Category Archives: Reducing Inequality/ Redistribution

Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others

Rethinking Economic Policy! by Till van Treeck, Fabian Lindner and others http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434200.shtml The economic crisis calls for social-democratic answers. The fading mass purchasing power (in Germany) is due to the increasing inequality of income and wealth. Deregulation promotes social problems … Continue reading

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The Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey

The Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434163.shtml A society of social descent, precariousness and polarization has emerged out of the society of ascent and social integration. For a long while, the pillars of social integration have been eroding and crashes … Continue reading

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What is Living and What is Dead in Social Democracy? by Tony Judt

Tony Judt and William Beveridge were great progressives and crusaders for the social state. In the US, the middle class benefited enormously in the postwar years from subsidized housing and subsidized education. Why is it we have such difficulty even … Continue reading

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The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner

The Good Life for All – A Useful Utopia by Alexandra Strickner, Dec 14, 2016 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/01/434028.shtml What institutions and infrastructures are needed so all people can lead good lives? Good lives demand more than consumption paid with money. The commons-what … Continue reading

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Public Risks, Private Profits, and Prosperity

Public Risks, Private Profits, and Prosperity by the Association for Plural Economics and Sven Hergovich http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/11/433779.shtml All personal and corporate achievements are based on state investments in roads, schools, hospitals, community centers, airwaves, food safety, and water quality. The Apples … Continue reading

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Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive

Sven Hergovich is an Austrian economist who urges rethinking prosperity and the relation of economics and ecology. to read his article “Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive” published in March 2014, click on https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/11/07/18793168.php Privatizations … Continue reading

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Keep Hope Alive, Not Gambling!

Keep hope alive, not gambling! Shriveling the financial sector and expanding the public sector are incontestible lessons from the 2008 financial meltdown. The time is right for alternative economics, reducing working hours. person-oriented work, labor-intensive investment, environmental caring, community centers, … Continue reading

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Manipulation of Public Opinion by Albrecht Mueller

Manipulation of Public Opinion, 2009 by Albrecht Mueller http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/10/433631.shtml Timocracy-rule of the propertied-threatens to replace democracy. The large majority is blocked from political participation and from forming their social future-unlike what was intended in the model of the majority principle … Continue reading

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Video: Tom Hayden, Listen Yankee! (2015), 1 hr

Tom Hayden, the passionate rebel against the Vietnam war, died at 76. Rest in peace, Tom, and thanks for all you did in your lifelong work to make America just and future-friendly. Hayden was a warrior for peace and against … Continue reading

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Poisoning the Well, or How Economic Theory Damages Moral Imagination

Poisoning the Well, or How Economic Theory Damages Moral Imagination by Julie Nelson, October 2012 Markets are human inventions. Today’s neoliberal economic dogma creates myths that strengthen the most powerful, most greedy, and most short-term economic actors while the normal … Continue reading

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