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Revolutionaries In Space? A Counter-Review Of Interstellar, Bryant William Sculos Dec 2014

Revolutionaries In Space? A Counter-Review Of Interstellar, Bryant William Sculos

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Should the radical Left interpret the Nolans' Interstellar as a tribute to (neo)liberal expansionism or should we view it as a cautionary tale about a future that is just around the corner, which won't be solved by worm holes or time travel? This review takes the latter position against the recent Jacobin review, which argues the former. Here, I show that Interstellar can be productively reinterpreted as a film about a series of things that will NOT save us from our-late-capitalist-selves.


The Argentine Dilemma: “Vulture Funds” And The Risks Posed To Developing Economies, Mine Doyran Nov 2014

The Argentine Dilemma: “Vulture Funds” And The Risks Posed To Developing Economies, Mine Doyran

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Post-crisis Argentina is a case study of crisis management through debt restructuring. This article examines how Argentina negotiated the external debt in the wake of the sovereign default in December 2001 and now confronts challenges posed by holdout creditors—the so called “vulture funds”. It argues that debt restructuring has put a straitjacket on the national economy, making it virtually impossible for healthy growth short of a break with the international economic order. While Argentina has successfully restructured a $95 billion debt with an unprecedented “hair cut” (around 70% reduction in “net value of debt”), a sustainable growth appears out ...


Czechs Look Back On 1989, A Revolution Betrayed: A Reflection On The Mythology Of The Velvet Revolution, Lukáš Rychetský, Jaroslav Fiala Nov 2014

Czechs Look Back On 1989, A Revolution Betrayed: A Reflection On The Mythology Of The Velvet Revolution, Lukáš Rychetský, Jaroslav Fiala

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Twenty-five years ago today the Velvet Revolution kicked off in what was then Czechoslovakia to bring an end to the one-party government of the Communist Party. This exclusive translation of a feature from the Czech journal A2 Cultural Bi-Weekly explains that the events of 1989 were about more than just Václav Havel, a playwright and leader in the revolution who was elected president in 1990. A generation of unfulfilled promises later, Czechs are struggling to revive the spirit of not only democracy and humanism, but also socialism.

This article originally appeared in Ricochet, November 17, 2014.


Mining In Peru: Indigenous And Peasant Communities Vs. The State And Mining Capital, Jan Lust Nov 2014

Mining In Peru: Indigenous And Peasant Communities Vs. The State And Mining Capital, Jan Lust

Class, Race and Corporate Power

The Peruvian economy depends for its growth on the export of natural resources and investment in the mining and hydrocarbon sectors. Peruvian governments and mining corporations have confronted anti-mining protests in different ways. While the current government has introduced policies of social inclusion to soften the negative effects of the operations of mining capital and policies of dialogue to engage social actors with the essence of governmental policies, mining companies use corporate social responsibility programs as a cover for the devastating effects of their operations on the environment and the livelihoods and habitats of the indigenous and peasant communities. Curiously ...


Ruling The Void, Ronald W. Cox Nov 2014

Ruling The Void, Ronald W. Cox

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Over the past few decades, political parties in the Western world have moved to the center-right of the political spectrum. In the process, there is a wider gulf between the policies favored by the party elite and their voting constituents, especially on the left.


Global Capitalism, Immigrant Labor, And The Struggle For Justice, William I. Robinson, Xuan Santos Nov 2014

Global Capitalism, Immigrant Labor, And The Struggle For Justice, William I. Robinson, Xuan Santos

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Around the world borders are militarized, states are stepping up repressive anti-immigrant controls, and native publics are turning immigrants into scapegoats for the spiraling crisis of global capitalism. The massive displacement and primitive accumulation unleashed by free trade agreements and neo-liberal policies, as well as state and “private” violence has resulted in a virtually inexhaustible immigrant labor reserve for the global economy. State controls over immigration and immigrant labor have several functions for the system: 1) state repression and criminalization of undocumented immigration make immigrants vulnerable and deportable and therefore subject to conditions of super-exploitation, super-control and hyper-surveillance; 2) anti-immigrant ...


Toward An Eco-Egalitarian University, William Connolly Aug 2014

Toward An Eco-Egalitarian University, William Connolly

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This article argues for a political transformation and reorganization of the university so that it is capable of challenging the "hierarchy of power in a neoliberal society." Faculty democracy, administrative accountability to faculty, and the education of students to become critical, thinking citizens would be a major part of this reorganization.

This article first appeared in The Contemporary Condition:

http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/2014/07/toward-eco-egalitarian-university.html


Israel, You Rascals, Mark Steel Aug 2014

Israel, You Rascals, Mark Steel

Class, Race and Corporate Power

Mark Steel started doing stand-up in 1982 in England, around the circuit of bizarre gigs, going on after jugglers and escapologists and people that banged nails into their ear. Then came the Comedy Store and Jongleurs and getting bottled off at The Tunnel, and then a regular slot on Radio 4′s Loose Ends, where he met Joseph Heller, Christopher Lee and Gary Glitter.

He did 4 series of ‘The Mark Steel Solution’, one for Radio 5 and the others on Radio 4, and a radio series about cricket, which provoked a whole page of fury in the Daily Express ...


