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Comparison of the Washington, Berlin, and Tokyo Consensus Zones -Which one really works?

George Tait Edwards compares three separate economic systems presently operating around the world... [read more]

Rethinking Economics The Washington Consensus vs the Tokyo Consensus Background

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, I published a blog about ”Shimomuran Economics and the Rise of Japan”... [read more]

The Global Economic Crisis and ‘Possible Futures’

David Lane reviews a collection of three volumes compiled by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian chronicling the origins and aftermath of the global financial crisis... [read more]

Corbyn versus the Consensus

In any political movement there is a tension between what is desirable and what is possible... [read more]

INET Should Rename Itself IPNET Because Preventing New Economic Thinking Is What it Does

INET is a cheerleader and supporter of the Washington Consensus... [read more]

The emergence of separatist movements in Pakistan

We have undergone two martial law regimes since the National Assembly adopted the 1973 Constitution. The 1973 Constitution failed to transform Pakistan into an economic success... [read more]

1945

1945 is a sacred year in Labour mythology... [read more]

Optimism of the Will

Optimistic? Today? When the Israeli peace camp is in deep despair? When home-grown fascism is raising its head and the government is leading us towards national suicide?... [read more]

Russell Brand and the Nixon inequality shock

Russell Brand's call for revolution reverberated with many beyond the underclass he referenced... [read more]

The Contest for the Centre

Matt Genner on how the ongoing struggle for the political centre ground is undermining democracy.... [read more]

GMOs: dogma instead of science

There are clear signs that the producers of GMOs and the regulators are suffering from a siege mentality... [read more]

Mutant Forms: The Problem of Cross-breeding in Pakistani Politics

The people of Pakistan are faced with three mountainous problems. They face the tyranny of feudalism, comprador capitalism and imperialist domination... [read more]

The Failure of Western Neoclassical economics - Invention without innovation results in increasing poverty

Many individuals in the Western nations are still great at invention, but innovation — defined as the transfer of these inventions to the factory floor — has generally failed in the West... [read more]

Goal Moscow

The USA wants to turn Ukraine into a permanent area of crisis, keeping it just off the boil of war. In this way Russia will feel threatened... [read more]

If markets weren't masters and economics worked for people

The choice on the one hand is for people to be a resource for a rich economy. The choice on the other is for a rich economy to be a resource for society. Alfie Stirling explains... [read more]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Millennium Goals Revisited: Noble Ideas, and Feel-Good Moments

The UN's much-vaunted Millenium Development goals have turned out to be little more than wishful thinking, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

Italian Elections: More of the Same

Samuele Mazzolini reflects on an election that has consolidated the dominance of Silvo Berlusconi's centre-right bloc, and the continuing malaise of the Italian left.... [read more]

Yes, You Can!

Barack Obama faces a historic challenge in the Middle East, as Uri Avnery explains.... [read more]

How to defeat war-mongering America

The recent actions by Trump are a futile attempt to regain the waning global influence of American imperialist hegemony... [read more]

If Only...

Discontent among the uninformed tends toward unreasoned emotion. The educated dissentient is able and willing to identify the nature of a problem and articulate an indictment of the problem’s source.... [read more]

An Anti-Austerity 2015 UK Budget

George Tait Edwards explains how Shimomuran-Wernerian macroeconomics is the best available path to prosperity once the politicians of the West understand the effectiveness of that option... [read more]

Nothing to Lose But Our Fears‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains the need for Labour to break free from the neo-liberal consensus that has long imprisoned the left in an intellectual straitjacket... [read more]

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger's 'World Order' [Part Two]

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet, seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace." (Alexander Pope, Essay on Man)... [read more]

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

How the media shafted the people of Scotland

Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

What can we do with what Thomas Piketty teaches us about capital in the twenty-first century? (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of Eric Toussaint's review of Thomas Piketty book Capital in the Twenty-First Century... [read more]

EU Urgently Needs To Put Its Democracy In Order

David Eade argues that democracy is under threat across the entire European Union... [read more]

