The September/October 2012 issue of the New Left Review is out now featuring the following essays:
Richard Duncan: A New Global Depression?
Interview with the author of The Dollar Crisis, one of the few analyses to predict the 2008 financial meltdown. Richard Duncan tracks its causes to the credit explosion unleashed by the fiat-dollar system, in toxic symbiosis with the global wage deflation caused by manufacturing's shift to the East.
Donald Sassoon: Eric Hobsbawm, 1917–2012
Appreciation of the historian as unrepentant Communist. Donald Sassoon recalls Hobsbawm's relations with the global movement he joined in Berlin during the Popular Front era, and his contributions as scholar and panoramic comparativist.
Rob Lucas: The Critical Net Critic
Advances in information technology have generated both delirious boosterism and gloomy prognoses of computer-assisted decline. Rob Lucas engages with the sceptical current exemplified by Nicholas Carr's The Shallows, tracing its conceptual underpinnings and identifying its lacunae—political, economic, historical.
Daniel Finn: Order Reigns in The Hague
Daniel Finn reports on September's Dutch election, where the Liberal and Labour parties rallied to prevent Holland following the Greek example. Origins and orientations of the Socialist Party that briefly threatened the Pax Bruxelliana, and strategic lessons for the left from its campaign.
Rafael Correa: Ecuador's Path
The Andean republic's president discusses his formation and his government's record in office, across a range of spheres: economy, environment, education, freedom of the press. How would he respond to critics, and what are the main challenges the country faces?
Robin Osborne: Cultures of Empire: Greece and Rome
How was Roman imperial rule over Greece legitimated in the minds of conquerors and subjects alike? The mutual reverberations of an Augustan cultural revolution that brought Hellenism to the empire's core and diverted Greeks to the glories of the past.
Julian Stallabrass: Radical Camouflage at Documenta 13
Dispatch from dOCUMENTA, the quinquennial art exhibition in Kassel, where a rhetoric of diversity and 'anti-logocentrism' serves as smokescreen for the contradictions and complicities of the art business.
Julian Stallabrass in the author of High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art
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