Flakes, morons, phonies and the bull-headed need civil society as the particular needs the universal or the penultimate needs the ultimate (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
Truth is often indirect – wounding from behind. (Soren Kierkegaard). Truth wells up within us at that moment and canot’t be commanded.
The crowd is untruth (Kierkegaard) as the Twitterer is untruth. 15 false claims a day for 2018 is exhausting!
Trump finished paying into social security tax 40 minutes into the new year! The cap at $164K means if you earn $330 million, you only pay in on the first $164K.
Hope like the immigrant calls for new perspectives. Faith is more interruption than custom. God help us to survive! (Talking Heads)
Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt’s New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to several political and social concessions.
The system that made fearmongers and con-men like Cheney, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump rich is a system of false needs, false values, and false consciousness. Socialism for the super-rich and rugged individualism for the majority!
The bull-headed is mistaken for the humble and sledge-hammers and wrecking balls are confused with domestic policy. The market isn’t a self-healing panacea but an instrument helpful after we agree on priorities for human society. with equal opportunities. The state should fulfill the public interest, fight poverty, help those under the wheel, and create family-wage jobs for those entering the labor market.
more at www.steadystate.org, www.freembtranslations.net, www.grin.com, www.openculture.com, and www.therealnews.com
Against Social Darwinism
by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, 1999
“The conquest of Africa and large parts of Asia was not morally justified by anything. Only peace is morally justified. Today social Darwinism appears in the guise of Anglo-Saxon capitalism.”
The Populist Makers and Dangerous Optimism by Serge Halimi, Pierre Rimbert, and Elmar Altvater
The people vote and capital decides. Another capitalism appears that is marked by an anti-liberal and intolerant culture. The goal of the new capitalists is the same as the old capitalists: to make the rich even richer.
Cheap money seduces to new speculation. The financial crisis became the bank crisis, intensified into the crisis of state indebtedness and continues as a monetary crisis. The governing elites fail to prevent the threatening climate collapse and irresponsibly gamble away the future of the coming generations.
We are living in one of the richest societies in the world. Inconceivable sums were given out without hesitation when the banks
Here is a link to Raul Zelik and Elmar Altvater’s “Surveying Utopia” from 2012.
Markets as a Fetish, Globalization for the Many, and Dissent Management
by Joachim Hirsch, Rainer Mausfeld, and Werner Raza
Rainer Mausfeld explains how emancipative needs for change are neutralized. Democratic societies are only acceptable to the centers of power where they are risk-free for the powerful. Opinion management or control is one of the most important techniques of
Economic inequality must be reduced and democratic
Unlike apples and bananas, financial products are not visible but hidden under complex numbers and data. International capital succeeded in eluding restrictions. Controls were rescinded by the governments themselves. The “markets” then ensured that democracy would go downhill.
The social state is the future and isn’t “Bolshevism”! The state should fulfill the public interest and fight poverty
Trickle-down neoliberal economic theory is rife with lies and myths and leads to exploding inequality and precarious labor
Around 1980, wages and productivity began to diverge and workers relied on credits to survive the time of outsourcing and downsizing
Once 90% of investment was productive and 10% was speculative. Now that is reversed. States and communities suffer from revenue shortfalls. In the 1960s, 40% of Federal revenue came from corporations. In 2016, that fell to 8%
Markets are not self-healing or intrinsically ethical.
Financial markets aren’t efficient and are kept alive by injections of taxpayer money.
Corporations are kept alive by stock-buybacks and profit-shifting to tax havens
Fair tax policy must involve closing tax havens and ending tax competition.
Imagine a future with reduced working hours, respecting the rights of nature, exchanging roles, expanding the public sector and shriveling the financial sector!
Imagine a country without Wall Street and the Pentagon!
more at www.citizen.org, www.openculture.com, www.grin.com, www.truth-out.org, www.commondreams.org, www.onthecommons.org, and www.therealnews.com
“What is The American Left?”by Norman Birnbaum
by Nico Beckert and zebralogs