Costas Lapavitsas contends that the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis represents the ultimate transformation of the union into a neoliberal citadel, which institutionally embeds austerity, privatisation and wage cuts. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into an unstable mixture of wealthy core and dependent peripheries.

These related developments make the EU impervious to meaningful reform, particularly as its institutions are fundamentally designed to uphold the … More

At the onset of the Great Recession, as house prices sank and joblessness soared, many commentators concluded that the economic convictions behind the disaster would now be consigned to history. And yet, in the harsh light of a new day, we’ve awoken to a second nightmare more ghastly than the first: a political class still blaming government intervention, a global drive for austerity, stagflation, and an international sovereign debt crisis..

Philip Mirowski finds an apt comparison to this situation in classic studies of cognitive dissonance. He concludes that neoliberal thought … More

Focusing upon the production of post-punk art, film, music, & publishing, this book offers new perspectives on an overlooked period of cultural activity, & probes the lessons that might be learnt from history for artists & musicians working under 21st century conditions of austerity.

Full list of contributors: Gavin Butt, Sue Clayton, Kodwo Eshun, Mark Fisher, Green Gartside, Dominic Johnson, Lydia Lunch, Eliete Mejorado, … More

The introduction of free health care was the first brick laid on the road to the social welfare state. So it has always been difficult for me to listen to politicians, proud possessors of health insurance & shares in private health care companies, when they talk about how the health service that we fought so hard to build must change.

  From the deprivation of 1930s Barnsley and the terror of war to the creation of our welfare state, Harry … More