Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

May 23, 2017

Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed This article first appeared on openDemocracy VICKIE COOPER and DAVID WHYTE 23 May 2017 As we move towards the general election, we are paralyzed by what is probably the biggest single issue affecting ordinary people in the country:...

The road to the great regression

The road to the great regression

May 19, 2017

César Renduels Menendez de Llano, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Donatella Della Porta, Institute of Human and Social sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence This article examining the backlash against neoliberalism is the fifth instalment in our Globalisation Under Pressure series. In 1980, the novelist Martin Amis attended a meeting in Texas with...

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, a former human-rights lawyer representing the center-left Democratic Party, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon...

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....

Where US Manufacturing Jobs Really Went

Where US Manufacturing Jobs Really Went

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By J. Bradford DeLong BERKELEY – In the two decades from 1979 to 1999, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States drifted downward, from 19 million to 17 million. But over the next decade, between 1999 and 2009, the number plummeted to 12 million. That more dramatic decline has given rise to the idea that the US...

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

Three Months of Donald Trump: More of the Same

May 3, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Marcelo Colussi* GUATEMALA CITY (IDN) – More than three months have passed since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the world’s leading capitalist power: the United States of America. Nothing has changed. If someone had thought that something could change with...

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

Redesigning NAFTA is not a bad idea if workers rather than vested interests win

May 1, 2017

Rodrigo Zeidan, NYU Shanghai Late April saw an odd couple of days for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 23-year-old deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico. At the start of Thursday April 27, President Donald Trump’s advisers were said to be working on an executive order withdrawing from the trade deal. During his election campaign,...

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