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Is Inequality a Political Choice?

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Published on Institute for New Economic Thinking, Feb 3, 2017.

Research by INET-affiliated scholars shows the US lags far behind its peers on inclusive growth, suggesting inequality is not an inevitable consequence of globalization and technology. Continue Reading…

What, Exactly, Is Going on in Syria?

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Published on, by Vijay Prashad, Feb 1, 2017.

The world’s media is lost in the twists and turns of factions and evolving geopolitics … // Continue Reading…

Decent Work or Indecent Politics

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Published on Social Europe, by Guy Ryder, Feb 1, 2017.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits UN member states to “leave no one behind.” One crucial component of that commitment – encompassed in the International Labor Organization’s own agenda – is decent work for all. At a time when worker frustration and disillusionment is being expressed in elections across the world, this goal could not be more important.   Continue Reading…

African labour and social militancy

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… Marxist framing and revolutionary movement-building – Published on Pambazuka, by Patrick Bond, Jan 27, 2017.

it is a great period to be a revolutionary activist in Africa. Yet the sense of stop-start progress and regress in so many sites of struggle reflects in part how poorly the working-class, poor, progressive middle class, social movements and other democrats have made alliances. The African uprising against neoliberalism hasn’t yet generated a firm ideology. In this case the best strategy would be a critical yet non-dogmatic engagment with the various emerging forces on the left … // Continue Reading…

The Left Is Self-Destructing

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Published on Dissident Voice, by Paul Craig Roberts, Jan 30, 2017.

The mindlessness is unbearable. Amnesty International tells us that we must “fight the Muslim ban” because Trump’s bigotry is wrecking lives. Anthony Dimaggio at CounterPunch says Trump should be impeached because his Islamophobia is a threat to the Constitution. This is not to single out these two as the mindlessness is everywhere among those whose worldview is defined by Identity Politics. Continue Reading…