“Believing without Seeing” by Margot Kassmann, December 2003

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/12/277205.shtml

“Faith is a gift. But faith is also sought and gained by struggling with doubt. For the disciples or the people who want to follow Jesus today, faith is based on the venture of entrusting oneself.” Margot Kasemann is a national Lutheran bishop in Germany.
Believing without Seeing

By Margot Kassmann

[This sermon by the national Lutheran bishop Margot Kassmann is translated from the German in: Evangelische Zeitung Online on the World Wide Web,

http://www.evlka.de/extern/ez/archiv/kaesm-pred.html.

]

May God teach us to hear his word and preserve it in our hearts. Amen.

Dear community,

What a beautiful time together! Community and feast times strengthen our faith for everyday life.

Everyday faith is certainly not simple today! A rabbi who journeyed through Palestine, preached impressively, healed people but still was executed as a seducer of the people. Was the one who died, resurrected and overcame death God’s Son? Can that have a meaning for me 2000 years later? How hard it is to believe! Some say they don’t need this faith as enlightened persons of the postmodern. Others make fun of backwoods Christians” You in the church, do you really need that? Still others attack sharply: the church has too many privileges in the state. And what about us in the church? We withdraw all too often, wounded, despondent, reproachful and not attractive. We must speak of faith today to critically accompany and form the future of the world. This future must be built on faith and reason. We urgently need both.

The Johannine community had to struggle with the phenomenon of unbelief almost 2000 years ago. The story of unbelieving Thomas is a good example. In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, we read:

(24) Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
(25) So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
(26) Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you”.
(27) Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless but believing.”
(28) Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God.”
(29) Jesus said to him “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

Thomas overcame doubt and found faith. How is faith possible? Perhaps we can best approach John’s answers by considering the protagonists of the narrative more closely.

Thomas belonged to the close circle of the disciples. He was not present when Jesus appeared to the disciples and sent them into discipleship, authorizing them to forgive and retain sins. Self-confidently they declared: We have seen the Lord. Thomas must have felt excluded. You were not there when the most important event occurred. You did not experience like… Thomas doubted or as we say pretended to be a scientist. I do not believe what I have not seen and experienced myself. He wanted more than to see; he wanted to probe and grasp, to put his hand in the open wound. Thomas could not forget the suffering. He saw it himself. Jesus really suffered and died on the cross. What was central to the evangelist John was that the resurrected was the earthly. Christ was none other than Jesus himself. This is centrally important for discipleship.

As Thomas could not simply accept the faith of others, he also could not gain his certainty himself. For eight days, he had to wait until Sunday the first day of the week. This time he did not miss the chance of understanding the meaning of his life… Remember Thomas could have just gone shopping…

What then convinced him? His answer to the appearance of the Resurrected was “My Lord and my God”. There are moments in life when immediate trust or presented faith happens. Anxiety tightens my neck and suddenly I find words to pray. A child is born and I can be thankful because I see. That is a miracle, more than I understand. None of us can create, achieve or attain such a faith. However such faith needs open hearts and open doors, attention for God. Thomas waited and hoped for this encounter. He stayed in the community and did not leave with his first doubt and his first disappointment. His questions of faith were existentially important to him. His own wrestling which could not be diverted by what is sometimes annoying in the church was also part of faith.

Thus faith is a gift. But faith is also sought and gained by struggling with doubt. For the disciples or the people who want to follow Jesus today, faith is based on the venture of entrusting oneself.

Thomas was not the only one who doubted. The others also first started moving when they had seen themselves. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Our story deals very critically with all the described wounds and appearances. God’s word visible in Jesus is in the center as at the beginning of the gospel: In the beginning was the word. We emphasize this in the Lutheran tradition. Faith is the starting point for the renewal of the church. We must retell the experiences and stories of faith in our time and turn again to the Bible. Too often we speak about every possible subject but not these texts. As a woman from the Pacific said, I don’t know what problems you Germans have with faith. Even the dullest person in my village understands the stories that Jesus told of the mustard seed, the leaven and the sower.

Christian faith is not suspended somewhere in the air but refers to the Bible as the foundation and critical counterpart of one’s faith experience. The faith of the church still rests on the faith experience of the first witnesses. However these are not proofs that make faith superfluous. We encounter the Resurrected today in word and sacrament, in meditation, prayer and other persons. That must be proclaimed in our time and language. We can bear witness to our children, our fellow-persons and the world.

