Category Archives: Political Theory

The Country without a Future

The Country without a Future By Marc Batko In the country without a future, elite democracy has long supplanted political participation. Life alternates between self-absorption and escapism, infantilism and dementia. There is no interest, passion or curiosity in a country … Continue reading

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Post-capitalist Perspectives

Post-capitalist Perspectives by Raul Zelik, 1/29/17 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/15/18816917.php Capitalism is winning to death. The exit from the overheated machine of capitalism represents an enormous challenge. We cannot avoid the question about common property in the search for social alternatives. Can greater … Continue reading

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Video: Thomas Frank: Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, 58 min

Video: Thomas Frank, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, CSpan, June 27, 2018, 58 min https://www.c-span.org/video/?447453-2/rendezvous-oblivion# This is what society looks like when the glue fails, a time of cascading collapse, a golden age of corruption when the … Continue reading

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Against Market Radicalism

Against Market Radicalism by Christa Luft, 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/06/18816770.php Capitalism is not “the end of history” as the American Francis Fukuyama postulated in 1992. The system question is open! Nothing raises the system question as clearly as capital itself. The economy … Continue reading

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Video: Psychiatrist: Trump Mental Health Urgently Deteriorating, July 28, 2018, 13 min

Psychiatrist: Trump Mental Health Urgently Deteriorating –Dr. John Gartner, Founder of Duty To Warn and co-editor of “Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald… Play https://youtu.be/DfnV4B7Fk7Y and three reading samplers from The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, 2018. Happy reading … Continue reading

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Capitalism and Worldwide Inequality

Capitalism and Worldwide Inequality by Conrad Schuhler and Thomas Fromm, 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/01/18816686.php Thomas Piketty’s motto “Inequality is always a problem when it is excessive” introduces the new World Inequality Report. The inequalities of income and wealth swell globally and in … Continue reading

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Surveying Utopia: Raul Zelik and Elmar Altvater (2012)

https://www.raulzelik.net/english-texts/369-surveying-utopia https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/01/03/18704055.php Raul Zelik and Elmar Altvater discuss the nature of utopia, economics, how growth and work became fetishes, how what is rational in micro-economics can become irrational in macro-economics, time prosperity, how the financial crisis shows the self-destructiveness of … Continue reading

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The Trump Spectacle by Albert Scharenberg

The Trump Spectacle by Albert Scharenberg, January 2018 www.rosalux-nyc.org http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/the-trump-spectacle/ Robert Zaretsky recently commented in The New York Times that Donald Trump’s presidency marks the coming of age of The Society of the Spectacle—a society in which truth is essentially … Continue reading

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Mapping the Resistance, May 2018, 28 pp

Mapping the Resistance by Ethan Young, May 2018, 28 pp http://www.rosalux-nyc.org/wp-content/files_mf/young_mappingtheresistance_eng51.pdf The 2016 election and one year in office for Donald Trump have resulted in an intensifying polarization in mainstream US politics. A many -sided attack is underway on democracy … Continue reading

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The System Question as a Survival Question

The System Question as a Survival Question by Tomasz Konicz, April 21, 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/07/18/18816517.php A fundamental social alternative to the permanent capitalist chaos is sought. A rational social discourse on system alternatives would be an antidote to populism and to … Continue reading

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