Austerity

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Age of Austerity: Capital, the Financial Crisis and the State in Canada
McCormack, Geoffrey; Workman, Thom
Article
2016
The financial and economic crisis of 2008 has left a continuing legacy on social welfare, showing up in slow economic growth, unemployment and underemployment, and increasing social conflict. In the d...
An ageing population isn't the reason for stunted economic growth - austerity is
Vollman, Carolin
Article
2015
In the 2015 World Economic Outlook, for example, the IMF says: "Potential employment growth is expected to decline further in advanced and emerging market economies compared to pre-crisis rates. This ...
Austerity and Resistance: Lessons from the 2012 Quebec Student Strike
Garneau, Marianne
Article
2012
The student strike in Quebec has ended, in a rather clear victory. After a seven month-long struggle — the longest of its kind in Quebec history — students have won a cancellation of the proposed tuit...
Austerity and U.S. Decline: Against The Current vol. 153
The Editors
Article
2011
The full frontal assault on public workers and their unions in one state after another — stripping collective bargaining rights and dues checkoff, slashing wages and pensions and health benefits, abol...
Austerity chokes Canada's down-and-out, as Harper, Flaherty look the other way
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2013
The exceedingly aggressive austerity cuts carried out by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty over the past seven years have come home to roost as millions of Canadians, dep...
Austerity U: Preparing Students for Precarious Lives
Sears, Alan; Cairns, James
Article
2014
Policy-makers are introducing big changes to university systems under the banner of an austerity agenda. Globally common themes in this agenda include rapid increases in tuition fees, new models of u...
Austerity vs. the Planet:The Future of Labour Environmentalism
Kahle, Trish
Article
2016
Last December members of the International Trade Union Confederation joined other civil society activists in a mass sit-in at the COP21 talks in Paris. Unionists and their allies, some 400 strong, fil...
Australia: Socialist Alliance's 'International Political Perspectives' Resolution
Socialist Alliance
Article
2014
Resolutions adopted by the 10th National Conference of the Socialist Alliance, June 7-9, 2014.
Burdened with Debt Reloaded: The Politics ofr Devaluation
Article
2012
A series of defensive and sectional struggles at workplaces in the private sector reveal that the Greek industrial capital has already taken advantage of the new institutional framework of the “state ...
California Is Not Dreaming
Garvey, John
Article
2010
Discussion of March 4, 2010 Day of Action in California.
Canada After Harper: His Ideology-fuelled Attack on Canadian Society and Values, and How We Can Resist and Create the Country We Want
Finn, Ed (editor)
Book
2015
Essays documenting the breadth and depth of the Harper government's attack on institutions, policies, and programs that embody values and principles shared by most Canadians: education, health care, w...
Crisis in the Eurozone
Lapavitsas, Costas
Book
2012
A controversial call to break up the Eurozone and stop the debt crisis.
A Diet of Austerity: Class, Food and Climate Change
Graham-Leigh, Elaine
Book
2015
Deals with the reasons why the working class is blamed for climate change, and what it can actually do about it.
Europe's Moment of Truth
Patnaik, Prabhat
Article
2015
Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras' acceptance of an "austerity package" on July 13, which contained measures rejected by the Greek people in a referendum barely a week before, represents not just an abject...
From mobilisation to resistance: Portugal's struggle against austerity
Principe, Catarina
Article
2013
Portugal has been subjected to increasingly harsh austerity policies that have led the country into a recession of historic proportions, the result being mass impoverishment.
Greece: A no vote against blackmail: Now is not the time for academic debates. It is time for struggle
Red Network
Article
2015
Our response to the blackmail of the lenders is that the struggle against austerity will not be governed by concerns about the euro system or by the consent of the rulers of Europe. the response shoul...
Greece again Can Save the West
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2015
The 'Greek crisis' is not about debt. Debt is the propaganda that the Empire is using to subdue sovereignty throughout the Western world.
Greece's solidarity movement: 'it's a whole new model - and it's working'
Henley, Jon
Article
2015
Citizen-run health clinics, food centres, kitchens and legal aid hubs have sprung up to fill the gaps left by austerity – and now look set to play a bigger role under a Syriza government.
Greek Debt and the New Financial Imperialism
Rasmus, Jack
Article
2016
Describes how the Greek goverment is forced to extract income and wealth from its workers and small businesses resulting in a new form of financial imperialism that smaller states and economies, plann...
In Spain they are all indignados nowadays
Ainger, Katharine
Article
