The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian. Any doubts about who really controls Britain should have now been dispelled. Any thought that the financial crisis might have broken the neoliberal spell, rebalanced the economy or chastened the deregulators and privatisers … More The grip of privatisation on our vital services has to be broken | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian

Adjunct Professors Join National Fight for Better Pay and Benefits

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10912 Academia is not usually considered a low-wage field, but adjunct professors around the country are organizing for higher pay and better working conditions like retail and fast food workers have been doing for the past year. The debate about the role of adjuncts has received increased attention since the death of an adjunct professor, … More Adjunct Professors Join National Fight for Better Pay and Benefits

Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian. Rebellions aren’t meant to kick off in lecture theatres – but I saw one last Thursday night. It was small and well-read and it minded its Ps & Qs, and I think I shall remember it … More Mainstream economics is in denial: the world has changed | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Campus Equity Week, Contingent Faculty’s First Try at a National Strategic Action

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
By Joe Berry This is the first in a series of Academe Blog guest posts arranged by the AAUP Committee on Contingency and the Profession in celebration of Campus Equity Week. For information on and resources for CEW, see the national website at http://www.campusequityweek.org/2013/. The year was 1999 and all over…

Plutarch on Democratic Class War

From Plutarch’s Moralia: When the Megarians had expelled Theagenes their tyrant, for a short time they were sober and sensible in their government (politeia). But later when the popular leaders (demagogoi) poured out untempered freedom for them, as Plato says, they were completely corrupted, and, among their shocking acts of misconduct toward the wealthy the … More Plutarch on Democratic Class War

Why Spain’s teachers and students are on strike today

Originally posted on Revolting Europe:
Javier López* The crisis is having a devastating impact on essential public services such as education. Until 2009 the public expenditure on education was approaching the European average, reaching 5.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Since then central and regional government have been brutally cutting their education budgets, leading…

Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus | Business | The Guardian

Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus | Business | The Guardian. Undergraduates at Manchester University propose overhaul of orthodox teachings to embrace alternative theories Phillip Inman, economics correspondent The Guardian, Thursday 24 October 2013 19.17 BST The Post-Crash Economics Society at Manchester University. Photograph: Jon Super for the Guardian Few mainstream economists predicted … More Economics students aim to tear up free-market syllabus | Business | The Guardian

Let’s Get This Class War Started – Chris Hedges – Truthdig

Chris Hedges: Let’s Get This Class War Started – Chris Hedges – Truthdig. By Chris Hedges “The rich are different from us,” F. Scott Fitzgerald is said to have remarked to Ernest Hemingway, to which Hemingway allegedly replied, “Yes, they have more money.” The exchange, although it never actually took place, sums up a wisdom … More Let’s Get This Class War Started – Chris Hedges – Truthdig

Austerity protests draw tens of thousands in Italy, Portugal | News | DW.DE | 19.10.2013

Austerity protests draw tens of thousands in Italy, Portugal | News | DW.DE | 19.10.2013. Police detained several people during the protest in Rome after about 100 people threw rocks, bottles and eggs at officers guarding the finance ministry (pictured). The police then charged and chased the demonstrators into side streets. Protesters also managed to … More Austerity protests draw tens of thousands in Italy, Portugal | News | DW.DE | 19.10.2013

Preparing for the Perfect Storm: Neoliberal Authoritarianism in an Age of Austerity

Two noteworthy news items for this week: First, the Guardian ran an article last week regarding the soon to be published Social Mobility and Child Poverty report on, well, social moblity and child poverty in the UK. According to the paper, leaked findings of the report indicate a gloomy future for the children of the … More Preparing for the Perfect Storm: Neoliberal Authoritarianism in an Age of Austerity

Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com

Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com. By gathering over 100,000 signatures – which they delivered last Friday along with 8 million 5-cent coins representing the country’s population – activists have secured a vote by Switzerland’s parliament on an audacious proposal: providing a basic monthly income of about $2,800 U.S. dollars … More Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics – Salon.com

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross | World news | The Guardian

Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross | World news | The Guardian. Europe is sinking into a protracted period of deepening poverty, mass unemployment, social exclusion, greater inequality, and collective despair as a result of austerity policies adopted in response to the debt and currency crisis of the past four … More Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross | World news | The Guardian

The left in Greece must rise up against Golden Dawn | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The left in Greece must rise up against Golden Dawn | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com. Greece – and the rise of Golden Dawn – is an extreme parable of what has happened to many developed countries since the global crisis broke out in 2007. The policies of the Greek “rescue” – … More The left in Greece must rise up against Golden Dawn | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Econ 101 is killing America – Salon.com

Econ 101 is killing America – Salon.com. Salon.com In the Middle Ages, people looked to the Church for certainty. In today’s complex, market-based economies, they look to the field of economics, at least for answers to questions concerning the economy. And unlike some disciplines, which acknowledge that there’s a huge gap between the scholarly knowledge … More Econ 101 is killing America – Salon.com

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws | Democracy Now!

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws | Democracy Now!. Crucial information on the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership — Looks like a strengthened version of the failed FTAA from 2001.