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Archive | January, 2010

The American Elite

Lincoln Gordon died a few weeks ago at the age of 96.  He had graduated summa cum laude from Harvard at the age of 19, received a doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, published his first book at 22, with dozens more to follow on government, economics, and foreign policy in Europe and Latin […]

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Indexed Purchase Mortgage Applications by Week, August-December 2009

Pending Home Sales Plunge in November, Exactly as Predicted

The National Association of Realtors reported that pending home sales fell 16.0 percent in November, hitting their lowest level since June.  Remarkably, this decline appeared to surprise many analysts.  It should have been entirely predictable. In the prior three months, there had been a sharp surge in home sales.  This surge was obviously driven by […]

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Québec solidaire: Building a Left to the North of the Behemoth

Unbeknownst to many progressives south of the 49th parallel, an interesting political experiment is unfolding to the north.  Quebec solidaire (QS), a recently formed left-wing party based in the seven-million-strong French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec, is making significant inroads at the electoral level. Following the election of its first and only parliamentarian in December 2008, […]

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A Tribute to Baltimore Socialist Bob Kaufman

  In the early morning hours of December 25, 2009, we lost a revolutionary voice.  Bob Kaufman, a life-long fighter for social and economic equality, succumbed after a protracted struggle with health complications stemming from a brutal attack in 2005.  He was 78. Bob’s assailant was a drug-addicted tenant in his West Baltimore home.  After […]

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Historical Materialism Conference

Historical Materialism Conference

Beginning the evening of January 14th, 2010, the second North American Historical Materialism Conference will bring together radical scholars and activists from around the world. Graduate Center City University of New York 365 5th Avenue New York, NY [Map] Opening Plenary: Thursday, January 14th, 7pm-9pmPanels: Friday, January 15th, 10am-9pm; Saturday, January 16th, 10am-5:30pm Selected Panels: […]

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The Grim State of the States

  Paul Jay: . . . There’s a recent report published by James Heinz of the PERI Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts, on what’s happening at state and local government levels as a result of the financial meltdown.  Here’s some of what he says: “Public education has already emerged as a major casualty of the current […]

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Cockburn on Global Warming: A Rebuttal

Journalist Alexander Cockburn once again questions global warming, asking “Global Warming: Farce, Fraud, or Both?” in a syndicated column that appeared on Christmas day in my local newspaper.  I usually agree with Cockburn about politics, but I think he’s seriously mistaken about global warming.1 Cockburn puts forward four arguments: (1) Researcher Michael Mann produced the […]

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Mousavi Makes Five Proposals

  Former presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi has issued a statement in which he condemned the disrespect of religious sanctities by some protesters on Ashura day (December 27) and made five proposals for resolving the current issues facing the country, the Tabnak website reported on Friday. The reformist politician also criticized some of the actions taken […]

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Transitions between Economic Systems

The transition out of feudalism to capitalism in Europe, mostly from the 17th to the 19th centuries, took multiple forms.  It was uneven as well, happening in different ways at different rates in different places.  Marx studied that transition’s various dimensions because they offered valuable lessons for the different transition he was interested in: out […]

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The Trail of Dreams

A New Deal for Immigrants in 2010?

Congress is almost certain to consider some sort of reform to the immigration system in 2010; when it does, we can expect a repeat of the “tea bag” resistance we saw at last summer’s town halls on healthcare reform.  The healthcare precedent “bodes badly” for immigration, Marc R. Rosenblum, a senior policy analyst at the […]

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Venezuelan Government Condemns Attempt at Destabilization and Violence against Government and People of Iran

Communiqué The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its most energetic condemnation of the attempts at destabilization promoted by the United States government against the government and people of Iran. The Bolivarian government is surprised that a group of governments, led by the US Empire, is repeating a campaign of violence to divide […]

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