Steve McGiffen

June 15, 2010 2 comments

I am a writer, translator and teacher. My publications include scholarly articles, a novel, several short stories and plays, as well as books and articles on contemporary political themes.  My plays have been performed by professional and amateur companies in England and Belgium and on regional television in England.  Currently I’m a Senior Assistant Professor at the American Graduate School in Paris,  as well as the English language translator for the Socialist Party of the Netherlands and editor of the radical left website Spectrezine. Formerly I have worked as an environmental adviser to the United Left Group of the European Parliament, a lecturer in United States history and a teacher of creative writing. I am also a  gardener, my wife and I producing most of our own food at our home in a village on the Cher, a river in central France. I have two stepsons who live in Vietnam, one of whom, with the considerable assistance of my daughter-in-law Ha, recently presented me with a granddaughter, Emily. When I am not attempting to destroy capitalism, earning a living, or growing food, I suffer at the hands of my beloved Middlesbrough Football Club or watch such elite drama as Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek.

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The Eurocrisis and the Assault on the Working Class

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Conference paper given on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at DePaul University, Chicago.  Event sponsored by the Open University of the Left and the Institute for Working Class History

How far can the EU push its peoples?

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

As I write, the Cypriot parliament has rejected the legalised mugging imposed upon the island’s government by the EU and its dominant power Germany.

By the time you read it, however, they may have been forced to give way in the face of bullying from Brussels, Frankfurt and Berlin. Read more…

The devil’s in the detail…

August 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The European Commission has a rather crude habit of publishing potentially controversial reports just as most Euro-MPs and members of national parliaments are packing their buckets and spades. Read more…

Nobody’s job is safe: Corporate greed throws Dutch pharmaceutical workers on the scrap heap

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

It is not just crisis-hit firms going to the wall, or public employees losing their jobs as governments fuel recession by cutting spending. Profitable firms also close as capitalists seek greater and greater profits. Read more…

“The EU is following Milton Friedman’s prescription to make capitalism impervious to democracy…”

July 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Steve McGiffen was interviewed recently by the British website New Left project. Here’s what he had to say: Read more…

A Union of Capital

July 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This article first appeared in the New Left Project Read more…