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Without vision, the people perish. The future could be full of community centers, exchanging roles, free Internet books and reduced working hours if we could shift from quantitative to qualitative growth, from building stories on office buildings to telling stories, … Continue reading

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Less Growth and Less Work

Less Growth and Less Work by Mohssen Massarrat French economist Thomas Piketty described neoliberalism or finance capitalism as an “inequality machine.” Profits soar and investments are postponed. Keynes spoke of three phases: investments, surplus and stagnation. Are economic policy alternatives … Continue reading

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Degrowth – A vocabulary for a new era, 19pp

http://vocabulary.degrowth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Degrowth-vocabulary_Introduction-Degrowth_Kallis-Demaria-Dalisa.pdf Growth in the developed economies might be coming to an end. This might be due to diminishing marginal returns (Bonaiuti, 2014), the exhaustion of technological innovations (Gordon 2012) or limits in creating effective demand and investment outlets for capital … Continue reading

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Breaking the Frozen Soul

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 … Continue reading

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“Trade Agreements Rigged to Protect Capital From Democracy”

“Trade Agreements Rigged to Protect Capital From Democracy” by Park MacDougald, March 12, 2015 on www.truth-out.org http://truth-out.org/…/29595-trade-agreements-rigged-to-pro… more at http://www.alternativetrademandate.org, http://www.citizen.org, and http://rosalux-europa.info/user…/…/HILARY_UPDATE_EN_2015.pdf

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Democracy for Sale: Stop Fast Track and TTIP!

The investment protection clause of TTIP grants investors special protection regarding their so-called “legitimate expectations.” Businesses can sue when they feel restricted in their business activity by new laws in the public interest. Financial services are an important sector for … Continue reading

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Video: A basic income for everybody!, 48 min

Belgian video with English subtitles 26/2/15 – It’s an old idea and one that has Belgian origins. In today’s economic situation it has won a growing number of supporters. VRT News wanted to find out whether or not it was … Continue reading

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Homo Economicus and Dethronement of the Profit Principle by Ulrich Thielemann

Homo Economicus and Dethronement of the Profit Principle by Ulrich Thielemann, 2007 and 2010 Max Frisch summarized economism in the formula: “what brings profit is rational.” Economism is a business ethics conception, namely a justification theory for profit maximization. Business … Continue reading

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Profit-Making is Different Than Profit-Maximizing by Ulrich Thielemann

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 … Continue reading

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The Future of Generalized Security

The future of generalized security is bound up with rethinking economics and removing the cap on social security (now at $118K). If you earn $5 million, you only pay on the first $118K. When this anomaly is removed, social security … Continue reading

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