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2017 03 07

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me
to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have been enthroned
and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of
the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices
of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the
Republic is destroyed."
~ Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
 

 

To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States,
                 Resist much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.

Walt Whitman, 1881                                           
 

"You must face the fact:
the final age of this world is to be a time of troubles.
Men will love nothing but money and self;
they will be arrogant, boastful, and abusive;
with no respect for parents, no gratitude, no piety, no natural affection;
they will be implacable in their hatreds, scandal-mongers, intemperate and fierce,
strangers to all goodness, traitors, adventurers, swollen with self-importance."

Paul, apostle of Christ, first century                                           
 

Albert Einstein
 

Dung of the Devil
        After addressing a crowd in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015, Pope Francis created a sensation in international media which reported he called capitalism "the dung of the devil".
        This is what he said (in translation):
        "The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished. And behind all this pain, death and destruction there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea called 'the dung of the devil'. An unfettered pursuit of money rules. The service of the common good is left behind. Once capital becomes an idol and guides people's decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and, as we clearly see, it even puts at risk our common home."
        By quoting the fourth century bishop, the pope associated the phrase with "idolatry": worshiping anything in place of God.
        Guilty media conscience, perhaps?
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        Yuga:
Astronomical and Cosmogonical speculations on universal cycles from Brahmanic cosmogony and the learned astronomy of Aryabhata (6th century India) about a great period (mahayuga) of 4,320,000 years that encompasses four successive Ages: kritayuga, tretayuga, draipayanayuga, and kaliyuga. (In Indian astronomy these are contained within a unit of cosmic time which corresponds to the length of 1000 mahayugas, 4,320,000,000 years; the cosmogonical speculations refer to the "decline of Proper moral and Cosmic order over the course of time".)
        The Golden Age of perfection (the first cycle, of 1,728,000 years) has only human virtue, wisdom, and spirituality, under one god and one law.
        The second Age (of 1,296,000 years) is marked by vice, ritual sacrifice, human intention and self-interest.
        During the third Age (of 864,000 years), the forces of Evil equal those of Good; honesty, virtue, and spirituality, are reduced by half, and illnesses appear.
        Finally, the Iron Age is one of conflict, ignorance, irreligion, and vice; illnesses, exhaustion, anger, hunger, fear, and despair arise. The forces of evil triumph until the end of the entire great period in fire and water, before a new mahayuga begins.
 

        The last Age began (according to these Indian speculations) in 3101 BCE. World history relates Millennia of Greed since, punctuated with cruel wars to establish monstrous empires in the East, followed by the royal criminals of European feudal nation-states, which evolved to rapacious corporations engaged in international Free Trade ~ that now reign world-wide over most crudely exploited populations.
        The Iron Age is to last 432,000 years.
 

        Bleak Prospect.
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polity
 

capitalist democracy:
        ~ phrase used after the fall of the USSR

security:
        ~ overriding state concern following ["9-1-1"] ________________________________________

isolated individual
cloistered community
monitored society
landless population
exploited earth
economic anarchy
industrialist science
religion in decline
levelling of the arts
ethical void
capitalist polity
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rational choice theory

             a method of social manipulation used to control individuals through their choices and freedoms

             first an economic model
             then applied in the social sciences
             and politics
             as an ideological technique to reframe real (economic, political, social) processes

social engineering

             whereas a previous century tried to limit the state in a free market, current marketeers (to whom the market corresponds to individual freedom) seek absolute economic liberty and to (legitimize a 'savage capitalism') let this moral of the marketplace rule all institutions

             worldwide state 'privatization' programs imposed on society (in recent decades) private enterprise models of governance

             public versus private; state and market; these social spheres are irrelevant, and when greed is seen as the impetus of civilization, politically created morality becomes necessary for societal integration

             'capitalist democracy'

             rational choice theory
             propaganda of academic capitalism that market forces are the best tool of policy-making, and should be elevated as the state criterion for all actions
             any other ethic or moral, whether spiritual, religious, or philosophical, is irrelevant and not deserving public attention
             or that of the 'rational economic man'

most of this from Andre Munro's paper Following the Market (Concordia University 2004)

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In Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy (2003) S. M. Amadae tells the remarkable story of how rational choice theory rose from obscurity to become the intellectual bulwark of capitalist democracy. She reveals not only how the ideological battles of the Cold War shaped their ideas but also how those ideas may today be undermining the very notion of individual liberty they were created to defend.
Amadae is "just finishing the manuscript called Rationalizing Hegemony which will be published (god willing) in 2011."
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Development As Forced Labour
C Douglas Lummis
counsels against counting the votes people make with their feet.
             "Several years ago, in a book called Radical Democracy (1996 Cornell University Press), I wrote that: 'Economic development... is antidemocratic in that it requires kinds, conditions and amounts of labour that people would never choose ~ and, historically have never chosen ~ in a state of freedom. Only by giving society one undemocratic structure can people be made to spend the greater part of their lives labouring 'efficiently' in fields, factories or offices, and handing over the surplus value to capitalists, managers, Communist Party leaders, or technocrats.'
             "A book reviewer for the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs responded tersely that in fact 'the people have been voting with their feet in favour of capitalist prosperity pretty convincingly for some time now'.
             "This is the myth, stated with fine succinctness. Industrial capitalism was freely chosen. How can anyone call it antidemocratic?
             "Of course what most of the people in the world actually got, whatever they may have voted for, was capitalist poverty. But did this voting actually take place, and if so, when?"
click the logo at left for the full article (June 2000)

read a review of Radical Democracy at flipkart
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Capitalism and Democracy "Don't Mix Very Well"
from the CRITICAL DEMOCRACY LIBRARY at
The International Endowment for Democracy
NOT the National Endowment for Democracy ~ a capitalist shill
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SCHUMPETER: CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM, DEMOCRACY
by John Kilcullen of Australia's Macquarie University 1996
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"Capitalism is a schema of motives that is unsurpassed in simplicity and force. The promises of wealth and the threats of destitution that it holds out, it redeems with ruthless promptitude . . ."
[unless you're 'too big to fail']

 

joke ~
visiting a psychiatric institution, i questioned its director as to criteria for admittance:
'we fill a bathtub with water,' said the director, 'we give the patient a teaspoon, teacup and bucket and ask the tub to be emptied'
i get it, i said ~ a normal person uses the bucket because it's largest!
'No, a normal person would pull the plug ~ would you like a bed by the window'?
~ this was a joke!
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         In 1961 Garry Davis wrote The World is my Country: the adventures of a world citizen. Born 1921 in the USA, he served in the US Air Force during WWII as a B-17 bomber pilot but renounced his citizenship in 1948. He then travelled widely on a self-created world passport.
         He offers one and all to become a world citizen as well by applying for such a passport at World Government. Who Owns the World? he asks today.
         ". . . economists visualize a world consisting of differently-colored Hitlerish patches of territories from within which each man is thinking hard economically so as to defeat his neighbor:" Nataraja Guru.
         "The new formula then for economic democracy and freedom for one and all becomes," writes Davis,": "World Citizen = World Owner. Either nations are sovereign or humanity is."
 

