Monthly Archives: June 2018

More Public Investments are Sensible and Necessary

More Public Investments are Sensible and Necessary by Philipp Heimberger, September 2016 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/22/18815874.php The state often takes risks when private parties are timid. Low-interest rates create possibilities for expansive budgetary policy. Public investment in the infrastructure and education could benefit … Continue reading

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The Beam in the White House and Fatal Triumph

The Beam in the White House and Fatal Triumph by Horst Schaefer and George Rammer, June 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/19/18815787.php Iran is the “greatest supporter of terror,” declared president Donald Trump. With that, he justified his peace-endangering cancellation of the nuclear agreement … Continue reading

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Alternative Federal Budget (Canada), 156 pp

Alternative Federal Budget – Feb 2018, 156 pp from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2018/02/Alternative_Federal_Budget2018.pdf For more than two decades, the Alternative Federal Budget has provided a blueprint for sustainable and equitable growth in Canada. When successive federal governments … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Capitalism and Digital Demagogue

Authoritarian Capitalism and Digital Demagogue by Christian Fuchs https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/15/18815689.php Trump is not an individual phenomenon but one of many structural manifestations of the sudden change of neoliberalism into authoritarian capitalism. The media’s profit-mongering intensifies the visibility of rightwing ideology. Enlightenment … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism – A Symbiotic Pair

Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism – A Symbiotic Pair by Sebastian Dittrich, grin.com https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/10/18815568.php Rightwing populist parties mix the conventional rightwing authoritarian political style with neoliberal economic ideas emphasizing the free unregulated market and the sleek but strong state. For Hayek, a … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism or New Freedom for Corporations

Neoliberalism or New Freedom for Corporations by Elrich Spangenberger, 2010 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/06/18815519.php “The interests of merchants always differ from public interests. As a rule, they are interested in deceiving and misusing the general public” (Adam Smith). Keynes established that the market … Continue reading

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Trade War and Zero Deficit Myth

Trade War and Zero Deficit Myth by Stephan Krull and Beigewum Austria https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/01/18815373.php State debts are often necessary and are not automatically bad economically. Investments are prerequisites of future prosperity. When private parties spend too little, the state must step … Continue reading

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