Selling off. The Price of Privatization in France by Mathias Reymond, 2019

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/03/438298.shtml

Liberalization and privatization have ultimately only confused consumers, but have whetted the appetite of the industry bosses and their puppets even more. The takeover of the state by the private sector is no longer about the realization of an ideological project. Economist James Galbraith explains what companies really want: the state must provide an environment that is conducive to their development. The state has to provide an environment that earns them as much money as possible, restricts their power the least, and, “in case something goes wrong”, guarantees their rescue.

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Why aren’t Joe Kennedy and Stephen Colbert considered for the Democratic nominees for President and VP?

In our anti-establishment time, why aren’t Joe Kennedy and Stephen Colbert considered for President and VP?
Joe Kennedy, a US representative from Massachusetts, gave the Democratic rebuttal to the 2019 State of the Union and said “my generation will tear down the wall (if they build it).”
Couldn’t this be the year of the outsider when so many refuse to support candidates over 75?

https://www.kennedyforma.com/about-joe/

Over his four terms in the House of Representatives, Joe has emerged as a national figure in the Democratic Party’s most pivotal debates. From his headline-making fights for affordable health care and compassionate immigration policy to his legislative leadership on issues like mental health parity and civil rights, Joe has become one of the Trump Era’s most powerful voices for moral clarity.

A rising political leader, Joe has seized the challenges of his generation, from his striking critique of American capitalism to his vision for a better foreign policy, his powerful response to conservative abuse of religious liberty, and his voice for climate justice.

He has challenged the old political system with calls to end the Electoral College, abolish the filibuster and reform the Supreme Court. He is deeply invested in the future of the Democratic Party, traveling the country and Commonwealth to help elect the candidates, build the coalitions and support the political infrastructure that we need to enact progressive reform.

As a Congressman, Joe has prioritized presence and accessibility for his constituents. Known for holding open office hours in every single community in his district, he has championed local vocational schools, a growing clean energy sector, needed infrastructure, and the myriad issues that directly touch the families he represents.

Joe is the kind of elected official who calls. He checks in. He listens, and he shows up.

In Washington, Joe has shown a unique talent for building diverse coalitions and the political will to get things done. He has built an impressive legislative record in a polarized Washington, spearheading bipartisan efforts to extend mental health coverage for children and pregnant women, support our domestic manufacturing industry, protect consumer voices online, make hearing aids more affordable, and defend access to legal assistance for struggling families.

Born and raised in Boston, Joe received his undergraduate degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard. He speaks fluent Spanish, is a twin, and was the starting goalie for the Stanford club lacrosse team.

Joe is married to Lauren Birchfield

Joe has spent his career fighting for the people our system locks out, lets down, and leaves behind. He will bring new passion and strong moral leadership to our biggest fights.


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Trump and the Post-Factual by Sebastian Schindler

Trump’s politics is naive and skeptical, gullible and cynical. Trump’s relation with truth is like a generalization of conspiracy theory assumptions that see manipulative-conspiratorial activities at work behind ob servable reality. Beware pathological narcissists who are pathological paranoids!

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/02/438259.shtml

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Bernie Sanders in Las Vegas: Being free, being high and eminent domain by Tomasz Konicz, Feb 18, 2020

The proclamation of a national climate emergency, the ban on oil and gas exports, the import of cheap medicines from Canada, the nationwide legalization of marijuana or the immediate halt to all construction work on Trump’s border wall are to be implemented by means of the so-called “Executive Order”

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/02/438255.shtml

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The finance-dominated regime of accumulation and crisis by Alex Demirovic, published by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation in 2013

Bourgeois society is currently undergoing a multiple crisis. Profits and private indebtedness skyrocket while wages and investments stagnate. Why don’t governments loosen austerity measures and collectivize debt? Forms of solidarity economy and economic democracy are important building blocks for a transformation of the capitalist economuy, steps toward the unity of humanity in a classless society free of domination in which the state is left to wither.

to read the 40-page article published by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation in 2013, click on

https://www.rosalux.de/en/publication/id/7142/the-financedominated-regime-of-accumulation-and-the-crisis-in-europe/

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Video: Offshore Profit Sharing and the US Tax Code (Apple Inc.), May 21, 2013, 5 hrs 44 min

Sen. Carl Levin (Dem, Michigan) was the chairperson of the subcommittee. States and communities, low and middle income taxpayers suffer when US multinationals practice tax avoidance by shifting profits to tax havens. Tax havens, mini-second or high-frequency trading, stock buybacks and insider trading are all nefarious and market-destabilizing.