         "As the Emperor Antonius, Rome is my city and my country; but as a man I am a citizen of the world."
         ~ Antonius Meditations

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populations concentrated in vast urban 'asphalt jungles'
that are little more than high-tech re-education camps
to be inculcated in the values of a capitalist democracy
that have produced an irrational and troubled society
 

 

 

Etienne de La Boetie (1530-1563) at age 18 wrote
A Discourse of Voluntary Servitude
a free man, he wrote, will struggle for himself and for the general welfare
the oppressed are without courage and will and capable only of voluntary submission
once you lose your freedom, your courage to oppose slavery also is lost

website dedicated to his works and life

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2011 08 08 
~ often referred to as a newspaper of record from Spain  

           "The economic crisis cannot become the sole explanation for the violent outbreaks that are multiplying in Europe. Each case is different, but taken together they are bolstering the view that representative democracy is incapable of dealing peacefully with the growing unrest among citizens. It is a slippery slope that governments have to deal with, while scrupulously obeying the rule of law."
 

Malcolm Mayes portfolio at Artizan 

 

2011 08 18
MADRID - Pope Benedict denounced economic structures that put profits ahead of people Thursday at the start of a trip to recession-hit Spain where the costs of the pontiff's visit have sparked violent protests.
click
~ online newsfeed "tailored ONLY to Pinoy Interests and nothing else"
(Pinoy is an informal demonym referring to the Filipino people in the Philippines and overseas Filipinos around the world)

 

2011 08 24

 

England's Riotous Values
by Phillip Blond

LONDON ~ The riots that swept England in early August shocked the country, mainly because there seemed to be no guiding motive or burning injustice. In fact, these riots represent a new sociological phenomenon ~ one that reflects the profound social, cultural and economic shifts in Britain over the past 30 years.
from the International Herald Tribune, The Global Edition of The New York Times

2011 10 25 
 

 

'Affluenza' ~ a dangerous virus


In 1995 twelve-year-old Craig Kielburger embarked on a journey that would change his life. Searching for the comics in the newspaper, he was drawn to a bold headline: 'Battled child labor, boy, 12, murdered.'
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One year later, after having travelled South Asia, he wrote Free the Children ~ a me to we book

 

Zits 
under constant bombardment of 'shop til you drop' inducements for:
~ automobiles on the cuff
~ medicinal preparations that alienate the human body
~ 'fast' food, liquor and beer
~ diets!
~ movies, video games, internet and electronic doodads for an earbudded generation
~ financial institutions which 'craft' investments
~ and governments bragging and nagging to compensate for lack of societal ethics

what is the measure of a human being? ~ it lies not in what one has, but in what one does . . .
                 in The Measure of Man (1954 ~ and still available at Amazon) Joseph Wood Krutch reviewed what modern physics had revealed about the nature of "reality," and that far from materialistic determinism, it makes possible a world in which the reality of "mind" and consciousness--and freedom, and dignity--has not been abolished. As the Columbia University website says, "he articulates the minimal requirements with which nature has endowed the human species: the capacity to be at least sometimes a thinking animal, the ability sometimes to exercise some sort of will and choice, and the power of making individual value judgments."

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                 dutch university lecturer Pim Fortuyn published in 1995 the first of what would become a series of books in an attempt to formulate the basis of the norms and values of 'modernity'
                 by 2002 he lamented against the "islamisation' of dutch culture, and posited that the european divide between communism and capitalism had been replaced by islam versus modernity
                 but already in his earlier book he championed the judeo-christian humanist foundation of european culture as the required stabilizer for modernity and society
                 he had titled it 'The Orphaned Society: a religio-sociological tract' that sought to find in the measure of man the stamp for the public domain, in a fiery plea and argument for more attention and respect for the core norms and values of dutch culture
                 mother's care of household and children, as well as father's passing down of the common law ~ both economically needful for several generations of the extended family, transmit the core principles and values of society that form the foundation of the state
                 father and mother have been unseated by 'modern times' ~ the children freed of parental control amidst an excess of consumer goods, ideas and opinions, information and knowledge, evil and love . . . ; and the growing emptiness of boredom ~ without direction, no ideology or inspiring ideas, in a society of orphans
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                 Parliamentary democracy, as it developed since the 1960s, was understood by Pim Fortuyn as the politics and governing culture of business as usual, of tinkering and fine-tuning, and of clinging to power.
                 This was, he wrote, a general development and an enormity of the first order, that led to nepotism, power-games, and systematic exclusion of outsiders.
                 With the abandonment of the ideal of a possible society, politics gave up its most important instrument (he wrote); because who no longer believes in the relative feasibility of society no longer has ideals, designs no better future, and is at the mercy of a strictly technocratic worldview in which things happen as they do.
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                 Fortuyn was [murdered], and more on the [man] (both in the Dutch language)

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~ direct effort to a better purpose than consumption ~
compassion, happiness (inner peace), world peace

[disciplined] children perpetuate an ordered society  

Dilbert

It is difficult not to suspect a conspiracy.
Naomi Klein's latest book, The Shock Doctrine, exposes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking of "Disaster Capitalism", the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, it is the story of how "free market" policies have come to dominate the world ~ through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.
             it's more of no logo, her earlier book ~ yet Klein still fails to ask the question WHY does it work?:
 

'consumers' can kill the global juggernaut by closing their wallets
don't give global capitalist corporations your money! the quality of all products have deteriorated dramatically ~ buy smart ~ from people you know and trust
the funds in retirement plans cannot be drawn from the banks ~ it's used to play the market ~ withhold those funds  

Free Trade:
             "The betrayal of Canada," Mel Hurtig called it in his 1991 book
             now, after numerous international agreements that all include obscure investor-state dispute settlement provisions, we can see what he meant and are left to wonder why the "government continues to give private, for profit arbitrators the power to interpret treaties, to decide over questions of public law and to impose fines paid from public funds"
             "the situation is intolerable" [ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives]
             "In 2009 [the Centre cites as a case in point], Montreal based pulp and paper company AbitibiBowater sued the government of Canada through an American shell company. Abitibi Bowater claimed that its right to use timber and water in Newfoundland and Labrador was expropriated by the provincial government. In 2010, Canada paid out $130 million to the company in settlement."
 

