2016: The Death Of Liberalism

Image result for The Trump campaignThe year 2016 ended with two more dramatic and bloody occurrences: the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Istanbul and the brutal murder of people in Berlin who were peacefully enjoying preparations for Christmas. These events were linked to the bloody morass in the Middle East and more specifically to Syria. The fall of Aleppo represented a decisive turn in the situation. In different ways these developments expressed the same phenomenon: the old world order is dead and in its place we are faced with a future of instability and conflict, the outcome of which nobody can predict.

Britain: Uber Drivers’ Victory Strikes Blow Against Gig Economy

gig economy companiesRather than calibrating and equalizing the desires, preferences and rationales of free human beings, the apps, internet, and computers at society’s fingertips have simply become yet another tool for the exploitation of the working class. Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Uber are but three of the new household names in this latest tech wave known as the “gig economy.”

Should We Fear or Fight the Alt-Right?

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As with many other trends in our crisis-ridden capitalist world, the term “alt-right” has meteorically arose from obscure corners of the internet to one of the most discussed political phenomena in the US. Donald Trump’s appointment of former Breitbart media executive, Steve Bannon, first as his campaign manager, then as his White House chief strategist, is interpreted by many as the alt-right’s entrance into the mainstream.

Climate Change Changes California

Smog over LAShortly after the signing of an environmental protection bill in California, climate scientists reported this September that the Earth had passed the "tipping point" milestone of atmospheric CO2 exceeding 400 ppm. And so, the capitalist system has signed off on yet another chapter of what its historical legacy will be: environmental degradation and destruction, the sheer scale of which will have deleterious repercussions for generations to come.