In 1945 Karl Polanyi outlined a vision of a peacetime global state system with a political economy in which small countries could be both sovereign and democratic. The present essay reviews developments between then and now in the light of Polanyi’s analytical framework. Particular attention is paid to the history of the European Union, which after the end of Communism turned into a mainstay of the neoliberal project, culminating in its restoration of an international gold standard under Monetary Union. In the crisis of 2008 the advance of neoliberalism got stuck due to “populist” resistance to austerity and the shift of governance from the national to a supranational level. The paper explores the prospects of current attempts to replace the “Social Europe” and “trickle-down” narratives of European superstate formation, which have lost all credit, with a story about a European army as a necessary condition of a successful defence of “the European way of life”.
The Guardian: East coast mainline to be temporarily renationalised
May 16, 2018 Mathew D. Rose Deregulation, EU politics, National Politics, Neo-Liberalism in the EU, Privatisation 0
Privatisation of Britain’s railways has cost taxpayers and passengers billions of Pounds, thousands of jobs, not to mention the awful service. If this can be done with East Coast Mainline, why not with the other […]
Chris Hedges – Ukraine: The War that Went Wrong
Pulitzer-prize winning war correspondent gives his assessment of the Ukraine war, on his Substack. Read the article HERE.
Ms Merkels Magnificent V-Recovery – Germany: Production in August 2020: -0,2 % compared to previous month
While German media is hailing their nation’s V-Recovery and the greatest chancellor of all time, the statistics tell a different story. Read here If you are having difficulties accessing the link, use this: https://www.destatis.de/EN/Press/2020/10/PE20_391_421.html
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