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To survive we must gradually but quickly change from a growth economy of capitalism to an economy that can manage shrinkage until we reach a sustainable life. This can only be achieved by progressing from the unfairness of a competitive economy to the fairness of a cooperative one. The side effect would be a better physical and mental health.

Lionel Anet, Countercurrents.com

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18 November, 2014| Before the end of the ice age people lived in a communalised state of coexistence with a multitude of living things. Each played a part that maintains the ecosystem by just surviving; no species had overwhelming power, therefore it was self-regulating. It was sustainable, able to withstand the results of a wide ranch of climate and natural celestial or extreme volcanic activities.

At the end of the ice age circumstance changed, forcing some people around the world to eventually be dependent on farming, and this gradually introduced the concept of private property. It, in turn gave the impetus for violent robberies, which has become a major part of civilisation, a highly glorified activity. The violence is an essential civilised part of solving unresolvable disagreement about who should have access to particular resources; our greatest heroes were and are the outcome of those carnages.

Lionel Anet is a member of Sydney U3A University of the Third Age, of 20 years standing and now a life member.

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Approaching the End of Human History? Noam Chomsky, In These Times <>

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  • The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor of what is happening to the physical world.
  • The short, strange era of human civilization may be drawing to a close. 
  • The UN’s New Report on Global Warming Is the Most Terrifying Yet
  • 5 Crucial Lessons for the Left From Naomi Klein’s New Book

 

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Industrial Worker | Pyramid of the Capitalist System

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Industrial Worker | Pyramid of the Capitalist System

Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Part 1: 2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the hype
  • Part 2: Minneapolis' final bid for Final Four goes 'flawlessly'
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: 2014 All-Star Game was a hit, but not up to the hype

Projections of a $75 million boost to state’s economy being revised to $21 million to $55 million.

Mike Kaszuba, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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November 12, 2014 | Four months removed from the glow of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the economic benefits that the event was supposed to bring to Minnesota appear to have shrunk.

Meet Minneapolis, the city’s tourism arm, had initially predicted the game would mean a $75 million boost for the local economy, but based on closer study has now revised the figure to $50 million. The state Department of Revenue, reviewing sales tax data for Minneapolis, added that the true figure could be as high as $55 million, or as low as $21 million.

Mike Kaszuba has been a reporter at the Star Tribune for 29 years and has covered a wide range of topics, including sports, government agencies and the state of Minnesota.

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Part 2: Minneapolis' final bid for Final Four goes 'flawlessly'

  • The steering committee for Minneapolis’ bid for a Final Four presented its final pitch to the NCAA men’s basketball committee Tuesday in Indianapolis.
  • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Amelia RaynoMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

November 12, 2014 | The steering committee for Minneapolis bid for a Final Four presented its final pitch to the NCAA men’s basketball committee Tuesday in Indianapolis, and now it must wait until Friday to hear whether they struck a winning nerve.

“Our presentation went off flawlessly,” Michele Kelm-Helgen, steering committee spokeswoman and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman, told the Star Tribune on Tuesday afternoon. “We presented everything we wanted to in the way we wanted it to be presented. The committee seemed to react positively. Obviously, we won’t know until Friday.”

Amelia Rayno: Sports reporter | College basketball

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Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it? Louis D. Johnston, MinnPost <http://www.minnpost.com>

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

 

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978

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  • According to The Economic Policy Institute, the number of missing workers—those who are likely to have dropped out of the labor force because no jobs are available--has hit 6.32 million. If they were counted in the unemployment rate, it would be 9.6 percent, instead of the 5.9 percent that is officially reported.
  • Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014

Andre Damon, World Socialist Website 

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wsws.org%20%7C%20US%20Labor%20Participation%20Rate.jpgOctober 2014 | The share of US working-age adults who are in the labor force fell to the lowest level in 36 years, according to the monthly jobs report published Friday by the Labor Department.

While the economy added an estimated 248,000 jobs and the official unemployment rate fell from 6.1 to 5.9 percent, these headline figures hide a more fundamental reality. Six years after the financial collapse of 2008, the labor market remains stagnant and an increasing portion of the population has simply given up hope of ever finding work.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

1classwar.jpgThe people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.

10 New items including:

  • The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014
  • Robert Reich: Harvard Business School is complicit in America’s widening inequality
  • Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise
  • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage
  • Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose
  • The Carnage of Capitalism
  • The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all
  • Corporate Artful Dodgers
  • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized

 

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Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014

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  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • 10 New items including:
    • The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014
    • Robert Reich: Harvard Business School is complicit in America’s widening inequality
    • Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise
    • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage
    • Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
    • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose
    • The Carnage of Capitalism
    • The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all
    • Corporate Artful Dodgers
    • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."
  • Part 1: “American dream” is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us.
  • Part 2: You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house.”

