As we approach the anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Diana Johnstone reminds us that the decision to use the bomb was purely political, not military, and that it signified the start of the Cold War.
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Scott Santens provides empirical evidence that the provision of a Universal Basic Income leads to a greater sense of community and cooperation amongst it's recipients.
The term “energy transition” usually signifies a shift away from fossil fuels and the technologies that require them. The question that then follows is: how is this shift to be paid for?
But there are pitfalls in looking at climate and energy like this. This public lecture given in Vienna and organised by Attac Austria and others, explores different ways of organizing nature, economy and society. It raises questions about the orientation of many mainstream discussions; the fetishising of technology; finance; accumulation; and organising.
Explores numerous factors, especially continuing French interventions in north Africa, and the threat to what Ahmed calls the 'greyzone,' the increasingly rare "arenas of multi-ethnic, multi-faith solidarity, within both the Muslim and Western worlds."
Samir Amin provides a world-systems analysis of the current upsurge of nationalism, and draws a distinction between progressive and reactionary versions.
In this article, Damien White offers a sympathetic yet critical appraisal of the works of Murray Bookchin and their relevance for the 21st century.
Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the 'Brexit' vote is a symptom of deeper dysfunctions in the capitalist world-system, and that the political meaning of it will only become clear as a result of further struggles.
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.
In the middle of June 2016 the US House Committee on Natural Resources approved HR 3650, an effort to expand privatization of public lands.
This is written for those who argue against reparations for slavery on the grounds that slavery happened oh so very – too – long ago to be a rational idea; for those who contend that no living black people were slaves; who argue that no living white people were slave owners; for people who insist, therefore, that the time to ask for slavery reparations has long since passed. And, anyway, why didn’t the ex-slaves themselves demand reparations/compensation?