Monthly Archives: January 2018

Tax Reform in the US: Trump’s Attack on America by Soren Brandes, Dec 21

The tax reform of the Republicans is a blow against the welfare state. It strikes low-income persons and was prepared in the 1970s. $5 trillion is given to households with over a million dollars income! Tax cuts for corporations and … Continue reading

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Is Economic Speculation a Form of Structural Violence? by Rene Steenbock

Is Economic Speculation a Form of Structural Violence? by Rene Steenbock, 2013, grin.com http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/01/435451.shtml According to neoclassical economic theory, the financial markets always return to equilibrium. Problems only occur because of state intervention. The 2008 financial crisis should never have … Continue reading

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Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers, 62 pages

Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers https://www.smashwords.com/cart/add/774250 POVERTY IS POLITICALLY INTENDED AND ECONOMICALLY CAUSED AND IS NOT A NATURAL PHENOMENON Poverty in a rich country is the result of political decisions and is not a natural phenomenon. Poverty … Continue reading

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The Trump Election by Christoph Hermann

The Trump Election by Christoph Hermann http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/01/435439.shtml The democracy crisis, the neoliberalism crisis, and the crisis of the Democratic Party led to the victory of Trump. Capitalism is largely deregulated with a comparatively meager public sector except for the defense … Continue reading

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Celebration, abundance and resistance are part of our nature!

One day in Vancity is equal to about 300 days in Portland! Celebration, cooperation, abundance and resistance are part of our nature as antibodies are part of our bodies! Here are links to “Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis” and … Continue reading

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Death and taxes. The global tax race to the bottom is about to begin

Death and taxes. The global tax race to the bottom is about to begin by James S. Henry, The American Interest, Dec 21, 2017 https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/12/21/ladies-gentlemen-take-places/ t may be a long time before we fully understand all the implications of the … Continue reading

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Judge Orrick on Sanctuary Cities, Nov 2017, 28 pp

Judge Orrick on Sanctuary Cities, Nov 2017, 28 pp https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4254991-document-21296594.html Thanks to California Federal District Judge Orrick we can breath again! The constitutional state is not the security state. Trump cannot punish sanctuary cities. Toward a civilization of shared sufficiency … Continue reading

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The Perfect Totalitarian Rule: Orwell

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/01/435432.shtml The security state is different from the constitutional state and is marked by generalized fear, de-politization and forms without substance. In 1984, Orwell warned of totalitarianism where the past was erased and the Party created a new language. The … Continue reading

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Video: “Franklin D. Roosevelt,” 1 hr 17 min

to watch the interview with historian Robert Dallek from Dec 5, 2017, click on https://www.c-span.org/video/?438138-1/franklin-d-roosevelt FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT A Political Life By Robert Dallek 679 pp. Viking. $40 Franklin Roosevelt’s Story Is Worth Telling Again and Again By DAVID NASAW … Continue reading

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