Finnish Prime Minister Marin Calls for a 4-Day-Week and 6-Hour-Day for Her Country
“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.”
[This article published in Luxemburg December 2019 is translated from the German on the Internet, www.linksnet.de.]
The break with the old neoliberal and new authoritarian policies becomes a necessity in the face of the multiple crisis. An impending economic slump would exacerbate this situation. The “middle way” of post-ideological openness and left-wing liberal criticism is becoming powerless. Even those who advocate the preservation of liberal civil liberties and minimum standards of solidary living must take a stand against authoritarianism and neoliberalism, i.e. for a more radical left course.
Now is the moment of decision, at a time of interregnum, when different developments are still possible. A socialist project is necessary in view of the danger of barbarism. It is fed by the wishes and longings for the future, for concrete utopia. A socialist narrative is important here, but at the same time it must be very concrete, developed from the socialist interventions. The adjective socialist refers to practice and not to a finished blueprint.
The capitalist bourgeoisie needs and defends democracy as a form of social freedom only as long as it is useful to its own class rule. Their understanding of democracy & freedom is structurally limited-only he is a full-fledged human being who is also a citizen of property. The real barriers of bourgeois democracty must ber recognized and overcome.
The 26 community centers in Vancouver, Canada could revive democracy and freedom.
Erik Olin Wright spoke of smashing, taming, escaping and eroding capitalism as alternatives of a transformational left. We must resist the “selective perception” of the elite that ignores market distortions (tax havens, stock buybacks, micro-second trading and insider trading), market failures (housing and health care), state failures (reducing the state to an errand boy for the banks), and the attacks on the poor, seniors, disabled, children and students.
Grace’s talk in Berlin on November 12 in our series “Economics beyond the Swabian hausfrau”.
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The opposition senator Jeanine Anez appointed herself the new “president.” The trigger for the coup was the election on October 20. President Evo Morales was declared the winner with 47% of the vote and a difference of 10 points from ther conservative candidate. The per capita income of the 11 million Bolivians doubled during Morales’ term of office.
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 that cannot be explained with the usual economic cycles. 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.
Venezuela is one of 41 states that depends on food assistance to avoid a humanitarian crisis. The US government is copying its blockade policy against Cuba since the beginning of the 1960s. There is hardly any criticism of the US sanctions. Six million households, 60% of the population, are sustained by the food program.
by Christoph Butterwege, Nov 11, 2019.
Social rental housing construction wjhich has been increasingly restricted since the 1980s must be resumed on a grand scale and rapidly promoted to offer low-income earners, single parents and large families a place to stay. A revival of public housing construction would stimulate the activities of cooperative and municipal housing associations.
Resisting “corruption: has occupied the American republic since its origin-along with the search for “virtuous leaders.” The impeachment process was understood as a remedy for corruption. The violation of the people’s trust through abuse of office – the misuse of power for one’s enrichment, the missing orientation in the common good – is the reason for removal from office.