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Trumponomics: Failure is Pre-Programmed by Rudolf Hickel

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/04/434620.shtml Macro-economic and ecological connections are simply ignored with the concentration on short-term profit. The planned reduction of corporate taxes from the current 35% to 15 or 20% recalls the Laffer-curve as the basis of Reagan’s fiscal policy error. Additional … Continue reading

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Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers

Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/04/434586.shtml The state should represent the public interest and yet private or special interests are in the driver’s seat with privatization, deregulation and liberalized markets. Trump’s proposed 2018 budget is a sledgehammer … Continue reading

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Gramsci on US President Trump: “Delicate and Dangerous”

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/04/434580.shtml The rulers integrate the ruled in their “hegemony.” The essential task of our party consists in conquering power for the working class, The phase we are going through is a transition phase in the struggle for power, a phase … Continue reading

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Private Enterprise Committed to Social Interests by Joachim Beerhorst

Private Enterprise Committed to Social Interests interview with Joachim Beerhorst, March 2017 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/04/434546.shtml Social needs like energy- and water supply, the waste industry, education, senior pensions and health care are better solved publically than privately. While economic democracy is not … Continue reading

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Rethinking Working Hours by Sophie Jaenicke

Sophie Jaenicke works as a union secretary with IG Metal. Rethinking Working Hours by Sophie Jaenicke, 3/15/17 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/03/18797919.php Working hours were and are a contested terrain. Power questions are involved: Who decides over time? Who determines when and how long … Continue reading

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Europe turn left!

www.europeturnleft.eu Topics overview Introduction into the thematic areas – Europe swing to the right – fight back! – Fortress Europe – refugees welcome! – Neoliberalism in Europe – stop austerity – New social movements in Europe – organize the change … Continue reading

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Trumponomics: causes and prospects by L. Randall Wray

The odds on a Trump resignation are 11:10, almost even money – for the sake of the Trump brand! Trumponomics: causes and prospects by L. Randall Wray real-world economics review https://rwer.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/trumponomics-end-globalization-and/ As I wrote in 2012, “Here in the U.S., … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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