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For a Positive Narrative of the Left by Michael Brie

For a Positive Narrative of the Left
by Michael Brie, 3/4/17

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/22/18797615.php

Whether the dislocations and cyclical crises since 2008 will lead to its final farewell is a question that drives parts of the middle-class and not only the left. There is wide agreement that the capitalism as we know it will not exist anymore within a few years…

Two irreversible consequences of the growth-driven and goods-producing production method are manifest: the resources of the planet are plundered and capital exploitation hits its limits.

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter

Trump is determined to reduce government to chaos!
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/13/1642640/-Cartoon-Campaign-flashback

The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter, Harpers, November 1964

http://harpers.org/archive/1964/11/the-paranoid-style-in-american-politics/

“The megalomaniac’s view of oneself as the Elect, wholly good, abominably persecuted, yet assured of ultimate triumph; the attribution of gigantic and demonic powers to the adversary; the refusal to accept the ineluctable limitations and imperfections of human existence, such as transience, dissention, conflict, fallibility whether intellectual or moral; the obsession with inerrable prophecies…systematicized misinterpretations, always gross and often grotesque.”

“The paranoid is a militant leader. He does not see social conflict as something to be mediated and compromised, in the manner of the working politician. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish.”

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For an Unconditional Basic Income by Thomas Straubhaar

For an Unconditional Basic Income
More Prosperity for Everyone

by Thomas Straubhaar, 3/9/17

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/20/18797557.php

The basic income corrects the distribution effects of the labor market. It takes something from the higher paid to give to those who earn little or nothing. A leftist fights for a just social system. Robots and artificial intelligence replace human labor. Fears of changes should be confronted with a basic security.

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The Social State and the FDR Rescue

Here are several thoughts from philosophy and theology when the strong winds shake everything but the Wall Street banks. You can watch “Capitalism: A Love Song,” “We’re Not Broke,” “War Made Easy,” “Iraq for Sale,” “War on Whistleblowers,” “Fish Out of Water,” “The Flaw,” “The 99%,” “Tent City,” “Kennedy Legacy,” “Outfoxed” and “I’m Your Man” on www.hulu.com. Enjoy the feast!

Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people.

Words can be like spears breaking frozen souls. (Kafka)

Education is the great transformer (John Kenneth Galbraith).

Economics as taught today is like brainwashing. (Ulrich Thielemann)

Incentives to investing in the real economy are vital after the phase of credit- and bubble prosperity, after the expansion of the financial sector and the repression of alternatives and economic ethics. Economic ethics cannot be reduced to business ethics since that would be ideology. (Ulrich Thielemann)

The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments. (Nicolaus Kowall)

You can make fish soup out of an aquarium but can’t make an aquarium out of fish soup. (Polish proverb)

The person who says it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the person already doing it. {Chinese proverb)

The swan that floats and doesn’t sink represents the in transitory in the transitory. (Heidegger)

The snow gives way to the spring as the old gives way to the new. (Rilke)

Prejudice can be overcome as a stepping stone on the way to the event of understanding, the fusion of horizons. (Hans George Gadamer)

The penultimate depends on the ultimate. (Bonhoeffer)

Human community draws its breath from God’s community. Hope sets us apart from all creation. We can go beyond everything past and present int he power of the coming, the power of the promise. (Jurgen Moltmann)

God did not create the world finished like a thing that is forever the same. (Dorothee Soelle)

The language of proclamation runs crossways to the language of time. (Bonhoeffer)

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Without Social Democracy, Capitalism Will Eat Itself by Karin Pettersson

Without Social Democracy, Capitalism Will Eat Itself
by Karin Pettersson, Feb 10, 17

https://www.socialeurope.eu/2017/02/without-social-democracy-capitalism-will-eat/

The Golden Age has now been gone longer than it lasted and the world it sprung from doesn’t exist anymore. Once a balance was struck between labor and capital. The relatively fair distribution of wealth that was the result of the post-war institutions is disappearing.

Step by step, capitalism is eating itself with potentially dramatic consequences for social stability and liberal democracy. Only the left can save capitalism now. The exploding inequality undermines growth, democracy and the soci8al contract.

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Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 11 min

Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 2015, 11 min

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2TbrtCGbhQ

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Bernie Sanders: “Despair is not an option”

to read the interview with Bernie Sanders published in The Guardian, March 10, 2017, click on
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/10/bernie-sanders-interview-trump-democratic-party-resistance
The senator talks about his fight to make the Democratic party more attractive to working-class people – and on taking his progressive populism to the heartland in order to topple Trump

by Ed Pilkington in Washington

“Over the last 30 or 40 years the Democratic party has transformed itself from a party of the working class – of white workers, black workers, immigrant workers – to a party significantly controlled by a liberal elite which has moved very far away from the needs of … working families in this country.”

The liberal left’s focus on sectional interests – whether defined by gender, race or immigrant status – has obscured the needs of a shrinking middle class suffering from huge levels of income inequality. It didn’t need to have been that way. “The truth is, we can and should do both. It’s not an either/or, it’s both.”

“My job is to substantially increase the number of people participating in the political process. We’ve been quite successful in this, getting more and more people to run for office. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

Here’s where a shaft of light pierces through the gloom: he is convinced that the resistance is already working. In a 14-minute video posted to Facebook Live immediately after Trump’s joint session to Congress, Sanders went so far as to say that Republicans were on the defensive.

These are very difficult and frightening times. But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.”

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The “Security Conference” – A Fraudulent Labeling by Walter Listl

We say: No more world war fantasies and war preparations. Peace instead of NATO – Human dignity instead of the military – Reason instead of Trump.

THE ‘SECURITY CONFERENCE” – A FRAUDULENT LABELING

By Walter Listl

[This address at the February 18, 2017, demonstration is translated from the German on the Internet.]

http://la.indymedia.org/news/2017/03/295134.php

The term “security conference” is a fraudulent labeling. This weekend weapon dealers, war strategists, climate criminals and causal agents of flight meet at a Bavarian hotel for their annual propaganda forum.

They are responsible for intervention wars, environment catastrophes, refugee misery and worldwide poverty.

Preserving their cannibalistic world order is central to them, not the peaceful solution of conflicts or security. Enforcing the worldwide hegemony claims of western superpowers and corporations is uppermost. An economy that kills is maintained.

They are the real dangers and threats.

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The young Turks are beating major media operations by Laura Flanders

The young Turks are beating major media operations, 6 minutes
by Laura Flanders, The Nation, LF Show with Ana Kasparian and Steven Oh
March 8, 2017

https://youtu.be/6ca0LK3v8Bc

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Unemployment and Inequality: A Reading Sample

Unemployment and Inequality: A Reading Sample

http://la.indymedia.org/news/2017/03/295125.php

Oxfam, an international development NGO, decries the “power takeover” by the rich and the fattest moneybags for manipulating the political system, introducing unfair rules of the game to their favor, to pay lower taxes, observe fewer regulations and hardly fear controls anymore.

“The past will devour the future” if there is no radical change of direction in economic development. That is Thomas Piketty’s prediction. Piketty sees the solution in a global capital tax or wealth tax.

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