Tag Archives: The State

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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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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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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The Cynicism of the Sophisticated: North Korea and Complete Irreversible Denuclearisation

Sophisticated foreign policy hands argue no way North Korea would agree to complete and irreversible denuclearisation. Left unsaid is what that means. The train is moving fast on the Kim-Trump summit with developments of great significance occurring on an almost … Continue reading

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US-European Airstrikes Against Syria, the Offence-Defence Balance, and the Left

The war in Syria is simply an obscenity, waged by weak and miserable men. That observation is how any discussion on developments in Syria should proceed, and so it is that I begin this discussion of the April 14 air … Continue reading

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Of Reform and Revolution: The Case of John Maynard Keynes

To imagine the ideal society is easy, to bring it about is hard. That is as true as it is cruel, and it is a dilemma that revolutionaries have faced from time immemorial. One aspect of that dilemma is the … Continue reading

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North Korea’s February 2018 Military Parade: Demonstration of Missile Vulnerability or Transition?

The 2017 North Korean military parade to mark the 105th birthday of Kim Il-sung had us talking of TELs and so has the February 2018 parade on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army, although for … Continue reading

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Mnogostradalnaya: The Left and the Russian Revolution

November 07 2017 marks the centennial of the putsch of Lenin and Trotsky, sometimes called the “Russian Revolution” and at other times “The Great October Socialist Revolution,” which could only end in the imposition of terror as it in fact … Continue reading

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Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too … Continue reading

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Why North Korea’s Missile Success Isn’t a Secret, and Why a Solid Fuelled ICBM Might Come Sooner than Later

A perceptive Japanese economist has described North Korea’s economy as that of a poor advanced country, an important observation. Many, but by no means all, of the key developments underpinning North Korea’s successful development of a long range missile capability … Continue reading

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