Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

October 3, 2017

The political economy of hurricanes and debt

Filed under: climate,colonialism,financial crisis,Puerto Rico — louisproyect @ 8:53 pm

Yesterday I interviewed Ian Seda-Irizarry, an economics professor at John Jay College, about the situation in Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised, The interview covered the hurricane aftermath as well as the ongoing economic disaster that makes recovery all the more difficult. Despite the grim situation, there are signs that a new left is emerging in Puerto Rico that prioritizes class demands and a new approach to the age-old question of the island’s colonial status. Ian recommends the following articles as good background on Puerto Rican politics and economics:

2) https://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Politics-Primaries-and-Crisis-in-Puerto-Rico-20160602-0035.html
3) http://www.fsdrecertification.com/sites/default/files/contentgroups/economics/SedaAJuntaforPuertoRico.pdf
4) http://www.fsdrecertification.com/sites/default/files/contentgroups/economics/02-Ian_1.pdf


  1. Hi, thanks a lot for this great article. I used to be a member of the website World Socialist Web Site, but they banned me whole IP. They are not too democratic there

    Comment by Philosophy of Tool — October 4, 2017 @ 3:42 am

  2. Philosophy of Tool, your banning is all the more funny in the light of their protestations to Google for censoring them. I’m banned from the WSWS too, and for the most tepid of things. One pattern is clear, all my comments that were universally removed were on David Walsh articles. Though I was put in heavy moderation across the site, I did manage to get in a few comments elsewhere.

    Comment by Dr. Pagoda (@OLDDEADWHITEMEN) — October 5, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

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