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Imperialism, a Marxist Understanding

by JBB — last modified May 20, 2019 01:30 PM
By Tony Norfield | Socialist Economist | Imperialism benefits imperialist governments and corporations, but also the mass of the populations in the powerful countries. The marxist perspective explains how.

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-year Perspective

by JBB — last modified May 17, 2019 08:33 AM
by Peter Lackowski | CounterPunch | Sabotage, coup plots and riots by the upper classes have been endemic throughout the 20 years of Chavismo. They made normal life in Caracas especially difficult for working people in the city in 2014, when corporate media gave the riots intense coverage, misrepresenting them as peaceful protests. Financial manipulation brought about hyperinflation. And now, after years of working behind the scenes to help the opposition undermine the country, the United States has begun a series of overt attacks—seizing Venezuela’s assets, threatening military action, and attempting to install Guaidó in the presidency.

Why so hostile? Busting myths about heterodox economics

by JBB — last modified May 16, 2019 02:28 PM
By Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and Carolina Alves | URPE | What does heterodox economics mean? Is the label helpful or harmful? Being outside of the mainstream of the Economics discipline, the way we position ourselves may be particularly important. For this reason, many around us shun the use of the term “heterodox” and advise against using it. However, we believe the reluctance to use the term stems in part from misunderstandings of (and sometimes disagreement over) what the term means and perhaps disagreements over strategies for how to change the discipline.

The Nakba: a catastrophe that is still with us

by JBB — last modified May 15, 2019 12:45 PM
Robert Massoud | Around the world, May 15 is commemorated as Nakba Day. It is the simmering conflict which has tainted 70 years of the world's evolution and interfered with the resolution of many of its problems.

Is Canadian capitalism heading for a crisis? Part 5: Debt limits

by JBB — last modified May 15, 2019 12:43 PM
Canadian capitalism has stagnated for a decade. Businesses won’t invest because they don’t expect to make a profit. Instead, they’re sitting on a growing pile of “dead money.” And when businesses don’t invest, people don’t work. So, employment is low, and wages are stagnant. Over this long period of stagnation, the mainstay of the Canadian economy has been the housing boom. ... But the housing boom is premised upon growing household debt.
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