from important players in the world to India. While November will witness the visits of the US President and the French President, the month of December will witness the visit of the Russian President and the Chinese Premier…

A Death Sentence to Tariq Aziz Against the WikiLeaks Backdrop

30.10.2010 | 20:10 | MEZYAEV Alexander
Sentencing Tariq Aziz to death came against the backdrop of the WikiLeaks revelations about the war in Iraq. The site published tons of information concerning the war crimes committed by the US and Iraqi military in the country… 31 civilians were killed daily since the outbreak of the war in 2003, and the data shows that lethality in Iraq is five times higher than in Afghanistan… Three years ago Baghdad requested that the UN Security Council set up an international tribunal for Iraq. No response followed at the time, but currently there is no doubt that the tribunal is necessary…

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You bastard, you burst my bubble! No not really By William Bowles

6 December 2008

“Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones … All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.” — Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Up until this current crisis manifested itself, it was true to characterize a distinguishing feature of capitalism as the “Constant revolutionizing of production”, that is to say, the destruction and recreation of the means of production, new products created and new or existing markets exploited anew.

However, in a world where there is now global over-production and increasingly impoverished working classes unable to afford the products of their own labours, is it possible that this distinguishing feature has reached a dead-end? And if so, what are the implications? Will general war, as it has in the past, be the only ‘solution’ to this, the greatest crisis of the over-accumulation of capital in history?

Or has the capitalist system finally ran out of road? And if so, are we in a position to replace it with something else?

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MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

February 5, 2008

Watching the corporate media report the ‘financial crisis’ is instructive. From the perspective of power, it is important that a steadying hand is applied to the tiller of news and commentary on the crisis, and the global economy itself.

And so columnist Martin Wolf took a ‘measured’ view in the Financial Times. There have been 100 “significant” banking crises in the past thirty years, he noted, making them almost routine. Authorities have had to intervene to “rescue” the US financial system from four crises over that period: the developing country debt and also the “savings and loan” crises of the 1980s; the commercial property crisis of the early 1990s; and now the subprime and credit crisis of 2007-08. As Wolf observed correctly of the banking sector: “No industry has a comparable talent for privatising gains and socialising losses.”

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Mission Impossible By William Bowles

22 August 2003

Never has the meaning of the global village struck home in quite the way as in the present circumstances. Past empires have been able to hide behind distance and disinformation, but the current imperial project is, in spite of all the efforts to hide it, being built inside a goldfish bowl, where every move, every stratagem is immediately subject to scrutiny from a myriad of observers.

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