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Imagine a world of seven billion people in which 85 of the richest individuals own more wealth than the bottom half of humanity combined. Such a world is where we live....

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‘Lenin’ by Lars T Lih In an attempt to answer the description of Lenin by capitalist historians as a brutal dictator, some on the left turn to Lars T Lih. He has tried to reinvent...

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The ongoing battle for “$15 an hour and a union” has captured the imaginations of millions of low-paid workers in the U.S. service sector, which now employs 19 million people. Millions more are angry at...

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Jared Diamond is a materialist. For him, historical and cultural development is rooted in environment, geography and technology. Technological and environmental transformations give rise to differing social organisation and changing values and culture. How we...

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The growing movement of fast-food workers boldly calling for a $15/hour minimum wage marks the next stage in the struggle against economic inequality in the U.S. Picking up where the Occupy movement left off, fast-food...

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We Are Anonymous:  Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency  By Parmy Olson  Published by Little, Brown and Company (2012), $26.99  This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to...

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Plutocrats wield power and influence by virtue of their wealth. The ultra-free-market, globalised capitalism of recent years has produced a new breed of super-rich plutocrats. Wealth gives them influence, which gives them power, which enhances...

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Terry Eagleton’s Why Marx Was Right is a wonderfully written and accessible introduction to the thought of Karl Marx. It is fashionable to dismiss Marxism as “outdated” or “irrelevant” as it pertains to contemporary economic...

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Venezuela, Bolivia, and more recently, Ecuador, are today at the epicenter of the continental revolt by the workers, peasants, youth and others exploited by capitalism, which is sweeping Latin America. Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Brazil,...

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Few science fiction writers have succeeded in imagining a dystopian society more horrifying than the one we actually live in. One hundred and fifty years ago, Karl Marx explained that capitalism meant an ever-increasing concentration...

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