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text S.F. Labor Council Says Hands Off Venezuela by repost
The following resolution was adopted by the Delegates Meeting of the San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) on Monday, February 11, 2019....
Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:34PM
text What are the Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization? by Joachim Hirsch and Gert Ungar
Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt's New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to political and social concessions....
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:14AM
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
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
text Capitalism means Crisis and Trade War by Elmar Altvater and Christian Schroeppel
Capitalism contains crisis as rainclouds contain rain, said Jean Jaures, 19th-century French socialist. Big Pharma, Big Wall Street, and Big Military Industrial Complex have armies of lobbyists. False concepts that financial markets are efficient and tend to equilibrium still rule economics. We the People should govern and politics should control economics. Fighting poverty should be part of public interest....
Posted: Wed Jan 2, 2019 2:58AM
text Driven to Consumption and Money out of Nothing by M. Binswanger, A. Sahr, and B. Milanovic
Growth originally created a material prosperity about which earlier generations could only dream. However, more economic growth does not lead to people being happier anymore. We are prisoners of a system that forces us to permanent growth. Banks create credits at the touch of a button, wages stagnate, schools decay and Goldman Sachs is in the government. Who benefits from this?...
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:48AM
text The Death of Small Businesses in Big Cities, Explained by Rebecca Jennings and Jeremiah Moss
Not even shopping locally can save your favorite mom-and-pop — the problem is much, much bigger than that. The legendary punk record store Bleecker Bob’s in 2008. The store closed in 2013 due to high rents and was replaced by a frozen yogurt chain....
Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:39AM
text Video: Beautiful Country Burn Again, 39 min by Ben Fountain
October 13, 2018 Beautiful Country Burn Again Ben Fountain recounts the 2016 election and explores where he thinks the country is headed today....
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:10PM
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
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
text Stop Scabs, Supplies & Services Deliveries to Struck Hotels by All Day, All Night
At 7:45 a.m. this Sunday morning, 10/21/18, a long distance charter bus delivered scabs to the Marriott at Sutter & Powell, SF, by dropping them off on Bush Street at Powell, so they could easily walk into the side entrance on Powell, with no pickets to face. That must change now. We need mass picket lines, increased by all friends of labor, at all entrances to stop scabs, supplies and services deliveries to struck hotels....
Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:26AM
text SF Hotel Picketline Support Needed by All Day, All Night
The way we will end the Trump/Pence Regime, defeat the war machine, end homelessness, achieve free medical care for all, raise the education level, and much more is by supporting labor....
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:56AM
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 Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy by Philipp Staab
The financialization of the economy and the rise of the commercial Internet are directly connected... At the beginning of the digital economy, as Marianna Mazzucato and others showed, was an investing state that took over the installment financing for the large majority of base innovations of digitalization as an initial risk capitalist. Financialization describes the change of the capital accumulation model....
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:41AM
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
text Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? by Isabelle Bourboulon
Market ideology has been on the advance since the 1980s. Only a few voices warned of the risks and instability of the liberalized financial markets. The European states mobilized 4.5 trillion euros to prevent their banking system from collapsing. After they profited from the generous bailout packages, the banks began to speculate against the most indebted countries....
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:02AM
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
text The System Question as a Survival Question by Tomasz Konicz
A fundamental social alternative to the permanent capitalist chaos is sought. A rational social discourse on system alternatives would be an antidote to populism and to the irrational identity-mania that spreads in crisis times. The public discusses headscarves and leather trousers while late capitalism sinks in crisis....
Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:51PM