Archive | March, 2012

Richard Levins: Capitalism, hunger and health

[Quotes and Insights #28] “The continuation of hunger in the modern world is not the result of an intractable problem thwarting our best efforts to feed people. Rather, agriculture in the capitalist world is directly concerned with profit and only indirectly with feeding people. “Similarly, the organization of health care is directly an economic enterprise […]

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Why Marx Was Right

Terry Eagleton. Why Marx Was Right. Yale University Press, 2011 reviewed by Dave Kellaway International Viewpoint  “So you’re for the revolutionary Marxist overthrow of parliamentary democracy then.” This was the question flung by presenter Andrew Neil in a discussion on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show at Right to Work campaigner and SWP member Michael Bradley […]

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Bertolt Brecht: A song about carbon pricing

[Quotes and Insights #26] by Dave Riley Die Massnahme (The Measures Taken or The Decision) was the first of Bertolt Brecht’s “learning” plays. It is a heavily didactic perhaps — even a tres propagandistic (egads!) and shocking — but is nonetheless beautifully conceived and written with music by Hans Eisler. It premièred at the Berlin Schauspielhaus […]

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Fracking: The new global water crisis

Executive Summary of Fracking: The new global water crisis, published March 9, 2012 by Food and Water Watch Within the past decade, technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” have enabled the oil and gas industry to extract large quantities of oil and natural gas from shale formations in the United States. However, […]

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