The Great Debate

Cold War warmed over

By Bill Schneider
March 7, 2014

Can we have a new Cold War without a communist threat?  Some important political players seem to think so.

The communist on J. Edgar Hoover’s payroll

By Tim Weiner
March 1, 2012

This is an excerpt from Enemies: A History of the FBI, published this month by Random House.

from MacroScope:

Step aside capitalism, how about leverageism

December 1, 2009

Our recent post on the End of Capitalism triggered much interest and comment.  There were plenty of diverse views, as one would expect. But one thread that came out was that what we are now seeing is not true capitalism (nor, of course, is it old-style communism). Ok, but what is it?

from The Great Debate UK:

Slavoj Zizek on resurrecting the Left

November 30, 2009

Soon after the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, treatise "Das Kapital" saw a resurgence in popularity throughout eastern Germany.

from The Great Debate UK:

Economist John Kay mulls Berlin Wall anniversary

November 9, 2009

When the Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago, the momentous event marked the triumph of the market economy over planned economic structures, says British economist John Kay.

from The Great Debate UK:

Getting to grips with the post-Cold War security threat

November 6, 2009

johnreid -John Reid, formerly the UK Defence Secretary and Home Secretary, is MP for Airdrie and Shotts, and Chairman of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies at University College, London. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The fall of the Berlin Wall, on November 9, 1989, was one of history’s truly epochal moments. During what became a revolutionary wave sweeping across the former Eastern Bloc countries, the announcement by the then-East German Government that its citizens could visit West Germany set in train a series of events that led, ultimately, to the demise of the Soviet Union itself.

from The Great Debate UK:

Ghosts of Germany’s communist past return for election

August 28, 2009

kirschbaum_e- Erik Kirschbaum is a Reuters correspondent in Berlin. -

Will the party that traces its roots to Communist East Germany's SED party that built the Berlin Wall soon be in power in a west German state?