Translation: CETA comes into force – a scandal for democracy

This piece by French theorist and political economist Jacques Sapir, originally posted on his blog in French and republished in Italian by Voci Dal L’estero is now featured in English here on Peripheral Thought. Sapir argues that, in addition to the risks to public health and environmental integrity, The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is a serious… Read More Translation: CETA comes into force – a scandal for democracy

The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

This piece by Scott Patrick originally appeared on Bakunin Matata. Patrick is a PhD candidate studying comparative politics at the American University in Washington, DC. While some of its observations are dated given the upheavals that have defined the Trump administration, it is nonetheless a worthwhile short read:  We are living in an age of capitalist… Read More The Capitalist Peace, Dependency Theory, and Imperialism

Americanization from a European Perspective

A change of pace to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Canadian academic year, what follows are two European pop radio hits which deal with the Americanization of European culture.  Americanization as a concept has been popular since the 1960s and refers to claims that European media forms are exhibiting direct influence by and a… Read More Americanization from a European Perspective

Trump, Empire, and Syria (or, The Elites Just Bought Another War)

DONALD TRUMP: ANOTHER MAN FOR EMPIRE “After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.” — Donald J. Trump, Campaign… Read More Trump, Empire, and Syria (or, The Elites Just Bought Another War)

No Country for Poor Men: The Globalization Project and its Consequences

“Debt… is a cleverly managed reconquering of Africa.” – Thomas Sankara In the 1980s, on the tail-end of growing south-south unity and economic development, the world was plunged into an international debt crisis which threatened the sustainability of the capitalist world-system. The political decisions enacted to adjust the global economy ushered in neo-liberalism and globalization… Read More No Country for Poor Men: The Globalization Project and its Consequences

Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism (A Proposal from Max Forte)

Summary: Dr. Max Forte outlines a proposal for the renewal of citizenship and democracy in Canada in the context of decolonization and working-class resistance.  What is resource nationalism, and why is it important? One of Wikipedia’s shortest entries, “resource nationalism” nonetheless appears in 372 files published by WikiLeaks. Resource nationalism seems to be of especial… Read More Economic Citizenship and Resource Nationalism (A Proposal from Max Forte)