Capitalism has had an incredible run — politically and culturally as well as economically — since the stagflation crisis of the 1970s. The resolution of that crisis required, as economists put it at the time, “reducing expectations” of the kind nurtured by the trade union militancy and welfare state gains of the 1960s. […]
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Patrick Cockburn who has recently published Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq being interviewed by Pepe Escobar on the Real News Network.
YouTube sketch from somegreybloke.
Today, In the Articles of Note section of Arts and Letter Daily I found a link to a Der Spiegel article dated the 7th of April on the finding of that Miracle Laptop which ‘proves’ that Chavez is supporting the FARC with money and arms. The opening paragraph has the meat and two veg of […]
I appear to be becoming somewhat of the obituarist about these parts. If only this ageing French population would slow up a bit on the dying ! During the latter part of February news came through of the passing away at the age of 85 of one of France’s better known postwar novelists - Alain […]
I am to lose my job this week as the company I work for pass into liquidation. For the last couple of months, they have been slowly suffocated by the French banking sector - including Société Générale. To be fair to the latter, they were the bank that backed them the longest and the company […]
I mentioned in my previous post that I had managed to unearth 2 pieces of good news to comfort me in this passage between a very shit year and another that promises to be even shitter. The first was Edwyn Collins proving himself to be the new Lazarus - but with a better voice […]
Who could not be heartened by the news this morning that the Black candidate for the President of the United State of American has won the Iowa caucus? Who didn’t feel a lump in their throat when they heard Barack Obama give his acceptance speech?
“They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever […]
I’m often forced to reflect that Yeats’ short and late poem ‘Politics’ just about sums up the unhappy lot of an ageing Irishman in this world. I believe the poem is set against the 30s political engagement of most of his contemporaries in exchange for which Yeats in the poem would gladly swap holding a […]
There’s been lots of excellent analysis of the failure of Chávez’s referendum to bring in his proposed constitutional changes in Venezuela.
And the general consensus is that all is not lost. Not by a long shot, especially as the majority of the changes can be brought about without a constitutional amendment.
Oil Wars for example, […]