Freedom of the Press is Dead Worldwide When Unpleasant Journalists Can Be Simply Redefined as a “Hostile Secret Service
CIA Director Pompeo claims Wikileaks is a “hostile secret service” and Julian Assange is not a journalist. Wikileaks embodies what a free press should do as the fourth branch – control power. Democracy cannot function without watchdogs. Watchdogs and whistle-blowers must be under special protection.
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The anthology “Alternative Economics: Reversing Stagnation” includes 3 translator’s introductions, 3 poems from the translator, 12 articles by Tomas Konicz, and articles by Ulrike Herrmann, Helmut Martens, Franz Garnreiter, Sven Giegold, Karl Georg Zinn, Mohssen Massarat, Joachim Bischoff, Andreas Kolbe. Attac and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. New priorities, assumptions, and policies are vital.
Swiss, Austrian, Polish, and German critical economists could help us find
“There is a beautiful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen where
Don’t blame immigrants for escaping desperate situations. Make the connection between: Immigrants from Honduras & the US-sponsored Coup in 2009 The US roots of MS-13 & immigrants from El Salvador Immigrants from Mexico & NAFTA’s disastrous impact on the Mexican economy
The Financial Market Casino Controls Politics
by Ernst Wolff, 10/1/2017
Corporations are subsidized with trillions. In their “competition,” small and medium-size businesses are the fools. The lobby-politicians only give the trillions to big corporations.
Corporations depend on subsidies. In the last decades, a complex subsidy jungle exists in nearly all states through which private corporations are continuously promoted with tax funds. This subsidy net has become a kind of heart-lung machine, “socialism for the rich” or “new feudalism.”
PLUTOCRACY OR PUBLIC SPIRIT
Thomas Piketty, the economist and author of the 700-page “Capital in the 21st century, describes neoliberalism as an “inequality machine” and urges a Wealth Tax to avert plutocracy. Life in the 21st century resembles life in the “Roaring 90s” when the top 1% had more than 90%.
Neoliberal myths include: (1) The market is self-healing and creates living-wage jobs, (2) CEOs are job creators and workers are cost-factors, (3) Finance drives the real economy, (4) the state is the problem, not the solution, (5) financial markets tend to equilibrium, (6) high profits lead to greater investment and more jobs. and (7) sharing and redistribution discourage achievement. In reality, all personal and social achievement is based on state investment in schools, hospitals, libraries, roads, water safety, food quality, and airwaves.
Market distortions include: (1) Tax havens, (2) Micro-second betting, (3) Stock buybacks and (4) Insider trading. Corporations and the super-rich shift their profits to miniature states like Lichtenstein and the Cayman Islands and states and communities suffer revenue shortfalls. When does progressive economic theory replace myths and fairy-tales?
Vienna: Housing is a Human Right
Vienna: Housing is a Human Right
by the German DGB Union, 3/21/19
Housing as a human right is subverted by the right of speculation. The Vienna Housing Fund buys up potential development land and prevents speculation. Rents in Vienna are half the rents in Munich.
Housing is a creative challenge since we are not born with built-in housing like clams. The state cannot steal away from its responsibility to guarantee life, liberty, and happiness.
|The human right of housing is subverted by the right of speculation. |
When speculation is unbridled, sharks are protected against the
This article by the Swiss emeritus professor Arnold Kunzli is translated from the German in Neue Wege.
Housing as a Human Right
By Arnold Kunzli
[Arnold Kunzli’s lecture “Housing as a Human Right” presented at the 1990 Bern peace week and broadcast later by radio DRS is translated by Marc Batko from the German in the Swiss Neue Wege 84, June 1990. The text shows that a right to housing also includes a right to land but that these two rights cannot be realized within existing property structures. Only a distribution of land ownership in a discretionary property of communes and a revenue property of individuals enables the human right to land and housing to be guaranteed to all people. As in his latest book “Rescue Freedom from its Protectors!”, Professor Kunzli (Zurich) reveals in this lecture how little capitalism and human rights are compatible with one another.]
The Idea of Human Rights
The idea of human rights, as we understand it today, was conceived during that secular movement of emancipation called the age of the Enlightenment. It implies that certain innate, inalienable basic rights come to the person, to every person without exception, owing only to the fact that he or she was born as a person, independent of sex, age, intelligence, race and membership to a class, religion and nation, independent even from time and space. These rights have a pre-political or supra-political character and are valid absolutely and universally. Standing above the positive law, they cannot be balanced, decreed or abolished and form the substance of what is called human dignity.
– In the formulation of the 1776 American Declaration of Independence composed by Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all persons are created equal endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Crisis of Democracy by Joachim Hirsch, February 2019
Decisions affecting social development are in the hands of private investors and state policy depends on their actions. The increasingly unequal income- and wealth distribution is the result of a strategic governmental policy that reacted to a capitalist crisis.
The social consensus made possible the relative stability of liberal democracy up to the 1970s. In the meantime, this has reversed. Looking to the future opens up uncertainty and anxiety and not hope anymore.
by Sheri Berman, March 11, 2019
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