Wolfgang Streeck explains the fate of Trump and the Trumpists

Summary: Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck moves the debate about the rise of Trump beyond "racism" and "Russia". He connects Trump to large political forces sweeping through the West. We cannot cope with them until we see and understand them. Otherwise they might sweep us away, as has happened before.   Excerpt from "Trump and the Trumpists" … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck explains the fate of Trump and the Trumpists

Wolfgang Streeck explains how to reform capitalism for a better 21st century

Summary: We have hundreds of ideas for small reforms of America, but few for radical reform of the capitalist system that runs it. As a demonstration of this problem, Wolfgang Streeck gives a profound critique of capitalism and Adam Tooze  one of the most powerful essays I have seen in a long time. This is part … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck explains how to reform capitalism for a better 21st century

Wolfgang Streeck asks “How will capitalism end?”

Summary: Lost in the trivia of the daily news, we can easily lose sight of the great issues shaping our times.  Such as the future of capitalism, tested by demographic change, slowing growth, rising inequality, and political turmoil. Here is the first of two posts with insights by Wolfgang Streeck and Adam Tooze; one of … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck asks “How will capitalism end?”

Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck asks if Capitalism has a future

Summary: The pace of change has accelerated since Y2k so that it's difficult to see what's happening. Here's a provocative essay by sociologist Wolfgang Streeck describing an evolution almost too large for us to see as it happens -- the decline of capitalism (and, though he does not discuss this, its evolution into something else). … Continue reading Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck asks if Capitalism has a future

Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck explains the politics of the migrant crisis reshaping Europe

Summary: This essay by German sociologist Wolfgang Streeck provides a look at the the political crisis of Germany -- and Europe -- created by its leaders open of their borders, and more broadly about the new form of political leadership in the West (as Bush Jr. demonstrated for America after 9/11). He provides a different … Continue reading Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck explains the politics of the migrant crisis reshaping Europe