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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.

Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism

by JBB — last modified May 15, 2019 12:40 PM
by Fabian Van Onzen | Originally published: Marx & Philosophy (via MR Online) | This worldwide neofascist phenomenon has resulted in a few new books, which use both Marxist and non-Marxist theory to account for its emergence. One of the most significant of these books is a new edition of the classic work, Fascism and Dictatorship by Nicos Poulantzas. The new edition of Fascism and Dictatorship contains a new introduction by Dylan Riley, a professor at UC Berkeley who recently wrote The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe. Riley argues in the introduction that Poulantzas should be the starting point for any serious study of fascism, both historical and contemporary.

Canada’s Minister of Defence is an Arms Pusher

by JBB — last modified May 13, 2019 08:18 AM
by Yves Engler | CounterPunch | Harjit Sajjan heads a ministry intimately tied to a globally oriented corporate weapons industry that profits from war. Is this something Canadians understand and support? Or would the majority of us be upset to learn their Minister of Defence is an arms pusher, promoting sales to anti-democratic, repressive regimes?

Where is Canada’s Socialist Resurgence?

by JBB — last modified May 10, 2019 12:17 PM
by David Bush | Socialist Project | Finding an AOC, a Bernie or building a Canadian DSA, or worse still, squinting our eyes and pretending the NDP is a socialist party are political shortcuts which avoid both a serious analysis of the balance of class forces and the real opportunities that lie before us.
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