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

Chavs by Owen Jones has rightly been lauded as an overdue rejoinder to the steady and near unstoppable denigration of the working class in Britain over the past three decades of unbroken Thatcherism, under both the Tories and New Labour, reviews John Wight.... [read more]

Democracy is licking its wounds but the fight for social justice is gathering momentum

Sadly, the resounding feature of the 2012 local elections is one of a weak democracy. It’s true that of the 32 per cent of people who decided to vote, more voted Labour than any other party. But the dominant characteristic of 2012 is that almost seven in every 10 people decided that the election wasn’t worth the walk to the polling station writes Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

New beginnings

John Green asks whether we need a mass party to represent the unions and the left and to advance the interests of the entire working class (Part 2)... [read more]

Media Ambivalence About 'Red Ed' is a Sign of the Times

Nathaniel Mehr reflects on the media reaction to Ed Miliband's success in the Labour leadership election.... [read more]

The Lobby Within

A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict will only be possible when the US ceases to block every move made towards it, argues Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

The Hypocrisy of Al-Demoqratia

A rising tide of official anti-Muslim paranoia in continental Europe is exposing the hypocrisy of Western democracy, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Zimbabwe: Why the International Community Must Intervene

Examining the legal framework of humanitarian intervention, Alexa Van Sickle calls on the international community to act now to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in Zimbabwe.... [read more]

Hay Festival Raises More Questions Than Answers

Matt Genner considers Naomi Klein's comments at this year's Hay Festival.... [read more]

After the Euphoria

A weak government whose core values are misguided by nostalgia for a lost empire... [read more]

A Tale of Two Stories

This Tuesday morning he arrived at the gate as usual. But something aroused suspicion among the guards. He was wearing a jacket, though the weather was quite hot on this early autumn day. The guards asked him to remove his jacket.... [read more]

Reactive Mismeasures: The New Yorker and the "New" Cold War Propaganda (Part 2)

This is the second part of a paragraph by paragraph commentary on a recent article posing as journalism in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker.... [read more]

In the meantime things are getting meaner

In the meantime there is a crisis of democracy. It is not a crisis in one country. The peace dividends we were promised have been squandered.... [read more]

Autonomy and progressive policies

How much should individuality be important for progressive forces? And is it possible to reconcile economic utility and individual autonomy?... [read more]

Welcome back, Ms Thatcher!

There's one question that remains unanswered: who really benefits from Brexit?... [read more]

It Can Happen Here

Political ideas and structures don't die easily. The human mind is lazy and apprehensive, and clings to familiar ideas, long after they have become obsolete... [read more]

The Future belongs to the Optimists

Despair is easy. It is also comfortable, whether in Berlin or Tel Aviv. Looking around at this moment, despair is also logical. But despair corrupts. Despairing people create nothing, and never did... [read more]

Kudos for civic activism and social justice: you are a born communicator!

As we stroll along the transitory journey of life, it is only natural to progressively focus first and foremost on our education, acquiring skills, career aspirations, and perhaps marriage... [read more]

John Whittingdale's Curious Notion of Culture

The Minister of Culture, Media and Sport has chosen a controversial film as his favourite... [read more]

Squaring the Circle

This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.... [read more]

Iraq: US, UK Fabricated WMD Threat

The scorched earth onslaught of 2003 and subsequent years of bombings brought further radioactive pollution in orders of magnitude. The US is now bombing again.... [read more]

Labour and the Trident Question

We all knew that Trident missiles would become an issue when Corbyn became leader of the UK Labour party... [read more]

Iran - A Travelogue to Home Away from Home

David Rhani describes his latest trip to Iran... [read more]

How David Cameron's Coalition Government Stole the 2015 General Election

This article is an edited extract (from section 3.9) of the book How David Cameron Fixed The 2015 General Election and Much Else ... [read more]

The Scottish Industrial Revolution, or The Scottish First Industrial Miracle 1700–1800

Most accounts of the origins of the industrial revolution are Anglo-centric, focused upon how the industrial revolution in England began from about 1750... [read more]

