Articles by James Petras

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US Mass Mobilizations: Wars and Financial Plunder
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

25 Nov 2018 – This paper will begin by discussing the major wars of our time, namely the two US invasions of Iraq. We will proceed to analyze the nature of the popular response and the political consequences. In the second section we will discuss the economic crises of 2008 -2009, the government bailout and popular response. We will conclude by focusing on the potential powerful changes inherent in mass popular movements.

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Cultural Imperialism: Linguistic Perversion and Obfuscation of Empire Building
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

12 Nov 2018 – In the contemporary world, western imperialist propagandists, particularly journalists and editors of the mass media, have resorted to perverting everyday concepts and the language of politics. The use and abuse of the language of politics has served to blame victims and to justify imperial aggressors. The consequences are multiple, both in legitimizing war crimes and economic plunder, as well as neutralizing domestic opposition.

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Big Business Strikes Back: The Class Struggle from Above
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

26 Oct 2018 – Bankers, agro-business elites, commercial mega owners, manufacturing, real estate and insurance bosses and their financial advisers, elite members of the ‘ruling class’, have launched a full-scale attack on private and public wage and salary workers, and small and medium size entrepreneurs (the members of the ‘popular classes’).

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Brazil’s Neo-Liberal Fascist Road to Power
James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

10 Oct 2018 – The decisive electoral victory of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro startled politicians and analysts of the traditional parties of the left and right. The possible implications for the present and near future raises a number of fundamental questions whether it represents a ‘model’ for other countries or is the result of the specific circumstances of Brazil.

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Latin America: Rightwing Interlude and the Death Rattle of Neoliberalism
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

5 Sep 2018 – Beginning in 2015, business writers, neo-liberal economists and politicians in North America and the EU heralded Latin America’s embrace of a ‘new wave of free markets and free elections’. By early 2018 the entire neo-liberal edifice was crumbling, the promises and predictions of a neoliberal success story were forgotten. This paper will discuss the recent rise of a so-called ‘neo-liberal wave’ or right turn and the regimes directing it.

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Immigration: Western Wars and Imperial Exploitation Uproot Millions
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

26 Jun 2018 – “Immigration” has become the dominant issue dividing Europe and the US, yet the most important matter which is driving millions to emigrate is overlooked is wars. In this paper we will discuss the reasons behind the massification of immigration, focusing on several issues.

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Appeasement as Global Policy
James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

The world is riven with class conflicts in Latin America, political conflicts between the Anglo-Americans and Russians, and economic conflicts between Washington against Europe and Asia. The conflicts have called into question the capacity of ruling elites to promote growth, to secure international stability and to foster global as co-operation.

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De-Briefing Academics: Unpaid Intelligence Informants
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

3 May 2018 – Many academics are frequently engage in what government officials dub ‘de-briefing’! They meet and discuss their field-work, data collection, research finding, observations and personal contacts over lunch at the Embassy with US government officials or in Washington with State Department officials.

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Imperial Road to Conquest: Peace and Disarmament Agreements
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

In recent years US imperial strategy has sought to lessen the cost of defeating and overthrowing independent countries.

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Latin America in the Time of Trump
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

22 Apr 2018 – President Trump cancelled his attendance at the Summit of the Americas meeting of all the 35 presidents of the region and delegated VP Pence in his place. Pence, a known nonentity with zero experience and even less knowledge of Latin America–US relations, indicates the Trump regime’s disdain and low opinion of the eighth meeting of the tri-annual Summit.

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Why the UK, the EU and the US Gang-Up on Russia
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

20 Mar 2018 – For the greater part of a decade the US, the UK and the EU have been carrying out a campaign to undermine and overthrow the Russia government and in particular to oust President Putin. Fundamental issues are at stake including the real possibility of a nuclear war.

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Blackouts and Flashpoints in 2018
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

26 Jan 2018 – The prophets and forecasters for the coming year have already set out their global vision ranging from rising economies to catastrophic global wars.

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US Enemy List: Prospects and Perspectives
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

24 Nov 2017 – For almost 2 decades, the US pursued a list of ‘enemy countries’ to confront, attack, weaken and overthrow. This imperial quest to overthrow ‘enemy countries’ operated at various levels of intensity, depending on two considerations: the level of priority and the degree of vulnerability for a ‘regime change’ operation.

