GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 07 August 2016
The following is taken from a presentation by Stan Cox to the New York Academy of Medicine and the Museum of the City of New York on August 11, 2016: The headlines screamed, “Kerry says AC more dangerous than ISIS!” The Secretary of State, at a conference in Vienna last month on reducing the use of the refrigerants – powerful greenhouse gases that are used in refrigeration and air conditioning – had actually said this: “Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations . . . as we were working... Read more
By R. Burke / 07 August 2016
In their new book People Get Ready; the Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy Robert McChesney and John Nichols contemplate a coming scenario which had been foreseen by Karl Marx in the Grundrisse, his posthumously published outline for Capital: “but to the degree that large industry develops, the creation of real wealth comes to depend less on labour time and on the amount of labour employed than on the power of the agencies set in motion during labour time, whose ‘... Read more
By Richard Wolff / 06 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 / 06 July 2016
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 unions’ power, but ultimately, to develop ideas on how we could more consciously develop our thinking and... 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

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