In this hearing and narrating, Jesus calls men and women to discipleship. All the baptized are authorized persons according to our evangelical understanding, not only pastors and bishops. Each and every one can testify from his or her own faith. Priestly existence to one another is turning to one another. According to John, Mary Magdalene was the first. She directly received the commission to go and report to the brethren. She was the first who said: I have seen the Lord. Thus she was an apostle. If John later only spoke of the male apostles, that reflects the fact that full power and authorized persons in the early church are reflected in our text. Women were the first recognized as witnesses of the resurrection. However envisioning women as leading the church would have demanded too much in 100 or 300 A.D.

What is central is hearing and speaking the word of God. The word became flesh and did not remain abstract, intellectual and top-heavy. Dear protestants, let us relearn the material reality of the word with celebrating and dancing, laughing and crying, mourning and praising, meditating and singing!

Faith must stand on its biblical foundation and be attested and made alive in word and praise.

Finally Jesus comes with the greeting of peace. Jesus appears through closed doors and exclaims “Peace be with you”. This is his leitmotif that he repeats again and again. What does it mean that peace is actually promised us? God knows we are unpeaceful, each and every one of us! Malice is poured out when someone breaks down or rails at another or when a government struggles around the right way. Fear of all foreigners and exclusion of others persist. Hatred can be sown quickly and easily on all this discord. We all have seen that phenomenon in the last months in Kosovo and beyond Kosovo, in Ruanda and Burundi, in Ethiopia and Eritrea, in China and Taiwan, in Indonesia, east Timor and northern Ireland. We make no boasts about our own land. God knows this world is full of discord. Can we, dear community, promise peace in a world torn apart by discord in little things and great things? That we as Christians existing in many countries and cultures can promise peace to one another and contribute to local peace and the peace of the world is always my great hope.

Peace be with you! The peace greeting creates community. Dear assembled, we are a kind of crowd thrown together today, here inside the church and outside on the plaza, people from the Hannover church circle and invited guests, members of the family of archbishop Hirschler and my family, foreigners and friends. Let us become a community here today through God’s spirit. So I ask you, look at your neighbor and say: Peace be with you. Whether a television broadcast intrudes or not, we should take these few moments.

Jesus does not say: Thomas, I am disappointed with you. You should have believed right off! Then the beatitude of those who do not see but believe would be a true preaching of the law. No, Jesus has an incredible patience with unbelief and doubt, far greater than his church. He lovingly approaches Thomas. Jesus in his lifetime went to people, to the woman at the well, the tax collector. Following Jesus means for me today turning to people in their fears and distresses. This is part of the greeting of peace: openness, attention, tolerating, seeing, tenderness, understanding for others up to love of the enemy.

How does faith arise? Not through seeing! In the last week, I have had some talk show experience. What would happen, it occurred to me, if we could see the Resurrected there? He would be the new sensation… If he showed his wounds, what an event that would be! And how quickly the fame would fade and this sensation be replaced by others! Faith does not arise through proofs! Faith only occurs through a trustful relation, a relation with one whom I can say my Lord and my God, my mother, my brother and my friend.

Thomas was convinced that Jesus would show him his wounds and injuries. Touching wounds and sharing pain is a very sensitive and intimate process. I only show my wounds and my vulnerability to a person whom I deeply trust. Then the protective layer is taken away. (Jesus appears to Thomas in the vulnerability of life. He overcomes the basic human experience of reserve and creates an encounter that opens up trust. Doubt is removed since touching the painful becomes possible.) In this contact, Thomas wants to feel something of the shock of a very different life, something that goes beyond our time and world. Whoever relies on God knows that what we see is only patchwork.

The Evangelist John shows us three approaches to faith. Faith is presented but also is gained through struggle. Faith is constantly grounded on God’s word. This is possible because Jesus Christ promises us peace. What follows from that promise for faith today? For the Christian community, beholding and listening are vital. The school anxieties of the little girl and the loneliness of the old man, the overstrain of the single mother and the pride of the successful entrepreneur, the joy in the ascent of the businessman and the election victory of the politician are realities. My hope is that the church is the place where they hall know themselves welcome with their anxiety and care and also with their joy and success, where they find the community of trust which is often lost in our time.

