Category Archives: Political Theory

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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Why has the US gone mad?

Why has the US gone mad? by Alexander Unzicker and Olivier Zajee, 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/05/29/18815311.php Donald Trump blames scapegoats. Why does the US permanently seek new conflicts, send terrorists to Syria, organize the Ukraine coup, escalate with North Korea and threaten … Continue reading

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They Knew What They Did: Texaco in Ecuador

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/05/24/18815205.php The world has created a system where businesses only have rights but no obligations. There is no international tribunal that can make businesses liable for human rights violations. What is perverse is that Texaco knew they polluted the land. … Continue reading

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Work and Digitalization and A Corpse Governs Society

On the 2018 Day of Labor, many were worried. No one can deny digitalization affects work. Artificial intelligence greatly changes professions and whole branches. Well-paid jobs become scarcer. Rebuilding the social state seems necessary for demographic and digitalization reasons. Capital’s … Continue reading

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