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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
text The (Temporary) End of Globalization by Fabian Fritzsche
Protectionist measures could lead to losses of prosperity and increase the pressure to introduce more measures. This danger exists. Before the 2008 crisis, world trade grew over 6% per year (now 2%). Growth will decline again through the trade war. Why must US consumers pay more for imports from the EU? Why should European consumers be punished with higher prices for US imports? These questions aren't even discussed....
Posted: Mon Jul 9, 2018 2:59AM
text Amazon, the Elephant in the Bookshop by Attac and Alternative Economic Policy group
Amazon is one of many examples of a gigantic problem. International corporations shirk from contributing their just share to financing the community. Complicated corporate structures enable exploiting loopholes and differences in the law. They are supported by hosts of advisers and lawyers who have created a "tax avoidance industry."...
Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:40AM
text Austerity Policy as Momentous Mistake by Philipp Heimberger
The IMF's austerity policy of the last years was misguided. That austerity policy led to intensified growth declines and increasing unemployment and did not reach its goal of permanently calming the financial markets. Public investments could raise economic growth both in the short- and long-term. State expenditures have a considerable influence on employment and growth....
Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:16PM
text Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism - A Symbiotic Pair by Sebastian Dittrich
Rightwing populist parties mix the conventional authoritarian political style with neoliberal economic ideas emphasizing the free unregulated market and the sleek but strong state. For Hayek, the value of a political system is measured by how well it secures liberal freedoms. Interest-groups like unions allegedly threaten democracy and force a socially just redistribution policy on the wealthy minority....
Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:46AM
text Neoliberalism or New Freedom for Corporations by Ulrich Spangenberger
"The interests of merchants always differ from public interests. As a rule, they are interested in deceiving and misusing the general public" (Adam Smith). Keynes established that the market alone cannot ensure prosperity for everyone. A redistribution of income from top to bottom and regulatory state action are necessary. Public policy means compromise and isn't a sledgehammer slashing everything but the military....
Posted: Wed Jun 6, 2018 5:25AM
text CCSF AFT 2121 Union Officials Organize "Victory Rally" Before Proposed Contract Explained by repost
The AFT 2121 union officials have organized a victory rally for a contract before it is even explained to the members....
Posted: Wed May 9, 2018 10:09AM
text Pesticide Use Near Record High in California, Monterey Numbers Concerning by Californians for Pesticide Reform
Use of cancer-causing fumigant pesticide on the rise for Monterey strawberries...
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:36PM
text The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion by Maria Wolflingseder
The market accepts and rejects like a Calvinist God. The market only promises itself. Its highest goal is the economic boom. The Christian God's reign was not of this world. In contrast, the market theocracy makes this side into something otherworldly. The cult of money and the comodity eclipses the outlandishness and absurdity of all its predecessors....
Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:11AM
text UC Workers Call for Strike Vote After Protests End with Arrests by AFSCME Local 3299
University of California Workers Arrested Over Mounting Inequality on MLK Death Anniversary...
Posted: Sat Apr 7, 2018 12:52AM
text New ACLU Charges Allege Pregnancy Discrimination Against Dockworkers at West Coast Ports by American Civil Liberties Union
Policies Block Women from Higher Wages and Union Membership...
Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:54AM
text Unemployment and New Ways by Jessica von Haeseler
The rise of unemployment worldwide has reached unparalleled dimensions. In 1999, 700 million were affected. The neoliberal economic theory promotes the prosperity of the rich, not society as a whole. Profit-maximization is often the only objective. The market is assumed to be a job-creator even though more jobs are eliminated than created with digitalization and the info-economy. Reducing working hours is vital....
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:56AM
text An Open Letter to the Chief of Campus Police by UC Student Workers UAW 2865 Santa Cruz
Our open letter to the chief of campus police, after being invited to an open forum about campus safety. Thanks Sarah and Ana for this pointed and clear response declining the "offer". We demand a demilitarized campus, as one of our sunshine demands. FTP....
Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:56PM
text Crash on the Horizon by Stephan Schulmeister
The systemic reasons for the crisis are more important than a sudden fall in prices. Stocks are held on average 22 seconds, not 6 months or ten years. Real capitalism is a plus-sum game. Financial capitalism is a zero-sum game. Profit is made at the expense of others. "Love for money" replaces trust. Different ways are possible after a financial meltdown....
Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:42AM
text Crisis 2.0: A Policy for the 99% by Hans Baumann and others
The capital surpluses are a constant source of new speculative waves and maneuvers regarding securities and currencies. The crisis of state finances is mainly a crisis of tax refusal. In the last years, the elites shifted the tax burden from businesses and high incomes to consumer taxes and fees. The states were systematically weakened over against the financial market actors....
Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:00AM
text Federal Documents Reveal SPFPA President David L. Hickey Attempted to Bribe Two Braidwood by Braidwood Nuclear Officers Against Corruption
SPFPA President David L. Hickey FAILS to appear at an NLRB Hearing to testify on his behalf after 2 Exelon Braidwood Nuclear Officers accused him of attempting to offer these officers a Bribe as noted in Case No. 13-RC-212795....
Posted: Sat Mar 3, 2018 3:41PM
text Working Digitally in Just Economies by Bernhard Emunds
Reducing working hours is an attractive scenario, an optimistic picture of a possible future of society. Less than 2% of German workers labor in agriculture, down from 40% in the 19th century. The future of work is person-related work. The state must intervene with subsidies so the servic e society does not become the domestic service society....
Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:29AM
text A Year of Trump and Right-wing Populism by Conrad Schuhler
In the GOP tax bill, $5 trillion is given to households with over $1 million income. Seniors, the poor, children and students are attacked. The severe cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, HUD, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, SNAP, food stamps, WIC food assistance, Pell grants, the EPA, the Department of Education, the National Institute for Health and the Legal Corporation are sadistic. Are we headed back to the 11th century when narcissism and illiteracy were accepted and not overcome?...
Posted: Mon Feb 5, 2018 4:27AM
text French Railway Workers Demonstrate to Free Ahed Tamini'; BDS Victory; Oprah is Pro-Israel by Solidarity Forever
French railway workers demonstrated to free Ahed Tamini. See https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-arrests-another-tamimi-teenager Do you suppose American workers will do the same on Ahed's birthday, January 31, 2018?...
Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:33PM