Seeing and listening do not only boost people’s ego or confidence. In the last weeks, I was admonished not to lose sight of sin, guilt and offense. The one whom we follow confirms and encourages people in the middle of their little petty conditions. Still people feel their forlornness, loneliness and meaninglessness in all their satiety as soon as they turn off the diversions from life. The church has to help people up and not keep them small. We need people with dignity, backbone and powers of resistance. Is the church the place where people first know themselves accepted and develop the freedom to speak of their own failure? A protective space arises in which my mourning and tears are not embarrassing to me. Injuries and open wounds can become visible. We are transposed into the position of confessing. Where faith is, there is also doubt and temptation as well as joy, will to live and courage to face life.

(The Resurrected is known in that he opens uncommunicativeness by showing his injuries and making possible faith and trust. Jesus is approachable, attentive and merciful in the best sense of this old-fashioned word for those who follow him, Christians and the church. We can give up our fears of physical contact! Christians have a treasure and a great inner freedom through their faith. We can joyfully radiate this outwards and invite people to wrestle for faith. We can be attentive for the situation of people and the world, inviting and capable of dialogue. We can put our hands in the open wounds. Prophetic testimony is one of our challenges. Let us be the church with others, with those who seek and doubt. Whoever struggles resolutely is ultimately in the truth.)

In the commission of his messengers, continue what Jesus lived himself. On the foundations of the biblical tradition, we are strong in faith and joyful in hope in the midst of our time and world. We can walk through closed doors and say: Peace be with you. Faith as I learned from Heinz Zahmt is the wholehearted trust in God as the answer to the fear of the world.

May God help us today and tomorrow to such faith.

