Against the Grain – May 1, 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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Silvia Federici on How Capitalism Endures

Against the Grain

Despite the precariousness that it creates, why does capitalism survive?  Radical theorist Silvia Federici discusses how capitalism perpetuates itself by dispossessing and dividing us, while putting the job of reproducing the workforce squarely on the shoulders of the working class, especially women.  She considers the missteps that the feminist movement made in confronting the rise … Continued


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


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