Category Archives: Politics and Economics

The Yellow Vest Movement: How Neoliberalism Ends

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 … Continue reading

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The World and Yugoslavia: 1968 and 1918

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 … Continue reading

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Madmen: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un and the Intellectuals: Scientific Socialism with North Korean Characteristics and Reform from Within

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 … Continue reading

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The Melian Dialogue and the Singapore Summit

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 … Continue reading

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Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

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 … Continue reading

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Washington is Compelling Iran to Withdraw from the JCPOA

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 … Continue reading

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The Trump-Kim Snapchat Summit: All Selfies, No Substance.

North Korea has not moved an inch from its conception of denuclearisation at the Singapore Summit. More substantive progress requires ending the obsession for complete and irreversible denuclearisation. The Singapore Summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has come … Continue reading

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Korean Denuclearisation and the Possibility of North Korean Political Reform

There aren’t two competing ideas of denuclearisation, probably not even one conception, and could North Korea reform politically? The Kim-Trump Summit Is a go, and what will become of it is highly uncertain. Indeed, it is possible that the summit … Continue reading

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