by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
This is the first of two articles exploring the likelihood that capitalism is on the verge of collapse and what a post-capitalistic world might look like.
Global Capitalism: a House of Cards
As the global recession and debt crisis worsens, even mainstream analysts are starting to speculate that global capitalism is on the verge of collapse. At the moment, most attention is focused on European “debt contagion.” European Union economists are terrified that the Greek government will default on their debt.
by Paul Craig Roberts
George Orwell, the pen name by which Eric Blair is known, had the gift of prophecy, or else blind luck. In 1949 in his novel, 1984, he described the Amerika of today and, I fear, also his native Great Britain, which is no longer great and follows Washington, licking the jackboot and submitting to Washington’s hegemony over England and Europe and exhausting itself financially and morally in order to support Amerikan hegemony over the rest of the world.
by Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
For people over fifty, starting over in a new country is like dropping a lab rat in a complex maze. Like the rat, you suddenly find yourself in a totally unknown environment that constantly confronts you were new decisions and dilemmas. For example, learning to use a new phone system. It took me months to figure out the Christchurch phone book. I also had to learn to dial 111 for emergencies, 1 for an outside line and 0 if I wanted to call a cellphone or long distance number. And not to waste hours redialing when I got a “fast busy” signal — which means the number has been disconnected.
by Dave McGill
We are now in the 10th year of the war in Afghanistan, a guerilla conflict in which the enemy makes an appearance one minute and is gone the next, only to show up somewhere else – if, in fact, it can even be identified. A few months ago this became the longest war in U.S. history and on Friday, our military operation there became longer than the one conducted by the Soviet Union in the 1980’s.
by Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
Yes, all politics is indeed local — at the same time it is national and international. The interconnections are more numerous and important these days.