NAFTA Canadian Secretariat
Who and what is the Council on Foreign Relations?

Money Laundering and Offshore Fraud for the Rich, Economic Austerity for the Poor
Global Research Canada, November 02, 2012

Building the World State. How to Create Chaos and Revolution: The OECD, the IMF and the World Bank ~ in a Danish blog

from the English blog of Quaker Tony Gosling [not really the] Bilderberg organization [which is here] ~ masses of info and links, and strong opinions:
                The present world system, led mostly by English speaking Western NATO nations, is occupied by a clandestine web of secularists, atheists and occultists. People in political power who are ostensibly Christians or Jews are essential to deflect criticism by the church and they often hold high rank whilst secretly holding both Old and New Testament in contempt.
                The two main bonds of slavery which the occultists have over the years used to enslave us are land and money. Once land was stolen from under out feet using the lie of 'agricultural improvement' or enclosure all evicted people became dependent on money for food and shelter, ie. to survive. People have somehow been convinced that there is 'not enough land to go round' when the earth is a free gift to mankind and Britain's population of 60 million have about 60 million acres in total on which to live, roughly an acre each. Once the right to somewhere to live had been stripped from us the subsequent manipulation of the money system by private goldsmiths and bankers for private profit, including the modern manifestations of the world bank IMF etc. has led most of the world's population to a situation of economic slavery. Money has become not a convenient means of exchange but a means of control and ownership by which the world's resources are slowly being stolen from ordinary people, and individuals in general, and owned by faceless corporations run by accountants which, whilst classed in company law as having the rights of a person, are immune in law for suffering resulting from corporate decisions.

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~ read it ~
today, january 27, 2009, is budget day
the feds will post an $83 BILLION deficit
every man, woman, and child will contribute
to the erstwhile capitalists who pissed it away
while the bosses raked in millions
~ . . . and weep! ~
 

Easing social inequality, not tax cuts and credit, the key to recovery
by TREVOR W. HARRISON
                Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is said to be contemplating a mix of infrastructure spending and tax cuts in his upcoming budget, while also pressuring banks to loosen their purses. Irrespective of the pros and cons of each approaches, the fact is all three fail to recognize the role social inequality has played in the current economic crisis.
                Now, I can hear you saying, "What?" To connect the dots, we have to go on a time travel.
                Our first stop is the late 1970s. It's the launch of globalization. Margaret 'Thatcher and Ronald Reagan are waving the good ship out to sea, proclaiming a new age of freedom ~ freedom, that is, for finance capital to roam wherever its owners want, to do whatever they please. Left stranded at every dock, however, are workers whose bargaining pow­er has eroded and who find themselves pitted against each other, both within countries and across borders.
                A few numbers illustrate the point.
                In 1975, the ratio of CEO pay to that of workers in the United States' largest publicly traded companies was 41 to 1. In 1990, the ratio was 85 to 1; in 1995, 197 to 1; in 2000, 365 to 1; and by 2004, 431 to 1.
                Keep in mind, however, that these ratios refer to mainly unionized jobs. Union jobs are generally better paid, with non-­union wages carried along in the tide, but under globalization the reverse hap­pened. As union wages fell, non-union wages also declined.
                By 2005, the average CEO in the U.S. earned $11.8 million per year, compared with the average wage of American workers (union and non-union) of $27,460.
                But it didn't stop there. As workers' wages dropped, so also did social al­lowance payments to the non-working poor. Today, the top five per cent of Amencans possess roughly 40 per cent of all America's wealth.
                The same has occurred in Canada and elsewhere. A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that CEO salaries in Canada rose from 104 times the average income of Canadians in 1995 to almost 400 times today; or, in concrete figures, over $10 million per CEO compared with $40,000 per average Canadian working full time.
                A 2006 report of the World Institute for Development Economics Research showed that the richest two per cent of adults in the world own more than half of global household wealth, while the bottom 50 per cent owned only one per cent of global wealth.
                In short, the rich got richer, and the very rich got very richer, while the poor got poorer, and the middle classes strugled.
                What does this have to do with the current economic crisis? The second stop on our time travel is Henry Ford's auto asssembly plant. The year is 1914. Ford has just announced he is raising his workers wages to a then unimaginable $5 per day (minimum). His competitors are angry and declare him "mad," but Ford remarks that he has to pay his workers well so that they can buy his cars.
                Ford was no friend of labour, but he understood something that many others missed ~ that a virtuous relationship a was emerging between production and consumption; that, in order to clear the shelves of all the wonderful things that a modern had to have money.
                Still, there was a problem. Ford's assembly line was intended to increase production while laying off workers, what is known as "efficiency." But laid-off workers cannot buy the products ~ a lesson proven during the 1930s' Great Depression, our next time stop .
                Looking at the human wreckage, economist John Maynard Keynes arrived at his own solution, one designed as he admitted to save capitalism from itself: the welfare state. Thus were created a vast array of programs that put money in the hands of people ~ things like unemployment insurance, pensions, public works, retraining programs, social as­sistance, etc.
                Keynesianism took a hit after the 1970s, however, replaced by Milton Friedman and his acolytes. The age of globalization had begun.
                Today, we are back where Ford and Keynes knew we must end up if we did not deal with the problem of over­production.
                Until recently, banks, money managers, and New Right politicians (including most liberals) thought they had the answer. So what if people had less money to spend? Offer them easy, and even easier, credit. Happy millions of people soon entered into debt servitude.
                There's an old saying, now adjusted to inflation, that if someone owes the bank a thousand dollars, it's their problem; but if they owe the bank a million dollars, it's the bank's problem. The banks have now handed the problem off to governments, who ultimately must carry the blame for having allowed capitalist markets to run wild.
                So, what's the solution? Certainly not going back to unregulated credit or giving tax cuts to those who already have money.
                A better solution is to increase the real wages of average Canadians.
                But for this to happen, governments must start representing the interests of workers, not just banks, shareholders, and CEOs.
                Likewise, governments need to work for the least of those in society ~ the unemployed, the damaged, and the old ~ through a reinvestment in social programs. It's time, in short, to put money in the hands of those who need it and, because they need it, will spend it.

