The Great Debate

The Greek Bruce Willis fights for democracy — and Marxism?

February 15, 2016
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis listens to a conferrer (not pictured) during the Economist Conference on "Europe: The comeback, Greece: How resilient?" in Athens May 14, 2015. Greece's debt is not viable and the country's debt repayments to the European Central Bank should be pushed back, the Greek finance minister said on Thursday. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1CWUJ

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis listens at a conference in Athens, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe

January 10, 2016
A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghani and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near to the village of Idomeni, Greece December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XC9R

A Greek policeman stands in front of Iraqi, Afghan and Syrian refugees waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Tsar Vladimir Putin is always right

March 12, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a forum dedicated to the civil society in Moscow, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

‘The Communist Manifesto’ (2015 edition)

February 6, 2015
Head of radical leftist Syriza party Tsipras speaks after winning elections in Athens,

The head of the radical leftist Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, speaks to supporters after winning elections in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Cold War warmed over

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

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.