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Robert Reich: Harvard Business School is complicit in America’s widening inequality, Robert B. Reich, RobertReich.org

  • It would seem worthwhile for the faculty and students of Harvard Business School, as well as those at every other major business school in America, to … ask whether maximizing shareholder value … continues to be the proper goal for the modern corporation.
  • The former secretary of labor calls out the famed university for the way it's educating our country's future CEOs.
  • What's Wrong With the American University System

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Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

  • Just Like The Sign Says
  • It's time to Give America a Raise. 
  • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage

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Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage, Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post

  • “Minimum wage workers are almost all in the United States employed in non-tradable industries -- the production can’t move to China,” Krugman, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for economic sciences, told Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal in a video posted Monday.
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

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Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others, Jedediah Purdy, the Daily Beast

If we don’t overcome that inhibition (Margaret Thatcher’s famous line, “There is no alternative” to the way we live now, so complaining is useless.) and find ways of imagining a fairer economy—as a democratic problem—the internal contradictions  of our oh-so-equal and oh-so-unequal society will keep proliferating. 

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Monte Wolverton

 
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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine  

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

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The Carnage of Capitalism, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.
  • Global Greed

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The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, George Monbiot , The Guardian

  • As the justifications for gross inequality collapse, only the Green party is brave enough to take on the billionaires’ boot boys.
  • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized.

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Corporate Artful Dodgers, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

  • Tax Avoidance du Jour: Inversion
  • None of this has anything to do with investment and job creation. 
  • Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud

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The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized, Maxwell Strachan, Huffington Post 

  • When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is.
  • America’s rotting empire
  • What's a Union For?

 
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Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us

  • Corporatism makes massive exceptions that rig markets and tilt the seller-buyer balance heavily infavor of the former who become bigger and bigger global corporations.
  • QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left

Ralph Nader, OpEdNews

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11/1/2014 |The ruling dogma of our political economy is corporatism. Corporatism claims to draw legitimacy from the free market theory that all vendors who do not meet market demands will go under. Corporatism uses this illusion to exert power over all aspects of our political economy.

Free markets, corporatists believe, are the best mechanism to allocate resources for the exchange of goods and services. They believe markets free of regulation, taxation or competition from government enterprises produce the best results. Their favorite metaphor is Adam Smith's "invisible hand" that produces the greatest good for the greatest number of people by the exertions of many willing sellers and many willing buyers (Adam Smith, they neglected to add, favored public works, public education and social safety nets like decent wages and public welfare as needed.) 

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left, Rob Urie, Counterpunch 

Capitalism is Worth Saving?

 

 

 

QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left

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Capitalism is Worth Saving?

Rob Urie, Counterpunch

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Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpgWeekend Edition, Oct 31-Nov 02, 2014 | The economic theories, rhetoric and policies of the current era descended from strategies of repression of eighty years ago. Coming out of the Great Depression liberalism was the ‘pragmatic’ effort to preempt an energetic left by tempering the more suicidal tendencies of unhindered capitalism. But pragmatism that left in place the ideology of capitalism as its explanation left paradox as well. Modern liberals in government and academia have lost all capacity to temper the economic right— neo-liberalism as ‘purer’ capitalism, because they share the relevant frames of reference.

The revival of neo-liberalism from the 1970s forward illustrates a pitfall of this content free pragmatics— modern liberals are battling neo-liberals and neo-conservatives from the shared premise that capitalism is worth saving. Put differently, liberal pragmatists— Keynesians, New Keynesians, etc. support political economy that, as demonstrated by the need for pragmatic ‘management,’ is inherently destabilizing. And rather than preventing economic crises (and social schism) the refrain for decades now has been ‘pragmatic’ recommendations for which there exists no constituency with political power.

Rob Urie is an artist and political economist. His book Zen Economics is forthcoming.

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Chris Hedges | The Imperative of Revolt

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  • “If you continue to go down the wrong road, at a certain point something happens,” John Ralston Saul said. “At a certain point when the financial system is wrong it falls apart. And it did. And it will fall apart again.”
  • Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.  

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I met with Sheldon S. Wolin in Salem, Ore., and John Ralston Saul in Toronto and asked the two political philosophers the same question. If, as Saul has written, we have undergone a corporate coup d’état and now live under a species of corporate dictatorship that Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism,” if the internal mechanisms that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible remain ineffective, if corporate power retains its chokehold on our economy and governance, including our legislative bodies, judiciary and systems of information, and if these corporate forces are able to use the security and surveillance apparatus and militarized police forces to criminalize dissent, how will change occur and what will it look like?

Wolin, who wrote the books “Politics and Vision” and “Democracy Incorporated,” and Saul, who wrote “Voltaire’s Bastards” and “The Unconscious Civilization,” see democratic rituals and institutions, especially in the United States, as largely a facade for unchecked global corporate power. Wolin and Saul excoriate academics, intellectuals and journalists, charging they have abrogated their calling to expose abuses of power and give voice to social criticism; they instead function as echo chambers for elites, courtiers and corporate systems managers. Neither believes the current economic system is sustainable. And each calls for mass movements willing to carry out repeated acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and delegitimize corporate power.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

 

 

 

 

 

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