Financial Empire and the global debtors’ prison

Thumbnail image for Financial Empire and the global debtors’ prison by Jerome Roos May 6, 2013 Capitalism & Crisis

Financial Empire may have reduced us all to debt prisoners, but we can still become the social protagonists of history’s greatest-ever prison break.

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The true meaning(lessness) of the Reinhart-Rogoff debacle

Thumbnail image for The true meaning(lessness) of the Reinhart-Rogoff debacle by Jerome Roos April 29, 2013 Intellectuals & Ideology

Sadly, economic policy is guided by neither facts nor ideas — it is guided by power. Ending austerity will require more than Excel spreadsheets alone.

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It’s Capitalism, Stupid! Festival of the Other Europe

Thumbnail image for It’s Capitalism, Stupid! Festival of the Other Europe by Collettivo Prezzemolo April 28, 2013 Capitalism & Crisis

On May 3-12, Florence will host a counter-summit to the EU State of the Union with a series of public events on the crisis of capitalism and democracy.

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Against the marketization of the university

Thumbnail image for Against the marketization of the university by Donya Alinejad April 19, 2013 Education & Emancipation

The crisis in higher education is the result of a privatized culture of management. This is a plea for turning universities back over to the sciences.

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The dangerous dreams of Slavoj Žižek

Thumbnail image for The dangerous dreams of Slavoj Žižek by Jerome Roos April 18, 2013 Intellectuals & Ideology

Žižek’s misplaced tribute to Thatcher and his diatribe against direct democracy reveal the dangerous messianic tendencies of his “radical” philosophy.

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Talking about a revolution with John Holloway

Thumbnail image for Talking about a revolution with John Holloway by Jerome Roos April 17, 2013 Intellectuals & Ideology

“There is a growing sense throughout the world that capitalism isn’t working; and that the cracks we create in it may really be the only way forward.”

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Thatcher’s zombie ideology preying on our imagination

Thumbnail image for Thatcher’s zombie ideology preying on our imagination by Jerome Roos April 9, 2013 Intellectuals & Ideology

Even in death, Thatcher’s zombie ideology that “there is no alternative” will continue to feed on our imagination. The time has come to prove her wrong.

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Egypt: the necessity of revolutionary violence

Thumbnail image for Egypt: the necessity of revolutionary violence by Philip Rizk April 7, 2013 People & Power

Despite a glorification of the Egyptian revolution as a “non-violent” one, violence has been a part of the uprising since the first stone was thrown.

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Mali: France’s Pyrrhic victory in a worthless sandbox

Thumbnail image for Mali: France’s Pyrrhic victory in a worthless sandbox by Joris Leverink April 6, 2013 People & Power

Understanding the conflict requires moving beyond the idea of the Islamists as a bunch of mindless barbarians whipping infidels and cutting off limbs.

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Heading for a lost decade? Latin lessons for Europe

Thumbnail image for Heading for a lost decade? Latin lessons for Europe by Jerome Roos April 5, 2013 Capitalism & Crisis

Buckling under the structural power of its private creditors, the European periphery seems destined for a lost decade of austerity. What can be done?

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