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text Ten Years After the Financial Crash by Rudolf Hickel
US economic statistics are dubious since financial markets are based on financial products and money out of nothing. Tax havens, micro-second betting, stock buybacks, and corruption through lobbying are market- distorting and cause revenue shortfalls....
Posted: Wed Feb 6, 2019 3:40AM
text The Populist Makers and Dangerous Optimism by Sergi Halimi, Pierre Rimbert and E Altvater
The people vote and capital decides. Another capitalism appears that is marked by an anti-liberal and intolerant culture. The goal of the new capitalists is the same as the old capitalists: to make the rich even richer. Cheap money seduces to new speculation. The governing elites fail to prevent the threatening climate collapse and gamble away the future of coming generations....
Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:34AM
image “Public Education Is Not Your Plaything”: L.A. Teachers Strike Against Privatization & Underfunding 480_la-techers-strike_democracynow.jpg by Democracy Now
Los Angeles public school teachers are on strike for the first time in three decades. On Monday morning, tens of thousands of teachers braved pouring rain on the picket line for the strike’s first day. Some 20,000 people marched through downtown Los Angeles, demanding smaller class sizes, higher pay, the regulation of charter schools and more nurses, counselors and librarians. Over 31,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles are striking....
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:46PM
text Markets as a Fetish, Globalization and Dissent Management by Joachim Hirsch, Rainer Mausfeld, and W Raza
Economic inequality must be reduced and democratic participation regained. Resisting tax avoidance, financial market regulation, climate policy, and globally combating poverty must be priorities. Unlike apples and bananas, financial products are not visible but hidden. Rainer Mausfeld explains how emancipative needs for change are neutralized. Opinion management is a vital technique of control....
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:54AM
text Taxes - The Great Bluff by Nico Beckert and zebralogs
A tax-cutting lobby exploits our unease over taxes for their purposes. Tax flight and an increasingly unjust tax system are connected with inequality, trifling chances of advancement and the decay of social cohesion....
Posted: Sun Jan 6, 2019 3:57PM
image Macron Go Away! Thousands Face Gas Attacks In Their Protest Macron's Government In Paris 480_img_5400_1.jpg by Labor Video Project
Thousands of people from throughout France attended a rally in Paris against the Macron's fuel tax and increasing poverty of people in France....
Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:59PM
image "The Cleaners" An Interview With Film Directors Hans Bloch & Moritz Riesewieck the_cleaners_eye.jpeg by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
WorkWeek interviews film makers Hans Bloch & Moritz Riesewieck about their film "The Cleaners" who are hired to do the censoring on Facebook....
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:12AM
text Trumponomics and Wall Street Rejoices by Rudolf Hickel and Lukas Hermsmeier
Economics should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing creativity and self-determination. The state should serve the public interest and reduce poverty. Instead, private or special interests are in the driver's seat. Trumponomics is a disaster that is really a sleight of hand. $8 trillion was given to the super-rich. The poor, seniors, children and students are attacked....
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:56PM
image Anakbayan Santa Cruz condemns the state supported extrajudicial killings of Human Rights Rights defenders in the Philippines 480_justice_for_the_sagay_nine_1.jpg by Anakbayan Santa Cruz
Anakbayan Santa Cruz denounces the trend of U.S- backed, state supported violence that has resulted in the brutal murder of Atty. Ben Ramos - Secretary General of the National Union of People’s Lawyers-Negros Occidental (NUPL). On November 6, 2018 people’s lawyer and human rights defender Ben Ramos was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting commissioned by the state to silence yet another activist and defender of the people....
Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 5:07PM
text Trumponomics and Wall Street Rejoices by Rudolf Hickel and Lukas Hermsmeier
Economics should be a part of life, not a steamroller crushing creativity and self-determination. The state should serve the public interest and reduce poverty. Instead, private or special interests are in the driver's seat. Trumponomics is a disaster that is like a sleight of hand. $8 trillion was given to the super-rich. The poor, seniors, children and students are under a vicious attack....
Posted: Mon Nov 5, 2018 3:40AM
image Brazil's 2018 Election, The Working Class, Fascism and Capitalism In Brazil 480_brazil_sao_paulo_teachers_1.jpg by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
WorkWeek Radio looks at the recent election of anti-labor racist militarist Jair Bolsonaro and how the failure of the Workers Party PT brought this reactionary to power in Brazil....
Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:16PM
text The Big Lie and the 8-Hour Day by Andre Losing and Stephan Kroll
All personal and corporate success depends on state investments in roads, schools, hospitals, libraries, food safety, water quality, clean air and airwaves. The Internet, touch-screen technology and GPS originated from state risk-taking. The state becomes corrupted when it turns away from public interest and reducing poverty and becomes the plaything of private or special interests. 8-hour day is 100 years old...
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:10AM
text Steer clear of work morality! by Steffen Nikolai Boddin
The change must begin with a fundamental collective questioning of our world of work and work morality. The main point is giving everyone the chance to find meaning and identity outside the world of work and to develop more freely. Burying our work fetish is the first step of the liberation of the individual from the straitjacket imposed on us by the performance-oriented society....
Posted: Sun Sep 9, 2018 5:07AM
image Dwayne "Lee" Johnson & The Monsanto Ruling With Journalists Carey Gillam and Bob Egelko johnson_dewayne.jpeg by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
KPFA WorkWeek Radio looks at the recent court victory by Beneica Unified school district groundskeeper Dewayne "Lee" Johnson. Johnson sued the Monsanto corporation for causing cancer with the use of their product Roundup. He was drenched in the chemical and now has terminal cancer....
Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:31PM
text Against Market Radicalism by Christa Luft
Capitalism is not "the end of history" as the American Francis Fukuyama postulated in 1992. The system question is open! The economy should be re-embedded in society. What seems rational in micro-economics collides with the irrationality of maximum profits as an end-in-itself. Capitalist elements could be implemented in a socialist economy. A paradigm shift is necessary....
Posted: Mon Aug 6, 2018 3:59AM
image Philippines: Journalists Hurt and Arrested at NutriAsia Strike Dispersal 480_mass-at-nutriasia_1.jpg by Altermidya
Three AlterMidya correspondents, Hiyasmin Saturay, Eric Tandoc, Avon Ang, and one student intern from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, are among those arrested during the dispersal and are currently detained at the Meycauayan police station. AlterMidya, a national network of independent media outfits, strongly condemns the violence inflicted by the police and security guards on our journalists....
Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:49PM
image Korean Oracle Workers Strike & Struggle For Justice 480_oracle_kwu_3_1.jpg by Oracle Korea Labor Union
Korean Oracle workers have been on strike since May 16, 2018....
Posted: Sun Jul 8, 2018 7:42AM
text 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: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:16PM
text Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism - A Symbiotic Pair by Sebastian Dittrich
Rightwing populist parties mix the conventional authoritarian political style with neoliberal economic ideas emphasizing the free unregulated market and the sleek but strong state. For Hayek, the value of a political system is measured by how well it secures liberal freedoms. Interest-groups like unions allegedly threaten democracy and force a socially just redistribution policy on the wealthy minority....
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:46AM
text Neoliberalism or New Freedom for Corporations by Ulrich Spangenberger
"The interests of merchants always differ from public interests. As a rule, they are interested in deceiving and misusing the general public" (Adam Smith). Keynes established that the market alone cannot ensure prosperity for everyone. A redistribution of income from top to bottom and regulatory state action are necessary. Public policy means compromise and isn't a sledgehammer slashing everything but the military....
Posted: Wed Jun 6, 2018 5:25AM