May the peace of God that is higher than all our human reason keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Episode 41: Heart
Posted on April 7, 2014 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
The last train from Overbrook pulls into the station
A man runs out of excuses.
“Here we are smack-dab in the middle of February, so we’re gonna talk about that fist sized muscle that lies in your chest, right behind and slightly to the left of the breast bone. Just sittin there between your lungs. It’s a remarkable organ; it works hard for you 24 hours a day.”
Episode 40: Laughter
Posted on April 7, 2014 214 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
Freshly fallen slow turns grey in the gutter
A waitress returns home, happy to take her shoes off
“For the next hour we are going to examine the involuntary, unconscious activity known as laughter. We can consciously inhibit it, but we can’t consciously produce it. It’s impossible to laugh on command. You can fake an orgasm, but you can’t fake laughter.”
Episode 39: Tears
Posted on April 7, 2014 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
Three homeless men share a bottle around a trash can inferno
A rock goes through a window on 12th St.
Episode 38: Luck
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
Foghorns bellow in the gloom along the wharf
Milk in the coffee only turns it gray.
“As Albert Einstein once said: I will never believe that God plays dice with the universe. Well, I’m not usually one to disagree with someone as smart as Albert Einstein, but today going to look at the idea of playing dice with the universe, as we examine the world of luck. Good luck and bad luck. Luck of the draw. Dumb luck. The luck of the lady and the luck of the Irish. Lucky ducky and pressin’ your luck. We’re talking about being lucky in love and tough luck. We’re gonna be talking about hard luck and down on your luck. And as luck would have it we’re gonna be talkin’ about shit outta luck.”
Episode 37: Musical Instruments
Posted on April 7, 2014 225 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
A writer stares at a blank sheet of paper
A writer stares at a blank sheet paper
Episode 36: Hair
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
A fat man spits cherry pits into a cuspidor
Freshly fallen snow turns gray in the gutter
“We got quite a show for you tonight. it’s about a subject that everyone’s familiar with, and I can talk about it off the top of my head…Gonna be playin songs about hairdos and hair don’ts.”
Episode 35: Women’s Names
Posted on April 7, 2014 218 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
Foghorns bellow in the gloom along the wharf
A crying woman in a nightgown can’t flag down a cab.
“Tonight we’re gonna talk about a subject close to my heart, women’s names. That which we call are nearest and dearest, those who we love and want to love. Let me quote William Shakespeare to ya: ‘What’s in a name that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet’ .”
Episode 34: Christmas & New Year’s
Posted on April 7, 2014 225 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Extended Special, Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – instrumental in background)
It’s nightime in the Big City
A department store Santa sneaks a sip of gin
Mistletoe makes an old man sad
Eight reindeer land on the roof of the Abernathy building
“Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And for the next couple of hours, it’s going to sound like Christmas too. This is the special yuletide extravaganza edition of TTRH, chock full of Christmas themes, holiday dreams, and jingle bell schemes.
Episode 33: Countdown
Posted on April 7, 2014 215 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city.
A bus driver talks to his only passenger.
A sailor on shore leave plays Egyptian Ratscrew with a fallen priest…
“It’s our first annual Theme Time Radio countdown show. Where we count down the top ten songs as determined by you, the listener.”
Episode 32: Moon
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata)
It’s night time in the big city
A pet poodle scratches at a window
The last piece of pie is gone
“This is your man in the moon welcoming you to 60 minutes of lunar melodies. In the background, Charlie Parker playing Ornithology. Based on the chord structure of How High The Moon, which tells ya that the moon is far away and love is far away too…Wow, that one sure knocked some heads together!”
Episode 31: Tennessee
Posted on April 7, 2014 214 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city.
A husband plots his escape route.
The last train from Overbrook pulls into the station
“Welcome to Theme Time Radio Hour – themes, dreams and schemes – where the future influences the present with no regard to the past.”
Episode 30: Thanksgiving Leftovers
Posted on April 7, 2014 227 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
Uncle Jim dozes in front of the television
A woman puts extra stuffing into a zip-lock bag
“I’ll let you in on a little secret. We plan the shows pretty carefully, but sometimes I get to yappin’ and we don’t have room for all the records I pick out.”
Episode 29: Food
Posted on April 7, 2014 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(ewww, we’re gonna have fun….OOOO Yes!)
It’s night time in the Big City
A woman steps carefully over a broken wine bottle
the television is still on
(it’s a cozy table isn’t it? I like it too, yes I do like it. Mmmmmm….delicious.)
“Welcome once again to Theme Time Radio Hour, and I hope you brought an appetite. Because tonight we’re gonna peruse the musical menu. We got a bill of fare that is truly appetizing. So I hope you’re eager to dig in.”
Episode 28: Sleep
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(Santo and Johnny-sleepwalk)
It’s night time in the Big City
A man regrets using a gas station restroom
birds are still a couple hours away from getting the worm
Your queen size home for themes, dreams and schemes. Please do not remove tag under penalty of law.
Episode 27: Dance
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the big city
A stray dog’s eyes glow in a dark alleyway
Tex Carbone unlocks studio B
Episode 26: Halloween
Posted on April 7, 2014 214 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(Male voice speaking)
a female announcer dresses like me
a skeleton puts on a fat suit
I gotta put some gas in my car but I don’t wanna put it in the tank
I don’t want to conform to what everyone else is doing
I know I won’t smoke that night though
Below the crypt lies theme time radio hour.

