Michigan: The Shock Doctrine

  Michigan Schools facing bankruptcy: The Shock Doctrine at play More than 150 school districts and charter schools in Michigan are teetering on the edge of going broke, a situation that is likely to get worse under Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget cuts of $470 per pupil. These are the districts that have been so […]

US Elections

Tuesday’s election results should be seen in their historical context. The general political set-up in the US is as follows: The most powerful sector of the US capitalist class is finance capital (“Wall Street”). Other powerful sectors include the military/industrial complex with manufacturing a distance behind. Through political donations mainly at the national level, as […]

Kyrgyzstan and Capitalist Democracy

It is not clear from afar exactly what forces were at work in the overthrow of Kyrgyz President Bakiyev. What is clearer is the background that created the conditions for this  overthrow and how these events in a “destitute, landlocked, mountainous nation of around five million people” (as the New York Times described Kyrgyzstan) have […]

“Springtime for America (Again)”

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election for president in 1984, he declared that it was “springtime for America”. He should have said it was “springtime for Corporate America.” Under his administration and those that followed, Corporate America and the world wide capitalist class increased its domination of the world, seemingly without an equivalent resistance from […]

Laws of Nature Meet the “Free” Market (Again)

Once again, the representatives of the “free” market have sought to defy the laws of nature. This time, the venue was Copenhagen, Denmark, and the “free” marketeers think they have prevailed, but this is only round one. In the end, the laws of nature will dominate, one way or another. Both the directly corporate-controlled as […]

The Capitalist Class Starts its (Re)education

The Capitalist Class Starts its (Re)education Representatives of the US capitalist class used to be famous for stomping all over the world, putting their feet up on other’s desks and, cigar in mouth, handing orders down to their counterparts in other countries. At home, they believed that there was no labor problem that could not […]