Economic Violence

02.08.2019

Reclaiming the commons through state ownership? Maybe not

Reclaiming the commons through state ownership? Maybe not

Transnational state capital can be just as harmful as its private counterparts. We need local, democratic and sustainable alternatives. Milan Babic for OpenDemocracy This article is part of ourEconomy’s ‘Decolonising the economy’ series. In a 2001 essay, Naomi Klein passionately called for “reclaiming the commons” in… »

02.08.2019

Dependency Mechanisms in Latin America

Dependency Mechanisms in Latin America

The soil of Latin America stores enormous quantities of valuable mineral raw materials, necessary for the countries of the continent and for the world economy. The countries of South America have large tracts of land and forests. Some border seas rich in fish. In contrast to the material wealth of… »

22.07.2019

The vicious circle of wealth concentration

The vicious circle of wealth concentration

We often read statistics illustrating the accelerated concentration of wealth in the world; a few billionaires accumulate more wealth than the poorest half of the planet, and the richest 1% of the population owns more than half of the world’s wealth. We are resigned, like mere spectators, to a brutal… »

18.07.2019

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn’t have to be this way

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn’t have to be this way

Britain has enough housing – it’s just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich. By George Monbiot for The Guardian I have a friend who works almost every waking hour, mainly to pay the rent. Her landlord lives on a beach, 4,000 miles… »

04.07.2019

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

A report I helped publish has led to attacks and flat-out falsehoods in the rightwing media. It’s clear whose interests they serve.  By George Monbiot for The Guardian All billionaires want the same thing – a world that works for them. For many, this means a world in which… »

31.05.2019

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

Clubs, Cartels and Bilderberg

‘After decades of neoliberalism, we are at the mercy of a cluster of cartels who are lobbying politicians hard and using monopoly power to boost profits.” Joseph Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality (2012) by Dr Binoy Kampmark —May 31, 2019 ~ The… »

04.05.2019

Where are women’s voices in Africa’s infrastructure projects?

Where are women’s voices in Africa’s infrastructure projects?

Women in Zimbabwe’s informal economy face steep challenges amid economic crisis, competition from big companies, and poor infrastructure. By Sally Nyakanyanga 3 May 2019 for openDemocracy It was late afternoon in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Rudo Kabete, 35, sat beside more than 50 other women selling almost identical handicrafts… »

02.05.2019

Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 14 (April 2019)

Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 14 (April 2019)

Authored by Robert J Burrowes, Anita McKone and Anahata Giri Dear Fellow Signatories of the Nonviolence Charter, How are you all? And welcome to our most recent signatories and organizations! This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’… »

10.04.2019

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency.  My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my body. Now… »

28.03.2019

The Campaign Against Greta is an Index of the Loss of Values

The Campaign Against Greta is an Index of the Loss of Values

Since the powerful march of hundreds of thousands of students in 1,000 towns against climate change, an unexpected campaign of delegitimation, ”demystification” and demonisation has started against Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who started the movement. After searching the media, social media and websites, this campaign can be divided into four… »

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