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textSonoma County Living Wage by Nadine Zúñiga
This is about whether or not the Sonoma County living wage is really a living wage, $11 making it hard for families to live comfortably....
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:27PM
textUC Davis solidarity with UCSC striking grad students by UC Davis Solidarity
We UC Davis graduate students, undergraduate students, campus workers, and alumni fully support the striking graduate students at UC Santa Cruz and their demands for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in one of the most expensive areas to live in the world(1). Graduate students perform essential labor for the university, teaching classes, grading assignments, and helping students in office hours. The University administration knows exactly how much we get paid and how much housing costs, and ...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:30PM
textPoor Despite Work by freitag.de and other German journals
Vancouver B.C. has 26 community centers that give an identity to working and nonworking persons. Three hours of free computer use, libraries, game rooms, gyms, theaters and casserole dinners for $4 are among the many amenities. The economy should be part of a greater whole or oikos that doesn't crush self-determination and creativity....
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:46AM
textGrace Blakeley: The World Must be Saved from Financialization by Bryan Bowman
Even when times are good, the many have been largely excluded from the success enjoyed by the few. Where many see a strong economy today, Grace Blakeley sees not only the early indicators of an inevitable recession, but the "death throes" of an entire economic model that is crumbling before our eyes. She warns of a bleak future but also offers a hopeful alternative vision....
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2019 6:19AM
textThe Exodus from the Mega-Machine by Fabian Scheidler
His book "The End of the Mega-Machine. History of a Failed Civilization" explores the origins of economic power. For 40 years, the global economy has headed into a structural crisis. This crisis is hidden by growing indebtedness and offers fewer and fewer persons a secure livelihood. Another type of economics could be obliged to the public interest and not to profit....
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:09PM
textHow Misguided Financial Policy Strengthens the Right-Wing by Jule Gourin
Capitalism has shown how democratic processes can be easily evaded. The Chicago boys carried out their radical reform program that was known as shock therapy. This included dismantling social state structures, opening the market to foreign investors and shattering unions.The Pinochet military regime kept the population in a constant state of shock....
Posted: Wed Nov 6, 2019 7:22AM
textTotalitarianism of Self-Optimization by Max Tholl
"Feel-don't think" is the mantra of the illuminated who accept ther social dislocations. This is a withdrawal to private solutions in view of the mounting collective problems. Mindfulness therapy fits perfectly into the contemproary I-fixation that rules many lives....
Posted: Wed Oct 9, 2019 6:25AM
textThe C.E.O> - A Fun Poem by Rene Sonsmann
BY RENE SONSMANN. SET: The play takes place in Heaven. The set is a bare stage. The stage is lit with a warm ethereal light. God is bathed in a strong spot light at all times. CHARACTERS: God and Adrian, a recently deceased arrival in Heaven. God is middle-aged, clean shaven, dressed in a bright Hawaiian shirt and pale blue chinos....
Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:04PM
textNNU Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly & UAW GM Strike Scab Threat by KPFA WorkWeek Radio
KPFA WorkWeek radio hears about the Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly in San Francisco on September 13, 14 and 15th. We then talk with GM auto workers about the national strike and the threat of scabs at some plants....
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:03PM
textThe Gigantic Chasm Between Democratic Rhetoric and Capitalist Reality by Rainer Mausfeld
Democracy promises the greatest possible freedom from social fear and social determination. Democracy means renouncing on one of the most effective rule techniques: the systematic production of social fear. When those exercising power systematically generate fears, they block social judgment and paralyze readiness for decisions and actions....
Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:15PM
textIndybay Pushes Back Against “Diamond Slavery” DMCA Takedown by Indybay
DMCA memory hole threatens to swallow article published on Indybay in 2003 about working conditions in Romanian diamond factory....
Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:47PM
textThe Idol Totters by Michael Kratke and Georg Rammer
Economists oppose the austerity religion and demand investments. Germans ardently believe in economic fairy-tales, that the 2007/2008 world financial crisis was a result of excessive state indebtedness, that state debts burden future generations, and that state debts always led to hyper-inflation. This only happened in a few special cases....
Posted: Mon Aug 5, 2019 3:59AM
text"We Gotta Get Out of this Place" by Anselm Jappe
Bourgeois theorists have always believed capitalism to be “everlasting” because, they claim, it is in accordance with “human nature.” For them, all crises are only cyclical and transient: they are understood to be the result of imbalances between supply and demand, or are even praised as a form of “creative destruction.” This interview is from www.exit-online.org, 2/23/2016...
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:12AM
textLabor Friendly Urgent Request by Scott Schroeder
Dear Friends of Labor,...
Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:49AM
textHerbert Marcuse: The One-Dimensional Man by J. Schuttler, J. Scholz and Y. Rudolph
"Manipulation of needs" is one of the control instruments. Rulers change needs through manipulation. False needs are needs imposed from above like the need for production and consumption of useless things. The need for freedom no longer exists. While individuals are manipulated and indoctrinated, they should be able to distinguish false and true needs....
Posted: Tue Jul 2, 2019 7:18AM
textMarket Economy: The Superrich Endanger Democracy by Colin Crouch
It is easy to influence politics with a lot of money, and civil society is often just a nuisance. In the US, this problem is everywhere, but Europe is catching up....
Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:05AM
textFrom Enlightenment to Counter-Enlightenment by Stephan Schulmeister
Brilliant minds elevated "the market" into a "higher being" of the post-modern age to which we must submit. The primacy of the market replaced the primacy of politics. Dr. Schulmeister is an economic researcher in Vienna whose latest book is "The Road to Prosperity." His articles here include "Ten Theses on the Crisis and its Solution" and "Good intentions but Shipwreck."...
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:45AM
textWe the Scattered in the Insult Society by Hans-Peter Martin
Hans-Peter Martin is the author of "Game Over. Prosperity for a Few, Democracy for No One, and Nationalism for Everyone" (2018). Now it is Game Over for the West, for our civilization model. Capitalism functions even without democracy and without observing liberal human rights....
Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:48AM
textWhat is a crisis? A Retrospect on the 2008 Economic and Financial Crisis by Walter Otto Otsch and Stephan Pohringer
The economic guild interprets crisis through an ideological lens. The financial crisis was redefined as a state debt crisis. Illuminating the systemic causes of the crisis or discussing the crisis proclivity of the capitalist system as a whole is not possible anymore. Higher state debts are now made problematic and identified as crisis cause in Merkel's "living above our means."...
Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 3:26AM
textVenezuela Celebrates May Day 2019 by Imagine a Socialist U.S.A.
The May Day 2019 march inspires dreams of a socialist U.S.A. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEIubp9KpCo or https://venezuelanalysis.com/video/14466e...
Posted: Sat May 4, 2019 10:18PM