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China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…
Prof. James Petras – Global Research, 23 Oct 2017

15 Oct 2017 – China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany. In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.

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The Middle East Pivot: Erdogan’s Turkey Seven Deadly Sins
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

Multiple wars ravage the Middle East. Turkey has inserted itself into the middle of most of these regional conflicts and ended up a loser. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has intervened and formed alliances with a rogue’s gallery of imperial warlords, terrorists-mercenaries, Zionist expansionists, feudal potentates and obscure tribal chiefs, with disastrous economic, political and military consequences for the Turkish nation.

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The Politics of Military Ascendancy
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

15 Sep 2017 – Clearly the US has escalated the pivotal role of the military in the making of foreign and, by extension, domestic policy. The rise of ‘the Generals’ to strategic positions in the Trump regime is evident, deepening its role as a highly autonomous force determining US strategic policy agendas.

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Anti-Populism: Ideology of the Ruling Class
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

7 Jul 2017 – Throughout the US and European corporate and state media, right and left, we are told that ‘populism’ has become the overarching threat to democracy, freedom and . . . free markets. The media’s ‘anti-populism’ campaign has been used and abused by ruling elites and their academic and intellectual camp followers as the principal weapon to distract, discredit and destroy the rising tide of mass discontent with ruling class-imposed austerity programs, the accelerating concentration of wealth and the deepening inequalities.

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Elections: Absenteeism, Boycotts and the Class Struggle
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

19 Jun 2017 – The most striking characteristics of recent elections is not who won or who lost, nor is it the personalities, parties and programs. Across the world, majorities and pluralistic, of citizens of voting age, refuse to even register (unless obligated by law); refuse to turn out to vote, (abstain); or vote against all the candidates (boycott).

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Latin America in Search of an Alternative
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

16 Jun 2017 – The financial media present the ‘right’s’ socially regressive policies and strategies as ‘reforms’, a euphemism for the re-concentration of wealth, profits and property into the hands of foreign and domestic oligarchs. Leftwing intellectuals and journalists paint an image of socio-economic transformations under Latin America’s ‘left’ regimes where ‘the people’ take power, income is redistributed and growth flourishes.

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The United States and Iran: Two Tracks to Establish Hegemony
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

Presented to the Conference: “United States, Human Rights and the Discourse of Domination”. Sponsored by Iranian World Studies Association. Tehran, July 2, 2017

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Global Turmoil: Flatulence or Substance
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

Every day and throughout the world we read and hear of turmoil, of threats, violence, divisions, wars for peace and peace for wars, freedom as oppression and oppression as freedom. In a world where words have lost their meanings and meanings have no words, how do we go about understanding turmoil?

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Death on the Prescription Plan. The ‘White Plague’ of the 21st Century
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

6 Apr 2017 – Over the past two decades hundreds of thousands of Americans have died prematurely because of irresponsibly prescribed narcotic ‘pain killers’ and other central nervous system depressants, like tranquillizers and their deadly interactions.

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China’s Great Leap Forward: Western Frogs Croak Dismay
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

23 Mar 2017 – From their dismal swamps, US academic and financial journal editorialists, the mass media and contemporary ‘Asia experts’, Western progressive and conservative politicians croak in unison about China’s environmental and impending collapse.

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Peace Accords or Political Surrender? Latin America, the Middle East and Ukraine
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

Time and again throughout the world, imperial-brokered peace negotiations and accords have served only one goal: to disarm, demobilize, defeat and demoralize resistance fighters and their allies.

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The Rising Tide of Militarism in the 21st Century: From Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2017

US militarism expanded exponentially through the first two decades of the Twenty-First Century, and was embraced by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. The mass media’s hysteria towards President Trump’s increase in military spending deliberately ignores the vast expansion of militarism, in all its facets, under President Obama and his two predecessors, Presidents ‘Bill’ Clinton and George Bush, Jr.

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President Trump: Nationalist Capitalism, an Alternative to Globalization
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

During his inaugural speech, President Trump clearly and forcefully outlined the strategic political-economic policies he will pursue over the next four years. Anti-Trump journalist, editorialists, academics and experts, who appear in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have repeatedly distorted and lied about the President’s program as well as his critique of existing and past policies.

