Category Archives: Political Theory

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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Post-capitalist Perspectives

Post-capitalist Perspectives by Raul Zelik, 1/29/17 https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/08/15/18816917.php Capitalism is winning to death. The exit from the overheated machine of capitalism represents an enormous challenge. We cannot avoid the question about common property in the search for social alternatives. Can greater … Continue reading

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Video: Thomas Frank: Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, 58 min

Video: Thomas Frank, Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society, CSpan, June 27, 2018, 58 min https://www.c-span.org/video/?447453-2/rendezvous-oblivion# This is what society looks like when the glue fails, a time of cascading collapse, a golden age of corruption when the … Continue reading

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