Trotsky once described theory as the superiority of foresight over astonishment. But the year 2017 saw a great deal of astonishment, and not least among the so-called experts of the bourgeoisie. marxist.com/
Whenever I write about the exploitative Orwellian oligarchy that is loosely centralized behind the official United States government, I always get a bunch of bitter, annoyed Americans making well-intentioned comments about how stupid their countrymen are. medium.com/
Despite the recent revival of the left in the United States and England, the days when unions had the power to demand major concessions and win still seem far away. Partly thanks to tough labour laws and employer aggression, their role has become much more about consultation than domination. theconversation.com/
The purportedly liberal cable network MSNBC did not run a single segment devoted specifically to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen in the second half of 2017, even though – or perhaps because – the U.S. government has played a key role in creating the catastrophe. act.rootsaction.org/
Throughout the British colonies, imperial intervention stunted economic growth, introduced limitations and barriers to already existing trade, and brutally exploited workers for profits shipped to banks in London. But even Karl Marx was a fan. aljazeera.com/
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After employees at the online media company Vox Media announced plans to form a union, a senior reporter at the company’s general news website Vox.com argued that some writers wanted a union “as protection for laziness.” He added that Vox was “a generous company” and “some people want to take advantage of that.” nytimes.com/
Silicon Valley holds a celebrity mystique for some, but insider accounts of its hot tub parties only bring to mind an immortal dictum that being boring is a more than a sin – it’s a felony. counterpunch.org/
For computer security professionals, 2018 started with a bang. A new class of security vulnerability — a variety of flaws that affect almost all major microprocessor chips, and that could enable hackers to steal information from personal computers as well as cloud computing services — was announced. nytimes.com/
Last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” theintercept.com/
Sony Corporation recently announced development of a system to apply blockchain technology to education. Parents who are concerned about the increasing digitalization of their children’s education, about security of their private data, and about the future of education in general should take note. truthinamericaneducation.com/
The year is 2017 AD. The whole web is occupied by centralized services. Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable free software lovers still holds out against the invaders… This is how the French association Framasoft presents itself. konradlischka.info/
When Marx famously declared that while the philosophers have interpreted the world, the point is to change it, he was asserting that it was not enough to dream of another world nor to understand the dynamics of the present. It was critical above all to address the question of agency in carrying out transformative change. jacobinmag.com/
The first edition of NORRAG Special Issue in 2018 is dedicated to examining international frameworks and national policy as well as the challenges of fulfilling the right to education in practice. The journal contains 36 concise articles and is divided into six parts, each focusing on a specific theme of right to education policy and practice. norrag.org/
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