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Regime Change Comes Home: The CIA’s Overt Threats against Trump
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

17 Jan 2017 – The norms of US capitalist democracy include the election of presidential candidates through competitive elections, unimpeded by force and violence by the permanent institutions of the state. Voter manipulation has occurred during the recent elections, as in the case of the John F. Kennedy victory in 1960 and the George W. Bush victory over ‘Al’ Gore in 2000.

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Wall Street and the Pentagon: Pre-mature Political and Military Ejaculations
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2016

2 Nov 2016 – Wall Street and the Pentagon greeted the onset of 2016 as a ‘banner year’, a glorious turning point in the quest for malleable regimes willing to sell-off the most lucrative economic resources, to sign off on onerous new debt to Wall Street and to grant use of their strategic military bases to the Pentagon.

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Washington’s ‘Pivot to Asia’: A Debacle Unfolding
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

In 2012 President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter launched a new chapter in their quest for global dominance: a realignment of policies designed to shift priorities from the Middle East to Asia. Dubbed the ‘Pivot to Asia’, it suggested that the US would concentrate its economic, military and diplomatic resources toward strengthening its dominant position and undercutting China’s rising influence in the region.

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Overview of Class Struggle in Latin America
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

17 Oct 2016 – The class struggle from below has taken different forms and directions, with greater or lesser intensity, between countries and within countries in different time periods.

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Washington’s Global Economic Wars
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

18 Oct 2016 – During most of the past two decades Washington has aggressively launched military and economic wars against at least nine countries, either directly or through its military aid to regional allies and proxies. US air and ground troops have bombed or invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

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Brazil: The Billion Dollar Coup
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office through a well-organized, carefully planned operation among the corrupt Brazilian political elite, closely linked to the stock-market, financial institutions and foreign energy companies.

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Barbarism in Words and Deeds
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

Barbarism: the Deed – Over the past decade and a half, the US and its allies have invaded, occupied, killed, wounded and dispossessed over ten million people, in countries from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. Military and civilian officials have systematically destroyed entire economies, fostered ethno-religious wars, undermined ancient community and family ties and placed corrupt political puppets in power.

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Propaganda Techniques of Empire
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

Washington’s quest for perpetual world power is underwritten by systematic and perpetual propaganda wars. Every major and minor war has been preceded, accompanied and followed by unremitting government propaganda designed to secure public approval, exploit victims, slander critics, dehumanize targeted adversaries and justify its allies’ collaboration.

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The Politics of Bombing: Wholesale, Retail and Improvised
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

Bombs, domestic and foreign, are defining the nature of politics in the United States, the European Union and among radical Islamist groups and individuals. The scale and scope of bomb-politics varies with the practitioner.

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Agriculture: Trade Wars and Food Wars. Obama and the Multi-Nationals
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

19 Sep 2016 – Potash Corp and Agrium have combined into a $30 billion monopoly over the world fertilizer market. Dow Chemical and DuPont combine in a $130 billion dollar deal in the seed and agricultural chemicals sector. ChemChina prepares to takeover Syngenta in a $44 billion acquisition. Bayer is preparing to buy out Monsanto for $56 billion and further concentrate control over worldwide seed and chemical markets. A quarter of a trillion dollars worth of mergers and acquisitions is poised to concentrate control of global agriculture prices, profits and markets in four directorates.

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US Proxies and Regional Rivalries
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

US empire building depends on regional regimes’ support, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. These proxy regimes fulfill valuable military roles securing control over neighboring regions, populations and territory. In recent times, however, we witness the same proxies developing their own tendency toward expansionist policies – in pursuit of their own mini-empires.

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The Financial Times: Megaphone for Mass Murder
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

The Financial Times editorial page carries a logo that proclaims: “Without fear and without favour”. Indeed the editors have shown no fear when it comes to. . . fabricating lies, promoting imperial wars decimating countries and impoverishing millions, whether in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and now Venezuela.

