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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

Jason Baldinger: The Hymn at the End

this fucking game is rigged
give your soul, you will be asked for more
eat shit, you will be asked to eat more
repeat until you’re too old to care, then please die

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

Maria Svart: Democratic Socialists on the Rise as Capitalism Having Increasingly Hard Time Hiding Its Ugly Face

The core idea of democratic socialism is that working people deserve better. We have a right to the wealth our labor creates. In the wealthiest country in the history of … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Editor’s note: A Berkeley, Calif., rally organized by a right-wing group turned violent Sunday after arrival of a group that carried an anarchist banner. Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 1 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

James Keye: Wake up to your Myths, America!

. I created this list of “American Myths” 25 years ago thinking that some significant part of the people would begin to understand them over time. What seems to be … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Manifesto on Violence

We are being inundated by media and government condemnation of the “violence” committed in Ferguson in response to the Grand Jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson for murdering Michael Brown. … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

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