From ‘utopia’ to dystopia and resistance, a short run

Originally posted on Greek Left Review:
by COSTAS DOUZINAS 16 December 2013   Originally published at Open Democracy : Can Europe Make It? http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/costas-douzinas/from-‘utopia’-to-dystopia-and-resistance-short-run The latest mutation of the neoliberal doctrine is turning Greece into a real life dystopia, but resistance can still save the day. Demotix/Socrates Baltagiannis. All rights reserved. Michael Anderson’s film ‘Logan’s Run’ (1976) opens…

NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy. By Jeff Faux, December 13, 2013. Foreign Policy In Focus is partnering with Mexico’s La Jornada del campo magazine, where an earlier version of this commentary appeared, … More NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker

Americanized Labor Policy Is Spreading in Europe – NYTimes.com

Americanized Labor Policy Is Spreading in Europe – NYTimes.com. While most of the debate over Europe’s response to the financial crisis has focused on the budget austerity enveloping the Continent, the comparatively unheralded erosion of worker protection is likely to have at least as big and lasting an impact on Europe’s social contract.

Beyond the ‘Republican’ Economy: Hayek and Pettit on Private Property

Republican political theorists have spilled a lot of ink in the attempt to present ‘republicanism’ as a distinctive alternative to liberalism. The landmark book is, of course, Philip Pettit’s Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government, published in 1997. I have written about some of the problems of republicanism on this blog (here, here and … More Beyond the ‘Republican’ Economy: Hayek and Pettit on Private Property

The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms | British Politics and Policy at LSE

The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms | British Politics and Policy at LSE. Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much … More The marketisation of our universities: Economic criteria get precedence over what’s good in human terms | British Politics and Policy at LSE

People at risk of poverty or social exclusion – Statistics Explained

People at risk of poverty or social exclusion – Statistics Explained. A recent Eurostat report has reported the following, disturbing figure in Europe: In 2012, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 % (Figure 1) of the population, in the EU-28 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), compared with 24.3 % in 2011. This data only … More People at risk of poverty or social exclusion – Statistics Explained

Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11012 ‘And what happens in moments of breakdown is that people not only turn against an ineffectual liberal elite that is not able–that in essence–that has presided over political and economic paralysis, or certainly political paralysis, but they also jettison the values that elite purports to defend. And that’s what’s dangerous. And we’re certainly barreling … More Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself

Polanyi on the Persistence of Economic Dogma

In reading Karl Polanyi’s 1944 classic, The Great Transformation, I’ve come across some passages regarding the persistence of the doctrines of economic liberalism (what we would today refer to as neo-liberalism) despite the onset of economic crisis. Despite being written almost 70 years ago, it sounds like it could have been written today: ‘Secular tenets … More Polanyi on the Persistence of Economic Dogma

How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11136 Fast food workers are preparing to strike across the country Thursday, demanding an increase of pay to $15 an hour. Thursday’s major day of action–organizers say 100 cities will take part–comes just six days after more than 100 people were arrested nationwide at Black Friday protests against major retail outlets.

On the “decline” of Madrid, the state re-appropriation of public space, and strange hope

Originally posted on Contentious Politics in an Age of Austerity:
A pensioner who lost his life savings in the Caja Madrid /Bankia protests in central Madrid. October 8, 2013. Photograph: Cristina Flesher Fominaya Cristina Flesher Fominaya During the Global Justice Movement the constant refrain in Madrid’s movement network was how to break out of the…