The Nobel factor — the prize in economics that spearheaded the neoliberal revolution — LARS P. SYLL

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, usually — incorrectly — referred to as the Nobel Prize in Economics, is an award for outstanding contributions to the field of economics. The Prize in Economics was established and endowed by Sweden’s central bank Sveriges Riksbank in 1968 on the occasion of […] … More The Nobel factor — the prize in economics that spearheaded the neoliberal revolution — LARS P. SYLL

Käte Duncker 1916: Use workers’ power to end the war

Originally posted on John Riddell:
Käte Duncker Introduction by John Riddell: 100 years ago today, Käte Duncker, a leading antiwar socialist in Germany explained the need for revolution to end the First World War. Her audience was delegates to the last unified national conference of the Social-Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), held in Berlin on…

August Hunger Notes: Candidates say little about poverty and hunger, Growing organic agriculture, Disadvantages of trade and more

Although it is a presidential election year, we have not been running many stories on what candidates want to do concerning hunger and poverty, as important as this is.  We thought we might not be digging deeply enough, but no.  See Binyamin Appelbaum’s The millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton barely mention: the … More August Hunger Notes: Candidates say little about poverty and hunger, Growing organic agriculture, Disadvantages of trade and more

On the Blogs: Lack of Good Governance at the World Bank

Originally posted on Developing Economics:
The process of selecting a new World Bank president has started. Pundits are already criticizing the process for being rushed, closed, and favoring the re-selection of the current President Jim Kim. This serves as a reminder of how political the international financial institutions are, although they often present themselves as…

Berkeley Bans a Palestine Class

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
BY JOHN K. WILSON Suspending a course in the middle of a semester is one of the most serious actions a university can take. On Sept. 13, Dean Carla Hesse of the University of California at Berkeley did exactly that to a student-taught DeCal class about Palestine. DeCal stands for…

New Book by Paresh Chattopadhyay: Marx’s Associated Mode of Production – A Critique of Marxism

From Palgrave: This book, by Paresh Chattopadhyay, aims to restore Marx’s original emancipatory idea of socialism, conceived as an association of free individuals centered on working people’s self-emancipation after the demise of capitalism. The book  argues that, Marx’s (and Engels’s) ideas have been deliberately warped with misinterpretation not only by those who resent these ideas but … More New Book by Paresh Chattopadhyay: Marx’s Associated Mode of Production – A Critique of Marxism

Prabhat Patnaik on The Logic of Neo-Liberal Capitalism

By Prabhat Patnaik, CAPITALISM is a “spontaneous” system in the sense that its dynamic is characterised by the unfolding of certain immanent tendencies, such as the commoditisation of every object, the destruction of pre-capitalist production, and the process of centralisation of capital. The question arises: what is the role of the State in this spontaneous … More Prabhat Patnaik on The Logic of Neo-Liberal Capitalism

Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!

In the past year, UMass administrators have eliminated all funding for graduate students (including teaching and research assistantships) and all funding for part-time faculty who have taught the required curriculum for many years.  They have made efforts to take governance of the program out of the hands of Labor Center faculty, effectively eliminated the Center’s professional … More Save the UMass Amherst Labor Center: Sign the Petition!