On the Passing of Norman Girvan and the Continuation of the New World This past Wednesday (April 9, 2014), Norman Girvan passed away after suffering paralyzing injuries on a hiking trip in Dominica. He was in Cuba receiving treatment. Norman Girvan, trained as an economist, was by most appreciative accounts a leader in the Caribbean… Read More Decolonizing Thought in the New World
Only When in Russia When were the last modern Olympic games that openly endorsed gay rights? Where were those Olympic games held? The short answer is: never, nowhere. However, suddenly, gay rights issues matter when deciding to attend the Olympics. Sochi, for reasons that are not altogether mysterious, now stands out as an exception being… Read More Sochi, Sexuality, and Empire
[We were promised a “knowledge economy.” The offshoring and automation of industrial jobs was supposed to open up a new realm of work – we would become managers of information, gliding through a new “information age” where one’s creativity and skill determined one’s employment prospects. Creativity and skill are important, but they do not characterize most “information… Read More Will the “Knowledge Economy” Save Us?
The U.S. reconstruction of Iraq has come and gone, with a great deal of money spent and not much of a tangible result. The question on many people’s minds is: can China do better? A New York Times article, published in June 2013, caused quite a stir in the West, when it revealed that China… Read More The Chinese Reconstruction of Iraq?