Monthly Archives: July 2014

An interesting talk between David Graeber & Thomas Piketty on debt, capitalism, neoliberalism & inequality

Graeber: “Our feelings of helplessness stem from the fact that for thirty years the tools of persuasion and coercion have been mobilized to wage an ideological war for capitalism, rather than to create conditions for capitalism to remain viable. Neoliberalism … Continue reading

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Does Capitalism Have a Future? Five major social scientists engage in sophisticated discussion whether the capitalist system can survive

The Great Recession has prompted a reassessment of the specific mode of capitalist accumulation that achieved dominance in the era of globalization. Yet just about all of this literature has focused on one of two issues: why things went wrong, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis, Thomas Piketty and Karl Polanyi featured the fascinating presidential address by Michael Burawoy at the International Sociological Association congress

Pope Francis, Thomas Piketty and Karl Polanyi featured the fascinating presidential address by Michael Burawoy “Facing the Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology” at the opening ceremony of the International Sociological Association congress at Yokohama, Japan (July 13-19, 2014). I … Continue reading

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Paris, May 1968: “Football to the footballers!”

“This explosion was provoked by groups in revolt against modern consumer and technical society, whether it be the communism of the East or the capitalism of the West.”  — President Charles De Gaulle, a televised speech of June 7th, 1968 In … Continue reading

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Why did the transition from socialism to capitalism result in improved growth in some countries and economic decline in others? It is all about mass privatization

Scholars have advanced three main arguments to explain why did the transition from socialism to capitalism result in improved growth in some countries and significant economic decline in others: (1) successful countries rapidly implemented neoliberal policies; (2) failures were not … Continue reading

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Are you interested in grabbing a green tea or Asahi together at the International Sociological Association Congress in Yokohama?

I’m exciting to be heading to the International Sociological Association Congress in Yokohama, Japan. If you’ll be there too and you’re interested in saying hello/kon’nichiwa or grabbing a green tea or Asahi together, feel free to email me (komlik@gmail.com). We’ll try to stretch the … Continue reading

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In “Politics and Culture in an Age of Austerity” Amitai Etzioni argues that human contentment is perhaps best found outside of the high-growth, high-consumption paradigm

The Great Recession forced many people around to cut back on consumption and is one reason that drives the rise of right-wing forces. One response to the downturn has been a call for a return to high-level growth and consumption of goods. By contrast, … Continue reading

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