Monthly Archives: October 2019

Book Review, “Crisis and Choice in European Social Democracy” by Fritz Scharpf (1987, Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/50-book-review-crisis-and-choice-in-european-social-democracy-by-fritz-scharpf I am thoroughly impressed by Frits Scharpf macro political economy framework and he fits in line with other German scholars like Wolfgang Streeck (both emeriti professors at the Cologne social research institute) or Claus Offe. Scharpf … Continue reading

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The Contradiction between Social and Environmental Justice

Podcast available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/49-the-contradiction-between-environmental-and-social-justice After attending a talk on overpopulation, the two concepts connected to it continued flashing through my mind: climate change and capitalism. I had meditated on these three connected issues back in August (Liu 2019). Right now … Continue reading

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Turkish Invasion of Northern Syria

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/48-turkish-invasion-in-syria With President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out US military forces from the northeast of Syria, which is held by the Syrian Kurds, including the YPG (Kurdish militia) and the SDF (Kurdish military units), Turkey … Continue reading

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The Turkish Coup and Its Fallout

Published: July 2016 10 days ago a group of Islamist-inspired military generals and colonels took it upon themselves to overthrow the government of Turkey. The coup largely failed because only a core of maybe 1,000 officers participated in the coup, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Path to Authoritarianism

Published: January 2019 With the June 2018 general elections in Turkey, President Erdogan could extend his power further by abolishing the post of prime minister and merging it with the presidency, an important provision of a narrowly approved popular referendum … Continue reading

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Comment on Benanav Article on Output, Productivity and Automation

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/47-comment-on-benanav-article-on-output-productivity-and-automation This post is a direct comment to Aaron Benanav’s (2019) article in the New Left Review titled “Automation and the Future of Work 1”. Benanav claims that the slowdown in employment growth cannot solely be traced … Continue reading

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Challenges of Decentralized Capitalism

Podcast available here https://soundcloud.com/user-280580802/46-challenges-of-decentralized-capitalism When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 it could do so because the command economy relied on the directives from Moscow and with the takeover of Gorbachev’s government that was committed to liberalization, privatization and decontrolling … Continue reading

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