Author: Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond teaches political economy at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is co-editor (with Ana Garcia) of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique.

  • Climate Meetings are Conferences of Polluters

    From Copenhagen and Cancun to Bonn and Durban Judging by what transpired at the global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months’ time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of climate procrastinators, the COP17 (Conference of Parties), dooming the Earth … Keep reading »

  • Gaza: A View From the Ground

    A South African Perspective Here in Palestine, disgust expressed by civil society reformers about Barack Obama’s May 19 policy speech on the Middle East and North Africa confirms that political reconciliation between Washington and fast-rising Arab democrats is impossible. Amidst many examples, consider the longstanding U.S. tradition of blind, self-destructive support for Israel, which Obama has … Keep reading »

  • From Cairo to Dakar to Durban, Another World Actually Is Possible!

    Last week’s World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal, ended up riotously happy thanks to the eviction of a universally-hated Egyptian Pharoah, after near-debilitating logistical disasters at the event’s outset. Each year, in order to oppose the corporate agenda of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, tens of thousands of social … Keep reading »

  • Our climate. Not your business

    ‘Climate Capitalism’ Won At Cancun – Everyone Else Loses

    The December 11 closure of the 16th Conference of the Parties – the global climate summit – in balmy Cancun, Mexico was portrayed by most participants and mainstream journalists as a victory, a ‘step forward.’ Bragged U.S. State Department lead negotiator Todd Stern, “Ideas that were first of all, skeletal last year, and not approved, … Keep reading »

  • Returning to the Gold Standard is Not a Good Idea

    Should we take seriously the idea, promoted by World Bank president Robert Zoellick, to partially root the global monetary system in gold? Is gold, as he claims, an “elephant in the room” because it might play a constructive role in reducing speculative turbulence and structural imbalances – or instead, is the fast-rising gold price merely … Keep reading »

  • South African Public Sector Strike Highlights Society’s Contradictions

    The two major civil service unions on strike against the South African (SA) government vow to intensify pressure in coming days, in a struggle pitting a million members of the middle and lower ranks of society against a confident government leadership fresh from hosting the FIFA World Cup. Along with smaller public sector unions, teachers … Keep reading »

  • How to Cure the Post-Copenhagen Hangover

    In Copenhagen, the world’s richest leaders continued their fiery fossil fuel party last Friday night, December 18, ignoring requests of global village neighbours to please chill out. Instead of halting the hedonism, U.S. President Barack Obama and the Euro elites cracked open the mansion door to add a few nouveau riche guests: South Africa’s Jacob … Keep reading »

  • Vigorous Activism Can Defeat the Denialists

    A lesson from Seattle for Copenhagen Preparations for the December 7-18 Copenhagen climate summit are going as expected, including a rare sighting of the African elites’ stiffened spines. That’s a great development (maybe decisive), more about that below. While activists help raise the temperature on the streets outside the Bella Centre on December 12, 13 and … Keep reading »

  • When the Climate Change Center Cannot Hold

    On a day that and thousands of allies are valiantly trying to raise global consciousness about impending catastrophe, we can ask some tough questions about what to do after people depart and the props are packed up. No matter today’s activism, global climate governance is grid-locked and it seems clear that no meaningful deal … Keep reading »

  • World Slump

    The Financial Crisis and Emerging Class Struggles in the Global South Toronto, June 28, 2009 – The political period that has opened up since the financial turbulence of 2007 began to grip the world market has led to both a crisis of neoliberalism and an attempt to reconstruct it. The overaccumulation of capital in key sectors … Watch video »

  • South African Political Power Balance Shifts Left

    Though Not Yet Enough to Quell Grassroots Anger With high-volume class strife heard in the rumbling of wage demands and the friction of township ‘service delivery protests,’ rhetorical and real conflicts are bursting open in every nook and cranny of South Africa. The big splits in the society are clearer now. Distracting internecine rivalries within the … Keep reading »

  • After Bali: the Global Fight for Climate Justice

    Toronto — 4 March 2008. Moderated by Ian Angus. Presentation by: Patrick Bond is director of the Centre for Civil Society and professor of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He is working with Climate Justice Now!, a coalition of organizations that represent Third World communities, indigenous peoples, women and … Watch video »