Category Archives: Political Theory

“We Live in a Time of Radical Counter-Enlightenment” by Rainer Mausfeld

Rainer Mausfeld is a professor psychology at the University of Kiel. https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/21/18818378.php In the past decades, democracy was undermined in an unparalleled way. Democracy was replaced by the illusion of democracy, free public debate by the management of opinion and … Continue reading

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Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis: From Obscuristan to Absurdistan and Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers

Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis: From Obscuristan to Absurdistan by Marc Batko, 54 pp, $2.99 on Kindle Direct from Amazon. Enjoy the feast! Celebrate your independence! Please order the eBooks! https://www.amazon.com/Philosophical-Reflections-Economic-Crisis-Obscuristan-ebook/dp/B0764KFS2P/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538923510&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=philosophical+refelctions+on+the+economic+crisis and Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz … Continue reading

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The Criminality of the Elites

The Criminality of the Elites by Fabio De Masi and Laura Wiesboeck, September 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/10/03/18817977.php The offenses of the upper classes are hardly publicized. The little are hung while the big can run. People wait in vain for strong interventions … Continue reading

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BookTV: Justice John Paul Stevens, 56 min

BookTV: CSpan May 9, 2014 After Words with Justice John Paul Stevens, 56 min Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talked about his book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, in which he recommends … Continue reading

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Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy by Philipp Staab, WiSO 15/2018 https://www.indybay.org/publish.php The financialization of the economy and the rise of the commercial Internet are directly connected… At the beginning of the digital economy, as Marianna Mazzucato and others showed, … Continue reading

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The Dictatorship of Corporations by Thilo Bode

The Dictatorship of Corporations by Thilo Bode, 2018, a reading summary of his new book https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/09/17/18817573.php Why do the majority of politicians so often make decisions against the public interest and in favor of industry? A new quality of lobbyism … Continue reading

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Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming?

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/31/18817219.php Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? by Isabelle Bourboulon, 2018, vsa-verlag.de Market ideology has been on the advance since the 1980s. Only a few voices warned of the risks and instability of the liberalized financial markets. The European states … Continue reading

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Promote Public Housing! Arguments for a Housing Policy Alternative

Promote Public Housing! Arguments for a Housing Policy Alternative by Sebastian Gerhardt, July 6, 2018 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/26/18817164.php A basic principle of the market economy is that the market only reacts to solvent demand, not to needs. If a need is not … Continue reading

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Carl Schmitt and the New Right

Carl Schmitt and the New Right by Bernd Reismann, 2005 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/21/18817017.php The intellectual New Right may be more a loose network of persons, political projects, publications and publishers than an organization or party. Carl Schmitt redefined democracy as the “identity … Continue reading

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The Country without a Future

The Country without a Future By Marc Batko In the country without a future, elite democracy has long supplanted political participation. Life alternates between self-absorption and escapism, infantilism and dementia. There is no interest, passion or curiosity in a country … Continue reading

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