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Reviving an Explosive Topic: Reducing Work Hours - by Astrid Fadler
In truth, the introduction of the eight-hour day, the free Saturday and the fifth vacation week (in Austria) did not cause economic crises. Reduced working hours means more distribution justice for the general public and more quality of life for workers. The efficiency of employees increases and the danger of accident declines through reduced working hours. Whoever works less lives healthier and has more time for the family, for (personal) development and for voluntary activity.
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:29AM
The Rebirth of the One-Thousandth Society - by Matthias Schnetzer and Markus Marterbauer
The richest thousandth (0.1%) increased their share in the total wealth very intensely since the 1980s. Their share is as much as the bottom 90%. While the millionaires increased their wealth enormously, the mass of the population is exposed to the continuing economic crisis. The disinformation campaigns of owners of capital against a sensible taxation of mammoth assets has the wide support of the media. Discussion about a recovery of taxes on the wealthy suffers in the illusion of shock and...
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:36AM
Changing Our Union, Not Just Our Leaders: Proposals for the UESF election - by Adrienne Johnstone and Andrew Libson
Elections are approaching for the leadership of United Educators of San Francisco. Here we offer a platform for a new leadership and, more importantly, for a new kind of union.
Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:12AM
Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice And The War on We the People! - by Mike Griffin
Mike Griffin writes about what is behind the racism, repression and crisis.
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:26AM
Video: Plenitude - Reducing Working Hours - by Juliet Schor
Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people. Reducing working hours is the only way to full employment and averting the paper chase and resume heaven, the impossible status quo.
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:59AM
Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative - by via National Nurses United
National Nurses United today announced strong support for President Obama's community college initiative that NNU said should have a huge impact on expanding and improving nursing education opportunities for an entire new generation of registered nurses.
Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:18PM
ALDF Intervenes in Cal OSHA Lawsuit after Lion Kills Worker; “Cat Haven” Settles - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Dunlap, Calif. — Last week, on January 6, a legal settlement brought conclusion to the tragic and fatal mauling of a zoo employee at Cat Haven Zoo, a 100 acre facility west of Kings Canyon National Park. The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) intervened in the legal battle between the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) and Project Survival (which runs Cat Haven), eventually resulting in approval of Cal/OSHA’s new requirement of...
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:06PM
Public Funds Brought Smart Phones - by Mariana Mazzucato
All personal achievement would have been impossible without state investment in roads, hospitals, schools, airwaves, health and food safety. Steve Jobs and his people only combined several technologies and gave them a cool design. The Internet, the touch screen and smart phones only exist through public money. This state share is completely faded out int he conventional story about business history.
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:47AM
Smashed Up: Young Service Workers on the Sanctity of Small Business - by The East Bay Solidarity Network
The Easy Bay Solidarity Network tackles the myth of the small business and hallow criticisms of the recent uprisings against police brutality.
Posted: Mon Jan 5, 2015 9:57PM
How Economists Change the World - by Stephan Schulmeister
Theory development is also a war over dominance at the universities, in the media and in politics. The goals of Hayek's war were expulsion of the Keynesians, liberalization of the financial markets, abandonment of full employment policy, dismantling the social state and weakening unions. His British rival, John Maynard Keynes, attacked the austerity policy and wage cuts. Schulmeister urges a new navigation chart with guidelines oriented in Roosevelt's New Deal and rejection of turbo speculat...
Posted: Mon Jan 5, 2015 6:02AM
Thomas Piketty and the Growing Inequality in Capitalism - by Hagen Kraemer
"When capital profit is permanently higher than the growth rate for production and income which was the case up to the 19th century and threatens to become the rule again, capitalism automatically produces unacceptable and arbitrary inequalities that radically put in question the achievement principle on which our democratic societies are based." Piketty regards state interventions as necessary - taxing high incomes and wealth, a wealth tax and progressive income tax.
Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:10AM
Ways out of Capitalism - by Tomasz Konicz
This introduction to Tomasz Konicz' "On the Search for Alternatives to the Permanent Capitalist Crisis" (2014) is translated from the German. "The disintegration of the capitalist world system began long ago in its periphery... Capitalism perishes in its hyper-productivity and suffocates in the whole mountain of goods." Empire could be replaced by republic, excess by access and more by enough. Capitalist contradictions and dislocations are signs of a disorder. That labor is the basis of weal...
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:33AM
Unconditional Basic Income and Solidarity Economies - by Elisabeth Voss and John Holloway
Without the social contract, we become wolves to one another. Basic economic, social and cultural human rights include the right to participate. Everyone should share in the wealth and prosperity brought by automation, labor-saving technology and higher productivity. Where all growth in income accrues only to the top 1% or the top 10%, our system becomes feudal system, a new Gilded Age or a system of patrimonial capitalism. Counter-measures against exploding inequality and generalized insecu...
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:00AM
When Robots Pay Taxes - by Sabina Jeschka
The US government faces a revenue crisis after giving billions to banks and big corporations. Corporations save billions through automation, labor-saving technology and workers working at home. An estimated $8 trillion of corporate profits is shielded in tax havens. Corporations are sitting on $2-3 trillion; banks distrustful of one another are not lending. The neoliberal model promotes profits and speculation, not investments and job creation.
Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:55AM
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