https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/hearings/offshore-profit-shifting-and-the-us-tax-code_-part-2

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Trump and the “Dis-embedding”

Trump and the “dis-embedding”

The Birth of the I [Die Geburt des Ich (Krisis 1/2019)]
Aspects of Identity and Individuality

von Julian Bierwirth
Summary

Hardly anything seems as self-evident to us today as our way of existence as isolated individuals, as abstract individuals with particular interests and a delimited ego-identity. This way of existence is constitutively connected with the historically specific form of socialization of the modern, commodity producing society. …The formation i of the modern ego-identity is accompanied by a general “dis-embedding” of social relations and the increasing isolation in the process of assertion of capitalist modernity.

In the course of this process, which generated a specific form of insecurity in the individuals responsible for themselves, the idea of an object-like nature, understandable by laws and subject to human intervention, also emerged. In this way, the male, western and white human being became the subject. Women, blacks, and people from the economic periphery, on the other hand, were constructed as close to nature and not capable of reason – a process that in the postmodern social sciences is known as Othering.

While the historical development of the commodity-producing order can be described as the enforcement of the ego-identity and the subject-object-division associated with it, the economic and social changes of recent decades are also reflected in a crisis of subjectivity and the ego-identity in its traditional form. The essay traces these changes and relates them to current political challenges for an emancipatory practice.
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and from Peter Samol, All the lonely people (2016)
http://www.krisis.org/2…/all-the-lonely-people-krisis-42016/

Summary

Sigmund Freud was probably the most astute analyst of the subjective conditions of existence in bourgeois society. The psychoanalysis he coined represents the most mature theory of the sacrifices that our society demands of the individuals who have to live in it. However, Freud himself understood his approach as a scientific one, so that psychoanalysis atrophied into anthropology, where it could have been critical theory (Adorno)…

Narcissism is the result of the confrontation of the individual with the failures of social reality. The term refers to the turning away from this reality and the turning towards an inner world in which the individual has absolute, if only imagined, power.

As a result, bourgeois subjectivity basically knows only two states: on the one hand, the absolute feeling of powerlessness in the face of the heteronomy of one’s own existence, and on the other hand the fantasies of omnipotence including the illusion of absolute individual freedom, independence and unconditionality. The latter, however, demands a high price, because it leads to the immediate repression of human relationships and their replacement by more and more objectified, money-mediated relationships.

Convinced of his own magnificence, the narcissist suppresses the fact that he has little influence on the real world and deludes himself that he can be anything, while in reality there is only a great nothing in him. It is precisely for this reason that the narcissist represents the congenial subject form for capital, which in its endless and aimless exploitation movement also has only a complete emptiness as its content.

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Sowing Egoism and Harvesting Trump

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2020/01/438138.shtml

Thomas Straubhaar urges rethinking globalization and inequality. “We have believed too long in the theory that free trade, free entrepreneurship and little state automatically lead to balance and that everyone would be rewarded in the end… We need a new reconciliation of social and liberal values.”

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Finnish Prime Minister Marin Calls for a 4-Day-Week and 6-Hour-Day for Her Country

Finnish Prime Minister Marin Calls for a 4-Day-Week and 6-Hour-Day for Her Country
https://portside.org/2019-12-29/finnish-prime-minister-marin-calls-4-day-week-and-6-hour-day-her-country


“A four-day work week, a six-hour workday. Why couldn’t it be the next step? Is eight hours really the ultimate truth? I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”

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11-point Plan for a New Socialism by Mario Candeias

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2019/12/438080.shtml

[This article published in Luxemburg December 2019 is translated from the German on the Internet, www.linksnet.de.]

The break with the old neoliberal and new authoritarian policies becomes a necessity in the face of the multiple crisis. An impending economic slump would exacerbate this situation. The “middle way” of post-ideological openness and left-wing liberal criticism is becoming powerless. Even those who advocate the preservation of liberal civil liberties and minimum standards of solidary living must take a stand against authoritarianism and neoliberalism, i.e. for a more radical left course.

Now is the moment of decision, at a time of interregnum, when different developments are still possible. A socialist project is necessary in view of the danger of barbarism. It is fed by the wishes and longings for the future, for concrete utopia. A socialist narrative is important here, but at the same time it must be very concrete, developed from the socialist interventions. The adjective socialist refers to practice and not to a finished blueprint.

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