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Slavery as a Human Right


Book Review by Rainer Roth, July 1, 2016

Slavery lives in modern forms like debt slavery. Capitalist society stands in opposition to human rights and does not only realize human rights. Capitalism cannot realize essential demands from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, above all the right to work, the right to education, the right to a living standard, health and well-being “including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services and the right to security in case of invalidity and old age.”

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US and China: International Policy as a Zero-Sum Game

US and China: International Policy as a Zero-Sum Game
by Ilka A., August 2017


After a half-year in office, a coherent foreign policy strategy under Donald Trump is not in sight. The US and China have very different ideas about creating prosperity and security. Approximately 600 million Chinese gained relative prosperity in the last 40 years. China is an attractive model for many states of the global South.

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In Praise of Taxes by Nicola Liebert


Our tax system promotes private wealth and impoverishes the community. Even if no one pays them gladly, most are aware taxes int he interest of the community are sensible. “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, the former Supreme Court justice. The principle of progressive taxation is normally in force for financing state expenditures. Whoever is wealthy should pay more.

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Survival instead of Profit: On the Necessity of an Eco-Socialist Ethic


Capital is a powerful machine of commodification. Since the Great Transformation, since the capitalist market economy became autonomous and “separated” from society, capital has only functioned according to its own laws, the impersonal laws of profit and accumulation.

The deepest shadow that hangs over us is neither terror, environmental collapse nor global recession. It is the internalized fatalism that holds there is no possible alternative.

Michael Lowy is a French-Brazilian Marxist sociologist and philosopher. He was born in 1938 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and lectures at the Ecole.

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The Welfare State in Crisis by Philipp Kramp

The Welfare State in Crisis by Philipp Kramp, Grin.com, 2012


Since 2008, the world has held its breath through the financial crisis, the economic crisis, and the euro crisis. The crisis was the defining political theme. “No one should be fooled about the majority will of the population regarding taming wild finance capitalism. The spine of the world economic system could only be bailed out from collapse with taxpayer guarantees. Citizens had to blame themselves for the system failure” (Habermas).

To cushion their high indebtedness, many governments concocted austerity packages and cut social services and tax subsidies. The social state id redefined by the higher state indebtedness.

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Changing Consciousness: New Paradigms Needed!

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Welcome to the Orwellian land of revolving doors and reversible cups, where weaker countries are called “rogue states” and stronger countries are led by criminals, chronic liars, and casino “working class heros”! Democracy is only possible with a free and critical press, said Thomas Jefferson. After the media was complicit in allowing Trump to create his “Big Life,” can we return to shared values? Can we champion the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

“Philosophical Reflections on the Economic Crisis” ($3.99) is a 54-page eBook with nine essays and three poems. This eBook is sure to reawaken interest in philosophy and critical thinking.
Education is the “great transformer,” said economist John Kenneth Galbraith. Words can break the frozen soul, said Franz Kafka.


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Trump is More than “Silly Tricks”

Trump is More than “Silly Tricks”
by Daniel Tanuro, March 1, 2017

Trump will run the US as a big business. Trump did not come out of nowhere. Trumpism is an expression of a reactionary revolt of the petty-bourgeois and the middle-class, those angry because they were politically stripped of power.

Trump turns the world upside down. The “captains of industry” are now regarded as bringers of salvation able to purge society of political castes, bureaucrats, and bad capitalism. How can one not think of “Germany over all” in “America first”?


Presidential Obstruction of Justice: The Case of Donald J. Trump, Oct 10, 2017, The Brookings Institute, 108 pp


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The Democrats must draft an alternative tax bill!

Do we live in the Humpty Dumpty world – where words mean what he says they mean?

The Republican $4.2 trillion tax bill is sadism, greed, and chaos. Trillions are cut from Medicaid and Medicare; savage cuts are made to Head Start, SNAP, WIC assistance, food stamps, low income heating subsidies, Pell grants and HUD. Public policy must not be confused with a sledgehammer or a wrecking-ball.

The Republicans only seek to help multi-millionaires and corporations and totally ignore the bottom third. The middle third is wracked with Medicare cuts.

Compromises, concessions, negotiations, and protections of workers and the environment are vital so everyone shares in the gains of productivity and technology. Banks must be saddled with the bill for the financial crisis as causal agents. Government of the people is different than government of the powerful. According to Sen. Jeff Merkley on Facebook, 80% of the income gains go to the top 1%. Chaos happens when universities are unsure about October hiring after regulations are demonized.

Trump should be de-certified and quaranteened for the survival of the planet and our economy. Demonizing regulation and anything related to Obama is irrational and a bitter fruit of self-glorification. Our survival and respect of other nations are not eternal but conditional and dependent.

Alternatives and system criticism are routinely made taboo. Path-dependency often takes over and freedom surreptitiously becomes reduced to Coke or Pepsi or Mr. Cartright this or Ponderosa that! Economic myths like the self-healing market, efficient financial markets, and the invisible hand must be checked by checks and balances lest we race to exploding inequality and plutocratic reality. The state should represent the public interest and yet special or private interests are often in the driver’s seat with deregulation, privatization, liberalized markets, and speculation. Trillions were given to the banks as “too big to fail.” What future will arise if the state is prostituted to the highest bidder and government is reduced to “deals”?


Trump’s budget is sadism, greed, and chaos. Chaos is what happens when universities unsure of their budgets delay their October funding. Demonizing regulations is irrational, like trusting in wishful thinking and magic thinking instead of facts and science.

Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda
by John Nichols, rosalux-nyc.org, Oct 2017, 28 pp

Trump is running the US like one of his casinos
by Nomi Prins, Oct 11, 2017, truth-out.org


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The Fairy-tale of the End of the Financial Crisis by David Stein

The Fairy-tale of the End of the Financial Crisis
by David Stein, June 1, 2017


Between 2008 and 2010, the EU Commission approved state aid of 4.3 trillion euros. The potential crisis of the global economy has grown and not declined. A system crash was prevented by the concerted actions of central banks and states. However only time was gained. We face a new thrust of the massive volatility of the financial markets.

The challenge of the left is to free the state treasury from captivity as a hostage of the banks. The financial institutes must be regulated as causal agents of the crisis and saddled with the bill.

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State Indebtedness as a Power Strategy by Mohssen Massarrat

State Indebtedness as a Power Strategy
by Mohssen Massarrat

Contracting debts exploded under neoliberalism since the 1980s – unlike the state debts in the Keynesian era from the 1950s to the 1970s – and produced a structural debt bondage for the overwhelming majority. The financial sector arose not surprisingly parallel to the “indebted state.”

Did the generously relieved rich and businessmen at least invest in the real economy and create jobs? Certainly not! Investment rates fell from 1980 to 2010 in the US, the EU, and Japan. In the past, increasing state indebtedness was often instrumentalized as a bogeyman for attacking the social state.

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