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John Weeks is Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, and author of 'Economics of the 1%: How mainstream economics serves the rich, obscures reality and distorts policy', Anthem Press.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The rise of neoliberal contempt for democracy

A shirker/striver dichotomy has for too long dominated our democracy. A system of universal provision would unite rather than divide society.

For 'Easy Brexit': May’s 'no deal' campaign rhetoric is nonsense

The Conservatives have placed Brexit disaster at the centre of their campaign, but in reality, exit negotiations will only be difficult if they make them so. 

Redefining the UK general election: it's time to move beyond Brexit

Britons are set to head to polling stations, but Brexit is still dominating debate. Is it possible to avoid a re-run of the referendum and champion social democracy instead?

Cutting to the chase: what the Brexit referendum did

Brexit means Brexit – but what does that actually mean? To understand the EU referendum results, we first have to accept its irreversibility. 

Trump and the myth of protectionist disaster

Donald Trump’s vision of a new American hegemony is a threat to world peace.  But not because he opposes trade liberalisation. 

Donald Trump and the shape of things to come

Before the end of 2017, the post-World War II global order of US hegemony will run its course, and authoritarianism will drive domestic policy.

By the numbers: Barack Obama’s contribution to the decline of US democracy

How neoliberal doctrine undermined the Obama administration and ushered in the age of Trump. 

Trump's victory represents the fulfilment of neoliberalism, not its failure

The Trump victory is not the rejection of neoliberalism but the necessary outcome of the neoliberal transformation, and all its destructive excesses.

Brexit and the rise of the far right

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the Far Right achieved its most important victory in British electoral history. 

EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: read it before you vote on 23 June

Of the many strange aspects of the referendum debate is how little stress the Remain camp gives to EU protection of human rights.

Brexit and the law of unexpected consequences

The exit of Britain could contribute not to disintegration but a consolidation of authoritarian governance in the European Union.

The Tory 'remain' strategy is based on fear and selfishness

There is an obvious reason that no Tory politician would cite the Social Charter as a reason for the British electorate to vote to remain in the EU.

Five ways to slash London's lethal air pollution

London's poisonous air kills thousands of people every year. It's perfectly possible to stop this.

The cracks begin to show: a review of the UK economy in 2015 (part two)

Thus, the ultra-flexible UK labour market (“with employers in the driving seat”, in the government’s own charming words) – to be enhanced by the repressive new Trade Union Act – has had the effect of causing productivity to fall. Read part one here.

The cracks begin to show: a review of the UK economy in 2015 (part one)

On the first day of 2016 trading the FTSE 500 index nosedived. This surprised perennially optimistic business commentators, but will not surprise those who read the EREP review of the UK economy in 2015. Read part two here.

Reactions to Mr Osborne’s autumn statement

Today, UK's Chancellor George Osborne set out the Conservative Government’s fiscal plans for the current Parliament and beyond. First reactions to the Chancellor’s speech from four members of the network Economists for Rational Economic Policies (EREP).

Bread, circuses and inequality – a dishonest bargain

How does consumerism undermine democracy?

Osborne’s “Fiscal Charter” - an anti-democratic agenda

Osborne's charter is the latest move in a long line of reforms sharing a clear aim - to move decision making from the democratic sphere to the technocratic.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy

Since Greek voters rejected Troika rule by a landslide, the Hellenic citizenry presents a threat far greater than the government it elected. It must be punished.

Is it time for Christine Lagarde to resign as head of the IMF?

The IMF disregarded its own rules and its management of the Greek debt crisis has been an unmitigated disaster. It's time for Christine Lagarde to do the honourable thing and step down.

The Greek burden: confronting neoliberal authoritarianism on July 5

Much like the mythical Atlas, Greece must carry the struggle against austerity on its shoulders as punishment for its government challenging the neo-liberal European consensus in Europe.

Greferendum - once upon a time in Europe democracy broke out

The revolt is real against authoritarianism, whatever the outcome of the referendum.

Grexit: end of the illusion

The negotiations between the Troika and Greece are a sham. Greek submission to the neoliberal EU project or forced exit was the Troika game plan from the moment Syriza formed a government.

Deficits in the EU that should worry Europeans

In Greece for the first time the EU authorities demand a government complete a programme that it has neither designed nor has a democratic mandate to implement.

Negotiating the Greek public debt: wrong finance minister was fired

Expenditure reduction leads to falling household incomes, contraction in public services and a rising incidence of poverty, all without progress toward the professed goal, reduction in the nominal public debt.

Recovery delayed is recovery denied - austerity and democracy in the EU

The reason that the German government, Deutsche Bank and financial interests everywhere require tranquilizers when contemplating a Greek election is the clear and present danger that democracy might prove contagious in Europe.  

The once and future EU recovery

The instigators of these anti-social and anti-democratic policies, rules and treaties defend them as the mechanisms to bring recovery, end fiscal deficits and reduce public indebtedness. Were they successful, their authoritarian nature should make them unacceptable.

Krugman on war: even the best mainstream economists write nonsense

In a recent column in the New York Times, Paul Krugman proves that he, too, is infected by the virus of neoliberalism. 

Attacks on Jews and the authoritarian tide in Europe

As the war on Gaza continues, we should analyze the attacks on Jews and their property in Europe differently from how we view the masses of people taking to the streets in protest against that war.

The BRICS bank

The BRICS nations are going to have their own bank. They say it’s going to be nothing like the World Bank. But don’t bank on it.

 

Is China a fascist state?

We need to understand China in the context of a rise of authoritarian political parties and governments throughout the world. South America, far from perfect, is the only region of the world without a clear rise in the influence of anti-democratic, authoritarian parties and governments.

Inclusive Capitalism in London - you and I are not invited

A gathering of the elite 0.01% took place to discuss "inclusivity", an event so crass in its absurdity that there is no need to satirise.

The collapse of the USSR and the illusion of progress

The collapse of the USSR was the occasion for much rejoicing. But 25 years later, there is not much to cheer about.

 

Economics of disintegration in Ukraine

‘Shock therapy’ was imposed on the post-Soviet world by the West, with catastrophic results. Now, we are planning on repeating that experiment in Ukraine. на русском языке

 

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