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Frequently Asserted Fallacies of the Crisis and How to Quash Them

As the government's savage cuts swing into motion, The Mute Collective and John Barker take on some of the most common arguments used to justify them.

Great protest, shame about the 'despicable minority' – NUS leaders

The student storming of the Tory headquarters in London was a spontaneous, mass action, proving the complete irrelevance of ‘student leaders’.

Artificial scarcity in a world of overproduction: an escape that isn't

The one strategy open to crisis-ridden capitalism that doesn't risk class antagonism is the creation of artificial scarcity through regimes of intellectual property. Sander explains, however, that the ‘production of innovation' is no replacement for the production of value.

Working on a decaying dream - Kollectiv

The Kollectiv look at Bruce Springsteen in the context of class disintegration and place him firmly in the decadent tradition of Balzac and Huysmans – Á Rebours to Run?

Painting the glass house black - education struggles in California

Faced with outrageous tuition-fee hikes resulting from the financialisation of universities, California's students are agitating for the first time in years. But is there more to these mobilisations than the limited fight for a decent and 'affordable' education, asks Evan Calder Williams.

Struggle as a second language - interview with Tower Hamlets College strikers

An interview with two workers involved in the open-ended strike against cuts at Tower Hamlets College last year. They describe their criticisms of the union, the ongoing problems since the partial victory at the college, and the state of the sector in the face of government austerity cuts.

Crisis in California - everything touched by capital turns toxic

California dreaming turns to California nightmare as decades of agribusiness, real estate development and exploitation of migrant workers take their toxic toll. Gifford Hartman takes us on a guided tour of the Golden State's darkside.

Privatising the post: too much, too late

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt details the turbulent history of government attempts to sell off the postal service and how consultants conspired to present public sector looting as sheer imperative.

The buck stops here?

Amidst late-noughties currency fluctuation, Daniel Berchenko considers the history of the dollar's haphazard rise to global currency standard, its geopolitical consequences and the difficulty of breaking its hold

Higher education: It's become our crisis

Already faced with cuts before the crisis, education now looks to be one of the sectors hardest hit, and not merely financially. Kirsten Forkert looks at the current conflict in higher education and the difficulties faced by those trying to protect it