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John Feffer: The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism?

How will the coronavirus transform the relationship between state and market? A look at oil, food, and finance.

May 11, 2020 · 6 Comments

Simon Springer: The Toilet Paper Wars and What They Mean

We are witnessing, in real-time and with stunning consequence, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality.

March 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Amazon Empire — The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

March 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: What exactly are “capitalism” and “socialism”?

Most people — including most reporters and columnists—have no idea what socialism is and only a fuzzy notion of what capitalism is.

July 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Emily Kawano: Seven Ways to Build the Solidarity Economy

We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature.’ (Photo: Flickr/Cogdogblog. CC BY 2.0.) . The solidarity economy is a global movement to build a post-capitalist world … Continue reading

September 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Slavoj Žižek — The Dusty Balls of Capitalism

. Slavoj Žižek tells an old Russian joke, expounding its political relevance today. Slavoj Žižek (born 1949) is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Karl Marx was right

Opening remarks at the Left Forum held in New York City, May 30, 2015. Karl Marx exposed the peculiar dynamics of capitalism, or what he called “the bourgeois mode of … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

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