The Long History of Human Incapacitation by Politics and the Press
by Wolfgang Jungmann, Feb 3, 17
With the term “no alternatives,” come-of-age citizens who don’t join the mainstream press are incapacitated, stamped as troublemakers and not taken seriously. This policy of coldheartedness allowed no contradiction and led to dislocations like one-euro jobs, Hartz IV, low earners, stockers and poverty pensions… The hunt for the socially weak, the losers of our society oriented only in property thinking was led by the press with terms like social parasites and stories about Yacht-Hans, Viagra-Kalle, Caribbean-Klaus, Mallorca-Karin and the alleged social fraud Florida-Rolf…
Democracy is not sought anymore in a divided country, divided between those above and those below, not between East and West or between capitalist and socialist.
Profit-Making is Different Than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann
Discussions of jobs and the economy are often marked by trivialization, distortion, unreality and wishful-thinking. The neoliberal model promotes profits, not investments and rationalization and digitalization lead to mass unemployment.
Most created jobs are temporary and precarious. People trust in the myths of the self-healing market, efficient financial markets, dishwashers becoming millionaires and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. System analysis, market failure and state failure are usually glossed over. All personal achievement depends on state investment in roads, schools, hospitals, airwaves, food safety and water quality.