The Stench Around Economics

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:44
Pieter van der Heyden (1525-1569)


On December 1, 2017, the Financial Times' columnist Gillian Tett wrote a fascinating story in the paper's magazine. The essay is called 'Finance and Culture: lessons from the Cannibal Club'. It begins in 1863 at a London club, where a group of men decided to find out what makes humans tick. The men of the Cannibal Club were repugnant. But Tett is making a larger point - she wants financiers to get to know anthropologists, so that the latter could teach the former that greed is not the solitary emotion in the human palate. 'It would be nice if modern securities holders were to mix more with

Beef Ban, Capitalist Crisis and the Rise of the Right

Submitted by admin on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 06:19
Beef ban


Dear Friends,

The Indian government - in pursuance of its attack on the diversity of Indian culture - has decided to push for a ban on beef eating. This has come after a vicious series of murders of cow herders and traders - from vulnerable communities - that have gone largely unpunished. The climate of intolerance is now established by this government order.

But the ban on beef has not gone unchallenged. Across the opposition landscape has come a strong criticism of this policy. In the lead have been left-wing students who have come onto the streets to cook and eat beef in a festive