This week's editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Capitalism no longer exists: it's communism for the rich

The Occupy movement criticises the basic premises of capitalism, but the current economy bears little resemblance to them. 'Capitalism' is now a global fraud enterprise, a million miles from its free market roots.

This crisis is no excuse for technocratic government

In the author's prescient May 2010 article there is the central observation that we are seeing a fundamental fault-line separating economic logic and political legitimacy. The author would have preferred to be less right. Today, saving democracy from the market means all democracies facing the market together.

Reform, rupture or re-imagination: understanding the purpose of an occupation

In 2011 occupations have become the tactic of choice for popular movements worldwide. But how exactly does the physical holding of space contribute to a movement's aims?

Hope from below: composing the commons in Iceland

Never again can the world be told by the custodians of the old that the people cannot be relied upon to write the contract between citizens and government, and write it well.

If things are so bad in Britain, where's the uprising?

Given the obvious harms being inflicted on the population of the UK, in the name of austerity, why did the resistance not start sooner? And now that is has began, why are more people not getting involved?

Occupy London and the unions: brothers in arms or a marriage made in hell?

Occupy London came out in support of the N30 public sector strike over pension reform - but there was disagreement among the ranks. Can Occupy support Britain's unions, and what can the unions learn from the movement?

The missing migration component of Turkey-Africa relations

Turkey needs to come to terms with the immigration responsibilities that come with increased trade links with Africa.

A mass strike in Britain – is this a new era for organised labour?

Yesterday's day of action saw over two million public sector workers take to the streets, in response to far more than the immediate issue of pension reform. Have the trade unions caught the popular spirit of Occupy?

Fred Halliday was right: The LSE, Gaddafi money and what is missing from the Woolf Report

Fred Halliday has been vindicated in his long battle with the LSE over taking Gaddafi money. But the underlying reason - corporate and government pressure on the university is not addressed by the Woolf Report into the scandal.

N30 strike: a new chapter in Britain's history of collective action

Today's strike, November 30, will mark a new chapter in Britain's historic struggles for workers and ordinary people to have their lives determined by their collective will.

The Museum of Neoliberalism: full or empty?

A new occupation has sprung up in a disused museum in London. The occupiers have turned one floor into a museum of neoliberalism. But will it be a space for transportation to a future better world, or an embodiment of the end of history?

N30 strike and Cameron's propaganda

UK-wide anti-cuts strikes on November 30 are predicted to bring 2.6 million workers onto the streets. The Coalition has responded with a propaganda war against the day of action.

Review: "That used to be us" ... before becoming lazy writers

Tom Friedman, font of mixed metaphor, is scrabbling for a big idea that just won't show up. His latest book (with co-author Michael Mandelbaum) finds little favour with our reviewer

Mutualising the media: the answer to UK press ownership?

What would employee-owned or co-operative media models look like? Could they allow for genuine public interest journalism?

Why we should resist the idea of student as consumer

What are the consequences of the marketisation of higher education in England? Our consumerist society may get the education it deserves, but will it be the education it really wants or needs?

Higher education under siege: challenging casino capitalism’s culture of cruelty

Ongoing education reforms in Britain and the US are set in the context of wider issues concerning marketisation, neoliberalism and political protest.

Great Britain in the Greek looking glass

Rather than offering any illumination into the causes of the Greek crisis, Channel 4's 'Go Greek for a Week' held the mirror up to British society's image of itself - but our delusions of fair play and national propriety are just that.

“Strange and confused”: charities in bed with big corporations

Should local charities help commercial outsourcers maximize their profits from welfare to work schemes? Do we want our relationship with the state brokered by the private sector? A UK charity leader speaks out.

UK party funding: no cash, no democracy

Proposed reforms to party funding would help to remove 'big money' from British politics. But they won't address the underlying problem: the gulf between Westminster and the public.

The UK's vanishing European influence

The UK has a choice over whether to be a small player on the margins of Europe. But to become so without any serious national debate is surely a major error.

The abolition of the NHS. That’s what is happening.

In unscripted remarks, the UK Prime Minister revealed his true agenda: he wants to turn our universal health care system into “a fantastic business”. Not patient choice but choice of patient will be the order of the day.

Britain's unacknowledged rulers (Oligarchy Watch Part 1)

Last summer, Democratic Audit published an explosive paper on the growing influence of the corporate and financial sectors on British democracy. OurKingdom is publishing a series of updates on the paper, of which this is the first.

Economic and social good sense requires the UK to target a lower exchange rate

The exchange rate is the most important single price in the economy: it determines the price of goods for export and the real value of foreign-owned debt. The UK needs a more competitive external sector and can achieve it by much greater quantitative easing

Not so super: six of one and half a dozen of the other

The US Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has replaced leadership with heightened partisanship

"Free" and membership

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UK Uncut pay a visit to the head of HMRC

Dave Hartnett has struck deals with multinational corporations that have cost Britain billions in lost tax. In this video, direct action group UK Uncut pay him a surprise visit.

Giant strides or fairy footsteps

How much progress can be made in tackling climate change without a global deal?

Russian economy: trying to please people doesn’t help

20 years ago there was all to play for: the USSR was defunct and Russia was embarking on a bright future. But the much-needed economic reforms have had patchy success. Every time they took a step forward, the government lost both popularity and its nerve. Now the Kremlin no longer has the funds to keep people sweet and another financial crisis must be a real possibility, says Dmitri Travin

Privatisation, but no private property

Privatisation was one of the beacon words of Yeltsin’s presidency, but, with the possible exception of housing, there has been no development of private property or attendant protected rights. Property in Russia still belongs to a small clique of top dogs and woe betide anyone who gets across them. How can Russia ever become prosperous or civilised? Andrei Zaostrovtsev despairs.

Multiculturalism and its critics

Multiculturalism is an inclusive philosophy. Its potential for integrating newcomers and minorities into society is undermined by false notions of its tendency to produce separatism and poverty.

Armed conflict, land grabs and big business: Colombia’s deadly pact

The recent assassination of Colombian marxist insurgent group leader Alfonso Cano has been hailed internationally as an advance towards peace, giving Colombia a boost down the path to becoming the latest emerging market of Latin America. A closer look at the history and nature of Colombia's nearly 50 year-long armed struggle, however, tells us otherwise.

The Assault on Universities: essays from the frontline of England's higher education sector

The privatisation of English higher education is bitingly analysed in this essential collection of essays. Does the book mark a new wave of opposition to corporate ideology from within England's universities?

The Russian banking system: between the market and the state

For the last 20 years Russian attitudes to banks have been ambivalent. From no trust at all to feverish delight at the interest rates delivered by the oil boom and back to severe doubts during the recent crisis period. Competition needs to develop and the banks need to come out of the hands of the state, says Pavel Usanov

Travels amongst the financial ruins

A review of the financial disaster-tourism from the master chronicler of the foibles of finance (Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, Michael Lewis). Think of banks as belonging to the public sector, argues Lewis, and don't think that the US is immune from great reckoning ahead
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