Global Economic Disorder

Global Economic Disorder

A preview of our Spring 2021 issue.

Artwork by Molly Crabapple

Our Spring 2021 issue, out April 5, features a special section on the global economy. “The pandemic is exacerbating already troubling trends, raising the prospect of a lost decade atop another lost decade,” Mark Levinson and Julia Ott write in their introduction to the section. “But the current rules and institutions are not unchangeable.”

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In the section (with cover art by Molly Crabapple): Tim Barker on stagnation and development; Jenny Chan on the Chinese workers making Apple products in Foxconn megafactories; Fred Block on how oligarchic wealth distorts economic data; Penelope Kyritsis and Genevieve LeBaron on the widespread hunger among textile workers; Walden Bello on the declining legitimacy of the World Bank, the IMF, and the WTO; a roundtable on a global Green New Deal with Kate Aronoff, Richard Kozul-Wright, Asad Rehman, Thea Riofrancos, and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò; and Anakwa Dwamena on the limits of East Africa’s sweatshops as a springboard for industrialization.

Also in the issue: Lyra Walsh Fuchs on NXIVM and the cult of capitalism; Matt Weir on Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal; Humberto Beck, Carlos Bravo Regidor, and Patrick Iber on AMLO; Daniel Boguslaw on the labor of wildland firefighting; Margaret Morganroth Gullette on what the pandemic revealed about how Americans treat the elderly; Colin Gordon on how COVID-19 has shifted social risk; and Nic Yeager on Pauli Murray.

And in the book review section: Sophie Pinkham on the relationship between Big Pharma and illicit drugs; Jake Rosenfeld on majority-minority myths; Joshua B. Freeman on London’s socialist history; Aryeh Neier on the Supreme Court; Kate Redburn on Christopher Chitty’s Sexual Hegemony; and Divya Subramanian on migrant workers in India.

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