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textThe economy in the times of the coronavirus by R Hickel, Ingar Solty & Daniel Stelter
Most people’s thinking is determined by the development of the Covid-19 crisis, the return of “the hour of executive power” (Gerhard A. Ritter), i.e. state of exception legislation, and the fears which it evokes as well as the economic measures which appear to be in response to the health crisis....
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:21PM
textCalifornia Nurses Association protest in Oakland against lack of protective gear by Lynda Carson
Last Friday, I watched around 4 first responders from a fire truck in Oakland respond to the needs of someone that was hauled off to the hospital. I was shocked that the first responders were not wearing any protective gear or N95 respirators. Barely three days later, nurses from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United held a protest Monday evening March 23, in front of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. They protested against the lack of protective gear and weakening of stand...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:00AM
textAlternatives to Profit Maximization and The Fragility of Power by Peter Ulrich and Julia Lis
We must look for the "signs of the times" that point to the coming of the Kingdom of God or, as John Holloway puts it, the signs "of the presence of the material power of the cry." The world of struggle against the instrumental power that oppresses and exploits people often seems invisible...New struggles are constantly breaking out....
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:43PM
textChina uses forced labor in factories making American products by Lynda Carson
Forced labor in factories that make products for American companies, including some of the companies listed further below such as GAP Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, Apple which is headquartered in nearby Cupertino, Cisco Systems which is headquartered in San Jose, or Google which is headquartered in Mountain View!...
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2020 9:43PM
textUnions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
February 27, 2020 - For striking graduate students at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz (UCSC), today marks “Doomsday 2.0,” the administration’s new deadline to submit withheld Fall 2019 grades....
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:26PM
textUC Santa Cruz graduate students defy administration ultimatum, vote to continue strike by WSWS Repost
February 22, 2020 - The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), the youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party, is holding an emergency online meeting this Sunday, February 23, at 4pm Pacific Time to discuss an international socialist strategy for the UC strike. Visit https://iysse.com/UCstrike/ for further details....
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:24PM
textUCSC Struggles over Grades amid Strike by Eugenio Negro
Eugenio Negro's report on interviews with students 20 February 2020 during the grad student strike that is shutting down classes and may withhold student grades....
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:37PM
textUC Santa Cruz graduate students call for expansion of wildcat strike by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
February 19, 2020 - The UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) graduate student wildcat strike escalated yesterday, Tuesday February 18, as students from United Auto Workers (UAW) union local 2865 mounted an all-day picket, culminating in a general assembly to vote on further action. Graduate students are holding fast against police repression and threats of dismissal or even deportation from the highest level university administration. Despite a virtual media blackout, support for the movement is growing acro...
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:47PM
textThe finance-dominated regime of accumulation and crisis by Alex Demirovic
Bourgeois society is currently undergoing a multiple crisis. Profits and private indebtedness skyrocket while wages and investments stagnate. Why don't governments loosen austerity measures and collectivize debt? Forms of solidarity economy and economic democracy are important building blocks for a transformation of the capitalist economuy, steps toward the unity of humanity......
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:08AM
textDying to work at Amazon by Muffy Sunde
The Human cost of obscene profits...
Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:09PM
textUC Santa Cruz Undergrad Students Are Organizing Under the IWW by Carolyn Knight-Serrano
UC Santa Cruz Undergrad students are organizing a union under the IWW Industrial Union 620 fighting for better wages and the abolition of tuition....
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:55PM
textLess is more and Tightening the rules for the unemployed by Beate Finch and Simon Theurl
Gainful employment is just one form of work alongside others such as care work or voluntary work. Here I would like to endorse the model of the 30-hour week. Instead of tightening the regulations for the unemployed, there is a need to expand investment-based active labor market policy....
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:04PM
textConcrete Dystopia by Alex Demirovic
Capitalist conditions are characterized by the fact that there is no rationality in society as a whole that coordinates the interests of the many and the overall development of social development... Strong economic, political, scientific and media interest groups change the natural history of the species and block changes in collective habits....
Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:28AM
textSowing Egoism and Harvesting Trump by Thomas Straubhaar
Thomas Straubhaar urges rethinking globalization and inequality. "We have believed too long in the theory that free trade, free entrepreneurship and little state automatically lead to balance and that everyone would be rewarded in the end... We need a new reconciliation of social and liberal values."...
Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:07AM
textFinnish Prime Minister Marin Calls for a 4-Day-Week and 6-Hour-Day for Her Country by Patricia Huber
“A four-day work week, a six-hour workday. Why couldn’t it be the next step? Is eight hours really the ultimate truth? I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”...
Posted: Mon Jan 6, 2020 6:13AM
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