A major factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to voters

It is Labour’s long-standing support for, and failure to challenge, the central tenets of neo-classical orthodoxy that has disabled any challenge they have tried to make to any other aspect of the Tory progamme... [read more]

Quantitative Easing for People: The UK Labour Frontrunner's Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “People’s QE” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying it’s about time... [read more]

Cultural Zoroastrianism: The Commonality amongst the South-Central-West Asians

The people of Zoroastrian faith, ethnically Persian, can be traced back in history for over 4,000 years... [read more]

A poem for The Great Shimomura

There once was a man who had a plan to double the income of Japan... [read more]

Prolegomena to Any Future Understanding of the Crisis in Ukraine

The political and military manoeuvres now going on in the Ukraine have the potential of escalating out of control... [read more]

Economic Policies for an Incoming Labour Government (Part 1 of 9)

The Coalition Government’s Failed Austerity Programme... [read more]

A Slow-Burning Revolution‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, details the beginnings of a paradigm shift in economic thinking... [read more]

Has Democracy Gone Missing? Or was it ever here?

People are suffering from a deficiency which is as unbalancing as a hormone or vitamin deficiency. What we are severely lacking in is democracy... [read more]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Sound Science and the GMO Biotech Sector's Version of Science

Coming from the GMO biotech industry, or its political mouthpieces, the term “sound science” rings extremely hollow... [read more]

The Dead

A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Update On Shimomuran Economics: The Day May Come

Western governments and their advisors can no longer continue to ignore the work of the master economist Dr Osamu Shimomura (1910-1989) who provided the insights which have produced the high growth of the China Sea economic zone... [read more]

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, A Thatcherite Revolution: “Free Trade”, Corporate Plunder and the War on Working People

Prior to the recent national elections in India, there were calls for a Thatcherite revolution to fast-track the country towards privatisation and neo-liberalism... [read more]

A strategy for improving economic performance

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, discusses a strategy for improving economic performance and addressing inequality... [read more]

Nigel Farage's UKIP and the Mainstream Media are Preventing an Honest Debate on the European Elections

Ruben De Sai on how Nigel Farage's UKIP and the mainstream media are preventing an honest debate on the European elections, and the economic issues that no one is talking about.... [read more]

An Oslo Criminal

The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.... [read more]

Lenin's State and Revolution: Chapter One Parts 2&3

Still basing himself on Engels' work, Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Lenin points out that the State is the first form of society exclusively to base itself on a given territory... [read more]

Return, Return oh Shulamit

Dina Dinur, the wife of the Holocaust-writer K. Zetnik, called to invite me to meet Pete Seeger... [read more]

Waiting for Mangabe or Slavoj Zizek on Mandela's Socialist Failure

This is a reply to Slavoj Zizek's article "Mandela's Socialist Failure" published online in The Stone (a New York Times maintained philosophy blog) on December 6, 2013... [read more]

The JFK Conspiracy Theories and Why they Still Matter Today

It is now fifty years ago, come November 22nd, that John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in an event that had a huge bearing on the course of history from that day on... [read more]

Elections in Norway

Patrizia Bertini speaks with Norwegian Labour Party politician Rudolph Brynn about the general election next week... [read more]

Banks versus the People: The Underside of a Rigged Game! (Part 2)

The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are at the service of the major private banks... [read more]

FDR’s American Economic Miracle 1938-44, or the First Economic Bomb - The USA from 1938 to 1944 (Part 1)

George Tait Edwards reveals the secret of America's economic boom during the the FDR years ... [read more]

Venezuelan elections

John Green provides an analysis of and background to today's election in Venezuela... [read more]

Margaret Thatcher's Contribution to Neoliberalism

Former Labour MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Bryan Gould, reflects on the tendency to lionise and exaggerate the importance of Margaret Thatcher's contribution towards promoting free market economics... [read more]

Political Barbed Wire

Why are 97 per cent of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Despite the NRA and the Ultra-Right Most Americans Favor Gun Controls