Trevor W. Harrison is a political sociologist at the University of Lethbridge and southern Alberta research co-ordinator for Parkland Institute
trevor.harrison@uleth.ca
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2012
Over the last three years of deficit spending, the federal government wiped out the $105 billion in loan repayments made between 1997 and 2008
nothing so absurd as the State paying bankers billions in interest to receive paper credits for money the Nation itself prints

 


2011 03 18: ~ the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
marked a new historic high of $562.9 billion today

2012 11 02: ~ in High Prairie, now at $594.6

 

debt is the modern form of slavery, wrote Richard Greaves, in what may be the most widely web-circulated analysis of the problem of a debt-based money supply system, from prosperity ~ a Scotland journal

"The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is,
in my opinion, the real source of evil."
[Why socialism?] by Albert Einstein
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historical perspective:

sure, bail 'em out
spend trillions on the rich guys
(what do they do with the money?)
it's more benign

Europe ~ some centuries past
spent trillions on potentates
who used it up in war

contemporaniously:

sure, bail 'em out
keep the money out of iraq and afghanistan

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mission accomplished:
wages down
unemployment up
government finance in deficit
funds acquired
resources obtained
control demonstrated
business as usual ~ greed and corruption still reign

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" . . . any gain in employment since march 2009
was among low-paying jobs
while . . . high paying jobs . . . declined . . . "
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2011 04 05

mcjobs at $10 000 per . . .




November 2012 ~ 400 000 temporary foreign workers in Canada
there is something profoundly disquieting about this, on a number of levels
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USA deficit projected at 9-trillion over next ten years

"a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,
relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money"

TRADING STOCK ~ LAUGHING STOCK ~ CRYING STOCK
taking billions in bailout money, paying brokers billions in bonuses, raking in billions of profit
in the fake trade of shares that are owned for mere minutes or seconds


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[Jesus] drove the money traders from the temple . . .
now they're in the castle
 

three-quarters of global stock market trading is generated by computers that buy and sell at pre-set highs and lows

the purpose of the market is to raise capital from investors for large projects
~ trading is a non-productive perversion that makes for antisocial, corrupt ~ even criminal ~ economics

!Shut Down the Markets!
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Where were you When
A READER'S DIGEST BOOK (2008)


 

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proudly bringing the burger that refused to die
 

         at least since World War II, cocacolanization and mcdomination have devalued material resources and labor for market-based global "economies", while "free trade" attacked national sovereignties that can control multinational corporations by access to populations and geographies
         now governments pay bankers to impose its financial "ethics" on nations
 

Extortionate profiteering is rife;
Food shortages plague the world.
And everything in the cap-dem is going to shit.
 

         in a money economy price equals costs of production and delivery plus a reasonable margin of profit ~ no market of supply and demand
         capitalist economics does not recognize societal ownership of the land, nor any cost for the dross of its factories
 

$Billion 2013
cleanup costs at Yellowknife's Giant Mine
         Giant Mine entered production in 1948 and ceased operations in 2004. It produced over seven-million ounces (220,000 kg) of gold. It left 237,000 tons of water-soluble arsenic trioxide on the site's 2 300 acres as well as 8 open pits, 4 tailing ponds, 325,000 m3 of contaminated soils, and approximately 100 contaminated buildings.
         Owners of the mine have included Falconbridge (1948-1986 through subsidiary Giant Yellowknife Mines Limited), Pamour of Australia (1986-1990 through subsidiary Giant Yellowknife Mines Limited), Royal Oak Mines (1990-1999), and Miramar Mining Corporation (1999-2004).

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"an attempt to make globalization human"
Thomas Allen Publishers 2003
          In the Bowron River valley of British Columbia, there is a logging clearcut so vast that astronauts can see it. Sixty kilometers to the northwest lies Prince George, a once-thriving city of 80,000 that has experienced an accelerating 40-year virtual clearcut that has slashed through the strata of its economic and social culture, wiping out its locally-owned businesses and industries, demoralizing its public institutions and its local politics, and creating a psychological quagmire of entertainment opportunities, consumer franchises, and dreams that won't come true. Prince George has lost its ability to control its destiny, and is losing its will to care. Fawcett grew up in Prince George and has followed its steady decline, and draws a troubling parallel between the shattered forests of Bowron and the gradual destruction of a town's confidence and quality of life. His concern is for the condition of good people and places hit hard by globalization, and how the globalists are harvesting so much more than mere profits from the hinterlands.

reviewed by Robert Budde:
              At the Prince George launch, Fawcett introduced the book as "an attempt to make globalization human". "Human" is not a given universal and one person's globalization is not necessarily another's. But the book is certainly intimate. There is respect here; Fawcett begins the text with a vow: "In this book, I am most interested in ~ and concerned about the fate of ~ the people who live and work in and around the forests. They're the people I was raised among, and I like and respect them. . . . I was determined not to misrepresent or humiliate them."
              Economic indicators are beginning to reflect that the GNP is not the only indicator of prosperity. Decisions in corporate boardrooms alter community interaction, civic engineering, and intellectual and social lives; the civic image of a population hinges on the ways in which the broader sense of "environment" is created: the stupid trajectory of ill-conceived theoretical mechanisms that will degrade the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of those whose lives fall under their influence.
              The extrapolation of Prince George's experience to a wider planetary fate is perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of this book. In a personal and connected way, he charts how globalized resource extraction affects people. You and me.
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 Extreme Money: The masters of the universe and the cult of risk
       Once, we built things ~ useful things. Now, we construct immense financial structures from thin air and lies. We have crafted a colossal worldwide financial machine that makes a few individuals staggeringly wealthy and sacrifices everyone else at its altar of risk.
       Das reveals the spectacular, dangerous money games that have generated increasingly massive bubbles of fake growth, ponzi prosperity, sophistication and wealth ~ while endangering the jobs, possessions and futures of virtually everyone outside the financial industry.
       Everything from home mortgages to climate change has become financialized, as vast fortunes are generated by individuals who build nothing of lasting value. Das shows how 'extreme money' has become ever more unreal; how 'voodoo banking' continues to generate massive phony profits even now; and how a new generation of 'Masters of the Universe' has come to dominate the world.

