GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox and Paul Cox / 02 October 2017
Donald Trump’s sadistic attacks on the people of Puerto Rico got most of the headlines, but it is colonial exploitation that created the unnatural disaster that continues to play out. Many, including Trump, predict that the debt burden will make it extremely difficult for Puerto Rico to rebuild after Hurricane Maria. That much is true, but we should be drawing from that the logical conclusion: Maria has revealed that forgiveness of Puerto Rico’s debt is a moral necessity. The economic... Read more
By R. Burke / 24 September 2017
One of the most interesting things about Steve Early’s new book Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, is the way it seems to provide an empirical confirmation for theoretical positions that have been debated on the left for decades. Thinkers from Althusser’s current of Marxist thought, such as Etienne Balibar, have advocated for a shift from a class based to a mass based politics, while Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe in their 1985 classic Hegemony and... Read more
By Don Fitz / 19 September 2017
And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. [See 2011 story HERE]. But the case... Read more
By Paul Cox and Stan Cox / 15 September 2017
Miami Beach, where despite dark forebodings, a real estate boom continues Whatever price tags are put on the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Irma in the past week, following Harvey’s destruction last month, there's one economic message you should expect to read (if you haven't already.) It will likely come from an analyst at Goldman Sachs, or the financial press, or maybe just that Facebook friend who likes to talk about GDP. They will explain how despite being a nearly unprecedented,... Read more

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By Jack Rasmus / 04 February 2018
With the Senate and House all but assured to pass the US$4.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses, investors, and the wealthiest 1 percent households by the end of this week, phases two and three of the Trump-Republican fiscal strategy have begun quickly to take shape. Phase two is to maneuver the inept Democrats in Congress into passing a temporary budget deficit-debt extension in order to allow... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 03 February 2018
Earth’s ecosystems support all life, though collapsed ecosystems would be like stepping outside of the international space station not wearing a space suit. Pop! Bam! Gone! A recent academic study about signals of ecosystem collapse throughout history fits the space suit analogy. Terrifying truth is exposed: The all-important biosphere is sending out warning signals of impending crises…... Read more
By Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades / 03 February 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 Nicole M. Aschoff / 02 February 2018
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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

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