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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 of Water,” “The Flaw,” “The 99%,” “Tent City,” “Kennedy Legacy,” “Outfoxed” and “I’m Your Man” on www.hulu.com. Enjoy the feast!

Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people.

Words can be like spears breaking frozen souls. (Kafka)

Education is the great transformer (John Kenneth Galbraith).

Economics as taught today is like brainwashing. (Ulrich Thielemann)

Incentives to investing in the real economy are vital after the phase of credit- and bubble prosperity, after the expansion of the financial sector and the repression of alternatives and economic ethics. Economic ethics cannot be reduced to business ethics since that would be ideology. (Ulrich Thielemann)

The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments. (Nicolaus Kowall)

You can make fish soup out of an aquarium but can’t make an aquarium out of fish soup. (Polish proverb)

The person who says it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt the person already doing it. {Chinese proverb)

The swan that floats and doesn’t sink represents the in transitory in the transitory. (Heidegger)

The snow gives way to the spring as the old gives way to the new. (Rilke)

Prejudice can be overcome as a stepping stone on the way to the event of understanding, the fusion of horizons. (Hans George Gadamer)

The penultimate depends on the ultimate. (Bonhoeffer)

Human community draws its breath from God’s community. Hope sets us apart from all creation. We can go beyond everything past and present int he power of the coming, the power of the promise. (Jurgen Moltmann)

God did not create the world finished like a thing that is forever the same. (Dorothee Soelle)

The language of proclamation runs crossways to the language of time. (Bonhoeffer)

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Without Social Democracy, Capitalism Will Eat Itself by Karin Pettersson

Without Social Democracy, Capitalism Will Eat Itself
by Karin Pettersson, Feb 10, 17


The Golden Age has now been gone longer than it lasted and the world it sprung from doesn’t exist anymore. Once a balance was struck between labor and capital. The relatively fair distribution of wealth that was the result of the post-war institutions is disappearing.

Step by step, capitalism is eating itself with potentially dramatic consequences for social stability and liberal democracy. Only the left can save capitalism now. The exploding inequality undermines growth, democracy and the soci8al contract.

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Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 11 min

Video: “Forget Shorter Showers,” 2015, 11 min


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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
The senator talks about his fight to make the Democratic party more attractive to working-class people – and on taking his progressive populism to the heartland in order to topple Trump

by Ed Pilkington in Washington

“Over the last 30 or 40 years the Democratic party has transformed itself from a party of the working class – of white workers, black workers, immigrant workers – to a party significantly controlled by a liberal elite which has moved very far away from the needs of … working families in this country.”

The liberal left’s focus on sectional interests – whether defined by gender, race or immigrant status – has obscured the needs of a shrinking middle class suffering from huge levels of income inequality. It didn’t need to have been that way. “The truth is, we can and should do both. It’s not an either/or, it’s both.”

“My job is to substantially increase the number of people participating in the political process. We’ve been quite successful in this, getting more and more people to run for office. That’s what I’m focusing on.”

Here’s where a shaft of light pierces through the gloom: he is convinced that the resistance is already working. In a 14-minute video posted to Facebook Live immediately after Trump’s joint session to Congress, Sanders went so far as to say that Republicans were on the defensive.

These are very difficult and frightening times. But also understand that in moments of crisis, what has happened, time and time again, is that people have stood up and fought back. So despair is absolutely not an option.”

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The “Security Conference” – A Fraudulent Labeling by Walter Listl

We say: No more world war fantasies and war preparations. Peace instead of NATO – Human dignity instead of the military – Reason instead of Trump.


By Walter Listl

[This address at the February 18, 2017, demonstration is translated from the German on the Internet.]


The term “security conference” is a fraudulent labeling. This weekend weapon dealers, war strategists, climate criminals and causal agents of flight meet at a Bavarian hotel for their annual propaganda forum.

They are responsible for intervention wars, environment catastrophes, refugee misery and worldwide poverty.

Preserving their cannibalistic world order is central to them, not the peaceful solution of conflicts or security. Enforcing the worldwide hegemony claims of western superpowers and corporations is uppermost. An economy that kills is maintained.

They are the real dangers and threats.

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The young Turks are beating major media operations by Laura Flanders

The young Turks are beating major media operations, 6 minutes
by Laura Flanders, The Nation, LF Show with Ana Kasparian and Steven Oh
March 8, 2017


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Unemployment and Inequality: A Reading Sample

Unemployment and Inequality: A Reading Sample


Oxfam, an international development NGO, decries the “power takeover” by the rich and the fattest moneybags for manipulating the political system, introducing unfair rules of the game to their favor, to pay lower taxes, observe fewer regulations and hardly fear controls anymore.

“The past will devour the future” if there is no radical change of direction in economic development. That is Thomas Piketty’s prediction. Piketty sees the solution in a global capital tax or wealth tax.

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Who Says It Can’t Happen Here? by Harvey Kaye

We have endured 40 years of creeping authoritarianism and it now appears that it may run right over democracy. We must resist and act in solidarity.

Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?
by Harvey Kaye

to read Harvey Kaye’s article published on February 28, 2017 on Common Dreams, click on

Donald Trump’s candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression — an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of a fascist-tinged authoritarian regime over liberal democracy. It’s a fear Sinclair Lewis turned into a 1935 bestselling novel, It Can’t Happen Here — although, as Lewis told it, it sure as hell could happen here.

It did not happen, however. Not then, at least. Electing Franklin Roosevelt as president and taking up the labors of the New Deal, our parents and grandparents not only rejected the sirens of authoritarianism, they actually extended and deepened American freedom, equality and democracy. They subjected big business to public account and regulation; expanded the nation’s public infrastructure and improved the environment; empowered the federal government to address the needs of working people and the poor; mobilized farmers’ organizations, labor unions, consumer campaigns and civil rights groups and fought for their rights, broadening the “We” in “We the People.”

Undeniably, they left a great deal to be done. But they gave themselves the wherewithal to defeat fascism overseas and learned how to democratically rebuild the nation.

Now we find ourselves anxiously asking, Can it happen here? Trump has given us plenty of reason to worry.

In case anyone got overly sidetracked by the Russian spy drama, the following bills HAVE been introduced:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote “NO”…but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

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America under Donald Trump by Ingeborg Breuer and Ulrich Busch

America under Donald Trump
by Ingeborg Breuer and Ulrich Busch, February 2017


The “elite-mass split,” the tear between the establishment and the masses, damages American democracy. As a damaged democracy, there is very low trust in the competence of the government. They no longer hear what parts of society need.

Social dislocations lie behind the beautiful appearances. The official unemployment rate of 4.9% is regarded as a distortion of reality. Two-thirds of the voters consider the current economic situation miserable.

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Our Beautiful New Clothes by Ingo Schulze

Our Beautiful New Clothes
by Ingo Schulze


Neoliberalism seems to create “clothes no one can see” when it mystifies the market and competition and uses the austerity model, the location model and the adjustment imperative or extortion to turn economics into nature. Ideology makes facts appear as though they were natural laws so we resign.

Ingo Schulze wrote an 80-page cautionary tale “Our Beautiful New Clothes. Against a Market-Conforming Democracy and For a Democracy-Conforming Market.” These excerpts are translated from the German. Democracy means a community that is able to do justice to its responsibility.

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