Thomas Riggins states that the majority of Americans support more gun controls to reduce and prevent the epidemic of violence in the US ... [read more]

Lenin on Marxism and Bourgeois Democracy

In chapter seven of "'Left-Wing' Communism: an Infantile Disorder" Lenin addresses himself to the ultra-left claim that socialists should no longer work with or be members of bourgeois parliaments. Thomas Riggins explains.... [read more]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Empty Promise

George Monbiot asks if scientists have got the impacts of climate change on food supply wildly wrong?... [read more]

The Spanish State Faces Disintegration

The Spain of today is in a deep financial crisis. Rather than the country pulling together it is pulling apart. LPJ Iberian correspondent, David Eade, discusses the possibility of the Spainish state breaking up into autonomous regions... [read more]

The Spectre of Communism

The eulogies in the media for the late Marxist historian, Eric Hobsbawm, praise his historical insight yet express bemusement at his adherence to the Communist cause. Why is there a lack of understanding as to why so many of his generation remained loyal to the cause of their youth? John Green explains.... [read more]

Decoding Assange

John Green reports that Julian Assange is the new bête noir, the man to be vilified, smeared and slandered. In all the media hysteria about the rape allegations made in Sweden against Assange by two women he slept with, the real issue is being conveniently buried.... [read more]

If The Drugs Don't Work, The Drones Certainly Will: Imperialism In The X-Factor Age

Forget TV with informed debate when platitudes, simple emotion and 'common sense' outlooks will do, says Colin Todhunter.... [read more]

The Politics of Truth

Politicians are easy targets and scoring points off aunt sallies is a national sport. Stephen Gilbert discusses the chasm between the accountability of political columnists and that of MPs... [read more]

Redefining the ‘Arab Spring’: Is Chaos Overtaking Revolution?

The age of revolutionary romance is over. Various Arab countries are now facing hard truths. Millions of Arabs merely want to live with a semblance of dignity, free from tyranny and continuous anxiety over the future, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Spying an opportunity

Stephen Gilbert argues that surveillance over the whole population involves an erosion of our basic liberties. We give away our rights at our own peril. ... [read more]

Why Israel Attacked Gaza: Bibi Stirring Trouble

The first Israel missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Euro zone crisis: A Green alternative

We are watching economic injustice crush a nation before our eyes. On 20 March, Greece must meet the next tranche of debt repayments,says Alfie Stirling.... [read more]

An outRageous! essay on The Arts, Education and The People.

This rant is aimed at your crassness, Cameron. It goes to the heart of what is art, and why it's so important in preparing people for democracy, says outRageous!... [read more]

Why Miliband and Balls have got it wrong

The capitulation by Labour to the austerity and cuts agenda of the Tories and the right-wing press has been confirmed by shadow chancellor Ed Balls' statement that Labour would not be able to reverse the Tory cuts and would maintain the pay freeze within the public sector if they come to power at the next election, says John Wight.... [read more]

Palestine: Those Who Inspired Us in 2011

2011 had its share of tragedy. Human lives were lost in Palestine. But hope was also sustained by the sacrifices of numerous ‘ordinary’ people, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

On Freedom and Imperialism: Arab Spring and the Intellectual Divide

The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ is creating an intellectual divide that threatens any sensible understanding of the turmoil engulfing several Arab countries, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Telling the Players with a Scorecard

How politics is manifested as economics and economics as politics should concern us right now, argues Steven Colatrella.... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

Politics and the UK Riots

The recent civil unrest points to the failure of three decades of Thatcherite consensus, writes Nathaniel Mehr.... [read more]

Misunderstanding the FARC

Garry Leech on why the media's so-called 'experts' on the Colombian guerrilla group keep getting it wrong.... [read more]

Regarding US Muslims: A Misguided Debate

Ramzy Baroud on why there is a blinkered and one-sided view of what causes Islamaphobia in America and how best to tackle it.... [read more]

Thatcher and the Last Tory cuts

Eric Hollies puts today's coalition government in historical perspective by looking back on the brutal public spending cuts imposed by the Thatcher government.... [read more]

