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No Redistribution Without the Social State - by Norman Wagner and Matthias Schnetzer
In Austria 30 percent of the gross domestic product is spent on social services (not including education spending)... Since the 1990s, social security has been increasingly discussed as a financial burden and less as a social achievement... The irony is that the social state is the target of austerity measures in times of economic insecurity with high unemployment and rising poverty although it is then urgently necessary.
Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 4:42AM
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
Video: "The Roosevelts," 7 episodes - by www.pbs.org
FDR lived out boundless enthusiasm and boundless optimism. 45,000 schools were built and 7,800 bridges built; social security, minimum wage and 4 million jobs within two or three months show the welcoming side. FDR preserved the capitalist system in a time of its unwinding.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:17PM
How Neoliberalism Gained Hegemony - by Armin Thurnher and Thomas Zotter
The pressing question is why do the masses vote against their own interests and applaud those who champion goals opposed to their well-being or welfare? Ideas prevail because power is on their side, not because they are better...Neoliberalism went from a sect after 1945 to cultural hegemony. Even the World Bank and the World Trade Organization were founded in the Keynesian spirit to regulate international competition. In 1972 the Chamber of Commerce spent $900 million for its propaganda goals.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:16AM
Block the Boat Diary - by Daniel Borgström
a day to day account from the picket lines blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/unpublicized-impact-successful-bds-action
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:22PM
Children of Farm Workers Receive Si Se Puede Scholarships;Two were Farm Workers Themselves - by via United Farm Workers
California – The United Farm Workers distributed several scholarships across California in the month of August, 2014 to children of UFW union members and members working in different regions. Several ceremonies were held throughout California to distribute the ¡Si Se Puede! Scholarships.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:19PM
A Brief Reflection on The True Meaning and Value of Labor - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 12:07PM
Wealth as a Problem - by Will Hutton
The wealth of others has become more a problem than an incentive. Capital is blind, Thomas Piketty says. Capital grows faster than the economy. Differences in wealth are inherent in capitalism but do not represent a natural law. A society can accept them or act against them. Piketty shows how easy it is for the rich to evade taxation. Piketty proposes bold solutions: a top tax rate up to 80 percent, an effective inheritance tax and a global wealth tax.
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 5:46AM
Joseph Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All - by www.billmoyers.com
The Nobel Prize-winning economist explains why America's future prosperity depends on tax reform today.
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:07AM
Israeli Ship Blocked in Oakland - by Steve Martinot
The Palestine solidarity movement in the East Bay successfully blocked an Israeli ship from being fully unloaded. In the process, serious malfeasance by the Port of Oakland occurred in its collusion with the ship, and against the community and the longshore union (ILWU).
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:32PM
CA Top Union Officials Help Gov Brown & DIR Christine Baker Destroy Cal-Osha - by reposted
Top California union officials including California Labor Federation Executive Director Art Pulaski is helping to allow Governor Brown and his Division of Industrial Relations Christine Baker destroy Cal-Osha
Posted: Fri Aug 8, 2014 11:34AM
Self-Determination Means Market Determination - by Franz Schandl and Gotz Eisenberg
We face the continuing dissolution of traditional types, forms and rules, not a new type, a new form or a new rule...People increasingly rely on themselves since they fall out of the old patterns... What was once called estrangement or objectification should appear as workers' own interest. Corresponding to the market has to be our elementary need. We have to follow it like a train of capitalist lemmings... Karl Polanyi spoke of a dis-embedded econmy.
Posted: Fri Aug 8, 2014 7:35AM
7 Rip-Offs that Corporations and the Wealthy Don't Want You to Know About - by Paul Buchheit
The US faces a revenue crisis and a war-spending crisis fueled by corporate tax evasion and an out-of-control empire-building foreign policy. As offense was and is called defense in Vietnam, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iraq and Afghanistan, profitable corporations are called "non-profit organizations" in late state capitalism. As Humpty Dumpty said, words mean what I say they mean.
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 6:15AM
Analysis of the TTIP chapter on food safety and animal and plant health - by Dr. Steve Suppan
The TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, being negotiated behind closed doors could create a free trade zone of 800 million. Corporations could sue states under the investor-state dispute settlement provision, states cannot sue corporations and judgments would not be reviewable. The 3-person arbitration court system may be an unnecessary parallel system that privileges foreign investors. Public sector jobs, social and environmental regulations, anti-fracking and anti-geneti...
Posted: Fri Aug 1, 2014 6:13AM
Oakland City Council's $12.25 minimum wage proposal shot down - by Lynda Carson
The July 29 Oakland City Council measure to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 failed, leaving it up to the voters to pass a $12.25 minimum wage increase proposal in November!
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:55AM
Memorandum 2014 - by study group on Alternative Economic Policy
Both Germany and the US follow an economic policy on the old paths without enlightenment. Slight economic stimulation will not solve problems of mass unemployment and corporate welfare. Tax evasion of corporations, tax cuts for the super-rich and trillions for the banks lead to suffering and a revenue crisis. The financial sector must be shriveled and the public sector expanded. Cooperation and competition coexist and depend on each other. Old myths of trickle-down prosperity, enormous bon...
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:07AM
Word Processor: A review of the Bay Area's 'Processed World' in 'The Baffler' - by Office temp
Processed World was an ostensibly subversive magazine aimed at office workers and others who worked in SF's Financial District in the 1980's.
Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:23AM
The Abiding Economics of John Kenneth Galbraith - by Marc Lee and James Galbraith
From The Great Crash, we have of course the conviction that financial panics affect real activity. No one in the 19th century or with experience of agriculture ever seriously doubted that the economy runs on credit or that real activity depends on banks. Only in the higher reaches of academic life could such a thing be denied. The denial, nevertheless, took powerful hold.
Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:22PM