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By Richard Wolff / 7 July 2016
MJ: This is Letters and Politics, on Pacifica  radio, I’m Mitch Jeserich. There’s been a lot of political turmoil in Europe not just in the past few days but in the past few weeks. After Britain voted to leave the European Union, global markets have taken a dive and the English pound has also seen its biggest devaluation in years, causing the UK government to move slower than reported and has even caused calls for a second referendum. England’s neighbor France has had major demonstrations in... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 7 July 2016
For Those Who Know Little or Nothing about Labor: Building Global Labor Solidarity Today --Kim Scipes Earlier this year, a collection of papers was published under the title of Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization (Scipes, ed., 2016).  It was a strong effort by seven labor activists and scholars from different parts of the world to think out how workers today can support each other globally; initially so as to defend against attacks on workers’ and their... Read more
By Don Fitz / 6 June 2016
In the middle of June 2016 the US House Committee on Natural Resources approved HR 3650, an effort to expand privatization of public lands. The bill would transfer control of “up to 2 million acres of eligible portions of the National Forest System” from the federal to state governments. Since state governments cannot afford firefighting budgets for such huge pieces of land, the law is a slick maneuver to make certain that lands will end up in the hands of private corporations. Endgame:... Read more
By R. Burke / 6 June 2016
When socialism first appeared as a modern political movement, it did so in a form that later came to be termed as ‘utopian.’ Charles Fourier, Robert Owen, Henri de Saint-Simon, and later Pierre Joseph Proudhon all strove to put forward plans and policies that they hoped would lead to a better, more desirable world. Such thinkers attempted to convince their fellow citizens of the wisdom of their plans, and that doing so would lead to the realization of their ideas. Marx and Engels, who would... Read more

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By Nicholas Hildyard / 7 July 2016
The term “energy transition” usually signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that then follows is: how is this shift to be paid for?But there are pitfalls in looking at climate and energy like this. This public lecture given in Vienna and organised by Attac Austria and others, explores different ways of organizing nature, economy and society.... Read more
By Nicholas Hildyard / 7 July 2016
Organised labour has long insisted that energy is more than an issue of electrons. Over two decades ago, the Congress of South African Trade Unions was explicit that addressing energy poverty is not just a matter of power plants, grids and transformers; it is also – and primarily – a matter of political change. Who controls energy production, who finances it, what the energy is used for and who... Read more
By Nafeez Ahmed / 7 July 2016
Explores numerous factors, especially continuing French interventions in north Africa, and the threat to what Ahmed calls the 'greyzone,' the increasingly rare "arenas of multi-ethnic, multi-faith solidarity, within both the Muslim and Western worlds."
By Samir Amin / 7 July 2016
Samir Amin provides a world-systems analysis of the current upsurge of nationalism, and draws a distinction between progressive and reactionary versions.
By Damian White / 7 July 2016
In this article, Damien White offers a sympathetic yet critical appraisal of the works of Murray Bookchin and their relevance for the 21st century.
By Immanuel Wallerstein / 7 July 2016
Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the 'Brexit' vote is a symptom of deeper dysfunctions in the capitalist world-system, and that the political meaning of it will only become clear as a result of further struggles.
By Herb Dyer / 6 June 2016
  This is written for those who argue against reparations for slavery on the grounds that slavery happened oh so very – too – long ago to be a rational idea; for those who contend that no living black people were slaves; who argue that no living white people were slave owners; for people who insist, therefore, that the time to ask for slavery reparations has long since passed. And, anyway, why... Read more

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