Margaret Thatcher is undoubtedly one of
the most divisive characters in British political history. But whatever
you think of her, she’s a woman whose economic policies have had
repercussions that are felt today. She will […]
‘The problem isn’t Mexican migrants or
Chinese factory workers — it’s the global elite that built an economic
model so extractive, exploitative and unstable that it has provoked the
kind of nationalist backlash not seen […]
The opposition senator Jeanine Anez appointed herself the new “president.” The trigger for the coup was the election on October 20. President Evo Morales was declared the winner with 47% of the vote and a difference of 10 points from ther conservative candidate. The per capita income of the 11 million Bolivians doubled during Morales’ term of office.
His book “The End of the Mega-Machine. History of a Failed Civilization” explores the origins of economic power. For 40 years, the global economy has headed into a structural crisis that cannot be explained with the usual economic cycles. This crisis is hidden by growing indebtedness and offers fewer and fewer persons a secure livelihood. Another type of economics could be obliged to the public interest and not to profit.
Venezuela is one of 41 states that depends on food assistance to avoid a humanitarian crisis. The US government is copying its blockade policy against Cuba since the beginning of the 1960s. There is hardly any criticism of the US sanctions. Six million households, 60% of the population, are sustained by the food program.
Social rental housing construction wjhich has been increasingly restricted since the 1980s must be resumed on a grand scale and rapidly promoted to offer low-income earners, single parents and large families a place to stay. A revival of public housing construction would stimulate the activities of cooperative and municipal housing associations.
Resisting “corruption: has occupied the American republic since its origin-along with the search for “virtuous leaders.” The impeachment process was understood as a remedy for corruption. The violation of the people’s trust through abuse of office – the misuse of power for one’s enrichment, the missing orientation in the common good – is the reason for removal from office.
by Alfred de Zayas, Urs Fasche, Florian Zollmann, and Hans Blix
The US surprise attack on Iraq in March 2003 was a primal catastrophe. International law was eliminated and replaced by the imperial dictatorship of the US. Millions took to the streets. That war happened despite the protests against the planned murder, against the manipulation of public opinion and against the repeated lies about weapons of mass destruction. Those who destroyed a whole people and have over a million casualties on their conscience are not punished in any way.
War crimes and crimes against humanity were committed and not only the crime of aggression.
1.3 million in the Bay
Area were in the dark for two days! Time for nationalizing
electricity, for a 3-day work week and time for “Be Kind to Californians
Week” redefininig our priforities! Back in 1930, John Maynard Keyes
said 15 hours a week would be enough and he never saw the Internet.
Some say 10 hours a week would be enough if we knew how to use
resources! The great necessities are massive public spending, ending
the tax avoidance industry and stock buybacks, restraining micro-second
betting, tax havens and insider trading. Mitch gets an extra $2 million
a year thanks to a phone call early in the morning. These are market
distortions – not everyone can buy in high frequency trading! Let me
know when the govt wakes up and creates a fair tax policy. The state
should have other priorities than increasing corporate profit!
To many, Joe Biden represents the feelings of normality and reconciliation. Many Americans seem to like this mix of nostalgia and reconciliation, a kind of tranquilizer-patriotism. Whoever listens to Biden will hear vague promises, conjurations and Obama anecdotes. But Biden is only doing what Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to do: positioning himself between leftists and right-wing Republicans.
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must surely drop out. He was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
committee, a nonstop cheerleader for the Iraq War back in 1988. He kept
warning of Saddam’s weaponsof mass destruction and they never appeared!
Delaware (and NJ) are tax havens according to my research. There’s a
building at 1208 Orange Ave in Wilmington with 10,000 mailbox firms.
Obama even mentioned that. Then there’s the disastrous Crime Bill with
the three strikes you’re out in the Clinton time. Uncle Joe is also
called Creepy or Folksy Joe. Try researching that on Google! Couldn’t a
moment of remorse or honesty break into folksy Joe’s life?
Bernie wins in a landslide with Elizabeth, Tulsi or Stephen Colbert as
VP! Colbert could be the new face and his spirit and humor could surely
shame the Twitterer or “Embarrassment-in-chief”. The self-styled
“Chosen One” is now a bundle of profanity. That’s what happens when
impeachment meets the thin-skinned pathological narcissist and
pathological paranoid! Tulsi will get great support after being called a
“Russian agent” by Hillary. But would people know that? The corporate
media and the way they reduce the campaign to a horse race is just our
Justin Trudeau leads a minority government- after
yesterday’s narrow victory!. If he hadn’t conceded on the terrible pipe
line, the conservative Sheer would probably head the minority
The future is the social state and the poor need a
strong state. The state’s public function includes fighting poverty,
market failures and market distortions (tax havens, micro-second
trading, insider trading and stock buybacks). Bernie speaks of how the
richest three men have more wealth than half of the population. Jeff
Bezos makes $235 million a day, a half-million a minute and Amazon pays
no tax on $12 billion in profit. Bezos makes more in 12 seconds than
five or six Amazon workers in a whole year!
Taxation pays for schools roads, hospitals, community centers, water quality, food safety and airwaves. Life goes donwhill when only six corporations own 1500 broadcast stations, 1500 newspapers, 700 publishers etc. We need a political and fiscal revolution from top to bottom and not from bottom to top. The young should have more job choices than the Amazon assembly line or driving Uber cars!
Marc’s note Oct 23
The way forward is opposition! Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people! What are the arguments against a 4-day work week? If we knew how to use resources, ten hours a week would be enough! Rejoice, post-materialists! Elizabeth, Tulsi or Stephen Colbert would be super VP candidates for Bernie! Why can’t we all rejoice over his speedy recovery? Can’t we let corporations and the rich pay their fair share and not shift their profits to tax havens like Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Delaware and Lichtenstein? New thinking and new priorities for the era of Nebechednezzar!
or contradiction is the way forward! With Bernie, we will have a labor
policy, a social security policy, a housing policy, an environmental
policy, a peaceable foreign policy, an education policy, a health care
policy, a science and technology policy and a technology assessment
policy! Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people! The future could be open and dynamic and not closed and static!
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Time for new ideas, for an active and social state, not an activating and punishing state!
The US could lead the way to a more human future with the 4-day work week, the “Happy Revolution,” a Marshall Plan for Journalism, Education and Research, exchanging roles, future-friendly economics, massive redistribution and post-material qualitative growth!
When Trump returns free school lunches for the one million children, we can negotiate and compromise. Until then, we face Nebachednezzar or Hitler who fills every day with insults and threats, fear mongering, scapegoating, tax fraud, and growing cynicism.
Outwardly we fall apart but inwardly we are renewed. There’s no renerwal when the poor, children, disabled and students are attacked. The Repubs should fade away or face the music for their insider trading, stock buybacks, tax havens and micro-second trading!.
The country needs a progressive revolution after 40 years of corporate rule, tax favors and the enrichment of the top 1% Why not make Stephen Colbert President and Bernie, Elizabeth or Tulsi the VP choice?