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Irish Water and the Commodification of the Commons

Posted February 16th, 2015 at 10:22 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 16th, 2015 at 10:35 PM by Gile na Gile

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Omission, distortion and minimization.

Only one thing on the average Irish person's mind that morning (Mon, Oct 13th) & that was the previous Saturday's 100,000 strong march against the commodification of our commons....
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Fairtrade conceived as a Species of Charity?

Posted February 16th, 2015 at 09:46 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated February 17th, 2015 at 02:32 AM by Gile na Gile

What is Fairtrade?

Y'know, if I were a smart young West African and given our region produces the raw material for half the world's chocolate I'd make it my life's goal to destroy Cadbury's, Hershey's and all the rest of them plucking up our cocoa beans on the cheap ...... I'd have a "No Bean leaves the Country unless its in a Chocolate bar" campaign.

At the turn of the century in Ireland, D.P. Moran and Arthur Griffith argued English manufacturers were strangling...
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Anti-Neoliberalism: The Activist Voice of Neo-Marxism?

Posted October 21st, 2014 at 05:51 PM by Gile na Gile

Well, from my own experience I'd say there are as many varieties of "neo-Marxism" out there as there are different writers on the topic. The left has fractured off in so many divergent directions owing to the complexity of the task at hand that it would be almost counter-productive and misleading to attempt to shoe it's multiple radial (and often contradictory) strands into a single straightjacket.

There are just too many important separate "issues" out there which...
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The Mythology of Big Pharma

Posted December 18th, 2013 at 04:37 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated September 26th, 2014 at 06:05 PM by Gile na Gile

I'm quite sceptical myself about DSM classifications; there are clearly a lot of disorders being brought into being - seemingly from nowhere - and the issue here appears to be the need to create a greater fusion with pharmacological research. If there is a 'new condition' in the DSM it will have to have a corresponding drug tailored to the "client's" requirements.

There is always a way back from "psychosis". I put the term in inverted commas because (a) the experience...
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Soil, Oil, People and Power

Posted December 12th, 2013 at 12:38 PM by Gile na Gile

The Chinese one-child policy has probably been rather prophetic in itís uber cautious approach to future restraints on resources. Currently, China doesnít produce enough grain to feed the livestock required to satisfy rising middle class demand for meat so it has appropriated land acres in Africa and elsewhere (mainly Uganda and the Congo) for the explicit purpose of exporting grain back to China. It is a situation mirroring the plight of many countries with distressed resources; those with a larger...
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