New Book by Alexander Gallas: The Thatcherite Offensive – A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis

From Haymarket Books: In The Thatcherite Offensive, Alexander Gallas provides a class-centered, Neo-Poulantzan political analysis of Thatcherism. Drawing upon Greek state-theorist Nicos Poulantzas, Gallas challenges both mainstream and critical accounts of British politics in the 1980s and 90s. He shows that Thatcherism’s success and novelty, indeed its unity as a political project, lay in the … More New Book by Alexander Gallas: The Thatcherite Offensive – A Neo-Poulantzasian Analysis

White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics

by Michael Zweig Rather than speaking of the working class in terms that reduce it to only categories of race and gender, the emerging field of working-class studies is settling on definitions of class that are rooted in the power relations established in production, extending outward into politics and culture.1 In this view, working-class people … More White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics

The New Normal: Demand, Secular Stagnation and the Vanishing Middle-Class

By Servaas Storm, The Great Financial Crisis of 2008 deeply scarred the U.S. economy, bringing nine dire years of economic stagnation, high and rising inequalities in income and wealth, steep levels of indebtedness, and mounting uncertainty about jobs and incomes. Big parts of the U.S. were hit by elevated rates of depression, drug addiction and ‘deaths … More The New Normal: Demand, Secular Stagnation and the Vanishing Middle-Class

LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

  How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance? That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds … More LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

By Yves Smith, The Financial Times has a generally good update on the state of the student debt bubble in the US. The article interesting not just for what it says but also for what goes unsaid. I’ll recap its main points with additional commentary. Note that many of the underlying issues will be familiar … More Student Debt Bubble Diminishes Demand and Ruins Lives, Yet Officials Keep Inflating It

New Book by Harry Cleaver: Rupturing the Dialectic – The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization

From AK Press: Harry Cleaver’s pioneering Reading Capital Politically showed not only how capitalism seeks to structure every aspect of our lives through and around work but also how we endlessly fight back in ways that reshape capitalism itself. Rupturing the Dialectic skillfully brings this project up to date, interpreting capitalism’s most recent crises and … More New Book by Harry Cleaver: Rupturing the Dialectic – The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization