Gabriel Kolko’s Unfinished Revolution

Kolko reshaped the way we think about how the state protects and advances capitalist interests. by Eli Cook https://www.jacobinmag.com (June 25 2014) https://www.jacobinmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/The_Bosses_of_the_Senate_by_Joseph_Keppler.jpg Gabriel Kolko, historian and socialist, died last month in his home in Amsterdam. He was 81. When Kolko's The Triumph of Conservatism appeared on the scene in 1963, it was not only … Continue reading Gabriel Kolko’s Unfinished Revolution

Wikileaks brings much-needed scrutiny to secret trade talks

by Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at University of Auckland http://theconversation.com (June 23 2014) Wikileaks has shone the light yet again on behind-the-scenes manoeuvres by a core of governments seeking to advance a free market agenda in the guise of "trade". The leaked text on financial services is part of the little known Trade in … Continue reading Wikileaks brings much-needed scrutiny to secret trade talks

How Big Pharma (and others) began lobbying …

... on the Trans-Pacific Partnership before you ever heard of it by Lee Drutman Sunlight Foundation (March 13 2014) In 2009, four years before the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a widely-debated trade deal, few would have noticed a new issue popping up in a handful of lobbying reports. That year, 28 organizations filed 59 lobbying … Continue reading How Big Pharma (and others) began lobbying …

Why Are Food Prices so High?

Because We're Eating Oil by Charles Hugh Smith     http://www.washingtonsblog.com (May 28 2014) Regardless of what we eat, we're actually eating oil. Anyone who buys their own groceries (as opposed to having a full-time cook handle such mundane chores) knows that the cost of basic foods keeps rising, despite the official claims that inflation is … Continue reading Why Are Food Prices so High?

How Big Pharma (and others) began lobbying …

... on the Trans-Pacific Partnership before you ever heard of it by Lee Drutman Sunlight Foundation (March 13 2014) In 2009, four years before the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was a widely-debated trade deal, few would have noticed a new issue popping up in a handful of lobbying reports. That year, 28 organizations filed 59 lobbying … Continue reading How Big Pharma (and others) began lobbying …

WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Global Trade Deal …

... for Corporations to Operate with Impunity by Mike Ludwig Nation of Change (June 24 2014) Embattled WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange announced last Wednesday from London the publication of a secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), a controversial global trade agreement said to make it easier for corporations to make profits … Continue reading WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Global Trade Deal …

Jeremy Grantham on Population Growth …

... China and Climate Sceptics 'The world's most powerful environmentalist' on battling the 'misinformation machine' and why China is his 'secret weapon' by Leo Hickman The Guardian (April 15 2013) My interview with Jeremy Grantham, the environmental philanthropist and legendary fund manager, was published in the Guardian on Saturday. As I have done for my … Continue reading Jeremy Grantham on Population Growth …