Category Archives: Essays

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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America under Donald Trump by Ingeborg Breuer and Ulrich Busch

America under Donald Trump by Ingeborg Breuer and Ulrich Busch, February 2017 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/03/434407.shtml The “elite-mass split,” the tear between the establishment and the masses, damages American democracy. As a damaged democracy, there is very low trust in the competence of … Continue reading

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Our Beautiful New Clothes by Ingo Schulze

Our Beautiful New Clothes by Ingo Schulze http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/02/434401.shtml Neoliberalism seems to create “clothes no one can see” when it mystifies the market and competition and uses the austerity model, the location model and the adjustment imperative or extortion to turn … Continue reading

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Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority

Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority by the Institute of the Solidarity Modern https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796513.php The Brexit vote and the American presidential election have dramatically accelerated the crises of classical neoliberal policy. The exit from neoliberalism can only … 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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Democracy and the Social State by Franz Segbers

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433278.shtml Finance capitalism and Citizens United have turned life, language, and democracy upside down as the $150 million given by Wall Street to Hillary Clinton falls under the rubric “social engagement.” With these theses, Franz Segbers emphasizes the social state … Continue reading

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Profit-Making is Different than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann

Profit-Making is Different Than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann Feb 23rd, 2015 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/02/23/18768947.php Discussions of jobs and the economy are often marked by trivialization, distortion, unreality and wishful thinking. The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments and rationalization and digitalization lead … Continue reading

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We Must Choose: Capitalism or Democracy by Conrad Schuhler

We Must Choose: Capitalism or Democracy by Conrad Schuhler, 2014. These theses arose at a podium discussion with spokespersons of Attac, Blockupy and IG Metal http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/09/433047.shtml Middle-class democracy only knows formal political equality. Society is divided into unequal classes. Rule … Continue reading

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Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/07/432662.shtml Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear by Rainer Mausfeld, 4/22/2016 The main responsibility of a government in a “democracy” is protecting the minority of the ownership class against the majority of the non-owners… Our bombing Arab countries is not terrorism but … Continue reading

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Canada had its best election ever!

Canada had its best election ever two weeks ago. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party are now the Majority Party with 184 seats (previously 30 seats) and Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are termed out. “When government trusts citizens, citizens … Continue reading

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