Archive | February, 2018

  • Artist's rendition of the Beijing New Airport Terminal building

    What does China’s ‘ecological civilization’ mean for humanity’s future?

    Imagine a newly elected president of the United States calling in his inaugural speech for an “ecological civilization” that ensures “harmony between human and nature.” Now imagine he goes on to declare that “we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways, and protect it” and that his administration will “encourage simple, moderate, green, and low-carbon ways of life, and oppose extravagance and excessive consumption.”

  • North Korea is more rational than you think: An interview with Bruce Cumings There is more to the hermit kingdom than is seen in the media

    North Korea is more rational than you think: An interview with Bruce Cumings

    With the Olympic Winter Games right around the corner, tension on the Korean Peninsula is again the focal point of international affairs. After months of increasing provocation between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump — highlighted by missile tests and sabre-rattling on both sides — signs of a rapprochement are emerging.

  • Trucks Automoation

    Driverless trucks are wiping out jobs

    Driverless trucks are on the way sooner than most workers realize, as corporations seek to raise profits by cutting labour costs. Media reports indicate that investors and researchers agree that tech change in the trucking industry will soon replace 1.7 million jobs in the U.S., where trucking was the most common job in 28 states in 2014. Some predict that pay rates for the remaining human drivers will fall rapidly from the current average annual of $42,500. The jobs of another 1.7 million taxi, bus and delivery vehicle drivers are also at stake.

  • Nicos Poulantzas

    Introduction to the material constitution

    In a couple of previous posts on Legal Form, Rob Hunter has reminded us of the importance and aptness of a Marxist approach to the analysis of public law. Hunter’s intervention could not be more timely: even after the economic and financial crisis, and despite the comeback of Marxism as a relevant intellectual source at least within certain legal domains (think, for example, of international law) [1], there has not yet been a Marxist revival in constitutional studies. One possible explanation for this phenomenon (though likely not the only one) is the discredit and almost total obliteration of the best-known Marxist contribution to constitutional studies: Lassalle’s notion of the material constitution.

  • Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (L), PLO chairman Yasser Arafat (R) and US president Bill Clinton at the ceremony marking the signing of the 1993 peace accord

    Trump lays bare U.S. support for ethnic cleansing of Palestine

    For 25 years, since a fateful handshake between former Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn ushered in the Oslo Accords, supporters of a single, democratic and secular state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea have been pilloried.

  • Berlin Bulletin by Victor Grossman

    Making everyone happy

    After four and a half months of haggling and recrimination and, four days past the deadline, an all-night session, the three parties had finally settled on a coalition government program—179 pages long.

  • The Young Karl Marx film screening @ 290 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N6, Canada, Toronto [11 January]

    Review of ‘The Young Marx’

    Scott McLemee reviews The Young Karl Marx, which, on the eve of 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, contains themes of economic crises and inequalities that remain relevant today.

  • Pollution

    Radical action now is the only sensible option

    BRITAIN faces a number of serious and interlinked threats to the public’s health and future wellbeing. Tinkering around the edges, gradual reform or triangulation-style politics are simply no longer commensurate with the challenges bearing down on us. Radical action, implemented right now, is the only realistic option.

  • David Harvey

    Marx for the 21st century with David Harvey

    Marx’s ‘Capital’ is one of the most important texts of the modern era and continues to resonate today. Professor David Harvey, the world’s leading expert on Karl Marx, explains the continued importance of Marx’s analysis and how we can apply it to today’s economy and society.

  • If we talk about hurting 'our' planet, who exactly is the 'we'? | Aeon Essays

    The African Anthropocene

    Every year, human activity moves more sediment and rock than all natural processes combined, including erosion and rivers. This might not shock you. In fact, you’ve probably seen similar soundbites circulating online, signals of the sheer scale of how we’re terraforming the planet in the era of the Anthropocene. Natural and social scientists argue passionately about almost everything Anthropocenic, from the nuances of nomenclature to the start-date of the new geological epoch, but most agree on one thing: the Earth will outlive humanity. What’s in doubt is how long we will populate the planet, and under what conditions.

  • Sean Hannity

    Trump sycophants explain the stock market drop

    Friday and Monday the stock market took a huge drop and Trump’s opponents went a little mental over it. That’s really not very interesting, stock markets drop from time to time for all kinds of reasons. What makes it in any way relevant is that Trump continually claims credit for the market having gone up since he took office, even though it’s gone up steadily for almost a decade now. And that means Trump’s sycophants have to find some explanation for it. Let the fun begin with Sean Hannity, who of course blames it on Obama:

  • NYT Joins Campaign to Purge the Term, “White Monopoly Capital in South Africa”

    NYT joins campaign to purge the term, “white monopoly capital” in South Africa

    The New York Times, the world’s premier journalistic purveyor of a “fake,” imperial, and profoundly white capitalist world view — masquerading as all the news that’s fit to print — wants us to believe that a now-bankrupt London-based public relations firm is behind South Africa’s regime-shaking debate over the rule of “white monopoly capital.”

  • Printed money

    Trump’s new dark money man takes over

    During her last news conference in December, Janet Yellen stood firm on her record stating, “The global economy is doing well. We’re in a synchronized expansion. This is the first time in many years that we’ve seen this.”

  • Stock market crash (CNN Money)

    World stock market turmoil – prepare for a rough ride

    Despite all the euphoria in the past period about the world recovery and booming stock markets, events have taken a sharp turn for the worse. Over the past week, stock markets around the world have plunged.

  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) with his Argentine counterpart, Jorge Faurie, on Sunday. (Argentine Foreign Ministry)

    U.S. and Argentina threaten to ban Venezuelan oil

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is threatening to ban the import and export of oil and crude products from Venezuela into the U.S. to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to “return to the constitution.”

  • Fighter jet

    It sure looks like the U.S. is actually going to bomb North Korea

    During his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, Donald Trump pledged the United States would continue its “campaign of maximum pressure” against North Korea.

  • What goes up…

    Take the stock market, for example. Last Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 666 points, or 2.5 percent, its biggest percentage decline since the Brexit turmoil in June 2016 and the steepest point decline since the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Baltimore Immigrant Rights Protest February 16 2017

    The latest nonsense about immigration—a quick guide

    Here’s a list of some of the immigration absurdities now circulating in the media and in the political class.

  • Tiki Torch March

    DC school board member: ‘Feminists need rape’

    The Washington, DC Public Charter School Board oversees some 120 public charter schools in the nation’s capitol, serving more than 43,000 students. And one member of that school board, John Goldman, is an MRA with clear white supremacist leanings. He has admitted to having an alter ego, “Jack Murphy,” under which he posted to websites and participated in debates.

  • Collusion

    Tomgram: Nomi Prins, how to set the economy on fire

    There’s no way to measure just how cheery this period really is — not if you’re the CEO of a major company. Just as the World Economic Summit was opening in Davos, Switzerland, and President Donald Trump was flying in to put his mark on the moment, PwS, a global consulting firm, released its annual survey of 1,300 CEOs.