Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests

Blame the Boomers Listen DOWNLOAD Mark Blyth’s State of the Union The people’s economist Mark Blyth is a perpetual fan favorite for Open Source listeners. The Brown University professor, who never left behind his working-class Scottish roots, brings a vernacular wisdom and wit to his deep analysis of inequality, austerity, and popular unrest. He also … Continue reading Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests

Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

If there were a tagline for today’s populist moment, it would probably be something like, “It’s not the economy, stupid.” by Shadi Hamid American Affairs Winter 2018  Economic factors matter, but they are far from decisive in understanding why populists, especially right-wing populists, have solidified their position as the second largest or even largest parties in many Western democracies. … Continue reading Left Populism and the Rediscovery of Agonistic Politics

We’re Staring Down Global Neofascist Rule

  What follows is a transcript of a conversation between Cornel West and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network  Jan 2, 2019 SHARMINI PERIES: Cornel West, I thank you so much for joining us today. CORNEL WEST: Thank you. I salute you and the wonderful work that you do. SHARMINI PERIES: Thank you. Now, Cornel, when I … Continue reading We’re Staring Down Global Neofascist Rule

The new global race to space

Editor's note: private funding for space travel escalates as billionaires look to escape the Earth when they're done trashing the place by Steve LeVine Axios Jan 1, 2019 A few years ago, a Silicon Valley billionaire decried he and his friends dreamed of flying cars, and instead got 140 characters. He was wrong: They, along with … Continue reading The new global race to space

The Global Power Elite: A Transnational Class

This class is no longer bound to national concerns, only to the expansion of its own power. GIANTS: The Global Power Elite Greg Wiplert interviews Peter Phillips Real News  Dec 26, 2018 https://youtu.be/FsdJhSI63uQ Transcript: GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert. Global inequality continues to intensify unabatedly. The richest one percent of … Continue reading The Global Power Elite: A Transnational Class

Could This Be Our Best Hope of Removing Trump From Office?

by Paul Street Truthdig Dec 26, 2018 The dog whistle couldn’t have been any clearer. When Donald Trump said two weeks ago that “the people would revolt” if he were impeached, his extremist base of neo-Nazis, Klan members, right-wing militias and sympathetic service members likely heard the following: “Feel free to attack Democrats, liberals, leftists … Continue reading Could This Be Our Best Hope of Removing Trump From Office?

The Science of Predicting the Next Financial Crisis

The end really is near: a play-by-play of the coming economic collapse Steve Keen is a Professor of Economics at Kingston University with a focus on analyzing capitalism as a monetary system What will happen: I expect a boom before a slump, and a pretty messy economic performance overall. And I expect a small downturn … Continue reading The Science of Predicting the Next Financial Crisis