Episode 25: Guns
Posted on April 7, 2014 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
an elderly man looks at his wife’s empty pillow
a nervous thief stands in a doorway
Welcome to Theme Time Radio Hour. Leave your iron at the door, ’cause tonight we’re gonna be playing music of the highest caliber. We’re gonna shoot from the hip and put another notch on our barrel.
Episode 24: Time
Posted on April 7, 2014 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(As Time Goes By)
It’s night time in the Big City
a student faces down a deadline
a man with gin on his breath is pulled over
America’s favorite radio program
Episode 23: Water
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
A night watchman rinses out his thermos
clouds cover the top of the Abernathy building.
A giraffe can go a very long time without water. But he wants to see a menu right away.
Episode 22: Telephone
Posted on April 7, 2014 214 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
The air is thick with a chemical
a woman takes a shower before going home to her husband
Hello…This is Bob Dylan (Bob’s Anwsering Machine)
On the way to the studio I almost hit a telephone operator with my car. It was a close call.
Episode 21: School
Posted on April 7, 2014 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(school room noises)
It’s night time in the Big City
a writer stares at a blank sheet of paper
a pet poodle scratches at a window
Your school for dreams, schemes and themes. Your university of perversity.
School’s now in session.
Episode 20: Musical Map
Posted on April 7, 2014 216 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .
It’s night time in the Big City
a cab driver curses under his breath
roasted chickens hang in the window of a Chinese restaurant
Episode 19: The Bible
Posted on April 7, 2014 214 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
a girl goes through the medicine cabinet of the man who brought her home
a ringing phone goes unanswered
Episode 18: Radio
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
a woman in a red gown throws out her cell phone
a man sleeps with a gun under his pillow
Episode 17: Friends & Neighbors
Posted on April 7, 2014 222 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
a light drizzle starts to fall
an anxious lover waits by the phone
They say that good fences make good neighbors (Frost) and good friends make good music
Episode 16: Dogs
Posted on April 7, 2014 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(barking dogs)
It’s night time in the Big City
newlyweds make love on the roof
a ringing phone goes unanswered
Get off the couch, get yourself a bowl of water, and heel.
Episode 15: Eyes
Posted on April 7, 2014 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(sirens in city)
It’s night time in the Big City
a trail of perfume follows a girl leaving a cheap hotel
a man wakes up in an alleyway
Welcome once again to Theme Time Radio Hour. This week the eyes/I’s have it. Whether they’re blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes, ya got pink eye or red eye. If you’re an eyesore, or if you’re walleyed, we got the song for you.
Episode 14: Devil
Posted on April 7, 2014 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(fire)
It’s night time in the Big City
an ambulance races though downtown
an off duty cops parks in front of his ex-wife’s house
This is Theme Time Radio Hour, and there’s Hell to pay
Episode 13: Rich Man, Poor Man
Posted on April 7, 2014 222 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(coins)
It’s night time in the Big City
a guilty man goes home to his wife
it’s time to make the doughnuts
“Get rich quick themes, dreams, and schemes”
Episode 12: Cars
Posted on July 19, 2006 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

Standard Podcast Play in Popup
(rain)
It’s night time in the Big City
the wind picks up from over the bay
a delivery boy makes a wrong turn
“Today we’re gonna talk about the endless gray ribbons of asphalt that crisscross this country. So strap yourself in, put the peddle to the metal, and listen.”
Episode 11: Flowers
Posted on July 12, 2006 212 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
outside the dogs are barking
a woman walks barefoot, her high heels in her handbag
The most beautiful things on earth
Episode 10: Summer
Posted on July 5, 2006 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

It’s night time in the Big City
angry prostitutes fight over a street corner
a man gets drunk and shaves off his moustache
Time to open up the fire hydrants and have a party in the streets, because it’s summertime

Episode 9: Divorce
Posted on June 28, 2006 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(shouting boxing match?)
It’s night time in the Big City
a woman watches her neighbor through binoculars
a cat knocks over a lamp
Episode 8: Weddings
Posted on June 21, 2006 212 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(talking at a wedding)
It’s night time in the Big City
a man buys a pack of gum, steals a nail clipper
2 pairs of sneakers are strung over a phone line
It’s the month of June and that means church bells are ringing all over this great land of ours. Strap yourself in and get me to the church on time!
Episode 7: Fathers
Posted on June 14, 2006 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(subway noises)
It’s night time in the Big City
a nightshift nurse smokes the last cigarette in her pack
a married couple has a late night snack
Episode 6: Jail
Posted on June 7, 2006 207 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(prison noises) It’s night time in the big city
A truck driver runs a red light
A strange quiet man practices tae chi in a park
“The Big House, the brig, the clink, the coop, the gray bar hotel, the hoosegow, the joint , the jug, the pen, the pokie, the slammer, the stir”
Episode 5: Coffee
Posted on May 31, 2006 209 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(diner noises)
It’s night time in the Big City
pizza parlor is locking up
a drunken security guard drops his flashlight
“Full of caffeinated dreams, schemes, and themes”
Episode 4: Baseball
Posted on May 24, 2006 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(car noises)
It’s NIGHT in the big city
somewhere a car alarm goes off
a woman walks barefoot, her high heels in her handbag
“Tonight we’re going to head out to the field of dreams, schemes and themes.”
Episode 3: Drinking
Posted on May 17, 2006 212 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .
(restaurant noises)
It’s night time in the big city
A styrofoam coffee cup rolls across the street
Two sailors get out of a cab
“The world of liquid libation, booze, sauce, hooch, white lightning, fire water, hard stuff, pick me up ,gin and juice, moonshine, canned heat.”
Episode 2: Mothers
Posted on May 10, 2006 211 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(Sounds of sirens in city)
It’s night time in the big city
The moon goes behind a cloud
A truck drops off tomorrow’s newspapers
Episode 1: Weather
Posted on May 3, 2006 210 by ThemeTime 230 Posted in Season 1, Theme Time Radio Hour .

