• Wealth and the Invisibility of Human Life

    Judith Deutsch reviews Quinn Slobodian new book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Keep reading »

  • Accountable Capitalism or Democratic Socialism?

    We need to challenge the logic of capital. Elizabeth Warren’s Accountable Capitalism Act only further entrenches it. Keep reading »

  • Neoliberalism: A Useful Concept?

    It is only over the past decade-and-a-half or so that scholars have begun to explore in greater depth the ideological roots of the neoliberal project. Such contributions tend to focus on the emergence of a distinctly neoliberal critique of ‘collectivism’ (especially as expressed in the post-war welfare state and the state-planned economies like the Soviet … Keep reading »

  • Tax Cuts: Its All About Capitalism

    Powerful corporations and the rich in the United States continue their winning ways. By narrow margins, both the House of Representatives and Senate have agreed on a budget proposal that calls for an increase in the federal deficit of $1.5-trillion in order to fund a major reform of the U.S. tax system that will make … Keep reading »

  • Trumping NAFTA: Free Trade versus Democratic Planning

    Opposition to ‘free trade’ is in the air again, though not in the way most of us expected or hoped. Three decades ago, the move to guarantee, extend and deepen Canada’s economic integration with the United States by way of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two states mobilized an impressive though ultimately … Keep reading »

  • Against Liberal Nostalgia

    “Restore our democracy” has become a mantra among American progressives. Populist writers are desperately trying to shake people from their passivity amidst mounting political and ecological crisis. But in crafting a vision of a better future they often appeal to idealized, romantic notions of America’s past. Chris Hedges recently attributed the rise of Donald Trump … Keep reading »

  • The Perfect Storm of Logistics

    Analysts have been waiting for the perfect storm for a long time, and it has finally arrived. If you look at it a little bit closer, it is a shocking but fascinating sight because it allows you to see the essence of logistics, its true nature. They call it “the physical Internet,” and when you … Keep reading »

  • Naked Neoliberalism: Canadian Foreign Policy under Harper

    Since the Conservative government of Stephen Harper came to power in 2006, shifts in Canadian foreign policy have been a flashpoint of debate in Parliament, the media, and civil society. There is general agreement that a “revolution in Canadian foreign policy” has occurred, to quote Canadian academic Alexander Moens. For liberals, Harper’s changes are simply … Keep reading »

  • Progressives, Neoliberalism, and Austerity: Beyond the Polanyian Impasse

    It is now sometimes hard to remember – and for the generation that is now in college and wasn’t necessarily reading the opinion pages at the time, it may seem nothing short of perverse – but there was a period following the onset of the crisis when progressive commentary on economic and financial life was … Keep reading »

  • Polarizing Development: Introducing Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis

    Taken from Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis (2015), edited by Lucia Pradella and Thomas Marois, Pluto Press. Available online at www.plutobooks.com. We thank Pluto Press for permission to reproduce this excerpt. Neoliberal economic policies, with their emphasis on market-led development and individual rationality, have been exposed as bankrupt not only by the … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Against Democracy: An Authoritarian Phase of Neoliberalism?

    From its very beginnings, the new doctrine of neoliberalism was quite consciously set in opposition to socialism as an alternate economic and democratic order to capitalism and as an unyielding defender of private property. In its specific programmatic mandate, neoliberalism was an offspring of the Great Depression and set against Keynesian state intervention. But however … Keep reading »

  • Neoliberalism and the Decline of Democracy

    John Weeks In one of his last books Eric Hobsbawm argued that the conflict between capitalism and communism determined the course of the twentieth century (thus the title, The Age of Extremes: the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991). This confrontation of socioeconomic ideologies without doubt dominated European and global history, especially after 1945. As I argue in … Keep reading »