Penguin 2011
  from the Sydney Morning Herald ~ 2011 12 18

       Satyajit Das is not your average banker ~ he does not have a mobile phone. "There are so many interesting things to do with your time," says Das, 54, who is passionate about cricket, reading, music, travel and wildlife.
       He has had less time for leisure pursuits after Traders, Guns & Money was published in 2006 and he delivered a prescient speech in the US and Australia on "the coming credit crash".
       Now he has written another book that analyses the global market upheavals which, he says, are an inevitable result of "Botox economics" where deep-seated global financial problems were temporarily covered up by government bailouts and stimulus packages.
       Das immigrated to Australia from India with his parents in 1970, aged 12. After 10 years with CBA, Citicorp and Merrill Lynch, Das joined transport giant TNT in 1988 and spent six years as its treasurer during its debt-driven expansion, near collapse and restructure. Since he left TNT in 1994, Das has worked as a derivatives and risk-management consultant to governments, companies and regulators around the world, as well as writing textbooks.

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The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity Random House  2011
           Jeffrey David Sachs describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. He also looks at the crisis in our culture, in which an overstimulated and consumption-driven populace in a ferocious quest for wealth now suffers shortfalls of social trust, honesty, and compassion.
           He argues persuasively that the problem is not America's abiding values, which remain generous and pragmatic, but the ease with which political spin and consumerism run circles around those values. He bids the reader to reclaim the virtues of good citizenship and mindfulness toward the economy and one another. Most important, he bids each of us to accept the price of civilization, so that together we can restore America to its great promise
           Sachs criticizes excessive lobbying, as well as a poor response by American government to globalization, and describes American politics as a corporatocracy in which "powerful corporate interest groups dominate the policy agenda": the military-industrial complex, Wall Street, Big Oil, and the 'health care' industry.
           The boomers have failed to instigate the changes needed to save society, Sachs said in an interview with the CBC, but points to the 99% protests of the millennial generation with some hope.
           Sachs is an American economist and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
           The title of the book is a quotation of Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."
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The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community by Stephen A. Marglin (2008) Harvard University Press
". . . an exceptionally learned, uncompromisingly contrarian critique of markets and economics
by a member of the Department of Economics at Harvard University"


 

 

 

 

Rejects many of the foundational assumptions of economics calling them "cultural myths" as against what conventional economists would term as "universal truths".
One of them is the idea of individualism that, Marglin writes, is be understood as "a collection of autonomous individuals, that groups ~ with the exception of the nation ~ have no normative significance as groups, that all behavior, policy, and even ethical judgment should be reduced to their effects on individuals."
Marglin continues articulating, "A second founding myth is the modern ideology of knowledge, an ideology that privileges the algorithmic over the experiential, an ideology that elevates the knowledge that can be logically deduced from what are regarded as self-evident first principles over what is learned from intuition and authority, from touch and feel."
The third assumption, and myth, according to Marglin, is that "the nation . . . is the only legitimate social grouping," where "it is legitimate to ask whether the nation will be better off by free trade, but it is parochial to ask whether workers, old folks, or farmers will fare better or worse."
The fourth myth is of unlimited human wants that can never be fulfilled and so economics tries to allocate scarce resources towards it. Marglin states that the western economy allows free play to unlimited desires and allows "rivalry ~ keeping up with the Joneses and the like ~ to be expressed in the acquisition of display and wealth."
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REPORTS FROM OCCUPIED WALL STREET 


~ a people powered movement (a campaign by adbusters) began September 17 (2011) with an encampment in the financial district of New York City
inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, it vows to "end the monied corruption of democracy with an occupation of the greatest corrupter: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America"
              "The leaders of this movement are the everyday people participating in the occupation," according to the website occupywallst.org. "We use a tool called the 'General Assembly' to facilitate open, participatory and horizontal organizing between members of the public.
              "General Assemblies are forming country-wide, worldwide. We are everywhere."
 

march 2012 poll: Canadians with a very favourable opinion of politicians ~ 1%


click on the map to go to the Canadian site Occupy Together
groups are organizing and occupations are popping up everywhere
 

while media in the USA seemed to be on a voluntary news blackout, The Guardian (UK) published (Sep 25) an article by David Graeber under the headline, Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination:
"The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future. . . ."

October 15 2011
"Global uprising heralds capitalism's fall"
spread to 951 cities in 82 countries across the planet
against corporate greed and government cutbacks
from Pakistan's leading news/photo agency Online International News Network

read the exerpted article,
and keep up to date with the latest developments of the "occupy movement" [here] (on this website)
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"end ECB dick-tatorship"

21-year-old Josephine Witt glitter-bombs the Europesn Central Bank president at a press conference in Germany, April 15, 2015
she also threw a letter stating: "I do not expect this illegitimate institution to hear my voice, neither to understand my message. Today I'm just a butterfly, but be afraid."
the ECB she say, "never got a mandate, never got voted for or elected. [It] imposes policies on these societies that are completely undemocratic."

she was formerly associated with radical feminist group Femen, founded in Ukraine 2008 for "fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations ~ sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion"

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. . . meanwhile in "the ticking time bomb" that is south africa
the Economic Freedom Fighters now form the third largest political party under leader Julius Malema:
"the fear is the uprising as a result of poverty, unemployment and inequality, [that] will not only eat the rich whites, they will also eat us, the black middle class, because they think we have abandoned them."
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Goldman Sacks Financiers
a name worthy of Robert Heinlein


2010 12 17
Lamphier 2009 12 31:
"That's not capitalism, or the free market.
That's a market that's rigged, for the benefit of the few, at the expense of many.
"In moral terms. or democratic terms, it . . . amounts to: a big fat zero."
glamphier@thejournal.canwest.com


2011 04 05

 

