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For Labor, Black and Brown Defense Against Racist Police Terror October 22, 2014

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Piketty fest continues – some directions for the reader September 15, 2014

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Originally posted on Michael Roberts Blog:

As yet more reviews pour out on Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st century, and Piketty does video conferences galore online with an assembly of the great and good among mainstream economists, I thought that I might help the followers of my blog by presenting the following reviews that offer the most perceptive analyses that I have seen so far.

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/8/5592198/the-short-guide-to-capital-in-the-21st-century

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/andrews220314.html

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/kapital-for-the-twenty-first-century

and you can find all the data for his tables here:

http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/fr/capital21c

except the one that really matters, the sources for estimating the r.  The search for the r continues (see my previous post, http://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/thomas-piketty-and-the-search-for-r/).

One thought: it seems that rising inequality has become both the flagship for opposition to neo-liberal economics and at the same time the explanation for crises under capitalism – although Piketty says nothing about the latter at all in 677 pages.

For my view on inequality and Piketty on inequality, see…

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Crises and their Resolution September 15, 2014

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Originally posted on Michael Roberts Blog:

The Resolution Foundation in the UK does important economic and statistical analysis in highlighting the exploitation of labour, inequalities in wealth and income and failures of the welfare system to defend the poor (http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/). It recently hosted the UK book launch of House of Debt, with both authors (Mian and Sufi) on stage alongside Martin Wolf, the Keynesian FT columnist and Stephanie Flanders, formerly the BBC economics editor, but now taking a pay packet from JP Morgan, the American investment bank. (see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmSU0jCGt6k&feature=youtu.be)

It was standing room only to hear praise heaped from those present on Mian and Sufi’s book, increasingly regarded in the mainstream as important an explanation of the global financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession as Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st century is seen by the leading mainstream economists as offering the best explanation for the growing inequality of wealth…

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Thailand: Defeat the Coup d’etat Polemic and Program May 23, 2014

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Thailand: Defeat the Coup d’etat Polemic and Program.

Brazil! Stop the World Cup! Break the Popular Front! May 22, 2014

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Brazil! Stop the World Cup! Break the Popular Front!.

Three Years of Revolt in Syria April 6, 2014

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Originally posted on Syria Freedom Forever - سوريا الحرية للأبد:

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This article was published New Socialist Webzine : http://www.newsocialist.org/744-three-years-of-revolt-in-syria

The recent death of Canadian photo journalist and New Socialist Editorial Associate Ali Mustafa in a Syrian military bomb blast was a grim reminder of the brutal war that’s ongoing in Syria. Joseph Daher wrote a series of six articles in 2012 that analysed the Syrian rebellion. These articles can be found here. In this article Joseph Daher analyses the many forces of reaction within Syria, and celebrates three years of courageous struggle for democracy and social change.

It has now been three years since the Syrian revolution started. Over the past few months, Governments and mainstream media, whether in the West or in the Middle East, have constantly portrayed the Syrian revolution as dead. They claim either that it has become a sectarian war between the Sunni Majority and the religious and ethnic minorities, or that it has led to a…

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The BART STRIKES: Once again on the relevance and the method of Trotsky’s Transitional Program November 3, 2013

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The BART STRIKES: Once again on the relevance and the method of Trotsky’s Transitional Program.

US/NATO HANDS OFF SYRIA! VICTORY TO THE SYRIAN REVOLUTION! September 9, 2013

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Originally posted on Communist Workers Group (CWG-USA):

Dont worry democracy is onits way

San Francisco 9/07/13

San Francisco 9/07/13

US/NATO imperialists keep your bloody hands off Syria!
Mobilize to defeat Obama’s war against the
Syrian People and their Revolution!

The US/NATO threatens to launch missiles against regime targets in Syria. The revolutionaries on the ground have never asked for US/NATO to intervene militarily. They have asked for weapons to defeat Assad and received no heavy weapons. The US now admits that this is because it has no confidence it can prevent the Islamist elements from taking control of the war against Assad. Assad’s use of chemical weapons has forced the US to acknowledge that he will never ‘make peace’ and is giving impetus to the Islamist opposition. The prospects of a negotiated deal have vanished. So now US/NATO and Russia will to do a deal to remove Assad and replace him with a ‘friendly’ regime that will attempt to put a halt to the Syrian Revolution…

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UPDATED Egypt: Haitham Mohamedain released, but charged with “terrorism” against the state September 9, 2013

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Originally posted on MENA Solidarity Network:

Updated 11 September – Click here for a video interview with Haitham giving full details of his arrest

Labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain has been released by Suez prosecutors without posting bail, but according to his lawyer, Ramy Ghoneim, he was read a list of very serious charges, including:

  • “Leading and joining a secret organisation called the Revolutionary Socialists, the purpose of which is to deny the authority of the state, assault citizens and damage social peace”
  • “Incitement by verbal and written means for the purposes mentioned in the first indictment and possessing publications inciting violence”
  • “Attempting to change the form of government by terrorist means through the organisation you lead”
  • “Jointly inciting and assisting in the destruction of state property, facilities and institutions with the intention of damaging the nation”
  • “Jointly inciting and assisting in the occupation of a number of public buildings and public facilities”
  • “Establishing and leading the…

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Prospects for Syria’s revolution March 14, 2013

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The number of fighters in the armed popular resistance is estimated at more than 100,000, while most reports indicate that Jihadist fighters number around 5,000. Let’s assume double that number. Whatever the media may claim, these groups are miniscule compared to the size of the armed popular resistance. They have no tangible presence or popular influence.

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