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The dutch farmers dispute

The extent of the problem There are some serious farmers protests taking place in the Netherlands at the moment, a big one happened last Saturday  23rd July 2022, and road blocks and obstacles are still taking place several days later. This is not just confined to The Netherlands either, in India, Sri Lanka, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland, farmers are having the same problem. The International media have portrayed the
Are we finally on the eve of destruction?
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Are we finally on the ‘eve of destruction’?

In this week’s Socialist Hour I started by using a song by Barry McGuire called the “Eve of Destruction” to discuss the current political situation. It probably reveals something of my current state of mind because if the past 16 months have taught us anything at all it is that the political classes almost without exception across the globe have failed miserably when it comes to confronting a crisis. When
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The Future of U.S. Politics: Progressivism, Trumpism and the Great Divide

It's safe to say the passing of the 1.4 trillion dollar stimulus package was a positive step for the left-wing Progressive community in the United States when it was slipped through the US Senate in March. Statistics showed at the time it potentially could've been the most important piece of legislation designed to improve the lives of a the lower middle class since the New Deal domestic programs by Franklin
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The Death of the U.S. Working Class and Rise of Ultra Capitalism

There hasn't been a more unfortunate consequence of  modern day society than that of the virtual disappearance of the working class, AKA middle class. The spread of an ultra-capitalist, feudalist system, where making even a modest living is becoming almost obsolete, is sending a clear message of not only who will forever run things but also who the really important ones are. Hedge fund managers, CEO's of Defense Corporations, Wall
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Is capitalism the pinnacle of human achievement?

The great liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith once famously said: “Under capitalism man exploits man. Under communism it’s the other way round.” As Clive Crook wrote in an obituary following Galbraith’s death in 2006: “ If he didn't say it, he might as well have. It has an authentically Galbraithian ring: It seems profound, and it's funny. .. And it is a travesty of the truth.” Let’s imagine for a second
Broken umbrella in the wind and rain
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A paper boat in a storm: managing stress in the capitalist workplace

I work for one of the largest Universities in the UK which seems to think that rather than delivering world class teaching and research, its main purposes are to keep its staff on their toes with constant restructuring and to run a budget surplus (I'll come to this later). This restructuring inevitably leads to uncertainty for staff and usually involves recruitment freezes as well as voluntary redundancy measures. Despite often
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The Global North – Part 2

PART 2 OF A 2-PART REPORT ON THE SHAMBLES OF 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL ECONOMICS, WITH THIS ONE FOCUSING ON THE GLOBAL NORTH, (THE NEW NAME FOR THE DEVELOPED WORLD). THE 1st PART IS HERE, AT THE GLOBAL SOUTH Introduction It seems that Capitalism only works well when it works equally for everyone, which is hardly ever. While Socialism has existed in the past and gradually brought improvements over time, only the
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A short conversation about a perfect storm

1: Chaos Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be immersed in a perfect storm? Nothing would be predictable from one moment to the next – except for your probable eventual destruction. Chaos all around you… Noise and confusion buffeting you from every side. Solid ground? Even its memory would begin to recede. As a species and a civilisation, that’s where we are now. Our beautiful planet