Against the Grain – April 26, 2017

Against the Grain

A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

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Malthus, Market Fundamentalism, and Welfare’s Trajectory

Against the Grain

The idea that human society and markets are self-regulating, and that therefore political intervention to address poverty and equality is wrong-headed, has taken over the political landscape. Fred Block shows how that idea, advanced by T. R. Malthus and much later by Charles Murray, has pushed governments to abandon safety-net protections. (Encore presentation.) Fred Block … Continued


The Rise and Fall of Latin America’s Pink Tide

Against the Grain

In the early 2000s, left and center left governments came to power across Latin America – in countries such as Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador — ushered in on a wave of resistance to neoliberal policies.  The so-called Pink Tide provided much needed inspiration to leftists around the world. But things haven’t turned out … Continued


Farmers, Elites, and Class Society

Against the Grain

Was the emergence of capitalism a preordained affair?  Was it natural and inevitable that capitalism developed in England and spread to the rest of the world, as conventional accounts would have it?  Or was capitalism’s emergence contingent, arising out of social conflict in the countryside?  Marxist scholars Christopher Isett and Stephen Miller explore what the … Continued


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