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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
textPlease Disrupt Capitalism! and The Return of Hope by Andreya Schneider-Dorr and Horst Eberlein
The old quotation of Gramsci describes our plight: "The old dies and the new cannot come into the world. It is the time of the monster." The Good News is that the time of no alternatives is over. The Bad News is that the wrong alternatives are discussed. How can we be heroes of the new storyline?...
Posted: Wed May 1, 2019 7:34AM
textThe Financial Market Casino Controls Politics by Ernst Wolff
The financial markets seem to be the measure of all things. Corporations are subsidized with trillions. In their "competition," small and medium-size businesses are the fools. The lobby-politicians give only give the trillions to big corporations. This subsidy net has become a kind of heart-lung machine, "socialism for the rich" or "new feudalism."...
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:12AM
textPending Sacramento Teacher Strike by Solidarity Forever
Sacramento teachers thought they won their labor contract in December 2017 only to find that the school district is not willing to honor the contract. See https://www.alternet.org/2019/04/the-sacramento-teacher-strike-is-a-warning-to-the-redfored-movement-everywhere/...
Posted: Mon Apr 8, 2019 10:11PM
textUber/Lyft IPO Creating Millionaires While Exploiting Precarious Workers by Edward Escobar - founder AIW
Uber/Lyft Rush To IPO Before the Labor Laws Catch Up...
Posted: Mon Apr 8, 2019 3:44AM
textNational #DriversUnite Movement calls for SEC to reject Lyft IPO by The Alliance for Independent Workers
Protections for Gig Economy Workers Against Corporate Abusive Practices...
Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:11AM
textOakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight by Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa (WSWS Repost)
To defend public education, Oakland students are organizing to fight back against the union sellout of the recent teacher strike....
Posted: Wed Mar 6, 2019 10:43PM