Global Capitalism in the Americas Conference

29 06 2017

Call For Papers:

The 4th Biennial Conference of the Network for the Critical Study of Global Capitalism (NCSGC)

November 1-3, 2017
La Habana, Cuba

Featuring keynote speakers Luis Suarez and William I. Robinson

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In today’s global political economy, we are witnessing a new era of integration and inequality, which is playing out through particular expressions of systemic crises. We are also witnessing the rise of a ultra-neoliberal authoritarian political project in the United States, in conjunction with the resurgence of right-wing political sectors across the Americas. What should we understand about the particularities of this globalization phase in the history of world capitalism, and in the context of these regions and their populations? How can working and popular classes, and their movements from below, effectively coordinate and struggle in a world of capitalist globalization?

The purpose of this conference is to focus critical studies of global capitalism on Central, North, and South America, and on the Caribbean, to provide opportunities for interested scholars and activists to explore, discuss, and debate related issues occurring in these regions. Read More >>

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Global Capitalism & the Restructuring of Education: The Transnational Capitalist Class’ Quest to Suppress Critical Thinking

29 04 2017

Click here to read this new 25 page paper by Dr. William I. Robinson.

 





The US Political Scene: Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

28 04 2017

49389857.cachedThe U.S. political scene has been undergoing a facelift in an effort to restore the decreasing legitimacy of the transnationally-oriented capitalist class. This transformation has been characterized by a right wing that has sought to portray itself as economically nationalistic in an attempt to expand support among the working class (primarily, among working class whites) whose economic stability had dwindled during the neoliberal era.

Why is this the case?

Read this new Op-Ed by Salvador Rangel and Jeb Sprague-Silgado  here.





Global Capitalism, Neoliberalism, & The Making of a Transnationally Oriented State Apparatus in Iraq

25 03 2016

Read here the new research paper by NCSGC contributor Yousef Baker.  

ABSTRACT:    The 2003 invasion of Iraq and its subsequent occupation effectively erased the country’s existing political and economic system, turning Iraq into a tabula rasa. The initial invasion of Iraq, beyond geo-political and other conjunctural explanations, and at a more explanatory structural level, was a response by the United States to transnational crises of overaccumulation. One of the central goals of invading Iraq was to more fully integrate the country into the global capitalist system. The occupation regime attempted to formally integrate Iraq into the global economy by imposing a hyper neoliberal legal framework and policies that effectively transnationalized the Iraqi state and facilitated the development of new transnational accumulation circuits in Iraq. This article details this by analyzing the 112 laws that were imposed by the American occupation in Iraq as well as the permanent constitution that was passed in 2005. It shows that these laws opened Iraq to investors irrespective of its national origins. It concludes that this is evidence of the U.S. acting on behalf of transnational, rather than national economic interests.

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Reform Is Not Enough to Stem the Rising Tide of Inequality Worldwide

7 02 2016

By: William I. Robinson

We are nearing 2016, the year when the richest 1 percent of humanity will own more than the rest of the world, according to proje2016_0101r_ctions made by the nongovernmental organization Oxfam.

This is up from the 1 percent owning 44 percent of the world’s wealth in 2010 and 48 percent in 2014. If current trends continue, the 1 percent will own 54 percent by 2020.

The top 80 billionaires were worth $1.9 trillion in 2014, an amount equal to the bottom 50 percent. These 80 billionaires saw a 50 percent rise in their wealth in just four years, from 2010 to 2014, during which time the poorest 50 percent saw a drop in their wealth. In other words, there has been a huge transfer of wealth in a very short period of time from the poorest half of humanity to the richest 80 individuals on the planet.  READ THE ENTIRE PIECE HERE ON TRUTH-OUT





Talk on TCC by Dr. Peter Phillips

7 02 2016

Listen here for a talk by Professor Peter Phillips on the transnational capitalist class (TCC) in the context of today’s global society, politics, and imperialism.





New Book: Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

23 01 2016

Please request that your library purchase a copy of this new volume published with chapters by participants in our network.

 These important studies examine and debate over how there is a growing transnationality of material (economic) relations in the global era, as well as an emerging transnationality of many social and class relations. How does transnational capitalist class fractions, new middle strata, and labor undergird globalization in Asia and Oceania? How have states and institutions become entwined with such processes? This book provides insight into a field of dynamic change.

It looks in particular at how these processes are playing out in Australia, China, India, Laos, Japan, Papua New Guinea and regionally. The introductory chapter is available to read here.

Jeb Sprague