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Alex Callinicos


Neoliberalism is alive and useful to rulers


Is neoliberalism over? This is what many of its defenders are beginning to fear. Chris Giles, the economics editor of the Financial Times, recently lamented, “The left is winning the economic battle of ideas.”

Dark web of Tory sleaze unravelled


The most interesting thing about the Tory sleaze scandal is not the Boris Johnson vs Dominic Cummings grudge match, enjoyable though that is. Everyone knows these are two thoroughly unscrupulous and unpleasant individuals.

Biden’s economic shift boosts bosses


JOE BIDEN, a veteran Democratic Party politician, was generally seen as the continuity candidate when he ran successfully for the presidency of the United States. “Continuity” here means with the previous Democratic administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Repression is rulers’ response to crisis


The Tory government’s Police and Crime Bill is a very nasty attack on civil liberties. But it’s not an aberration.

The real link between racism and class


The Report of the Sewell Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities may look a mess. But it’s a calculated political hit. It aims to erase the concept of institutional racism.

Suez crisis driven by pursuit of profit


The Ever Given container ship was refloated on Monday. But the temporary closure of the Suez Canal showed a lot about world trade.

EU risks lives to cut the risk of losing money


The European Commission exploits every crisis to increase its own powers. It seized control of the vaccine procurement programme but bungled it.

Lula returns as crisis deepens in Brazil


Brazil suffers from a double affliction. With 270,000 Covid‑19 deaths it is second only to the US—although per head mortality is higher in Britain and other European countries.

Debt is rising but the rich won’t be paying


Everyone is talking about debt. This is mainly because of the enormous amounts governments are borrowing to cover extra spending in responding to the pandemic.

Is the City losing its financial domination?


Is world history going into reverse? The great historian Fernand Braudel argued that the modern capitalist world economy always has had a city at its centre, starting in the later Middle Ages with Venice.

Myanmar is fought over by imperialists


The neoliberal imperialists who have returned to office in Washington with Joe Biden are finding the world has become more complicated since they left with Barack Obama four years ago.

Vaccine nationalism will endanger us all


Farcical aspects aside, the row over the European Union’s vaccine supplies reveals the inability of the present system to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

Emmanuel Macron wages war at home and abroad


French president Emmanuel Macron said last week that France would offer “no repentance or apologies” for the colonisation of Algeria or the eight-year war it waged against Algerian independence, in which perhaps a million people died.

Stock market booms as economy suffers


The most bizarre single feature of capitalism is probably the stock market. It seems to have the ability to defy mere economic reality.

Covid-19 hasn’t stopped capitalism from changing


For many of us—especially those lucky enough not to have caught Covid-19—the past year has been as if our lives have been put on hold.

The political choices behind hard Brexit


Whether or not there is a trade deal between Britain and the European Union, we will experience a hard Brexit, with a fair degree of economic disruption. Such an outcome was not inevitable

What lies behind the divisions over Brexit?


It’s anyone’s guess whether Britain and the European Union (EU) can reach an agreement on their new trading relationship, which is due to start on 1 January. 

The pandemic, debt and economic power


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an enormous jolt to the world economy. We are in the midst of the biggest global slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Biden heralds return to US ‘forever wars’


Donald Trump's decision last week to cut back US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq was roundly denounced by what Barack Obama called the “blob”— the mainstream national security establishment, whether Republican or Democratic.

A fine scapegoat for many Tory failures


Dominic Cummings’ stagey departure from 10 Downing St, like a pantomime Demon King, was one of the few happy moments in a terrible year. But what does it really mean? 

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