Polemos And Paideia: On The Weaponization Of The School In Late Capitalism, Sean Noah Walsh Jun 2014

Polemos And Paideia: On The Weaponization Of The School In Late Capitalism, Sean Noah Walsh

Class, Race and Corporate Power

A popular refrain in the politics of American education, often buttressed by a steady stream of studies, contends that ‘we are falling behind’ students from other countries. Sometimes this decline is specified in terms of discipline, but the general premise is that American students lag behind their foreign counterparts, with special dread attached to the notion of falling behind adversaries such as China. The failure to rectify our educational inadequacies apparently portends a genuine crisis, the loss of global dominance. The articulation of such fears is particularly instructive in discerning the political role of education in late capitalism, its conceptualization ...


Building Global Labor Solidarity Today: Learning From The Kmu Of The Philippines, Kim Scipes Jun 2014

Building Global Labor Solidarity Today: Learning From The Kmu Of The Philippines, Kim Scipes

Class, Race and Corporate Power

New labor movements are currently emerging across the Global South. This is happening in countries as disparate as China, Egypt, and Iran. New developments are taking place within labor movements in places such as Colombia, Indonesia, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan and Venezuela. Activists and leaders in these labor movements are seeking information from workers and unions around the world.

However, many labor activists today know little or nothing about the last period of intense efforts to build international labor solidarity, the years 1978-2007. One of the key labor movements of this period, and which continues today, is the KMU Labor Center ...


Against Libertarianism, Ronald W. Cox Jun 2014

Against Libertarianism, Ronald W. Cox

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This essay argues that libertarianism operates as a corporate ideology in the neoliberal age.


An Honest Presidential Address On The Iraq Situation, Ronald W. Cox Jun 2014

An Honest Presidential Address On The Iraq Situation, Ronald W. Cox

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This essay is a mock Presidential address designed to highlight the long-term consequences of the US occupation of Iraq.


The Military-Industrial Complex And Us Military Spending After 9/11, Ronald W. Cox Jun 2014

The Military-Industrial Complex And Us Military Spending After 9/11, Ronald W. Cox

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This article examines the economic, political and institutional power of the military-industrial complex (MIC) by examining its influence on military spending before and after the events of 9/11. The reasons for the continuity of MIC influence in US foreign policy is explored. This includes the role of military contractors in financing policy planning organizations, the relationship between military contractors and the Defense Department, and the centralization of executive branch authority in foreign policy decision-making, especially during critical junctures or foreign policy crises.


Reflections Of Academics On The Ethics Of University Military Research, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani May 2014

Reflections Of Academics On The Ethics Of University Military Research, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani

Class, Race and Corporate Power

The article examines the ways that university military research violates the tenets of academic freedom and communication. Interviews with academics are used to raise concerns about the extent to which military research conflicts with the academic mission. The author includes an examination of specific cases where professors and students have challenged the militarization of research on university campuses.


Militarized Universities Endanger Global Public Health, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani Feb 2014

Militarized Universities Endanger Global Public Health, Mozhgan Savabieasfahani

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This piece examines the ways in which universities are becoming increasingly militarized in the 21st century.


The Political Economy Of Financially Successful Independent Hip-Hop Artists, Geoff Ostrove Feb 2014

The Political Economy Of Financially Successful Independent Hip-Hop Artists, Geoff Ostrove

Class, Race and Corporate Power

From 2000 to 2010, America’s music industry’s annual revenue went from $4 billion to $2 billion. Much of this is attributed to the internet’s ability to provide consumers with easy access to free music, and hip hop has been especially impacted by this trend.

Utilizing document analysis and personal interviews, this study found that the success of independent artists has influenced the business strategies of major record companies. In response to a dramatic decrease in record sales, major labels have made more of an effort to sign their artists to 360 deals, which allow the labels to ...


When Poverty Becomes Profitable: A Critical Discourse Analysis Of Microfinancial Development In Haiti, Yaniv Kleinman Feb 2014

When Poverty Becomes Profitable: A Critical Discourse Analysis Of Microfinancial Development In Haiti, Yaniv Kleinman

Class, Race and Corporate Power

For the past thirty years, policymakers have lauded microfinance for its promises to reduce poverty and empower women in developing nations. First conceived by the Bangladeshi economist Muhammed Yunus and the bank he founded, microfinance has been hailed as a visionary project that promises to advance the economic interests of the poor by engaging them directly. Conventional studies by political scientists explore the place of microfinance in the global development architecture of international financial institutions, governments, and NGOs. Economic studies of its effectiveness are contributing to a crisis of legitimacy since they reveal that thousands of clients in developing nations ...


The Council On Foreign Relations And The Grand Area: Case Studies On The Origins Of The Imf And The Vietnam War, G. William Domhoff Feb 2014

The Council On Foreign Relations And The Grand Area: Case Studies On The Origins Of The Imf And The Vietnam War, G. William Domhoff

Class, Race and Corporate Power

This article examines the role of corporate elites within the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in establishing the framework for the IMF and the rationale for the Vietnam War. Drawing on the CFR's War-Peace Study Groups, established in World War II as a conduit between corporate elites and the U.S. government, the author first analyzes the role of corporate power networks in grand area planning. He shows that such planning provided a framework for postwar foreign and economic policymaking. He then documents the relationship between corporate grand area planning and the creation of the IMF. The analysis concludes ...