GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 17 February 2017
Both capitalism and electoral democracy impede effective climate action. But while we have to defend and transform democracy, there is no possibility that capitalism can be made compatible with either global climate mitigation or social and economic justice. Donald Trump plans to dismantle America’s already weak climate policy, potentially dooming not only this country but the entire world to runaway greenhouse warming. The day after Election Day 2016, star climate scientist Michael Mann was... Read more
By Kim Scipes / 16 February 2017
Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance By Kim Scipes The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency has seen an amazing explosion of mobilizing to oppose him and his administration on oh-so-many levels.  And that has been heartening. But it is not enough. The fact is, as things now stand, Trump and his minions can outlast us.  And even if we get Trump out of there—which I think is an impossible dream with the Republicans holding both the Senate and House, unless he leaves on his own... Read more
By Don Fitz / 07 February 2017
Lying in bed Superbowl Sunday night, I saw the news of the spectacular win by the Patriots. Dozing off, I mused: Wouldn't it be a SuperDuperBowl if the “Patriots” played a team called the “Traitors?” But who would dub themselves “Traitors?” I drifted into the strangest dream. Donald Trump was surrounded his coterie. “I want to bring back Trump University with a football team,” bellowed the great leader. “We'll buy the best players in the country and win the Superbowl! All we need is a little... Read more
By Stan Cox and Paul Cox / 03 February 2017
Last month, the social-media giant Facebook announced plans to build a new data center near Odense, Denmark. The expansion of server capacity was needed, the company said, to support "richer content" such as live-streaming and virtual reality. The Facebook executive who made a public announcement of the decision (live-streamed, of course), noted that the new facility would have the "smallest footprint possible" and be "powered by 100 percent clean and renewable energy." Well, not exactly.... Read more

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By Jason Hickel / 01 February 2018
The economist Branko Milanovic recently wrote a blog post titled “The illusion of degrowth in a poor and unequal world.”  He penned it, he says, following a conversation he had with a proponent of degrowth. As it turns out, that proponent was me.
By Steve Horn / 29 January 2018
While U.S. power plants have considered petroleum coke or “petcoke” to be too dirty to burn, India, on the other hand, has been importing this coal by-product of tar sands refining for years. However, it may be seeing its last days in the country which has served as its biggest importer. In the aftermath of an Associated Press investigation published on December 1, India's Petroleum and Natural... Read more
By Louis Proyect / 28 January 2018
A decade ago I reviewed “Amazing Grace”, a hagiographic biopic about William Wilberforce, the parliamentary opponent of the slave trade in Great Britain. Since I am far more interested in a film’s politics than tracking shots, I saw it as an opportunity to cut Wilberforce down to size: The film was meant to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of the bill that banned the slave trade... Read more
By Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades / 27 January 2018
Leaders from the frontlines of mining struggles in the Philippines, Colombia and Uganda travelled to the UK this November to expose the true costs of the UK’s extensive ties to the global mining industry and oppose the Mines and Money Conference in London- a global hub of mining finance and power. Advertising itself as an event where ‘deals get done’, the express aim of Mines and Money, which... Read more
By Jay Moore / 25 January 2018
Why are we here in the year 2017 still having to deal with racist morons flying the battle flag of a traitorous slaveowners’ rebellion that was defeated more than 150 years ago and other manifestations of white supremacy that draw on that utterly reactionary heritage?  One of the main reasons, I would argue, is that the Confederacy was never put six feet under in the grave yard where it belonged... Read more
By Brian Davey / 24 January 2018
During the 17th and 18th centuries the rise of mercantile power, colonialism and a slave economy was associated with the development of the idea that “improvement” meant production growth and was an indicator of a new idea of progress. This was a core idea in Adam Smith’s book The Wealth of Nations. In it Smith described the production increase at the early stages of the industrial revolution as... Read more
By Marcel Liebman & Ralph Miliband / 23 January 2018
A reprint of an article by Ralph Milliband and Marcel Liebman that discusses the strengths and shortcomings of Social Democracy and what must be done to advance beyond it.

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