Category Archives: The crisis and the economy

Trading Clichés, evacuating critique: the debate over Sunday shopping in France

Where Sunday trading has long been entrenched in British culture, it is still heavily regulated in France, limited to certain trades, some of which (furniture but not DIY tools) seem something of a misnomer. Despite calls to relax these laws, … Continue reading

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Lazzarato and the governmental power of debt: La Fabrique de l’homme endetté or The Making of Indebted Man

There can have been few more timely recent books than Maurizio Lazzarato’s La Fabrique de l’homme endetté, originally published by les Editions Amsterdam in 2011 and now published in translation by MIT press as The Making of Indebted Man. An … Continue reading

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Economic Democracy, Not Austerity or Keynesian “Growth” by Rick Wolff,

Recent defeats of Dutch, Greek and French governing parties show rising opposition to their austerity policies. Across Europe and North America, similar oppositions mount. Bailing out large financial and other corporations with borrowed money has been the almost universal government … Continue reading

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Manifesto for Economic Democracy and Ecological Sanity Thursday 9 February 2012

It is often said that the weakness of current oppositional mobilisation is its lack of specific projects or concrete proposals. As if in answer to that kind of accusation, the Economic Democracy Manifesto Group have published a manifesto available here. … Continue reading

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Candidate Sarkozy and the centrality of the crisis

Less than one week following his confirmation to stand as a candidate in the presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy held his first big ‘meeting’ on Sunday 19 February in Marseilles marking the culmination of a series of actions that are surely … Continue reading

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This is no bailout for Main Street America In reality, a $25bn mortgage deal with banks is a drop in the ocean – given US homeowners’ $700bn of negative equity

(by Rick Wolff ) Big announcements of breakthrough legislative deals during election campaigns should be taken with huge grains of salt. Generally more rhetoric than reality, they sometimes contain real concessions made by politicians seeking votes. So it is with Thursday’s … Continue reading

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Sarkozy: Président ou candidat, c’est la crise qui compte

On Sunday 29 January 2012, French President Nicolas Sarkozy (once again) monopolised prime time on several French television channels in order to announce a number of important economic measures to be undertaken in the short to medium term. With under … Continue reading

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