GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 11 January 2018
. . .The Earth is having to deal with continuous, largely unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases, along with soil degradation, mass extinction of species, destruction of ecosystems, and disruption of nitrogen, phosphorous, and water cycles. Meanwhile, efforts to head off the planet-wide ecological crisis remain trapped in a game of rock-paper-scissors [1] . Let’s start with the “paper,” which represents the kinds of paper exercises purporting to show that prosperous “green growth” can... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 08 January 2018
Student Debt Slavery II: Time to Level the Playing Field Ellen Brown http://EllenBrown.com January 5, 2018 This is the second in a two-part article on the debt burden America’s students face. Read Part 1 here. The lending business is heavily stacked against student borrowers. Bigger players can borrow for almost nothing, and if their investments don’t work out, they can put their corporate shells through bankruptcy and walk away. Not so with students. Their loan rates are high and if they... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 30 December 2017
Ellen Brown http://EllenBrown.com December 26, 2017 Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors. The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during the American Civil War. It read in part: Slavery is... Read more
By R. Burke / 30 December 2017
Lenin 2017 In recent years Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zizek has engaged in a rather interesting project: editing and introducing writings by great revolutionary leaders. In 2002 Revolution at the Gates, a collection of Lenin’s writings from 1917 (including the critical “April Theses”) was published. In 2007 writings by Robespierre, Trotsky, and Mao for Verso’s “Revolutions” series followed. The most recent offering is Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through. Lenin 2017 is a... Read more

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By Tara Lohan / 16 January 2019
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By Jason Hickel / 16 January 2019
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By Michael Corcoran / 12 January 2019
We need to see the limitations of social democracy. It is designed to preserve and contain capitalism, not to confront it.
By Jason Hickel / 10 January 2019
With a life expectancy of 79.1 years and levels of wellbeing in the top 7% of the world, Costa Rica matches many Scandinavian nations in these areas and far outperforms the United States. And it manages all of this with a GDP per capita of only $11,000, one fifth that of the US.  In this sense, Costa Rica is one of the most efficient economies on Earth: it produces high standards of living with... Read more
By Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton / 04 January 2019
In the early 1970s, when a young Elem girl started to have convulsions a local doctor said were caused by mercury poisoning, the Elem realized there might be a connection between the high rate of health problems in their small community and the mine next door.

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