The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina!
From before Hanoi we’ve been riding the escalation ladder with North Korea, and it looks like liberals and neoconservatives don’t mind nuclear war too much.
The 1 of 5 Million protests in Serbia are symptomatic of a wider social catastrophe in the Balkans brought about by its reincorporation into the third world
If democracy is apt to lead to rational outcomes, why are we insanely marching toward ecological catastrophe?
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 intelligentsia forms an important stratum in any society, and the so called socialist societies have had a peculiar fascination with intellectuals as a class. This probably has much to do with Marx as intellectual, and with the positivist progeny of the authoritarian strand of socialism sometimes known as “scientific […]
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 […]