2013
The indignado protests that flared up two years ago have become a Spanish state of mind.
Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy
Hudson, Michael
Book
2015
In Killing the Host, economist Michael Hudson exposes how finance, insurance, and real estate (the FIRE sector) have seized control of the global economy at the expense of industrial capitalism and go...
Manoeuvres from above, movements from below: Greece under Tsipras
Jenkins, Gareth; Karayianni, Despina
Article
2015
The Syriza left is at a crossroads. For all the belief that Syriza is a different kind of party, one that transcends the division between reform and revolution and therefore should be the home for the...
A Marxist History of the World part 106: The Second Great Depression
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Four years after the beginning of the crisis, the neoliberal elite is trapped by the contradictions of the system on which its wealth depends.
Not Bad Policy, But Class Policy: Holes in the Keynesian Against G20 Austerity Plan
Hossein-Zadeh, Ismael
Article
2010
Liberal critics of the vicious austerity policies passionately argue against such policies as bad, misguided, or unwise as if the governments that make such policies do not know what they are doing. A...
A People's Manifesto: Let's Roll Back Austerity and Claim Real Democracy!: Urgent common priorities for a democratic, social, ecological and feminist Europe
Article
2013
Europe stands on the edge of a precipice, looking into the abyss. Austerity policies drive the peoples of Europe into poverty, undercut democracy and dismantle social policies. Rising inequalities end...
Portuguese Workers vs. Austerity: Against The Current vol. 158
Mortágua, Joana
Article
2012
The General Strike of March 22, 2012 was the second called by the Portuguese trade unions since the IMF/European Commission/European Central Bank (“Troika”) intervened a year ago to impose austerity m...
The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie.
Pilger, John
Article
2015
According to John Pilger, the leaders of Syriza are revolutionaries of a kind - but their revolution is the perverse, familiar appropriation of social democratic and parliamentary movements by liberal...
The Silence of the Left: Brexit, Euro-Austerity and the T-TIP
Hudson, Michael
Article
2016
The media in the United States have treated the British vote against remaining in the European Union (EU) as if it is populist “Trumpism,” an inarticulate right-wing vote out of ignorance at being lef...
Spokes on the Anti-Austerity Wheel: Building Movements That Can Move Beyond Reform
Article
2014
When it comes to fighting the crisis of austerity cuts and financial recession, we need to focus on how to build fighting communities rather than simply reacting to the attacks.
Syriza and Sanders: "Just Say 'No'" to Neo-liberalism
Rectenwald, Michael
Article
2015
Hopes for Syriza's negotiations with the banking troika in the EU simmered and even boiled over among elements of the left, especially after the vaunted "No" referendum vote suggested that the Greeks ...
Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
Article
2013
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The article...
Trade Unions: The Difficult Path to Solidarity in One’s Own Interest
Lehndorff, Steffen
Article
2013
In both the ideals and the rhetoric of trade unions international solidarity plays a major role. Trade union practice, however, is first and foremost focused on the context of those nation-states, in ...
The unbearable lightness of Greek democracy: Greeks have abandoned all hope that their political leaders have the skills to rescue the nations economy.
Polychroniou, C. J.
Article
2015
The only certain thing is that a government will be formed by a grand alliance whose only mission will be to implement the most painful, humiliating measures ever attempted by a democratically elected...
Us and Them
Article
2011
To move beyond wishing and hoping, our self organization has to overcome and overwhelm the limits, the divisions, the separations of workers and poor by categories of “organized,” “unorganized,” “immi...
What austerity has done to Greek healthcare: "What I witnessed appalled me - and brought tears to my eyes"
Irvine, Louise
Article
2015
The shocking 'austerity'-imposed destruction of Greece's once proud healthcare system is a key reason Greeks have turned to Syriza, finds London GP Louise Irvine in an eye witness account.
Why Greece Doesn't Matter: We have to stop talking about Greece. What must emerge from the calamity of SYRIZA-ANEL is a renewed call for democracy
Lazarou, Athanasios
Article
2015
Change in Greece will not come from short-term strategies and tactics of seeking power, but from a long process of coordinated and planned immanent critiques. This political organization will not aim ...

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Canada’s Austerity Agenda: It's About the Taxes
Labonté, Ronald
2013
Austerity policies pose major threats to the public's health. Ronald Labonté argues that the austerity agenda in Canada stems not from a crisis in finances, but from a crisis in fair taxation.

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