(The sounds of rain falling)
It’s night time in the big city
Rain is falling, fog rolls in from the waterfront
A night shift nurse smokes the last cigarette in a pack
“Curious about what the weather looks like? Just look out your window, take a walk outside.”

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The Neoliberal Model: Profits without Investments by Nikolaus Kowall, March 25,14

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/04/426931.shtml

According to the neoliberal myth, higher profits would lead to more investments and more jobs. In truth, higher profits lead to corporations buying back their stock and speculation on foreign currencies. The 2000s and 2010s were marked by low investments in the US, Germany and Europe. In truth, higher investments lead to higher profits.

Critical Swiss, Austrian and German economists alert us to the dysfunctioning finance capitalism, the triumph of the ideology of money out of thin air over long term necessities. The future cannot consist of exporting financial products, Coca Cola and rock’n'roll.

The only way to solve the three crises (mass unemployment, environment destruction and trade imbalance) is to break out of quantitative growth and embark on qualitative growth (cf. Hans Ch. Binswanger).

Unlike a chair, an idea can be shared by a whole people. You can make fish soup out of an aquarium but can’t make an aquarium out of fish soup! (Polish proverb quoted by Elmar Altvater in “Surveying Utopia”).

What is good for Volvo may not be good for Sweden. GE Capital proved more profitable and exciting than GE refrigerators! Corporate tax evasion in tax havens amounts to $1 trillion of lost revenue every year. Do corporations have only rights and not responsibilities?

Private losses becoming public losses is the greatest scandal. Simon Johnson spoke of a “quiet coup.” Bill Moyers says the state plays the errand boy for the banks.

TOM TOMORROW: The mysterious disappearance of democracy, April 14,14
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Ideas for the Struggle, 16pp

Marta Harnecker
is originally from Chile, where she participated in the
revolutionary process of 1970-1973. She has written extensively on the
Cuban Revolution and on the nature of socialist democracy. She now
lives in Caracas and is a participant in the Venezuelan revolution

from www.socialistproject.ca:

http://www.socialistproject.ca/documents/struggle.pdf

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www.nextnewdeal.net

The neoliberal model means profits without investments. This is true for Germany, Europe and especially the US (cf. Nikolaus Kowall). Profit-making is different than profit-maximizing. Studying economics today is like brainwashing (cf. Ulrich Thielemann). Economics must be embedded in society; society must not be embedded in economics. Economization or privatization threatens to narrow and emascuilate, turning the wonder of liberating education into the pablum of corporate training (cf. Peter Ulrich).

While the average holding time for stocks was 10 years in the 1960s, the time now is not nine months but 22 seconds. (cf. Gunter Grzega http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/04/426892.shtml “The state is consciously weakened to speed up the redistribution from bottom to top because that corresponds to the dogmas of the neoliberal ideology. “Our state was systematically weakened in the last 15 years by extensive tax cuts. I remember the lowering of the top income tax rate.”)

Finance capitalism or casino capitalism must be criticized like shareholder value orientation and profit maximization. Future necessities must not be sacrificed to short-term constraints. The future could be full of reduced working hours, community centers, person-oriented work, investment in the infrastructure, cloud workers, free Internet books and soft power!

You can read or download the 20-page “Alternative Trade Mandate” at www.alternativetrademandate.org and read Joseph Stiglitz’ “Why Inequality Matters” at www.nextnewdeal.net. Professor Stiglitz tried to explain this to the Senate. Hopefully the millionaire’s club was not entirely asleep, oblivious to future necessities and caught by short-term constraints!