. . . and the rich get richer
Striking it Richer: the evolution of top incomes in the United States by Emmanuel Saez (updated august 2009) finds 15 000 families earning more than $11-million per year gobble up six percent of the total income in that country; and the top 10 percent earn half of all income. Saez (b 1972) is a professor at the University of California, where he teaches public economics. He was the recipient of the 2009 John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to "that American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge."
~ get the full public and scholarly texts in pdf downloads at Berkeley University

                 Associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Sam Pizzigati, editor of the online magazine Too Much (a commentary on excess and inequality since 1995) has condensed Saez' work for the lay person as follows [further abbreviated by albert]:

                 America's most affluent have never grabbed a greater share of the nation's income than they did in 2007. The nation's top .01 percent of income-earners in 2007 ~ taxpayers who made over $11.5 million ~ pulled in 6.04 percent of all income, the highest top .01 percent share of the nation's income since 1913.
                 The year 2007, a rather awestruck Saez noted earlier this month, "was an incredibly good year for the super rich."
                 The 14,588 families who made up 2007's top .01 percent averaged $35,042,705 in income, 1,080 times the $32,421 average income of America's bottom 90 percent. The gap between the top .01 percent and the bottom 90 percent, before 2007, had never stretched over 1,000 times.
                 In 1928, the last full year before the Great Depression, America's most affluent 1 percent took in 23.94 percent of the nation's income. The comparable figure for 2007's top 1 percent: 23.5 percent.
                 Those 1928 wealthy would see their share of the nation's income drop sharply as the Depression deepened. Economic shocks to the system, as Saez notes, almost always cost the rich income share, since profits from businesses and stock market wheeling and dealing tend to "fall faster than average income" during economic downturns.
                 But what happens next can vary enormously. After the Great Depression, the super rich share of America's income stayed down — for over a generation. The quarter of the nation's income that the top 1 percent collected in 1928 actually shrank all the way down to 10 percent in the early 1950s and didn't start rising appreciably again until after Ronald Reagan's 1980 election.
                 After the recession early in the 1990s and the downturn in the early 2000s, a totally different story. The super rich income share did dip after each of these recessions, but only momentarily.
                 Why did the super rich share of the nation's income go down and stay down after the Great Depression and come right back up after the recessions of recent years?
                 No mystery here. During the 1930s and early 1940s, as Saez points out, the New Deal put in place financial regulations and progressive tax rates that prevented "income concentration from bouncing back." In the 1990s, by contrast, Congress and the White House deregulated financial markets. In the 2000s, the two joined to cut taxes on the rich.
                 So what will happen after our current Great Recession ends? In the 1980s, we let market fundamentalists dismantle a huge chunk of the New Deal legacy. The institutions that had kept America's super rich less than super ~ most notably, progressive taxation and strong trade unions ~ begin to go by the wayside.
                 In their place came the record inequality that the new Saez figures so dramatically document ~ and, over the last year, the worst economic times that Americans under 70 have ever seen.
                 "We need to decide as a society whether this increase in income inequality is efficient and acceptable,” says Emmanuel Saez, in his customary eminently sober academic tone, and, if not, what mix of institutional reforms should be developed to counter it."
                 The rest of us can't afford to be so understated. Those reforms, starting with higher progressive tax rates on high incomes, can't begin too soon.

   
Canadian Dimension        
 


by lunchtime on the first day of work, a top 100 ceo 'earns' the average canadian annual wage

          2011 01 02
A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows Canada's best paid 100 CEOs appeared to be recession-proof in 2009 as well
          [Barrick Gold]'s ceo topped the list
 


          Erna Paris
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"From production to well-being"
attacking the marketplace from within?

                Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress was created 2008 on French government initiative. "Its aim is to identify the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic performance and social progress. Members of the Commission are renowned experts from universities, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, in several countries (USA, France, United Kingdom, India).
                "Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen and Jean-Paul Fitoussi, in charge of the commission, have considered it useful to leave their personal reflections. It draws extensively on the work of the commission. This is the purpose of the document: The Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress Revisited - Reflections and Overview" ~ September, 16, 2009

download the 292-page report in pdf format here

                A "key message," according to the authors is "to shift emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring peoples' well-being."
                Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the economists' measure of activity, but here it is recommended that when evaluating material well-being, look at income and consumption rather than production, emphasize the household perspective, the distribution of income and wealth, and broaden income measures to non-market activities. The quality of life depends on objective conditions but also subjectively as experienced by people, and inequalities should be assessed.
                "A long philosophical tradition views individuals as the best judges of their own condition," state these 'reflections', and "in many streams of ancient and modern culture worldwide . . . making people happy and satisfied with their lives is a universal goal of human existence."
                Obviously nothing new here then, but a marked heresy in the GDP system of the capital democracy. In fact, it is suggested that this measurement be replaced with the Human Development Index (HDI). Noted is that "some poor countries (Egypt, Tunisia, and Bangladesh) have recorded significant improvement in their HDI with only moderate economic growth, while others have experienced significant economic growth and seen their HDI drop."


 

                while this french commission has attempted to create a happiness measurement, the himalayam country of bhutan was the first in the world in the 1970s where public policy has focused on the idea of gross national happiness
                other countries looking at such a measure have included the united kingdom, thailand, canada, and the united states of america
                check also at wikipedia's gross national happiness, happiness and economics and happy planet index ~ in which canada rated 89th in 2009 and 111th in 2006

12 Apr 2011
Action for Happiness ~ a mass movement for a happier society launches with rallying call
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2011 10 02
In the palaces of fantasy capitalism:
faceless violence, usury and greed

The end of this collective delusion is a mercy.
And for those who come after us, the sooner this mercy arrives the better.

