Category Archives: Reducing Inequality/ Redistribution

Memorandum 2017: Alternatives for a Solidarity Europe: Instead of “Germany First”

Memorandum 2017: Alternatives for a Solidarity Europe: Instead of “Germany First” http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/06/434822.shtml The European Union is at a crossroads. The reason lies in the neoliberal redistribution policy favoring capital incomes for many years. “Mass unemployment intensified and was not ended … Continue reading

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“Punishing the Poor. The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity”

“Punishing the Poor. The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity” by Loic Wacquant, 2009, 211 pages, a John Hope Franklin book https://libcom.org/files/Lo%C3%AFc%20Wacquant%20-%20Punishing%20the%20Poor.pdf Public goods and social capital are missing in some American ghettos so “public institutions act as negative social capital … Continue reading

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Become a Solidarity Person by Ulrich Duchrow

Become a Solidarity Person by Ulrich Duchrow, April 2006 http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/05/15/18799425.php The majority of the world’s population doesn’t want to know anything about globalized neoliberal capitalism anymore. Many millions are dying in its consequences. Every five seconds a child dies of … Continue reading

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Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers

Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy by Franz Segbers http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2017/04/434586.shtml The state should represent the public interest and yet private or special interests are in the driver’s seat with privatization, deregulation and liberalized markets. Trump’s proposed 2018 budget is a sledgehammer … Continue reading

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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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The Social State and the FDR Rescue

Here are several thoughts from philosophy and theology when the strong winds shake everything but the Wall Street banks. You can watch “Capitalism: A Love Song,” “We’re Not Broke,” “War Made Easy,” “Iraq for Sale,” “War on Whistleblowers,” “Fish Out … Continue reading

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Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 11 min

Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 2015, 11 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2TbrtCGbhQ

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Bernie Sanders: “Despair is not an option”

to read the interview with Bernie Sanders published in The Guardian, March 10, 2017, click on https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/10/bernie-sanders-interview-trump-democratic-party-resistance The senator talks about his fight to make the Democratic party more attractive to working-class people – and on taking his progressive populism … Continue reading

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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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