Soundings

Articles from Vol. 37, Winter

Branko Milanovic Looks at Changing Patterns of Global Inequality, and Different Ways of Measuring It
What do we mean by global inequality? How large is it? Is it increasing? Why does it matter? What can be done about it? These are some questions addressed here. The three ways to look at global inequality There are three main concepts of global...
Can We Still See the City as a Place for a Hopeful Politics?
Models of the good city tend to project from the circumstances of the times. Today, in many cities of the global South, access to the staples of life--clean water, energy, shelter and sanitation--remains the target of urban progress. In juxtaposition...
David Morley Reflects on the Past and Future of Istanbul
For some time now Turkey has been in the news in Europe, not only in relation to hostility to Turkey's bid to join the EU from politicians such as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel, but also, more dramatically, in connection with the crisis created...
Editorial
Tales of the city The majority of the world's population now live in cities, and in this issue a number of contributors discuss what this means for contemporary politics. Ash Amin asks what is salvageable from the old idea of the city as the ideal...
Francisco Dominguez Charts the Progress of the Bolivarian Revolution
How to understand Venezuela? At one extreme one finds interpretations of Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution as just another 'socialistic' experiment, doomed to fail unless significantly more radical measures are taken. In this view, what has been unleashed...
Gerry Hassan Discusses the Innovative Glasgow 2020 Project
What Glasgow? -- The city, not the film. The city is the film. -- Oh come on. -- I tell you. -- Right then, look. Renfield Street, marchers, banners, slogans. Read the message, hear the chant. -- Lights, Cameras! ...
Human Legal Systems Need to Be Understood and Framed within a Wider Context of the Complex Natural 'Laws' of Life on Earth
These are wild times for civilisation. The dramatic increase in the incidence and severity of cyclones, storms, droughts, fires and floods, and associated loss of life, is beginning to give us some sense of the power and danger of the wild forces which...
Living with Difference: Stuart Hall in Conversation with Bill Schwarz
In your article 'The Great Moving Right Show [Marxism Today January 1979], you told us that what Mrs Thatcher was going to achieve was not so much the victories of her own administration: she was going to set the tone of politics for future generations,...
Notes on Contributors
Ash Amin is Professor of Geography and Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. John Berger is a writer and a poet. His latest book is Hold Everything Dear (Verso 2007). Priya Sarukkai Chabria is a poet and novelist....
Pat Devine Makes the Case for a Model of Socialism Based on Social Ownership and Participatory Planning
Historically, socialism was seen as an alternative to capitalism, a new way of organising society, not least economic activity, based on a new set of values--a vision of a good society based on freedom, equality and the planned use of society's commonly...
Revisiting American Empire; Philip Golub Argues That American Empire Has Always Relied on Force, as Well as on More Informal Mechanisms
The United States has a record of conquest, colonization, and territorial expansion unequalled by any people in the nineteenth century, and we shall not be curbed now. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, 1895 ...
Rupa Huq Argues That We Need to Reconceptualise Suburban Life
In many ways the essence of 'Englishness' is encapsulated in traditional understandings of what constitutes 'suburbia'. But these twin concepts, evoking landscapes frozen in time, have little to do with twenty-first century multi-ethnic suburbia. Old...
The Expansion of Property Rights Brought about by TRIPS Is a Modern Version of the Enclosure Movement
The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever, And famine grew, and locusts came; Great is the hand that holds dominion over Man by a scribbled name. Dylan Thomas At the end of the eighteenth century the...
The Recent Trend of Portraying the British Empire as Generally Beneficial for All Concerned Has Provided a Useful Cover for Present-Day Expansionists on Both Sides of the Atlantic. Chalmers Johnson Takes Issue with the Empire Revisionists
Regardless of who succeeds George W. Bush, the next US president will have to deal with an emboldened Pentagon, an engorged military-industrial complex, an empire of bases, and a fifty-year-old tradition of not revealing to the public what the US military...