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The Neo-liberal Poet: An Essay

The Neo-liberal Poet: An Essay

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Kevin Higgins
I will start with a definition: neo-liberalism has nothing to do with being in favour of gay marriage, or abortion rights, or against castrating black boys for saying hello to white girls. It doesn’t care either way about any of that: what colour you are, who (or how) you screw, whether (or not) you’re a member of the Aryan Nation, and it absolutely could not give a shit about where you stand on the male-female spectrum. For neo-liberalism, it is always and only about the money. A true neo-liberal sees every situation as a potential financial transaction and would as happily flog child-sized white hoods to junior Klansmen at a cross burning in Cedar Town, Georgia as ...
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Eagle vs. Tiger: The Economic Undercurrents in America’s Trade War with China

Eagle vs. Tiger: The Economic Undercurrents in America’s Trade War with China

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Jonathan Dinsmore
Is America’s trade war with China due to their communism, or is there a subtler economic motive, involving differences of opinion about capitalism and it’s relationship to the state? Why is China doing so well economically, and why does the capitalist West see this as a threat? Is it merely because arrogant Americans don’t want to be outdone, or is there something more to the plot? The story of modern history is, among other things, a story of economic models. The gradual transition of much of the world from tyranny to democracy and capitalism around the time of the enlightenment opened a variety of possibilities, and of course, the communist opposition. Mostly, these possibilities revolved around the ...
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Climate Models Aren’t Factoring in Lunatic Leaders

Climate Models Aren’t Factoring in Lunatic Leaders

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George Tsakraklides
It is unfolding right in front of us Let’s just be honest with ourselves. Climate Change mitigation isn’t going very well. In fact, it is a joke. At a time when society should be making Herculean efforts to reorganise our very economies, something already a bit of an ambitious fantasy given our previous record, we want to make things even harder for ourselves: we take a Herculean leap backwards by burning the Amazon. The climate mitigation models, which give us 10 years to make significant changes, are not factoring in one huge variable in their complicated algorithms: the “looney” factor. There are far too many crazies in power to be able to predict a safe, unhindered path ...
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The Lessons of Rome: Our Neofeudal Oligarchy

The Lessons of Rome: Our Neofeudal Oligarchy

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Charles Hugh Smith
Our society has a legal structure of self-rule and ownership of capital, but in reality it is a Neofeudal Oligarchy. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 is not an easy, breezy read; its length and detail are daunting. The effort is well worth it, as the book helps us understand how the power structures of societies change over time in ways that may be largely invisible to those living through the changes. The Inheritance of Rome focuses on the lasting influence of Rome’s centralized social and political structures even as centralized economic power and trade routes dissolved ...
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Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Politics
Mark Tweedy
Since journalists overwhelmingly rely on the voices of elites, elites have a disproportionate influence on the media agenda, acting as the ‘primary definers’ who set the framework of interpretation against which all subsequent voices are forced to insert themselves. While voices on the right-wing of the political spectrum often claim that the media has an implicit left-wing agenda, it is corporations, not leftist academics, which enforce politically correct limits on speech. By contrast, ordinary people who appear in the news are constructed primarily as passive consumers, reacting to the agendas set by these elites. If the UK press had a left wing agenda, why would they not support Jeremy Corbyn? After all he embodies many left-wing ideas ...
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Livorno: Italy’s Communist Football Club

Livorno: Italy’s Communist Football Club

Commentary
Jack Yates

Fan culture in football is often criticised, and rightly so in many cases. Racism, sectarianism, sexism, and abuse are routine—just as they are across society as a whole. Nowhere is this more so than in Italy, where the terraces of all the major clubs are home to myriad fascist groups, with anti-Semitic and racist taunts commonplace. This was recently evidenced by the abhorrent abuse of Juventus’s young, black, Italian superstar Moise Kean. However, fan culture can—and does—have a positive impact on people and entire communities. Football fan culture can give rise to solidarity, friendship, and togetherness. When it is done right, it can be politically inspiring and a powerful force for good. This is ...
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Confessions of a Reluctant Anarchist

Confessions of a Reluctant Anarchist

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Michael Andoscia
I have to admit to a certain squeamishness when asked about my political affiliations. Part of this is due to the fact that my political beliefs are, at least as far as I am concerned, complicated. Another variable is that I’ve never been a joiner. Group dynamics have always made me uncomfortable because, very often, the consciousness that develops within the group conflicts with my individual consciousness to which I always defer. I also don’t like to be pigeonholed. I don’t want assumptions to be made about what I believe and what I support by virtue of my group assignation. I like to make up my own mind based on the available evidence.“So, you ARE an anarchist!” ...
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Literal McFeminism: Clickbait Corporatism in a Consumer Culture

Literal McFeminism: Clickbait Corporatism in a Consumer Culture

Commentary
Joseph Kaminski
The McDonalds Corporation did something bold for International Women Day, folks. You’d think a multi-billion-dollar industry would celebrate such an occasion by eliminating the wage gap between workers within their company, or better yet pay their workers an actual living wage. But no, McDonalds did something that is just about as real and sustaining as their product.Rather than opening the dialogue further on the topics of inequality and social normality within the world, the giant mega-corporation decided to really think outside the box on this one. McDonalds decided to flip their infamous Golden Arch iconography from an ‘M’ to a ‘W’. This, of course, represents the word “Women”. However, this is nothing more than a shockingly out-of-touch ...
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