VIDEO: “Super Amigos,” 2007, 1 hr 12 min
Enjoy this call to utopia/social planning/resistance and solidarity!
“Old age poverty is the result of deregulation of the labor market and dismantling the social state. Need justice and distribution justice have always existed in the political realm. The task of the social state was to fight poverty and protect citizens from standard life risks, sicknesses, accidents and so forth… Only the rich can afford a poor state.
We have a crisis of the representative system of democracy and not only a crisis of the social state, the economy and the financial market! The socially disadvantaged are so disillusioned that they do not participate in political activities and decision-making processes. A democracy looks different. For me, democracy means that all persons living in a country are able to jointly decide politically about the country’s fate and their own fate. They cannot do this when they are hopeless, if their social security is endangered or hangs by a thin thread because they worry about not being able to pay their rent next month or their electricity and gas may be turned off… The wealth of the country cannot be concentrated in a few hands so hardly anything is left for the great multitude of citizens…”
to read Christoph Butterwegge’s “The Soup Kitchen State Grows” published on 11/25/2013, click on
“A society can only provide for the future by investing today in the production of tomorrow… What may be sensible economically for a private household or individual business could be harmful for the national economy, particularly when the economy staggers… The state can act as an investor, create demand and thus stimulate the economy…
With the deregulation of the financial markets, investment banks became the most profitable businesses of the world while the profits of the real economy flattened in comparison… A giant financial mountain of virtual assets piled up. Since 2000, governments and central banks concentrated on only stabilizing this mountain so it didn’t come crashing down like an avalanche and bury the real economy… The rage that bank losses are borne by taxpayers at the end is understandable…”
Ulrike Herrmann, economics editor for taz in Germany, is also the author of “Hurrah, We Can Pay!”
to read the review of Ulrike Herrmann’s “The Victory of Capital” by Wolfgang Lieb, click on
Forthcoming in When Government Helped: Dec 2013, Sheila Collins and Gertrude Goldberg, 57pp, pdf
Henry Giroux, Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism, Dec 2, 2013, www.truth-out.org
and The Pope Versus Unfettered Capitalism by John Nichols, Nov 30, 2013, The Nation
VIDEO: “Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis,” Dec 22, 2012, 46 min
VIDEO: Overdose, December 22, 2012, 46 min
Greenspan wanted the punchbowl always full. Now alcohol is added to the bowl!
Nenry Giroux, Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism, Dec 2, 2013
to watch the 26 min video from www.therealnews.com, click on
Economic hardship in the world’s biggest financial superpower. The squeezed American middle class
VIDEO: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism, Henry Giroux on The Bill Moyers Report, November 22, 2013, 56min”>VIDEO: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitali
Henry Giroux e-mail:: email@example.com
Henry Giroux asks: Is the market mentality so powerful and taken for granted that public imagination cannot resist? Educated hope recognizes problems without romanticizing. Ideas matter and offer framework to allow us to be critical and literate. Casino capitalism believes it has to control everything. Only instrumental reason is promoted while justice cares for the other.
to watch the 56 min broadcast on The Bill Moyers Report, November 22, 2013, click on
Full Show: Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism
November 22, 2013
This week on Moyers & Company, author and scholar Henry Giroux explains how our political system has turned people into zombies – “people who are basically so caught up with surviving that they become like the walking dead — they lose their sense of agency, they lose their homes, they lose their jobs.”
Henry Giroux teaches at McMaster University and is the author of the new “Zombie Politics and the Violence of Organized Forgetting.”
“Expanding Social Security” by Paul Krugman.
Perhaps the “no-brainer” can become a new consensus. The future could be full of community centers, free Internet books, cloud workers and soft power!
The time is right for alternative economics, reducing working hours, person-oriented work, labor-intensive investment, qualitative growth, access not excess and enough not more.
This is the best article I have read regarding why we need Medicare for all:
“According to Dr. Geyman, “The ACA’s fundamental flaw is that it props up an inefficient and exploitative private health insurance industry while not recognizing that deregulated markets can’t fix systemic problems of access, costs, quality, equity, accountability and sustainability.” In Dr. Geyman’s view, this flows from the political fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was “crafted in large part by corporate stakeholders who are themselves responsible for the high costs of U.S. health care.”