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#WW1 : 100 years on capitalism is still the driving force for war

By Domenico Moro This year marks the centenary of the First World War, which began with the signing of the declaration of war by the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria on July 28, 1914. For the first time in history, and after a hundred years of relative peace, all major powers were involved in a … Continue reading

Pope Francis vs capitalism

Pope Francis’ criticisms of capitalism won’t bring the system crashing down but progressives in Spain and elsewhere should take note all the same, argues Vicenç Navarro* When I was a child, my parents taught me that one thing are religions (advising me and my brothers to be respectful to believers, as part of the respect due … Continue reading

With the Tuscan massacre, slavery returns home

By Giorgio Cremaschi Stories of people burning alive in textile factories punctuates the history of industrial development and working conditions. March 8 commemorates the massacre of workers in a factory fire more than a century ago in the United States. After travelling the world leaving devastation and massacres of workers in its wake, now, thanks to the … Continue reading

Free the migrants without arresting capital? Political suicide

By Emiliano Brancaccio Published in the Financial Times on September 23, the “economists’ warning” denounces the unwillingness of European leaders to break with current economic policies, and identifies this failure with “waves of irrationalism that are assailing Europe” and “gasps of ultra-nationalist and xenophobic propaganda.” The recent tragedy in Lampedusa is a terrifying example of … Continue reading

Catalonia: independence from Spain, independence from capitalism

Hundreds of thousands turned out today, September 11, to demand independence for Catalonia. Some decided to surround the Caixa, form a human chain around the largest bank in Catalonia and third largest in Spain, to demand not only independence from Spain, but from capitalism. One of the was Esther Vivas, a left wing activist and … Continue reading

The political battle for full employment

By Juan Torres Lopez 70 years ago a very important Polish economist, Michal Kalecki, published an article (Political aspects of full employment) that I think has a great relevance today, particularly this May Day. Kalecki started out by recognizing that when he wrote that a substantial majority of economists believed that, even in a capitalist … Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

The welfare state is under attack in Norway as elsewhere in Europe. It must be defended, as far as possible, but there’s no chance of getting a new class compromise to rebuild it when the conditions underpinning that historic deal between bosses and labour many decades ago have been swept way, along with controls on … Continue reading

France: Gold-plated pensions for the bosses, rigour for the 99%

How French bosses want sacrifices from pensioners, but more for themselves. My piece in Liberal Conspiracy Blog http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/01/19/how-french-bosses-want-sacrifices-from-pensioners-but-more-for-themselves/

Big business dominates EU policymaking new research finds

Industry experts and corporate lobbyists have effectively captured key areas of policy advice within the European Commission, according to new research  More at Corporate Europe Observatory  

Tackling the European crisis means taming the financial beast

The establishment of the European Monetary Union in the ’90s and the introduction of the euro a decade ago massively strengthened ‘finance capitalism’, or financialisation’ in Europe. Antonio Tricarico argues for a radical response that reverses this process, reintroduces national and regional capital controls and gives priority to public interest policies in favour of labour and the … Continue reading

How dare they? : A bestseller on the Belgian and European crisis

IN THE RADICAL PRESS / MEMOIRE DES LUTTES Interview with Peter Mertens  by Jean Bricmont, professor in theoretical physics at  the Université Catholique de Louvain Another book on the crisis of the European Union? A Belgian Marxist author has attempted the challenge of writing an essay that is well researched, accessible and full of stories of Europe … Continue reading

Left Front’s Mélenchon on his campaign to put People First

There is nothing more anti-capitalist than putting the ‘People First’, says Jean-Luc Mélenchon in a recent interview with l’Humanité More 

French corporations still raking it in

There’s no crisis for big business in France, says l’Humanite, as the top 40 companies on the Paris stock exchange post €73 Billion profits  More   

French Product or Product Made in France?

L’Humanité newspaper discusses whether the nationality of the boss matters if the jobs stay in France. More

Greece’s Communist Party (KKE) on coalition government

Statement by KKE The people must strengthen the KKE and ally with it – This is the prospect which can bring hope A large mass rally-intervention was carried out by the KKE on Friday night in Syntagma Square. The rally took place a few hours before the vote of confidence in the government, which was … Continue reading

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