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Virus just one part of a deadly cocktail

Virus just one part of a deadly cocktail

Take one rampant market economy directed by an authoritarian state more concerned with suppressing dissent than public health, add in debt-driven globalisation, throw in extreme weather patterns and broken political systems and you have a deadly cocktail. That’s how the coronavirus pandemic originating in China, the stock market collapse, climate change and the slow death […]

Global economic car crash?

Global economic car crash?

The announced closure of Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend, South Wales in 2020 is emblematic of the continuing decline of capitalist production worldwide. In May, global manufacturing output crossed the line from growth to contraction. Again. This is the latest sign of a long-term trend. New orders for exports lead the way down. Service industry […]

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

The passionate logic of Evald Ilyenkov

Finding Evald Ilyenkov is a bit of a detective story, charting the rediscovery of long-buried events and writings by a remarkable Soviet-era philosopher. Much of his work is only now becoming available in English and other languages, as the imperative to study his thought becomes more urgent and widespread. Evald Ilyenkov never wanted to write for […]

Oceania celebrating

Oceania celebrating

That we’ve broken their statues That we’ve driven them out of their temples doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead. Ionia, CP Cavafy Oceania at London’s Royal Academy has opened at a time when efforts by indigenous, native and first peoples to decolonise their cultures have reached a high pitch. With this astounding display […]

Videogaming – the good, the bad and the

Videogaming – the good, the bad and the ugly

If you thought global corporations just sold stuff like trainers or phones, think again. China-based Tencent is the world’s biggest Internet-related products company with a market value of US$850 billion, making it the largest enterprise in Asia. The phenomenon of online videogaming is key to its success. Tencent’s portfolio is said to involve more than […]

Striking back at McMafia in Ukraine

Striking back at McMafia in Ukraine

Ukrainians of all ages and walks of life demonstrated astonishing courage and perseverance in opposition to corruption and misrule during two huge protest actions over the past decades. Some two million people braved freezing conditions and attacks by the security forces as well as far right movements, first with the 2004-5 Orange revolution and then […]

After Carillion, what is the private sec...

After Carillion, what is the private sector for? Good question!

The collapse of Carillion, which made its money by sucking resources out of the public sector, begs the question: What use to society is the private sector of capitalism, when all is said and done? Hospital building, road and rail construction sites have halted. Emotions are stirring as the inevitable results of opening public services […]

How the 1% protect their wealth at our e...

How the 1% protect their wealth at our expense

Early in 2016 it was the Panama Papers, then, late in 2017, the Paradise Papers. These massive leaks of files, no doubt by whistleblowers sickened by their own actions, blew huge holes in the web of secrecy surrounding the offshore economy that protects the accumulating wealth of the super-rich and the giant corporations. Between the […]

“..it will take regime change…”

“..it will take regime change…”

      Introductory considerations As the world’s temperature rises, and wildfires burn across southern Europe, the western United States of America and Canada, scientists warn that just three years remain for the emissions curve to be turned downwards if runaway irreversible climate change is to be avoided. In the Middle East, temperatures above 50oC […]