Bordering on Fascism: Reflecting on Dangerous Times

by Paul Street Counterpunch Jan 11, 2019 My fellow U.S.-Americans, we stand at a moment of no small peril. Contrary to much of what one hears from liberals, Donald Trump’s “insane” border-wall gambit may be something of a winning play for him. Yes, the whole stunt is built on a fetid pile of falsehoods. The … Continue reading Bordering on Fascism: Reflecting on Dangerous Times

Gilets Jaunes in 2019: French Democracy Dead or Alive?

by Diana Johnstone GlobalResearch Jan 10, 2019 Or perhaps one should say, buried or revived?  Because for the mass of ordinary people, far from the political, financial, media centers of power in Paris, democracy is already moribund, and their movement is an effort to save it.  Ever since Margaret Thatcher decreed that “there is no … Continue reading Gilets Jaunes in 2019: French Democracy Dead or Alive?

Trump’s War on Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics

Trump’s attack on regulation is just another form of trickle-down economics – where the gains go the filthy rich, while the risks and losses trickle down to regular people. by Robert Reich When Trump’s not blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations. He even blamed regulations for the wildfires ravaging California. They’re … Continue reading Trump’s War on Regulation is Trickle-Down Economics

A Moral Tale of Economics

Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong by John Rapley Aeon Jan 9, 2018 Think of human development as a long journey. At the beginning, we live at the mercy of nature. Dependent on its bounty, we pray for rains and freedom from natural disasters and plagues. At the … Continue reading A Moral Tale of Economics

How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

From medicine to education, market imperatives rule public life: how neoliberalism undermined our professions. by Lisa Herzog Aeon Jan 11, 2019 The young doctor was desperate. ‘I need to talk to my patients,’ she said, ‘and give them time to ask questions. Some of them are foreign-born and struggle with the language, and all of them are … Continue reading How neoliberalism’s obsession with markets destroyed the heart and soul of key jobs

Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

  by Richard Moser Be Freedom  Jan 10, 2019 I’ve been hearing about neoliberalism for a long time now and never could make much sense of it. It turns out the story we tell about neoliberalism is as contradictory as neoliberalism itself. Two currents within the critique of neoliberalism offer different analyses of the current … Continue reading Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power?

Has the Ruling Class Finally Had Enough of Trump?

by Paul Street TruthDig Jan 9, 2019 As the United States lurches toward its 2020 presidential election cycle, it is useful to revisit the central tension of Donald Trump’s presidency. I’m speaking, of course, about his phony populism and the politico-financial establishment’s utter contempt for his political ascent. As the Democratic field slowly takes shape, … Continue reading Has the Ruling Class Finally Had Enough of Trump?