Monthly Archives: January 2017

2017 Human Rights Report, 704 pp

2017 Human Rights Report, 704 pp by Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/wr2017-web.pdf The Dangerous Rise of Populism Global Attacks on Human Rights Values By Kenneth Roth, Executive Director Human rights exist to protect people from government abuse and neglect. Rights limit … Continue reading

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Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others

Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434200.shtml The economic crisis calls for social-democratic answers. The fading mass purchasing power (in Germany) is due to the increasing inequality of income and wealth. Deregulation promotes social problems … Continue reading

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The Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey

The Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434163.shtml A society of social descent, precariousness and polarization has emerged out of the society of ascent and social integration. For a long while, the pillars of social integration have been eroding and crashes … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Post-Materialists!

On BookTV, Jean Twenge, author of “The Narcissism Epidemic,” warns that the cult of specialiness was thought to be the ladder to corporate success and turned out to be anti-social. https://www.c-span.org/video/?286496-1/narcissism-epidemic Possessions can possess us more than we possess them. … Continue reading

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Trump and the Consequences: Democracy at a Crossroads by Albrecht von Luecke

Trump and the Consequences: Democracy at a Crossroads by Albrecht von Luecke, December 2016 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434101.shtml A “descent society” came out of the former ascent society of the postwar… What appears here is another form of democracy, without the constitutional state … Continue reading

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The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics by Rudolf Hickel

The Civilization Crisis: Post-Factual Criticism of Politics by Rudolf Hickel http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434088.shtml In Trumponomics, falling tax rates for businesses should increase tax revenues. When businesses do not invest, the tax gifts lead to lower state spending and higher state debts at … Continue reading

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No Future and Computerization

No Future and Computerization by Theresia Pfister, Dec 29, 2016 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434053.shtml Crises, cracks in the mirror, wake-up calls and writing on the wall call us to rethinking and resistance, to new priorities and countermeasures. Resignation, obliviousness and the 2-inch world … Continue reading

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What is Living and What is Dead in Social Democracy? by Tony Judt

Tony Judt and William Beveridge were great progressives and crusaders for the social state. In the US, the middle class benefited enormously in the postwar years from subsidized housing and subsidized education. Why is it we have such difficulty even … Continue reading

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The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner

The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner, Dec 14, 2016 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434028.shtml What institutions and infrastructures are needed so all people can lead good lives? Good lives demand more than consumption paid with money. The commons-what … Continue reading

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