and “We do not live in capitalism” by Wolfgang Belitz and Yves Wegelin
There Goes the Rule of Law
by Bill Moyers
Trump weaponized and disfigured the rule of law by making the Dept of Justice go after his political opponents and pardoned white collar criminals to show white collar crime does not exist at all. The constitutional state is being replaced by the security state. The security state is marked by the generalization of fear, the de-politization of citizens, the repetition of the big lie (we are invaded) to repress the small lies and trust in an all-knowing leader.
“We do not live in capitalism”
After the transition to Atlantic turbo-capitalism, little can be recognized from the earlier times of the initiatives of the social market economy. In this situation, the counter-factual and fact-immune creed of all conservatives is enmeshed in a deep unconsciousness about the world in which we live. We live in a plutocracy where the richest 62 persons have as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population.
by Eugen Drewermann and Iring Fetscher
Only faith (as in a religion), the “invisible hand,” the “law” of the “free” market can judge everything. State interventions can only be annoying. The market itself is allegedly “social”. Everyone acts according to his advantage. The system is not social but lives from the creation of permanent and growing injustice. “Needs” can be produced completely irrationally. Goods are both material and “positional” (Iring Fetscher).
by Rudolf Hickel, Ingar Solty and Daniel Stelter, March 30, 2020
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.
Six from Rainer Mausfeld, professor of psychology and author of Fear and Power
Neoliberalism atomizes and commodifies. That is his conclusion, a painful insight leading us to immunize ourselves against manipulatively generated fears.
Rainer Mausfeld, Angst und Macht. Rule Techniques of Fear Production in Capitalist Democracies, July 2019
Rainer Mausfeld, “Markets as a Fetish,” January 2019
Rainer Mausfeld, “Neoliberal Indoctrination,” February 2016
Rainer Mausfeld, “Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear,” July 2016
Rainer Mausfeld, “The Gigantic Chasm between Democratic Rhetoric and Capitalist Reality,” August 2019
Rainer Mausfeld, “The Silence of the Lambs,” February 2019
Rainer Mausfeld, “We Live in a Time of Radical Counter-Enlightenment,” December 2018
We must look for the “signs of the times” pointing 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-making visible exploitation and oppression by power. Struggles for justice and freedom touch a core point of belonging to the people of God.
by Ralph Nader 3/21/2020
Would a sane president be fanatically disabling disease and injury prevention programs at federal agencies and boast about such “deregulation”? Trump continues to favor crooked/for-profit universities that rip off students and leave them impoverished with debt.
It gets worse. Year after year, Trump tried to cut the budgets of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, and the US contribution to the World Health Organization, including their pandemic prevention work. This is criminal negligence. His recent federal budget sent to Congress on February 10, 2020 still advocated these capricious cuts, along with more money for the bloated Pentagon budget than asked for by the Generals.
Last week, Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, called for President Trump to resign. (You can see his statement at Citizen.org).
Lunging between vicious vitriol and manipulative flattery, Trump never did know how to get out of the holes he dug. Here is how to get him out of this one: he should be a patriot for the sake of America and just resign. This is not the time for Captains Queeg or Ahab. The ship of state is sailing toward disaster and the President is incapable of transforming his temperamental dysfunctions. (See: Fake President: Decoding Trump’s Gaslighting, Corruption, and General Bullsh*t by Mark Green and Ralph Nader).
Growing debt is actually not a big problem in a growing economy as long as it does not grow faster than the gross domestic product (GDP). But this has been the case since the 1980s of the 20th century. The debt mountain of the capitalist world system is growing much faster than the world economic output.
Some experts are sure that the only thing that will stop the virus permanently is for everyone to stay at home for a few weeks. Model China. The drastic quarantine has obviously worked, if you believe the Chinese government, the number of inflected people is decreasing…The global economy has grown and is richer than ever, economist Stephan Kaufmann explains.
|The city-state has learned a lot from the sars crisis and is not letting the coronavirus get it down. Not all recipes are transferable to other countries, but some are. And unusual measures are being taken to ensure the cohesion of society. This article published on 3/9/2020 is translated from the German in the Neue Zurich Zeitung newspaper.|
How Singapore has taken control of the virus and avoided panic
The city-state has learned a lot from the sars crisis and is not letting the coronavirus get it down. Not all recipes are transferable to other countries, but some are. And unusual measures are being taken to ensure the cohesion of society.
by Manfred Rist, Singapore
[This article published on 3/9/2020 is translated from the German on the Internet.]
Arriving passengers are checked for elevated body temperature by medical personnel at Singapore’s Changi airport.
Scene City Hall in central Singapore at the end of last week: A networking event takes place in a popular restaurant of the Marché-Mövenpick chain. The place is packed, the atmosphere is good, nobody is wearing a respirator. Why should they? Even six weeks after the first case of infection, the number of people affected by the coronavirus is ultimately still small. There is no sign of panic, people have confidence in the measures taken by the government and – contrary to initial fears – there is no exponential increase in the number of infections.
Three findings after six weeks
The relevant diagrams for Covid-19 in the city-state rather show something rather calming: since 23 January, when the first case of infection was recorded, the virus has firstly not spread explosively but linearly and has infected 138 people by the weekend. Secondly, the line of patients recovered, which now stands at 90, runs parallel to the first, which means that the course of the disease has remained the same so far and is therefore predictable. In this context, the third finding: after an average of 12 days, a patient has usually overcome the infection.
In Singapore, a large proportion of those infected are healthy again
Sanders said you can’t beat Trump with yesterday’s recipes and figures. That would be Biden’s strategy to evoke the nostalgia of the Obama years. It would work for a lot of black people and some of the “urban” upper class. In fact, however, these forces, then personified in Hillary Clinton, have already lost at the first showdown with Trump.