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Parchment in the Fire: Greece: A Country for Sale | Jacobin

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza government have overseen privatizations at a scale unseen since German reunification. Source: Greece: A Country for Sale | JacobinFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Greece, privatization, Syriza . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece: A Country for Sale | Jacobin

Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

For all of its success, Podemos has refused to deal seriously with the European Union and what it would take to truly transform Spain. Source: The European Challenge | JacobinFiled under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Podemos, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The European Challenge | Jacobin

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Nora Loreto slams the Wynne Libs’ “red tape” gimmick, while highlighting the need for people to claim a voice in rules largely intended to protect them as workers and consumers:One person’s red tape is another p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Helena Smith in Athens for the Guardian 13 August 2016 In a side street in the heart of Athens, two siblings are hard at work. For the past year they have run their hairdressing business – an enterprise that was once located on a busy boulevard – out of a two-bedroom flat. The move was… More A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: A year after the crisis was declared over, Greece is still spiralling down

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Owen Jones interviews Ha-Joon Chang about the foreseeable harm caused by the UK’s austerity, as well as the false claims used to push it. – The Stoney Creek News rightly argues that Canada Post should move toward pos… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Public discourse of neoliberalism often fails to appreciate the extent to which it entails not a simple process of de-regulation, but rather, a process of pro-market re-regulation. In many cases, constraints are removed from the organizational capacities of capital while more constraints are imposed upon organized labour. For example, the neoliberal era has witnessed increasing… More Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Neoliberalism and De-democratization in Greece

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- David Blanchflower notes that there’s virtually no dispute that the UK is headed into an economic downturn – meaning that there’s also no excuse to hold off on fiscal relief for the public. And Brad DeLong po… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Michal Rozworski: Building a Corbyn majority: interview with Richard Seymour

My podcast interview with Richard Seymour on the roots and prospects of Corbynism appeared in Jacobin last week. While the United Kingdom has been reeling from political crisis to political crisis in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, Jeremy Corbyn has never looked stronger. He showed his principles in apologizing for a war he opposed from […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Building a Corbyn majority: interview with Richard Seymour

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Aditya Chakrabortty sums up George Osborne’s legacy – and give or take a Brexit vote, it looks awfully familiar for corporatist governments in general:The multi-million-pound spending spree wasn’t justifiable, … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Progressive Economics Forum: How not to fund infrastructure

Recycling is supposed to be a good thing, so when the federal Liberals quietly announced that “asset recycling” would be part of their strategy for meeting their much-ballyhooed infrastructure promises, not many eyebrows were raised. They should have been. Asset recycling is an obscure code word for selling our public goods for private profit. It’s […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: How not to fund infrastructure

Michal Rozworski: How not to fund infrastructure

Recycling is supposed to be a good thing, so when the federal Liberals quietly announced that “asset recycling” would be part of their strategy for meeting their much-ballyhooed infrastructure promises, not many eyebrows were raised. They should have been. Asset recycling is an obscure code word for selling our public goods for private profit. It’s […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: How not to fund infrastructure

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Trevor Hancock writes that if we’re going to designate anything as a public health emergency, poverty should top the list:I was pleased to see the B.C. Ministry of Health use the powers of the provincial health offic… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Oxfam points out the latest World Wealth Report showing that extreme inequality and wealth continue to grow around the globe. And AFP reports on the IMF’s warnings that inequality and poverty represent signific… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Paul Willcocks discusses British Columbia’s two-tiered education system and the role it plays in exacerbating inequality – which is well worth keeping in mind as Saskatchewan deals with the fallout f… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Parchment in the Fire: Greece has its problems with the EU, but we would never leave

George Kyris Those who support Brexit often see Greece as an example of the problems within the EU. Nigel Farage has encouraged Greeks to leave the union in order to “take back control and democracy”, in a European project that “is dying”. It is true that Greeks have become very Eurosceptic as a result of… More Greece has its problems with the EU, but we would never leave . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece has its problems with the EU, but we would never leave

Parchment in the Fire: Ireland’s New Rising

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Ireland . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Ireland’s New Rising

Parchment in the Fire: Greek Leaks Expose IMF Chief Overruling Pro-Debt Relief IMF Negotiator

Filed under: Eurozone crisis, Southern Europe, Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Greece, IMF . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greek Leaks Expose IMF Chief Overruling Pro-Debt Relief IMF Negotiator

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rick Salutin argues that we need to say no to any more trade agreements designed to privilege corporations at the expense of the public. Will Martin reports on the IMF’s long-overdue recognition of the failures of ne… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Parchment in the Fire: Growing Labor Protests Paralyzing France

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, France, General Strike, labour market reforms . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Growing Labor Protests Paralyzing France

Parchment in the Fire: Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

By Hugo Monteiro | 23 May 16 | Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies… More Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government is using a partial privatization of liquor stores to open the door to the wholesale destruction of the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. For further reading…- The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act is her… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Andre Picard writes about the widespread poverty faced by indigenous children in Canada – and the obvious need for political action to set things right: The focus of the [CCPA’s] report, rightly, is on the chil… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Johnna Montgomerie makes the case to treat austerity as a failed experiment. But Laura Basu points out that misleading coverage of economic and fiscal news has led far too many people to see the damage done by auster… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- David Akin reports that MPs from multiple parties are rightly challenging offshore tax evasion – though it remains to be seen how many will actually demand a change to the practice. And Tanya Tagala notes that it… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery

Giles Tremlett for the Guardian In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off… More Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Spain’s left must unite to steer country on road to recovery