Daily Archives: April 8, 2017

Hungary | Lukács Statue has been removed and the Lukács Archives closed in Budapest

On 28 March, the statue of renowned Marxist philosopher George Lukács (1890-1971) was removed from Saint Stephen’s park in the 13th district of Budapest. The sculpture, commissioned by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and made by sculptor Imre Varga in 1985, was erected to praise Lukács for his contributions to philosophy.

Precarity as Freedom? Youth, Neoliberalism and the Dissolution of ‘Japan, Inc.’

by Shuto Fukuoka

It would not be an overstatement to say that the Japanese youth of today are significantly foreign to the one a couple of decades ago, in relation to their lives, values, and consciousness. Throughout the post-war period, and particularly the past two decades, Japan witnessed dramatic socioeconomic transformation. Japanese society was founded on long-lasting jobs, marriages, and quite-uniform connections under the order of ‘Japan, Inc.’ ‘Lifetime employment’ (shushin koyō) and the ‘seniority-based payment system’ (nenkō joretsu) served as the very bedrock of Japanese corporate philosophy – a system underpinned by both hierarchies of age and, at the same time, an egalitarian approach to human relations.

USA | Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great USAmerican Catastrophe in Syria?

by Vijay Prashad

At the United Nations Security Council on April 5, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley held up pictures of children killed by a gas attack in Khan Shaykhun, south of the Syrian city of Idlib. Estimates suggest about 50 to 60 people died in this attack. The United States, the United Kingdom and France placed a resolution before the Security Council condemning the attack and asking for an investigation of it. There is no call for armed action against anyone because the Council is divided on who perpetuated the act.Strikingly, Ambassador Haley then said, “We don’t yet know about yesterday’s attack,” meaning nobody had definitive intelligence about the attack. Yet, there was a hasty dash to judgment in the West that the perpetrator was the government of Bashar al-Assad—perhaps with Russian assistance.