Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

Congratulations, President Macron – Now We Oppose You

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left –...

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

May 7, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review. By David Beer The UK is feeling pretty divided at the moment, yet there is one thing that is likely to unite people across the political spectrum: a...

Growing Inequality under Global Capitalism

Growing Inequality under Global Capitalism

May 4, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaraminion Anis Chowdhury, a former professor of economics at the University of Western Sydney, held senior United Nations positions during 2008-2015 in New York and Bangkok. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism....

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

Lessons from the Anti-Globalists

May 1, 2017

Excerpt of Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joseph Stiglitz NEW YORK – The likely victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election has elicited a global sigh of relief. At least Europe is not going down the protectionist path that President Donald Trump is forcing the United States to take. But advocates of globalization should keep the...

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Reprieve or Reform in Europe?

Apr 30, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Spence MILAN – The first round of the French election turned out much as expected: the centrist Emmanuel Macron finished first, with 24% of the vote, rather narrowly beating the right-wing National Front’s Marine Le Pen, who won 21.3%. Barring a political accident of the type that befell the former frontrunner,...

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Politicians Hijack Macedonia

Apr 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Frank Mulder SKOPJE, Apr 18 2017 (IPS) – The political crisis in Macedonia is deepening. With the president and former coalition preventing the formation of a new government, the state threatens to disintegrate in a climate of corruption and nationalism. The television is turned up loud in a...

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Mar 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – When asked what Sweden thought the Trump Administration should do by way of contributing to nuclear disarmament, the Swedish ambassador in Iceland, Bosse Hedberg, replied: “At this point in time, I am not aware of any common Nordic position being prepared in...

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

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