Globalization’s Game of Thrones- Part II: Managing the Wealth of the World’s Dynasties

Whoever wins this ‘Game of Thrones,’ the people lose In part I of this series (“Globalization’s Game of Thrones”) I examined the concept of corporate and financial dynasties holding significant power in the modern world. In this, part 2 of the series, I examine the realities of the ‘wealth management’ industry in being responsible for […]

Globalization’s ‘Game of Thrones’, Part 1: Dynastic Power in the Modern World

The stories, players & structures of the world’s dominant dynasties Think of any period in human history when empires and imperialism were common features of society, whether from ancient Egypt, Rome, China, to the Ottomans and the rise of the European and Japanese empires. There is an institution that – with few exceptions – was […]

Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 109

Globalization’s ‘Game of Thrones’ In the popular television show – and the books it was based upon – we are witness to the internal politics, passions and power-plays of the main ruling dynasties of a fictional world, vying for power, going to war, conniving and controlling, killing and cooperating in a Machiavellian manner. The modern […]

The Social Cost of Capitalism

The New Social Costs Brought by Globalism When I was a graduate student in economics, the social cost of capitalism was a big issue in economic theory. Since those decades ago, the social costs of capitalism have exploded, but the issue seems no longer to trouble the economics profession. Social costs are costs of production […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 72

Protesting the Cosmopolitical Corporate Order From the global march against Monsanto to factory workers in Bangladesh, protests against global corporations and the policies put in place by states to protect them are advancing around the world. This episode briefly identifies some of the protests and acts of resistance against the global corporate order, and looks […]

The Reality Principle -Episode 30

“Land, Food and the Fight for Justice” with Raj Patel This week, Eric sits down with world renowned author and activist Raj Patel to discuss a number of important issues affecting all of us. Raj provides his insights and analysis on the growing global conflict between powerful multinational corporations and small farmers. Raj explains how […]

The Financialization of Food & the Profitability of Poverty

There are a few things upon which humanity is entirely dependent for survival: food, water, land and the environment. One of the central questions with which humanity currently has to address its part, past and present, is the ways in which we, as a species, interact with our environment. When it comes to environmental issues, […]

The Reality Principle -Episode 6

Examining the Chessboard: The Geopolitics of the Middle East with Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya This week, Eric sits down with political analyst and author Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya. The two discuss the Israeli war on Gaza and the regional implications of the conflict. Additionally, they examine how the war is being used by various parties as part […]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 43

Free Markets & Drug Wars What is the relationship between what we call ‘free markets’ and drug wars, between the drug trade and globalization, between multinational corporations, banks, and drug cartels? When we look at the actual actors, institutions, and functions of the drug trade, the difference between a ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ market are arbitrary. […]

America R.I.P.

“A country so poorly led can do nothing but decline.” During the second half of the 20th century the United States was an opportunity society. The ladders of upward mobility were plentiful, and the middle class expanded. Incomes rose, and ordinary people were able to achieve old-age security. In the 21st century the opportunity society […]