GST Original Articles

By R. Burke / 24 September 2017
One of the most interesting things about Steve Early’s new book Refinery Town, Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, is the way it seems to provide an empirical confirmation for theoretical positions that have been debated on the left for decades. Thinkers from Althusser’s current of Marxist thought, such as Etienne Balibar, have advocated for a shift from a class based to a mass based politics, while Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe in their 1985 classic Hegemony and... Read more
By Don Fitz / 19 September 2017
And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. [See 2011 story HERE]. But the case... Read more
By Paul Cox and Stan Cox / 15 September 2017
Miami Beach, where despite dark forebodings, a real estate boom continues Whatever price tags are put on the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Irma in the past week, following Harvey’s destruction last month, there's one economic message you should expect to read (if you haven't already.) It will likely come from an analyst at Goldman Sachs, or the financial press, or maybe just that Facebook friend who likes to talk about GDP. They will explain how despite being a nearly unprecedented,... Read more
By Stan Cox / 09 September 2017
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA)
Hurricane Irma passes by the eastern end of Cuba (NOAA) At the People’s Climate March back last spring, all along that vast river of people, the atmosphere was electric. But many of the signs and banners were far too focused on electricity. Yes, here and there were solid “System Change, Not Climate Change” - themed signs and banners. But far too many of the slogans on display asserted or implied that ending the climate emergency and avoiding climatic catastrophes like those that would occur... Read more

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By David Roberts / 04 January 2018
The top 10 percent of the wealthiest people in China emit less carbon per person than people on the bottom half of the US wealth distribution — again, inequality between countries — but it also shows that the top 10 percent wealthiest in the US emit more than five times as much CO2 per person as those on the lower half of the income scale.
By Klaire Gain / 04 January 2018
El agua vale mas que oro,” or in English “Water is worth more than gold,” a young boy chants along with members of his community in Las Piñitas, Dominican Republic. He was born and raised here, neighboring the largest foreign direct investment project the country has ever seen – the Pueblo Viejo gold mine. Pueblo Viejo, owned by Canadian companies Barrick Gold Corporation (60 percent)... Read more
By Anton Jäger / 03 January 2018
For too long 'populism' has been a term of political abuse. The time has come for the American Left to reclaim the mantle of one of its most illustrious ancestors.
By Sean Keith and Alexander Kolokotronis / 02 January 2018
Money is not wealth, only a measure of wealth. What happens when we take this concept seriously?
By Robert J. Burrowes / 02 January 2018
In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect – the man’s neighbour – but went to the wrong address. See ‘Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address’. For those who follow news in the United... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 01 January 2018
A UK study published on October 27, 2017 reported that the majority of politicians do not know where money comes from. According to City A.M. (London) : More than three-quarters of the MPs surveyed incorrectly believed that only the government has the ability to create new money. . . .The Bank of England has previously intervened to point out that most money in the UK begins as a bank loan. In a... Read more
By Kevin Buckland / 31 December 2017
The climate crisis is the ultimate symptom of the extractivist dynamic, and is an entirely new species of crisis that requires our movements to enact an entirely different logic — including entirely different values, morals, assumptions and strategies — if we are to confront it. Confronting climate change means confronting the system and the culture that has caused it, and providing a scalable... Read more

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