Dave Waller

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Review of "After the New Economy", Doug Henwood, The New Press £16.95

Given that the trade cycle has been an insoluble feature of the capitalist system ever since its birth more than 200 years ago, you would have thought that economists and politicians might have the sense to stop announcing the demise of boom and bust. But just at the point when many giant companies such as Enron were frantically fiddling the books to stay afloat, they couldn't stop themselves doing it again. 'This expansion will run forever,' the late prestigious US economist Rudi Dornbusch declared in 1998, and politicians, including our own Gordon Brown, couldn't stop agreeing.

The Faultline Between Love and War

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Review of 'A Russian in the Woods' by Peter Whelan, Barbican, London

Peter Whelan's play deals with the human wreckage of war and imperialistic rivalry. Set in a devastated Berlin in 1949, this production focuses on Pat Harford, a young British soldier. He arrives in Germany shortly after superpower politics have changed direction. Stalin has metamorphosed into a totalitarian dictator intent on conquest, and the storm clouds of a new conflict gather.

Anger and Optimism

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Review of 'Ten Reasons to Abolish the IMF and World Bank', Kevin Danaher, Seven Stories Press £4.99

Kevin Danaher personifies the most exciting features of the movement against capitalism--he's angry and he's optimistic. 'We abolished slavery, we abolished Jim Crow laws, we abolished child labour, we abolished the exclusion of women from voting, we abolished the 60-hour work week, and we can abolish international banking institutions that do more to prevent democracy than to promote it,' he declares in 'Ten Reasons to Abolish the IMF and World Bank'.

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