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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - October 15, 2019

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Rating Capitalism and Socialism * Goodbye, Columbus * Christian Nationalists * Ivory Tower Economists * Power and Hip Hop * The Antiwar Right * New Anticommunism * From Fight Club to Joker

Has Capitalism Become Our Religion?

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins The Nation
We talk with historian Eugene McCarraher about the myths and rituals of the market, the lost radicalism of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the rise of neoliberalism.

Morales Scathing Attack on Capitalism at UN General Assembly

Morning Star
"The underlying problem is in the model of production and consumerism, in the ownership of natural resources and in the unequal distribution of wealth." Today, 26 people in the world have the same wealth as 3.8 billion people.

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Immanuel Wallerstein: An Obituary

Boaventura de Sousa Santos ROAR
Acclaimed Marxist sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, author of numerous works on capitalism as a world-system, including a sterling four volume study completed in 2011, died on August 31 at the age of 88. A fulsome remembrance appears below.

The Exploitation Time Bomb

Jayati Ghosh Project Syndicate
Worsening economic inequality in recent years is largely the result of policy choices that reflect the political influence and lobbying power of the rich. There is now a self-reinforcing pattern of high profits, low investment, and rising inequality

Which Way to Socialism?

Eric Blanc / Charlie Post Jacobin
Is there a democratic road to socialism? And if so, what does it mean for socialists today?
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