Power may appear more fragmented, transitory and insecure today, but elites have adapted, not disappeared.
A growing body of work is challenging inequality. But what is to be done?
What are the limitations of the liberal reformism of figures like Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty? And how can the radical left push beyond it to a truly socialist alternative?
New Left Project’s editors reflect on contributions to the site during 2014 – and look ahead to 2015.
Cities are not natural organisms but arenas of political struggles.
The rich tradition of alternative liberalism has much to offer by way of solutions to inexorably widening inequality—as social movements are beginning to realise.
Democracy poses unique challenges to wealth defence, and yet market democracies have achieved some of the highest degrees of wealth inequality in human history. How have the rich managed the contradiction between formal equality and material disparity?
Wealth concentration is the single most enduring economic pattern across all polities from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. In their ceaseless battle against the threat of redistribution, oligarchs eventually hit upon an enduring solution: the tax state.
The authors of ‘Capital as Power’ comment on Ronen Palan’s piece ‘Capitalising the Future’.
Wealth inequality has soared to levels not seen since the 1920s – and even the mildest efforts to address the problem are attacked.