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How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans?
And What They Do With Their Money
Wittner, Lawrence
Article
2014
CounterPunch
According to Forbes, a leading business magazine, the combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans has now reached the staggering total of $2.3 trillion. This gives them an average net worth of $5.7 b...
A Marxist History of the World part 6: The First Ruling Class
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Counterfire
This week Neil Faulkner looks at the rise of the first ruling classes as the surplus created through the increasing productivity of human labour allowed a section of society to live without producing.
A Marxist History of the World part 8: Crisis in the Bronze Age
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Counterfire
Why did Bronze Age empires rise and fall amid crisis and war? And why did this contradictory social form simply replicate itself over long periods of time? Neil Faulkner looks at the evidence.
A Marxist History of the World part 9: How History Happens
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Counterfire
The complex societies that emerged from the division of society into classes also created societies that were wasteful, violent, stagnant and crisis prone. Understanding why is the key to how history ...
Plutocracy in America
Runaway Exploitation
Brenner, Michael
Article
2013
Counterpunch
Arguments for categorizing America as a plutocracy (a government of the rich and for the rich).
Top 1 percent own more than half of world's wealth
Martin, Patrick
Article
2015
World Socialist Web Site
A new report issued by the Swiss bank Credit Suisse finds that global wealth inequality continues to worsen and has reached a new milestone, with the top 1 percent owning more of the world’s assets th...
Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden
The Damage to Our Intelligence is Gut-Wrenching to See
Leupp, Gary
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Is Snowden a hero, or a villain? The tiny power elite that controls the mainstream press and cable channels, the corporations that dutifully hand over meta-data to the state, the twin political partie...

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The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...


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