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Free Internet Book: After Neoliberalism: The Kilburn Manifesto - by Soundings
Although the neoliberal economic settlement is unravelling, its political underpinning remains largely unchallenged. Our manifesto calls into question the neoliberal order itself, and argues that we need radical alternatives to its foundational assumptions.
Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:40PM
Posner Sets Office Hours for Input Around Street Performer & Other Pacific Avenue Stuff - by Robert Norse
After some delay Micah Posner has agreed to be in his office 11 AM to noon every Friday to hear take input on the new (goes into effect December 25th) "Performer Pens" law. He asks that folks call in advance if they're planning to come in on his office line at 831-420-5028. For this Friday only, Posner says he'll be in the office at 3:30 PM. Lest there be any confusion or false hopes raised, Posner is not promising (or likely) to introduce changes to the ordinance or even speak out pub...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:58AM
UC Student-Worker Union Members Vote to Support Divestment from Israel - by via UAW 2865
HISTORIC: UAW 2865, UC STUDENT-WORKER UNION, BECOMES FIRST MAJOR U.S. LABOR UNION TO SUPPORT DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAEL BY MEMBERSHIP VOTE.
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:45PM
African Mayors Call for Debt Cancellation for Ebola-Stricken West Africa - by James
G20 Moves Forward on Ebola Debt Relief Plan.
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:16AM
A new contract for UESF? Why we’re voting NO. - by Adrienne Johnstone & Andy Libson
two SF educators make the case for members of United Educators of San Francisco to vote NO our proposed contract settlement
Posted: Wed Dec 3, 2014 6:01PM
Food Empowerment Project Announces Clif Bar Campaign Victory - by lauren Ornelas
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice organization, announced today that Clif Bar & Company, an Emeryville, CA-based maker of popular energy bars, has agreed to disclose the country of origin for the cocoa used in some of their products. The move comes after years of pressure, including a Care2 petition that gathered more than 83,000 signatures. Today, the company contacted F.E.P. and detailed exactly which countries its cocoa comes from.
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 6:34PM
Capitalism and Its Crisis Proclivity - by Elmar Altvater and Conrad Schuhler
The liberal economists of the 19th century claimed no crises could occur in capitalism since every supply creates its demand. On the other hand, Marx and Engels recognized early on the causes for crises in capitalism. The contradictions of the accumulation process lead to crises. Capitalists want to minimize wages as much as possible... The present crisis is a system crisis, possibly the most severe in the last 500 years. While economic crises have a cyclical character, crises of nature have ...
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 5:31AM
Austerity Policy as Momentous Mistake - by Philipp Heimberger
The IMF's austerity policy of the last years was misguided. That austerity policy led to intensified growth declines and increasing unemployment and did not reach its goal of permanently calming the financial markets... Public investments could raise economic growth both in the short- and long-term... State expenditures have a considerable influence on employment and growth.
Posted: Mon Dec 1, 2014 4:39AM
Kmart & other workers risk being fired if they don't work on Thanksgiving - by Justice Now!
More and more retail stores are opening on Thanksgiving, and many of them REQUIRE their employees to work then, disrupting get-togethers with family and friends.
Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:32PM
New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model - by via National Nurses United
Following a worldwide day of actions of 100,000 registered nurses and health workers demanding substantial improvements in safeguards for the deadly Ebola virus, California officials have announced landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines that should be a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals, National Nurses United said on November 14.
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:45PM
How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising - by George Dvorsky
As we head deeper into the 21st century, it's becoming painfully obvious that there are fewer and fewer jobs available. As noted by Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Manna, there are more working-age people in the U.S. receiving some form of welfare than there are working-age people who do not.
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:15AM
Treasury Secretary Lew Brings Jubilee USA Request for Debt Relief for Ebola-Stricken Count - by James Griffin
US Seeks to Move IMF to Cancel $100 Million in Debt for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:25AM
With Longshore Workers Support How Protests Against Israeli Bombing of Gaza Stopped Zim Sh - by Jack Heyman Chair TWSC, Retired ILWU 10
ILWU Local 10 longshore workers were critical in stopping work on Zim ships in Oakland. The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee with other activists and maritime workers organized for an ongoing picket of the Zim Piraeus and the Stop Zim Action Committee which the TWSC was part of picketed the Zim Shanghai at SSA at the Port of Oakland in September and was successful in stopping the ship from being worked. This was the first time that a Zim ship was completely prevented from being worke...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:05AM
"Too Smart to Fail" - by Thomas Frank
The “sound” banker, alas! is not one who sees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional and orthodox way along with his fellows so that no one can really blame him. –John Maynard Keynes
Posted: Sat Nov 1, 2014 3:47PM
The Myth of the Unexpected Crisis and Security - by Tobias Straumann and Georg Seesslen
Many knew the rise of housing prices for years had to end some time or other... Four theses explain why the Fed was not active during the real estate boom: the power of lobbyists, market ideology, trust in abstract academic models and inflationary targeting... The only security guaranteed us ... is that nothing will change, nothing in the basic hierarchy of power or in the constant return of those crises that will bring further dismantling of social securities...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:01AM
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us - by Paul Verhaeghe
Bullying used to be confined to schools; now it is a common feature of the workplace. This is a typical symptom of the impotent venting their frustration on the weak – in psychology it’s known as displaced aggression. There is a buried sense of fear, ranging from performance anxiety to a broader social fear of the threatening other.
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:46AM
New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century, 21 min - by Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty is the author of the 2014 bestseller "Capital in the 21st Century."
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:23AM
The Inheritance of Inequality and Rethinking Growth - by Martin Schuertz, K Burmeister and S Stache
The economy exists for people, not vice versa. Economics should be pluralistic, not a monolith. The economy should be embedded in society; society should not embedded in the economy. Social and ecological reality should not be externalized or factored out but considered in discussion and future planning. What are the models. motors and myths of a sustainable economy? Thomas Piketty and alternative economics emphasize inequality and mass unemployment as present and future dangers of late stag...
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:52AM
Giant tree fruit grower suggests suing Berkeley over resolution supporting Fresno workers - by United Farm Workers
Berkeley, Calif.—One of America’s largest tree fruit growers is suggesting a lawsuit against Berkeley if its city council approves a resolution at tonight’s meeting urging giant Gerawan Farming Inc. to refrain from violating state labor laws and to “immediately implement [a] union contract issued by [a] neutral mediator and the state of California” last year.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:35PM
Making Sense of the CETA, 128 pp - by Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:51AM