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Dr. Wolfgang Streeck: “We are being governed by an oligarchy”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Can Europe survive the Covid-19 crisis?

Dr. Wolfgang Streeck: It depends on what you mean by “survive“. Complex societies don‘t “die“; something always remains—the question is: what? If you mean the European Union or the European Monetary Union, will they still exist when the virus has left? Of course. If you ask if the virus is undermining them, I think one must not forget that both EU and EMU were already undermining themselves before the pandemic; remember Brexit? Also remember the tensions between Germany and the Mediterranean countries, and between Germany in particular and the new, peripheral member states in the East. The pandemic may or may not have accelerated the decay of “Europe“ as an international organization, or institution; but apart from this and more importantly, the virus has not derailed older tendencies of development that are too deeply rooted politically and economically to be undone by a tiny virus.

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Miguel Urbán Crespo: « Workers of the world, unite. This is the last call »

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Miguel Urbán Crespo . DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You called for a Covid tax on high net worth individuals and multinational corporations. Why? Didn’t the Covid-19 crisis show us the failure of the neoliberal model?

Miguel Urbán Crespo: The emergence of Covid was particularly deadly after decades of neo-liberal policies and cuts in public services and health care. The coronavirus has shown us that in centers and countries where more has been invested in health, there are fewer deaths, because, as we already knew, there is no better social shield than the protection of fundamental rights and the collective interest. The right to health has been reduced by neoliberal policies and the cost of this pandemic amounts to hundreds of thousands lives. Lire la suite »

Michael Barker: “Of central importance is that the ongoing battle against capitalism and imperialism is waged internationally”

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Michael Barker. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your opinion, why was Jeremy Corbyn ousted as leader of the Labour Party? Don’t you think that Jeremy Corbyn has paid the price of being a supporter of the Palestinian cause and an anti-Zionist?

Michael Barker: Right until the moment that Corbyn took the mistaken position of volunteering to leave his position as Labour leader he still had the support of the vast majority of his party’s active socialist membership. So, although it is true that he came under immense pressure to resign throughout the duration of his time as Labour leader from the vast majority of his Parliamentary colleagues, it is not strictly true that he was ousted. Corbyn and his parliamentary supporters however failed to seriously encourage the types of actions that would have enabled ordinary Labour members to assert any form of democratic control over Corbyn’s opponents, who to this day still maintain their elected positions within the Parliamentary Labour Party. Lire la suite »

Dr. Michael Welton: “The global ruling class will not permit a new just world order to appear”

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Dr. Michael Welton. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of the intention of Western governments to use tracking in the Covid-19 crisis? Are governments not using the pretext of this epidemic to control their populations? Isn’t this method fascism?

Dr. Michael Welton: The world has seen many plagues and pestilences in its past and recent history. But nothing like this—a global lock-down that has forced billions of people to self-isolate in order to stop the Monster from consuming us before our evening meal. Arundhati Roy has asked this provocative question: “What is this thing that has happened to us?” And, most significantly, this “thing” is happening to us at a crisis point in the Neo-liberal globalized economic disorder. Covid-19 has lit up the sky like an electric lightning storm, exposing its’ shameful weaknesses and trouble-spots. Ruling classes of the world, once exposed, know their days may be numbered. They are going to fight bitterly to hold on to power and wealth and oppress and trick the citizenry to do so. Lire la suite »

Prof. Mario Caligiuri: “The coronavirus represents the death of capitalism and an opportunity to reinvent society »

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Prof. Mario Caligiuri. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is the situation in your country Italy in the context of the Covid19 virus epidemic?

Prof. Mario Caligiuri: At the moment, the Italian situation is the most serious in the world, in terms of the number of people infected and dead, even more than in China. The conditions are extremely difficult and in Lombardy they are even tragic. But the truth about the numbers is not told. For example, in China, from February to December 2019, 21 million mobile phones are turned off. I don’t know if that means anything. In Italy, according to the High Institute of Health, the percentage of deaths due to coronavirus alone is about 2%. In Russia, the number of infected persons is very low and no deaths have been reported so far. In Japan, the country was quarantined immediately after the official news of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to next year. It is only in recent weeks that strict measures have been taken against the pandemic by European countries with the exception of Sweden, and the United States, where the number of infections detected has made it the number one country in the world. While the figures are indicative, they must be interpreted and put into context. And the conclusions will be made at the end, several months from now. Lire la suite »

Dr. Immanuel Ness: “Imperialist wars benefit big capitalists in the most affluent states”

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Dr. Immanuel Ness. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very interesting book: Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain, you argue that global capitalism is a precarious system. Can you explain why?

Dr. Immanuel Ness: The global economy is increasingly integrated in the production industry and as such, individual nations are highly integrated for inputs which are instrumental in transforming natural resources into fabricated elements in commodities.  This system is highly dependent on the transportation of goods throughout the world.  In this way, workers who are employed in logistics and the moving of goods are integral to the continued flow of commodities throughout the world.  As goods are more and more produced for specific consumer and market demands in destination countries in the Global North, any disruption in this system scuppers the supply of goods. Logistic workers are crucial in the distribution of fabricated goods throughout the supply chain, and thus, have the potential to interrupt the delivery of commodities in various stages of production. Lire la suite »

Dr. Burkhard Luber: “We are already beyond the point of no return what the destruction of the Earth is concerned”

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Dr. Burkhard Luber. DR.

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the rise of the far right in Europe and elsewhere in the world?

Dr. Burkhard Luber: I see three explanations: A first explanation is that many people are not capable to accept that in the modern global world an increasingly wide spectrum of different cultures, beliefs and values exists. Many people have not learned the virtue of tolerance and the importance to find joint interests with different people, cultures and countries. Persons with such limited tolerance and small understanding of other cultures are always in danger to see foreigners as a threat for their own workplace, for their culture, etc. Lire la suite »