States should be able to defend themselves against financial deregulation, chlorinated chicken, genetic corn and salmon, investor-state sovereignty-grabbing courts and non-transparent negotiations.

Spring returns like a child who knows poetry! (Rilke)

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

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

more at www.freembtranslations.net, www.therealnews.com, www.steadystate.org, www.submedia.tv, www.citizen.org, www.worklessparty.org and www.onthecommons.org

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James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz and Gunter Grzega

to read Gunter Grzega’s “Casino Capitalism and Profit Maximization” published in March 2014, click on

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/04/426892.shtml

“The state is consciously weakened to speed up the redistribution from bottom to top because that corresponds to the dogmas of the neoliberal ideology.” Our state was systematically weakened in the last 15 years by extensive tax cuts. I remember the lowering of the top income tax rate for people like myself from 53 percent to 42 percent now…

In the 1960s the average holding time for stocks was 10 years. Now the holding time is not 9 months but 22 seconds. Like shareholder value, profit maximization leads to exploding inequality, concentration of wealth and the waste of resources. How can the economy foster long-term necessities (e.g. affordable housing, education and health care) and not only short-term profit maximization?

Economics is not an immutable unchangeable fate but a human system where changing rules changes outcomes. Well-known economists question the myths of conventional economics, the self-healing, efficient and deregulated market. The elite live in a frozen consciousness where there are no alternatives and bankruptcies are normal. In financial and economic crisis, we should rethink state and market and neoliberal myths. Economics should be pluralist and not a monotone.

Economics is not an immutable unchangeable fate but a human system where changing rules changes outcomes. James Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz are two well-known economists who question the myths of conventional neoclassical supply-side economics, the self-healing, efficient and deregulated market. Albert Einstein said the one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history and that the bomb changed everything except the way we think. If the 2007 financial crisis is ignored or trivialized, are we living in Orwellian manipulated language?

The elite live in a frozen consciousness where there are no alternatives, bankruptcies are only normal business practice and nature is only a free good, an external or a sink. The time is right for alternative economics, for reduced working hours, investing in the infrastructure, person-oriented work, community centers, shrinking of the financial sector, expansion of the public sector, progressive taxation, ending tax havens and free Internet books! How can economics promote long-term necessities and not only short-term profit maximization?

to read the articles by James Galbraith and Joseph Stiglitz published in March 2014, click on

http://la.indymedia.org/news/2014/04/263646.php

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Free Internet Book: “Restoring Shared Prosperity”

“Restoring Shared Prosperity” is a 211 page book edited by Thomas Palley and Gustav Horn, January 2014, Enjoy!

http://www.thomaspalley.com/docs/research/restoring_shared_prosperity.pdf

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Quotations by John Kenneth Galbraith

Quotations by John Kenneth Galbraith

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.

It is almost as important to know what is not serious as to know what is.

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

The happiest time of anyone’s life is just after the first divorce.

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.

Where humor is concerned there are no standards – no one can say what is good or bad, although you can be sure that everyone will.

You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.

RELATED LINK:

On the Death of John Kenneth Galbraith by Rudolf Hickel, 2006

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426719.shtml

more at www.alternativetrademandate.org, www.therealnews.com, www.progressive-economics.ca and www.onthecommons.org

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TTIP: A Transatlantic Constitution of Corporations? by Pia Engelhardt and Peter Fuchs of the Corporate Europe Observatory, 2/14/2014

The TTIP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, endangers the economics, health and food policies of countries beyond the EU and the US. The Investor-State Settlement mechanism gives corporations the same status as nation states. Sovereignty is sacrificed to protection and profits of foreign investors. Philip Morris is suing Australia and Uruguay for lost profits because of health warnings on cigarette packages. Vattenfall, a Swedish energy corporations, is suing Germany for 3.7 billion euro for closing two nuclear power plants ahead of schedule.

Pia Eberhardt and Peter Fuchs are researchers with the Corporate Europe Observatory. To read their article published on 2/24/2014, visit

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/03/426682.shtml

RELATED LINKS:

“Profiting from Injustice,” 76pp, November 2012. How law firms, arbitrators and financiers are fueling an investment arbitration boom. Corporate Observatory
Trade
http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/publications/profiting-fr…

Public Citizen. Global Trade Watch.
www.citizen.org
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