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Alex Callinicos


Repression is rulers’ response to crisis

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.

Debt is rising but the rich won’t be paying

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 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

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

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.

European economies are headed for crash

European economies are headed for crash The political disarray the pandemic is causing in Britain and the United States has made the European Union (EU) look good by comparison.

Is EU singing from Hamilton songbook?

25 May 2020
Alexander Hamilton, one of the brilliant group of “founding fathers” of the United States and its first finance minister, was once remembered mainly because he was killed in a duel by vice president Aaron Burr in 1804.

Science advice is shaped by politics

27 April 2020
The latest bombshell to explode in the government’s face has hit its claim to base its policy for the Covid-19 pandemic on “the science” or “the evidence”

Will US hegemony survive pandemic?

20 April 2020
Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States funding for the World Health Organisation symbolises how the coronavirus pandemic has been dominated by national responses to what is a global problem. 

Lockdown policies hit the Global South

06 April 2020
There’s an old cliche about the economy falling off a cliff. This time it really has, all over the world.

Spending smears are a sign of the storm ahead

12 November 2019
No general election would be complete without the Tories denouncing Labour for its irresponsible fiscal plans. The classic example was the 1992 campaign, when John Major’s team first warned against “Labour’s Tax Bombshell”, soon to be followed by “Labour’s Double Whammy—1. More Taxes, 2. Higher Prices.”

Pound zig-zags are due to Europe crisis

30 July 2019
The pound rose on the foreign exchange markets last week after Boris Johnson became the new prime minister. Alex Callinicos looks at why.

The deep roots of the neoliberal crisis

23 July 2019
The crisis of the neoliberal order accelerates by the week.

Banks propped up by states a decade on

05 February 2019
The 2007-8 financial crash continues to overshadow the world economy. The big economic news last week was the decision of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), not to increase interest rates.

US is trying to slow down China’s rise

13 November 2018
Donald Trump has been blundering around Europe again, picking fights as he goes. But the relationship that really matters is between the US and China.

The White House can’t trump socialism

30 October 2018
The Trump administration is full of surprises. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has just published a 72-page report called, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.”

Liberals do not have any answers to crisis

18 September 2018
Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it’s a matter of controversy whether the global economic crisis it helped to precipitate is over.

Fight antisemitism, not Corbyn’s Labour

24 July 2018
If you want to make sense of the row about Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism you have above all to understand that it has nothing to do with antisemitism.

What’s behind the US attack on Syria?

11 April 2017
Donald Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian airbase last week and already the establishment is praising the president's "leadership" writes Alex Callinicos

Struggles in China pay off everywhere

14 March 2017
Alex Callinicos writes on globalisation and how we can learn from struggles and victories around the world such as in China

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