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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 It is fashionable to dismiss Marxism as “outdated” or “irrelevant” as it pertains to contemporary economic...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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Commenting on last November’s European Social Forum gathering of anti-globalization activists in Paris, George Monbiot, a columnist for the British paper The Gaurdian, acknowledged that the official anti-capitalist movement has “scarcely attempted to tackle the...

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Our world has an obscene gulf between rich and poor. The private assets of the 200 richest people are more than the combined incomes of the poorest 2.4 billion people – almost half the world’s...

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