 

by Stephen T Berg ~ "Writer, Disappointed Hippy, Approximate Monk"

                A psalmist attributed this prayer to Moses: "Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil."
                And I thought: well, to break even ~ balance life's sorrow and sadness with delight ~ seems hardly too much to ask. But then, considering all those wilderness years, this is probably a transaction Moses would have made in a second.
                Of course, this was not a private prayer; it was offered on behalf of a nation and was therefore also a recognition that individual happiness without communal happiness is wanting. Something any leader with a heart would understand.
                It was the king of Bhutan who first used the phrase "Gross National Happiness." In a speech shortly after his ascendancy in 1972, the teenage Jigme Singye Wangchuck used the expression to convey his desire to build a holistic economy that would serve his country's Buddhist-influenced culture, instead of an economy that would become tyrannical.
                The GNH phrase twigged the minds of leaders around the globe. Soon, various lifestyle matrixes were chosen and countries began measuring their own levels of happiness.
                The results were mixed, but generally predictable. Happiness did not ride the same curve as the economy. Some basic relationships were noted of course; it's hard to be happy when you're bone hungry.
                In Derek Bok's The Politics of Happiness, however, we see economies mushrooming and living standards rising sharply but happiness nevertheless hanging back.
                We've long been told that our country, our western culture, is built on Judeo-Christian principles. We're told of this by conservative voices, particularly when social issues of abortion and same-sex marriage arise.
                But then I have to ask, what about the social issue of money? What happened to the concept of enough, and its ancillary notion of contentment? Or is this a concept the rich expect the poor to have?
                New Testament contentment seems a quaint notion today. The prayer of Jabez, with its enlarging, its property parlaying, better suits our acquisitive natures. And we take an expanding economy as evidence of God's blessing.
                But when the economy flags, it's not corporate gluttony that's on trial, it's all those social morals ­as if habitual acquisition wasn't a moral issue.
                The economy today is a vast and unassailable deity. Its refrain of ever-lasting growth, the red of our blood. When it is angry and threatens, we are seized by fear and will sacrifice our sweat and sleep, not to mention our freedom, for its appeasement.
                And so we ignore the faceless violence of mega-corporations whose leaders read the Art of War, pay less tax than a Tim Hortons employee, and allow governments their pretence of control ~ in exchange we are offered, for example, an omnibus crime bill, to keep us safe.
                We worry about immigration policies, deport illegals, while ushering through our front door, the greed of global conglomerates who roll oyer those most passionate about local economy and community.
                We clap irons on G8/G20 protesters while allowing gang traders to bet on sinking markets and so remove billions of dollars of value in a single day, placing at risk the jobs and livelihood of millions and foundering entire countries. They are not deemed louts and looters, but shrewd operators.
                And how in the first place, did we (particularly we subscribers of Judeo-Christian principles - with our biblical understanding of usury and jubilee) come to a place where we see nothing wrong with billions of dollars of value having no mooring in time and labour, or in an actual product?
                Here I welcome the echo of an Old Testament prophet in a Wendell Berry poem: "When I hear the stock market has fallen, I say, 'Long live gravity, Long live stupidity, error and greed in the palaces of fantasy capitalism!'"
                Staking our well-being, our soul's contentment, on the chimera of an ever-rising economy, we will be left to the wilderness. But wilderness may now be necessary.
                There were many things to be sad about in the economic crisis of 2008, and there will be many more in a global calamity, but the end of our collective delusion, the end of fantasy capitalism, is not one of them ~ it is a mercy. And for those who come after us, the sooner this mercy arrives the better. Another Psalmist prayed: "0 satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days."

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kickitover.org
scammers, shysters, thieves, . . . capitalists
2010 03 31

buying 100-billion euros in 'toxic assets' ~
letting the country go down the tube to bail out the capitalists
 2010 11 23
                 "a roadmap to the stone age," unions call it:
                 spending cuts and tax increases, minimum wages reduced with over ten percent unemployment
                 sales tax to go to 23 percent, but low corporate taxes will be maintained
 

september 2011
 

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland
Posted on November 2, 2013 by Ellen Brown
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2011 09 10
 

                 ". . . the stamina of the financial system is being tested"

2012 02 10
                 unelected prime minister to push through severe austerity as violent protests rock the country, and cabinet ministers resign in opposition to "the German boot"
 

                 meanwhile police unions refused to "stand against our parents our brothers, our children or any citizen who protests," and threatened to arrest 'members of the troika' ~ officials of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund ~ for "blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty"
 

August 2012
Greece selling islands
sovereignty may be an issue
can a government sell the soil of the nation?

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2011 08 10 
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                                  2011 08 31


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                                  European Commission, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund:
                                  toxic troika demand job losses, tax hikes, and pay cuts

                                  "let bankers pay"
                                  "our struggle is international"
 


 

2012 02 28
 

"each country looks after its own shit"
she told sarkozy not long ago
~ who changed her mind, and how


 

 

European Union
". . . a beautiful postwar dream"
by prof. dr. B. Smalhout 16 juni 2012 [digest translated from the dutch by albert]
 

                 Now used for ten years, the Euro coin that was to be the symbol of the European-Union-ideal has not become popular. More than 70 percent of Nederlanders would rather have the 700 year old, stable, handy, classical guilder back.
                 Only the very first beginning was based on a beautiful postwar dream: to prevent a third, all-destroying world-war by regulating the most important ecocomic and industrial means. Thus was created in 1951 the European Community for Coal and Steel. In 1967 it was reformed into the general European Community, which in 1992 led to the current European Union that was to guarantee permanent peace and progress.
                 Already in 1970 the idea of a single currency arose to promote European unity and its economy. Since then the euro became a sort of holy religious dogma. If you didn't believe in it, you were a heretic working for the demise of Europe. In 1996, the German Chancillor orated even that it was a choice between the euro or war ~ a shameless form of demagogy and blackmail. The Dutch Parliament debated the issue for all of 20 minutes. A change in the monetary system is a constitutional matter that would also require elections, but this was not mentioned. The euro was declared holy. January 1 2002 the guilder was replaced.
                 Meanwhile, the EU has grown into a sort superstate that imposes its will on all European countries. Most of our [Dutch] laws now come from Brussels and not The Hague. It steers resolutely to its own presidency, parliament, anthem, an EU flag, its own armed forces, a constitution, and further everything that gives a normal country its identity.
                 The basic problem is that Europe's not a land at all; it is a quilt of tens of nationalities and populations with each its own language, tradition, mentality, lifestyle, and history. To see the USA as inspiration to a United States of Europe is therefor a complete error.