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China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars, and the Debacle of the Latin American Left
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

The US ‘pivot to Asia’, with its heavy dependence on military threats and intimidation has cost billions of dollars in lost markets and investments. China’s ‘pivot to advanced technology’ demonstrates that the future lies in Asia not the West. China’s experience offers lessons for future Latin American leftist governments. First and foremost, China emphasizes the necessity of balanced economic growth, over and above short-term benefits resulting from commodity booms and consumerist strategies.

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Erdoğan’s Coup: Purging Domestic Critics, Gaining External Allies
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2016

“President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prepared a list of targets for arrest even before the coup (sic) was launched”, European Commission official on Turkey (FT 7/19/2016). In the end Erdoğan may have secured power and undertaken a vast domestic purge of his enemies, but he has lost the regional war while bearing the consequences of millions of war refugees and a deeply entrenched jihadi terrorist threat within Turkey.

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Washington’s ‘New Managers’ in Latin America: Oligarchs, Bankers and Swindlers
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2016

Amid raging corruption, social pathologies and outright political thuggery, a new gang of vassal regimes has taken-over Latin America. The new rulers are strictly recruited as the protégé’s of US financial and banking institutions. Hence, the financial press refers to them as the “new managers” – of Wall Street.

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Anglo-America: Regression and Reversion in the Modern World
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

What does it mean when the US and British financial systems launder hundreds of billions of dollars of illicit funds stolen by world leaders while their governments turn a ‘blind eye’, and yet the very same Anglo-American officials investigate, prosecute, fine and arrest officials from rival governments, rival banks and political leaders for corruption?

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The Imperial Empire: The Sun Never Sets but the Mote Remains in the Emperor’s Eye
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2016

Post-colonial empires are complex organizations. They are organized on a multi-tiered basis, ranging from relative autonomous national and regional allies to subservient vassal states, with variations in between.

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The Brazilian Left: Business Accommodation and Social Debacle
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

In ‘Cardoso’s Brazil: A Land for Sale’ (2003) we described how President Cardoso had sold off the major public resources, banks, petroleum and iron resources to foreign capital for rock bottom prices. The 2002 election of President Lula Da Silva of the Workers’ Party did not reverse Cardoso’s sell-out. Indeed, Lula accepted his predecessor’s neo-liberal policies – embellished them – and set about forging an alliance between the Workers’ Party and the economic elites, replacing Cardoso’s Party!

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Class Struggle in Latin America
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2016

It is our fervent hope that our modest text will help academics and scholars shed their blinders, recognize and take account of the centrality of the class struggle, in all its variants, and how it influences the formation and decline of regimes, development models, productive systems and variations in the way countries insert in the world economy.

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Twilight of the Idols: Rise and Fall of the Personalist Left
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2016

Over the past three years Latin American leftist leaders, who presided over heterodox ‘free trade’ and commodity based welfare economies, lost presidential, legislative and municipal elections and referendums or faced impeachment.

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Epilogue: Argentina – The End of Post Neoliberalism and the Rise of the Hard Right
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2016

The class struggle from above found its most intense , comprehensive and retrograde expression in Argentina, with the election of Mauricio Macri (December 2015). During the first two months in office, through the arbitrary assumption of emergency powers, he reversed, by decree, a multitude of progressive socio-economic policies passed over the previous decade and sought to purge public institutions of independent voices.

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International Monetary Fund’s Rogues Gallery: Crooks, Rapists and Swindlers
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2016

The IMF has been under the control of the US and Western European states and its policies have been designed to further the expansion, domination and profits of their leading multi-national corporations and financial institutions. The executive directors of the IMF are Europeans; their counterparts in the World Bank are from the US.

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Imperialism and Capitalism: Rethinking an Intimate Relationship
Prof. James Petras and Prof. Henry Veltmeyer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

16 Dec 2015 – The literature on imperialism suffers from a fundamental confusion about the relationship between capitalism and imperialism. The aim of this paper is to remove this confusion.

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Latin America: The Aborted Neo-Liberal Offensive
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2015

Progressive social legislation has come to a virtual halt even before the recent political advances of the US-backed right-wing parties with their neo-liberal economic agenda. Any attempt to ‘unmake and reverse’ the social advances of the past decade will be met with (1) militant resistance, if not open class warfare; (2) institutional and political constraints; (3) and low commodity prices drastically limiting export revenues.

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