The Bankruptcy of Liberalism and Social Democracy in the Neoliberal Age

The increasing similarity between the economic policies of center-left and center-right political parties has effectively diminished the legitimacy of governments in relationship to their citizenry in Western Europe and the U.S. Capitalist democracies during the period of managed capitalism gained legitimacy by the appearance of the separation of capitalist ownership rights in the marketplace from […]

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Ruling the Void

Over the past few decades, political parties in Western Europe (and much of the rest of the world, including the U.S.) 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. Socialist parties in Europe […]

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The US Role in the Honduran Coup of 2009

The Civil Democratic Union of Honduras, a network of Honduran NGOs funded by the US Agency for International Development, voiced public support for the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009. The group described the military ouster of a democratically elected President as “democratic regime change,” […]

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Fantasies of Google

What do the editors of the high-tech magazine Wired and the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, have in common? They both applaud the commercial success of Google as a symbol of what is right with capitalism in the digital age. For the editor-in-chief of Wired, Chris Anderson, Google’s success has transformed the way that […]

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An Honest Presidential Address on the Iraq Crisis

My fellow Americans, I have chosen this moment in history to do something unprecedented and present the truth about the history of US intervention and occupation of Iraq. It seems an opportune moment to simply let the record speak for itself so that no one is under any illusions about our limited options going forward. […]

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Against Libertarianism

The ideological orientation of libertarians is highly instructive: They overwhelmingly align with market forces against the “state” and that means a robust critique of the problems and limitations of the national government. To the extent that they accept a public sector at all, it is a very limited and constrained public sector (what some have […]

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ASSESSING THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT: PART TWO

In the New York Review of Books issue of February 9, 2012, there are several interviews with members of the Occupy Movement in Zuccotti Park.  The answers of what kind of movement was being constructed are highly revealing.  After months of Occupation, the transformational and cultural aspects of the Occupy Movement seemed to have overtaken the political […]

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ASSESSING THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT: PART ONE

The emergence of an Occupy Wall Street movement needs to be celebrated for several important reasons.  First, broad-based movements with an explicit critique of class privilege are lacking in the United States.  The Occupiers had a notable effect in shifting media and popular discourse toward a recognition of growing inequality and the exhorbitant privileges of […]

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