Italy: Vendola Provides Hope for the Left

The Italian left has been in a state of stagnation for a number of years, but the emergence on the national stage of Nichi Vendola may precipitate a change in fortunes, as Samuele Mazzolini explains.... [read more]

Thatcherism Phase Two

The UK's 'progressive coalition' is implementing a neo-Thatcherite revolution, a war against the poor, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

An Alternative Reading of the Al-Mabhouh Murder

The assassination of Palestinian activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a well-planned, violent and sadistic act of international terrorism, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

Iran, Israel and Latin America: The Media States Its Case

Ramzy Baroud scrutinises the mainstream media consensus on the designated enemies of the US.... [read more]

Berlusconi: Europe's Real Pandemic

The enormous popularity of Italy's right-wing demagogue is a reflection of the corrupt cynicism of contemporary mass culture, argues Paolo Mossetti.... [read more]

We Need an Index of Human Rights

Measuring and ranking every country's observance of human rights would give nations an incentive to raise their game, argues Peter Tatchell.... [read more]

The US and Colombian Roles in the Honduran Crisis

Garry Leech argues that the US role in the Honduran crisis represents a continuation of the traditional US approach towards democracy in Central America.... [read more]

The Socialist Case Against The Cuts

Britain's three biggest parties are committed to massive spending cuts. Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks challenges the mainstream consensus.... [read more]

The Population Myth

George Monbiot says people who claim that population growth is the big environmental issue are shifting the blame from the rich to the poor.... [read more]

1,000,000 People to Vote Against New Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and the BNP

Matthew Edwards calls for a progressive alliance against Britain's mainstream parties and the fascist BNP.... [read more]

Tutu's Prayer

Looking back at the fall of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Uri Avnery asks what lessons - if any - can be learned by activists campaigning for justice for Palestine.... [read more]

South American Leaders Concerned Over Colombia - US Military Plan

Governments across Latin America are expressing growing unease over the militarism of joint US-Colombian policy in the region, as Kiraz Janicke explains.... [read more]

Netanyahu’s New Quest: The Game is On

Ramzy Baroud looks at how the new Israeli leadership is seeking to steer US policy towards confrontation with Iran.... [read more]

Ecuador's Correa Hoping for Parliamentary Majority

Samuele Mazzolini previews the forthcoming elections in Ecuador.... [read more]

Book Review: Frank Ackerman, "Can We Afford the Future?"

Matt Genner on a new book which debunks the economic myths around global warming.... [read more]

Difficult Times Ahead For Ecuador's Progressive New Constitution

Samuele Mazzolini on why Ecuador's new constitution is threatened by the vested economic and political interests of neoliberalism which have dominated Latin America for the past twenty years.... [read more]

Venezuela and South American Allies Advance Integration

James Suggett examines the latest steps of an ambitious initiative to bring about the economic integration of a number of South American countries.... [read more]

Labour Must Endorse Living Wage Campaign to Win Back Popular Support

Matt Genner argues that committing itself to a national living wage would help restore Labour's credentials as the mainstream party most committed to social justice. ... [read more]

How the NHS was Founded – the Fight Against Private Medicine

As Britain's National Health Service celebrates another milestone anniversary, Barbara Humphries reviews sixty years of struggle against encroaching privatisation.... [read more]

Britain Sleepwalks Towards 42-day Detention

As the Brown government seeks to push through 42-day detention, Tom Bangay argues this latest counter-terrorism measure is impractical, unpopular, and an affront to civil liberties. ... [read more]

Andean Crisis: Ecuador Rallies Latin American Support Against Colombian Incursion

Samuele Mazzolini with the latest on the diplomatic crisis between Ecuador and Colombia.... [read more]

This Week in the Media: Al Fayed Loses Dignity, Entertains Nation; Poll Findings Indicate Egalitarian Leanings Among Guardian Readers

David Floyd is offended by the grotesque Mohamed Al Fayed pantomime that's still plaguing our courts.... [read more]