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textNeoliberalism prevents forward-looking policies by Ines Schwerdtner
Never learned! Not only since 30 years, please, it is round about 200 years since Rockefeller and Standard Oil. Today now we have to bitterly accept that the planet is not a factory and not a limited company. Capitalism is not an option for life!...
Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:30PM
textEconomic crime by Hans See
The issue of white-collar crime, on the other hand, is apparently impossible to address. None of the major parties has so far shown any inclination to take up the demonstrable threat to the welfare state and democracy posed by white-collar crime in the election campaign....
Posted: Tue Apr 6, 2021 4:57AM
textUnemployment myth and "Migrantization" of precarity by Claudia Spengler and Johanna Neuhauser
Involuntary unemployment is afflicted with many prejudices, which impute a supposed lack of motivation and utility to those affected. Although these prejudices are easy to refute, politicians and representatives of the media cling to the neoliberal notion of individual guilt in unemployment. Unemployment has primarily structural causes and thus requires the assumption of political responsibility....
Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:04AM
textZero hunger, zero hypocrisy by Flo Osrainik, Lena Krainz and Florian Roetzer
Today, flight from hunger and war often enough does not lead to a new "home," but to a refugee shelter, homelessness, or deportation back into misery. In view of the worldwide crises and the distribution struggles still to come, where will this lead, if not to mass "homelessness"?...
Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:48AM
textDemocratic Socialists of America campaigns for union-backed “PRO Act” by Genevieve Leigh (WSWS repost)
The PRO Act was crafted by Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee to bolster union bureaucracies and facilitate the suppression of working-class struggles....
Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:25AM
textThe $15 minimum wage scam by Genevieve Leigh (WSWS repost)
The fight for a good job, health care, a secure retirement, a living wage and more cannot be achieved by appealing to the very same forces that are responsible for the horrific conditions under which workers now exist....
Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:57PM
textLife Lies of the Islands of Prosperity by Stephan Lessenich
The embarrassing secret of the 'Western' model of society and development is that it only works under very specific political and economic, ecological and social conditions. Preconditions that lie essentially outside this model and are hidden or made invisible by the social actors of its glorifying preservation. 'Our' prosperity, 'our' democracy & 'our' peace are based on poverty & disenfranchisement....
Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:26PM
textStruggles in the Shadow of the Pandemic by John Clarke and Vishwas Satgar
For Trump, wealth, privilege, and power was even license to invent reality as he saw fit. Thus any divergence from his worldview and interests were ‘fake news’. Trump ensured the plutocratic wealthy were no longer in the political shadows but now in the mainstream....
Posted: Sun Feb 7, 2021 3:36PM
textSo how exactly can we fix this economic mess? by Grace Blakeley
“It’s the conditions that generate pessimism, which are also the conditions that are likely to generate the resistance, which is a source of optimism,” says Blakeley....
Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 2:05PM
textCorona crisis, capital and politics by Jorg Goldberg, Andre Leisewitz &Jurgen Reusch
There is no question that the economic power of the state is being deployed here in a concentrated manner to combat the crisis. However, this was also the intention of the two "stimulus packages" in the financial and economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, the volume of which was around EUR 187 billion or 3 percent of GDP....
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:59AM
textWhy capitalism compels renunciation and we could work less by Lothar Galow-Bergemann and Ernst Lohoff
The corona and climate crises demonstrate how 'our economy' is failing before the existential challenges of the time. Eternal growth, maximum profit and rising share prices are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, it immediately begins to crumble. The climate crisis reveals that growth programmed for infinity will amount to the destruction of the planet in the medium rather than the long term....
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:22PM
textHow should our economy grow? by Martin Baur,Carsten Colombier & Sandra Daguet
If, on the other hand, the inequality distribution is reduced via increased spending on education, positive growth effects may result. In addition, too much inequality can destabilize the political system through social unrest, creating great uncertainty for investors, for example with regard to the protection of property rights.[12]...
Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:04PM
textCalifornian Mayor, Standford student warn about fast fashion buying for holidays by Ramona du Houx
Consumers buy 43 percent more clothing items this time of year. This holiday season, Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) a group on non-partisan lawmakers from around the country, is encouraging the public to source the clothing they purchase, highlighting the environmental dangers and the unfair labor practices supported by fast fashion. EOPA hopes to discourage the purchase of fast fashion manufactured, all too often, in sweatshops, made of fabrics that shed microplastics when washe...
Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:40AM
textFrom senseless working to senseless learning by Erich Ribolits
Today, the education system is seen almost exclusively as a supplier to the economic process. The traditional ideological superstructure of schools, universities and adult education, the orientation toward 'comprehensive education', has receded far into the background....
Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:20AM
textThe long struggle for a post-capitalist society by Klaus Wagener and Hermann Klenner
The (Corona) crisis has relentlessly exposed the inability of neoliberal capitalism and its political personnel to meet the elementary needs of the people. Even if it is not felt to the same extent in Germany due to the depressing political conditions: the neoliberal offensive is in a deep existential crisis after 40 years in which it was able to achieve global hegemony....
Posted: Wed Dec 9, 2020 11:20AM
textDemanding Safeway Put an End to Restrictive Covenants this Human Rights Day by Food Empowerment Project
North Bay Labor Council Joins Food Empowerment Project on Human Rights Day in Demanding Safeway Put an End to Their Restrictive Covenants!...
Posted: Tue Dec 8, 2020 10:21AM
textGame over for monopolists? by Matt Stoller
Elizabeth Warren, for instance, seeks to break up large technology platforms and then use public utility rules to make sure that there are no conflicts of interest in the dominant platform business model. In other words, if you operate a marketplace and set its rules, you cannot also sell products on it....
Posted: Tue Dec 8, 2020 7:38AM
textReduced working hours as a socio-economic investment by Michael Schwendinger
In this Austrian article, reduced working hours is seen as a socio-economic investment, not as a cost-trap. In a 1909 study by Sidney Chapman, shorter working hours leads to higher productivity and greater output. More time sovereignty and better health of workers would be long-term gains...
Posted: Sun Dec 6, 2020 7:29AM
textNamibian Rössing Mine Workers Face Covid-19 & Attacks From State Owned China State Owners by Labor Video Project
Namibian Rössing mine workers face the Covid-19 pandemic & attacks from state owned China National Uranium Corporation Limited. They have tried to intimidate and bribe union leaders and also have fired the Namibian Miner's Union Rössing Union branch....
Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2020 11:25PM
text"We have delegated our moral judgment to the markets" by Michael Sandel
"Yes, we can" was a call to solidarity and common goals. The legend that everyone in America can rise as high as their talents can carry them goes back to Ronald Reagan. Access to education should not be a substitute for policies that directly address the roots of inequality and the dignity of work....
Posted: Wed Dec 2, 2020 6:21PM