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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
textThe New Deal and Self-destructive Donald Trump by Michael Ferschke and Charlie Post
After the stock market crash of 1929, capitalism was hit by its worst depression to date. The U.S. economy was similarly hard hit as the German economy. From 1929 to 1932 industrial production halved and in a chain reaction over 5000 banks went bankrupt. Farmers' incomes shrank by 70 percent, unemployment rose to 25 percent, and there were no welfare state measures to cushion the misery....
Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:00AM
textThe US economy needs Joe Biden by Edmund Phelps
The economic and socio-political record of US President Donald Trump is devastating. Wages stagnated even before the Corona crisis. Instead, the national debt increased because he lowered taxes for the rich - without any economic benefit. Joe Biden knows the reasons for the misery and knows what to do....
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:13AM
textBiden's Election Victory based on Labor & Black Vote by Labor's Gains & Lessons
It is now official; Joe Biden has been elected president, defeating an incumbent president, a difficult task. This occurred in the midst of a pandemic that claimed 239,000 lives in 8 months due to gross negligence on the part of the incumbent president, accompanied by the incumbent’s destruction of the economy so that we now have a Great Depression the same as the 1930s. In addition, while the incumbent president states “science does not know,” we have a massive climate change crisis that ma...
Posted: Sat Nov 7, 2020 10:04AM
textLabor Gen Strikes re 11/3/20 Election Urged by 3 Labor Groups by Labor Creates All Wealth
As we enter this Get Out The Vote (GOTV) 4 Days, 10/31-11/3/20, three labor organizations have called for a General Strike to protect the vote and demand Nazi Trump leave office when defeated. They are from Rochester, NY, Seattle, WA and Western Massachusetts. Where is the San Francisco Labor Council resolution demanding a General Strike?...
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:25PM
textIn CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice by Ramona du Houx
The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That’s three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located ne...
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:23PM
textTax haven USA wants to dry up other tax havens by A.Widmann, D.Bocking and K.Schoeneberg
The American government can certainly be accused of double standards in this matter: While the United States refuses to take action against its own tax havens, it wants to get at other tax havens..Two US states Delaware & Nevada lure with lax laws for companies. Constructions such as mailbox companies, which conceal the true owners of companies, are flourishing....
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:09AM
textJob guarantee for COVID-pandemic victims by Simon Theurl and Dennis Tamesberg
A job guarantee for the long-term unemployed is needed. A sufficient number of jobs must be created. This is where politics is needed. The quality and range of public services can be improved. Long-term unemployment is a market failure. People who want to work cannot find a job....
Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:09AM
textMother Jones Epidemic by Michael Steinberg
As a Labor Day weekend begins with many millions out of work, while we're supposed to stay home (if we have one) and not have any fun,I thought I'd share from Mother Jones' autobiography how she lived though the epidemic of her day....
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2020 11:04PM
textAmerica's Dual Recession by Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendoncaa
There is every reason to expect that many of the lost jobs – perhaps as many as 40% – will never come back. In the short to medium term, the tragic paradox is that employment opportunities are both too few and pay too little....
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2020 3:36AM
textWorking Hours: A four-day week by Heinz Bontrup
Reducing working hours is a socio-economic investment that often brings better long-term health and more time sovereignty. A three-day or four-day workweek is the only way to ensure meaningful work to the rising generation. State or public employment is necessary to supplement private employment. Part-time workers should work more while 38-hour workers should work less....
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:39AM