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Taxes on the rich: One-sixth of what they used to be

A new IPS briefing paper highlights the unique role of tax policy in wealth concentration.

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Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein examines a report on his company by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations before a 2010 hearing on Wall Street investment banks and the financial crisis. (AP)

Wall Street admits curing diseases is bad for business

Goldman Sachs is openly saying in financial reports that curing people of terrible diseases is not good for business.

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A trawler reeling in a fishing net containig hunderds of thousands of cod fish, an example of overfishing. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Intensive fishing and the birth of capitalism

Beginning a series on the role of fishing in the birth and spread of capitalism, and the role of capitalism in today’s mass extinction of ocean life.

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The Franciscan Invention of the New World with Julia McClure

Money on the Left is joined by Julia McClure, lecturer in Late Medieval & Early Modern Global History at the University of Glasgow. McClure’s 2017 book, The Franciscan Invention of the World, draws compelling and confounding conclusions about the role of the late Medieval Franciscans in shaping the modern capitalist and colonialist world. We talk with McClure […]

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Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism

Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism by Ashley J Bohrer reviewed by Christian Lotz

In Marxism and Intersectionality: Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality under Contemporary Capitalism its author, Ashley J. Bohrer, presents a tour de force, offering and contributing to a wide-ranging debate that has occupied left academic and activist audiences for some time now.

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Capitalism, Romanticism, and Nature

Capitalism, romanticism, and nature

Robert Sayre and Michael Löwy’s Romantic Anti-capitalism and Nature is an extremely interesting book—enjoyable, informative, and intellectually stimulating.

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Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).]

Capitalism and the Telos of the Neoliberal Civilizing Mission

In 1931 the British Colonial Office submitted a special report to the Council of the League of Nations on the “Progress of Iraq” in the previous decade. Since the First World War had ended with the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire and the confiscation of its territories, Iraq had been governed as a British mandate, […]

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American Capitalism’s Endless Military Drive

American capitalism’s endless military drive

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that weapons exports have risen by 2.8% to $175 billion in 2020. In their annual briefing on U.S. arms sales, the Pentagon and State Department cold-bloodedly described this increase as an “accomplishment.”

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Towards a Geopolitics of Popular Power

Towards a geopolitics of popular power

Lecture given at the event: “The Collapse of the Unlawful State and the Recovery of Democracy”, held in La Paz, on December 14, 2020, in the auditorium of the Vice Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

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Capitalism and catastrophe

The 2020 crisis we’ve endured isn’t an aberration of the system but, as Alex Callinicos argues, an aspect of its permanent crisis.

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A river in the territory of the Mississauga people, in Ontario, Canada. Photo by Avexnim Cojti.

More important than gold, water should not be traded on Wall Street

Water is essential for life, access to fresh water is a human right, and most importantly, water is sacred. Water is life.

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Miliband’s masterpiece

Fifty years after it was published, The State in Capitalist Society remains indispensable for any socialist movement with ambitions of government.

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LEO PANITCH, LEADING SCHOLAR OF THE GLOBAL DEPREDATIONS OF NEOLIBERALISM AND CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY AT YORK UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO, IN BANFF IN 2019 (PHOTO: DAVID J. CLIMENHAGA).

Leo Panitch, intellectual pillar of the Canadian left, dead at 75 of COVID-19

Leo Victor Panitch, one of the intellectual pillars of the Canadian left and a leading scholar of the global depredations of neoliberalism, died Saturday from COVID-19. He was 75.

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Michael Löwy

Ecosocialism: A vital synthesis

The capitalist system, driven at its core by the maximization of profit, regardless of social and ecological costs, is incompatible with a just and sustainable future. Ecosocialism offers a radical alternative that puts social and ecological well-being first.

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Header image: Two young women take selfies with a statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels during an exhibition commemorating Marx’s 200th birthday in Beijing, May 5, 2018. Chen Xiaogen/People Visual

Fed up with capitalism, young Chinese brush up on ‘Das Kapital

With a new generation increasingly burned out by the “996” grind and liberal platitudes of their elders, can Marxism make a comeback?

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A war on disabled people

A war on disabled people

The last economic crisis in Canada saw an intense and sustained attack on public services and welfare programs that disabled people require to live life.

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The capitalist economy doesn’t work for workers

We believe that socialism provides the solution to the world’s ills and that marxist theory gives us the tools to enact social change we so desperately need.  

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