The Yellow Vest Movement: How Neoliberalism Ends

December 6, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Yellow Vest movement that has convulsed France owes its origins to developments and processes unique to French society, however it also owes its origins to factors and structures operating at the global level. A ready indication of this is the solidarity and support that the movement has attracted across […]

The World and Yugoslavia: 1968 and 1918

November 19, 2018 Agrippa 0

One of the key functions of any political system in capitalist society is the containment of autonomous working class action. There are many forms this takes, an important one being when the guardians of history downplay, obscure or even eliminate the role played by the working class in history. The […]

Madmen: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

November 10, 2018 Agrippa 0

On Thursday November 8, hot on the heels of the midterm elections, North Korea’s envoy, Kim Yong-chol, was to meet Mike Pompeo and Steve Biegun in New York, however the meeting was abruptly cancelled. Multiple sources, including South Korean officials and the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, […]

Full Spectrum FU: On Trump’s Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

October 30, 2018 Agrippa 0

Hitherto in the nuclear age humanity has relied upon a thin margin of survival provided by arms control, for arms control has tended to provide some measure of strategic stability and some reduction of nuclear dangers. For the most part arms control has functioned as a way of managing rivalry, […]

The Melian Dialogue and the Singapore Summit

July 5, 2018 Agrippa 0

The previous week I wrote of US intelligence assessments on North Korea’s nuclear programme, which suggests that North Korea is not committed to nuclear disarmament let along complete, verified, and irreversible dismantlement of the type long demanded by the United States. I had argued that the Singapore summit and its […]

Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

June 28, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of citizenship in capitalist society, and the great value of Jericho’s […]

Washington is Compelling Iran to Withdraw from the JCPOA

June 26, 2018 Agrippa 0

The US is seemingly goading Iran into withdrawing from the JCPOA. That might lead to some nasty surprises, for both them and us. Whilst attention continues to be drawn to North Korea, important developments continue to characterise the Iranian nuclear file with Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, describing the […]