Whither Peru?

Ballot paper for the second round between Castillo and Fujimori

The election on June 6, 2021, of Pedro Castillo, from the left-leaning Perú Libre, or Free Peru Party, as President of Peru has received much attention in the international press, with signals of both critical concern and cautious hope. To provide a better understanding of the situation on the ground in Peru and prospects for …

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Contre-Piketty. Askenazy’s “Tous Rentiers” (a review)

On January 15, 2015, my review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twentieth Century was posted on this site. In that review I highlighted the importance of the documentation of increased inequality among many of the countries of the world as a reflection of the gross concentration of wealth among the one percent, exemplified by …

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Ed Morgan: Attorney for the Victims of the System

Picture of Ed Morgan

Soon after I first arrived in Tucson in September 1960 as an idealistic undergraduate Government student at the University of Arizona, I learned that there was only one lawyer in town who would take on the cases of the victims of the system in southern Arizona, against all odds of success, W. Edward Morgan. In …

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The Bisbee Deportation, 1917

Picture of IWW members under armed guard being put on trains

One hundred years ago Bisbee, Arizona, hosted the beginning of the defeat of one of the world’s boldest and most effective labor organizations, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) or Wobblies, when 1186 striking copper mine workers were rounded up, loaded into cattle cars, then dumped in the desert of southwest New Mexico at …

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Proposition 101: Yes or No?

The City of Tucson’s initiative to increase city sales tax by 1/2 per cent over the next five years raised serious issues for me. In principle, I usually oppose sales taxes and increases thereof as regressive taxes that hit poor people, most of whose income is applied to subsistence consumption needs to which sales taxes …

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