GST Original Articles

By Stan Cox / 09 September 2017
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA)
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA) At the People’s Climate March back last spring, all along that vast river of people, the atmosphere was electric. But many of the signs and banners were far too focused on electricity. Yes, here and there were solid “System Change, Not Climate Change” - themed signs and banners. But far too many of the slogans on display asserted or implied that ending the climate emergency and avoiding climatic catastrophes like those that would occur... Read more
By Don Fitz / 29 August 2017
A Most Bizarre Green Party Convention by Don Fitz Happenings at the first Missouri Green Party (MOGP) convention since it obtained ballot status were unusual, to say the least. They issue warnings to state Green Parties across the US as well as for any group that seeks to empower members to make decisions collectively. While Green Parties in several states lost their ballot status in the 2016 elections, Missouri may be the only one that obtained ballot status for the first time.... Read more
By Robert Jensen / 18 June 2017
Naomi Klein understands that President Donald J. Trump is a problem, but he is not the problem. In her new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, Klein reminds us to pay attention not only to the style in which Trump governs (a multi-ring circus so routinely corrupt and corrosive that it normalizes anti-democratic practices) but in whose interests he governs (the wealthy, those he believes to be the rightful winners in the capitalist cage match... Read more
By R. Burke / 09 June 2017
While Ralph Milliband has been dead since May 1994, the relevance of his work only grows. His posthumously published book Socialism for a Skeptical Age provided a well argued defense of one of the most traditional goals of the socialist movement, public ownership, at a time in which capitalism was enjoying a brief, illusory moment of triumphalism. In that book Milliband was concerned with what Alec Nove had called “feasible socialism,” that is a socialism which could conceivably be achieved... Read more

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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
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By Anders Sandström and Jason Chrysostomou / 23 January 2018
There are different views on the meaning of the terms economic democracy and economic justice, which aspects of the concepts that should be emphasised, and how they can and should be achieved in a real-world economy. According to one broad definition, economic democracy is about “… the citizens’ ability to influence economic developments in general or the economic decisions of their own... Read more
By Megan Day / 23 January 2018
The culture of perfectionism and 'meritocracy' spawned by neoliberalism has pushed alienation to new heights. Has the US left allowed itself to be contaminated by the same mindset?
By Brian Czech / 21 January 2018
Warning: President Trump’s national security strategy is going to backfire like a shotgun plugged with mud. In one fell swoop, Trump called for: 1) Locking out foreigners; 2) Growing GDP as the key to national security, and; 3) Better terms of trade. Now many voters, going down the list, will promptly put a checkmark by one or two of the items, and some (especially Trump’s... Read more

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