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Make Social Democracy Great Again

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 … Continue reading

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Video: Grace Blakeley, Financialization and the Climate Emergency, Nov 24, 2019, 1 hr 30 min

Grace Blakeley – Financialization and the climate emergency Grace’s talk in Berlin on November 12 in our series “Economics beyond the Swabian hausfrau”. Grace Blakeley: How the bond vigilantes are holding Argentina to ransom September 11, 2019 International institutions have … Continue reading

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Rollback of the Elite by Otto Konig and Richard Detje http://www.freembtranslations.net/2011/rollback-of-the-elite-by-otto-konig-and-richard-detje/

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 … Continue reading

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The Exodus from the Mega-Machine by Fabian Scheidler

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 … Continue reading

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Sanctions Are Like Bombs by Harald Neuber

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 … Continue reading

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A Social Change is Overdue

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 … Continue reading

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Impeaching a President and Impeachment and Corruption by Matthias Rossbach and Mark Tushnet http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/11/437896.shtml

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 … Continue reading

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How Misguided Financial Policy Strengthens the Right-Wing by Jule Gourin Capitalism has shown how democratic processes can be easily evaded. The Chicago boys carried out their radical reform program that was known as shock therapy. This included dismantling social state structures, opening the market to foreign investors and shattering unions. The Pinochet military regime kept the population in a constant state of shock with the terror of arrest waves so the population was too paralyzed to resist the selling off of the public infrastructure and the dismantling of their labor rights. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/11/437885.shtml

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The US Tramples on International Law

by Alfred de Zayas, Urs Fasche, Florian Zollmann, and Hans Blix The US surprise attack on Iraq in March 2003 was a primal catastrophe. International law was eliminated and replaced by the imperial dictatorship of the US. Millions took to … Continue reading

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The Social State in the Age of Global Capitalism by Michael Kratke and Elmar Altvater http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/10/437867.shtml

Translator Marc on Oct 28 1.3 million in the Bay Area were in the dark for two days!  Time for nationalizing electricity, for a 3-day work week and time for “Be Kind to Californians Week” redefininig our priforities!   Back in … Continue reading

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