Bob Smalhout (born Amsterdam 1927) is a Dutch anesthesiologist and emeritus lecturer
since 1994 he writes a saturday column in the daily Telegraaf
in 2003 he stood for election with Lijst Pim [Fortuyn]
 

pumping money directly into banks

 surely it is nonsense to measure an economy by stock and money markets
 

Voting against "barbaric" cuts
The Assault on Austerity ~ May 2012

"The answer, even though they see over and over again that austerity leads to collapse of the economy, the answer over and over [from politicians] is more austerity." ~ Joseph Stiglitz, Asian Financial Forum, Jan 17, 2012
Austerity has assumed the form of biblical doctrine but it has shown itself to be flawed, and embracing it has become dangerous, poisonous, and a sure guarantee of electoral suicide. Now, France finds itself with a new president, its first socialist leader since 1995, and Greek voters have flocked to the parties of the anti-bailout movement with indignant enthusiasm.


2012

Yiannis Biliris has been photographing the clashes at Athens city center
you can view them at Greek riots

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'economic stimulus': giveaway, we'll be paying for many years

                 March 23, 2010 ~ VANCOUVER, BC ~ Government stimulus packages, including the federal government's $47.2 billion Economic Action Plan, contributed little to Canada's economic turnaround in 2009, according to the Fraser Institute ~ a fiscally conservative think tank based in Canada that espouses free market principles.
                 "Contrary to the federal government's claims, the analysis shows that government spending and investment in infrastructure simply did not contribute to the improvement in economic growth," notes the study.
                 Prime Minister Harper pooh poohs it as 'ideologically motivated', but the Institute was founded in 1974 by a group of academics and business executives who wish market forces to rule society.
                 Get the full study here

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from the Vanier Institute of the Family's publication Transition Spring 2010
download it

the 'great recession',
families and social reproduction

by kate bezanson

stress, anxiety and imbalance, and a decline in living standards and quality of life
"the fabric of the canadian welfare state . . . has been deeply challenged . . . [and] our sense of collective responsibility for the well-being of all canadians has been threatened"
"we now live in a political economy of insecurity"
'social reproduction' is the work that people do for themselves and for those they care for
when it doesn't get done, social welfare agencies and correctional services are called upon, but support for the actual work is minimal and government spending cuts loom
a crisis in this 'social reproduction' has been created by the application to the 'recession' of 'neoliberal' economics ~ which elevates the free market and unfettered private accumulation
the hallmarks of theneoliberal system are cuts to social spending and investment, changes to labor laws, and fewer regulations on industry and trade
privatization has been its mantra
"successive neoliberal governments which gutted income supports and labour regulations, refused to invest in care work and failed to regulate risky credit markets, have left families facing a precarious future"
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Vancouver, May 11, 2010
Canadians owe more than ever ~ households are deeper in debt than in any of the top 20 developed nations
Where Is the Money Now:
The State of Canadian Household Debt as Conditions for Economic Recovery Emerge

a report from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada answers

Key Report Highlights:
                * Household debt continues to rise, reaching a new high of $1.41 trillion in December 2009.
                * If household debt was to be evenly spread across all Canadians, each individual would hold some $41,740 in outstanding debt in 2009, an amount 2.5 times greater than in 1989.
                * The level of debt adjusted for inflation and population growth shows a continuous upward trend over the past two decades.
                * Households substitute consumption from income with consumption from credit. In 2008 and 2009, Canadians relied to a much greater extent on borrowed funds when purchasing cars and renovating their homes than in previous years. At the end of 2009 for example, some 75 cents was borrowed for each dollar spent on the purchase of new or used motor vehicles, whereas in mid 2008, households borrowed only 39 cents on each dollar directed to such purchase.

Household balance sheet continues to deteriorate
                * The debt-to-income ratio reached a new record high of 144.4 per cent at the end of 2009.
                * Debt-to-assets reached 19.4 per cent at the end of 2009, while its average for 1990-2007 stood at 15.2 per cent.
                * The degree to which residential mortgages were backed by residential assets continued to deteriorate over the past two years. This erosion pushed the mortgage-to-residential assets indicator to 65.4 per cent at the end of 2009, a level much higher than the 55.0 per cent average observed between 1990 and 2007.

the full 134 page report is available at Texterity
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          Karen Virag (in her review ~ Edmonton Journal 2010 11 07) writes, "I remember being in a Budapest cab in 1992, three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I asked the driver how life was treating him. With a sigh he pithily summed up what had happened in Hungary after the collapse of the Eastern bloc, or as the Hungarians call it, the system change: 'In the old system we didn't have much, but at least the govemment looked after us. Now, we still don't have much, and nobody gives a shit.'
          "Porter writes with intelligence, dispassion and, in the end, pessimism befitting a world-weary Budapest cabbie: 'I end this book ... with anxiety rather than the exuberant optimistic hopes for the future with which I greeted the dismantling of the walls and the barbed-wire barriers that separated West from East,' she writes in her conclusion. She bases her gloomy outlook on her opinion that too many people in the West confuse democracy, citizen rights, the rule of law and a free press with the high brought on by the accumulation of material wealth.
          "It is hard for a thinking person to disagree with this assessment and with the suggestion that the West's moral foundations are creaking under the weight of all those SUVs driving to the mall to pick up more stuff."
The Ghosts of Europe:
journeys through central europe's
troubled past and uncertain future   (2010)
Douglas & McIntyre publishers

          In 1989 the Berlin Wall was dismantled. Communism gave way to democracy. Since that time the former borderlands of the long defunct Habsburg Empire and the more recently dispersed Soviet Empire have been trying to invent their own versions of democracy and market-driven economics. But these experiments have led to a widening gap between rich and poor.

          Born in Hungary, Anna Porter traveled through the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to speak with leading intellectuals, politicians, former dissidents and the champions of aggrieved memories. The Ghosts of Europe is an exploration of power, nationalism, racism and denial in nations with a tumultuous history and an uncertain future.

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The Collapse of Globalism: and the Rebirth of Nationalism
Harper's Magazine March 2004
by John Ralston Saul
           "Globalization [devoted to] its technocratic and technological determinism and market idolatry [treats] opposition or criticism . . . as little more than romantic paganism." It postulates a belief-system in which "the power of the nation-state was on its way out, to be replaced by that of global markets. That in the future, economics, not politics or arms, would determine the course of human events. [But now] we are in fact in the middle of an accelerated political meltdown marked by astonishing levels of nationalist violence."
           Published in book format in 2005 as The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, it was re-issued in 2009 with a major new conclusion explaining that almost all of the reactions to the crisis which officially began in 2008 have been little more than that - reactions to the status quo. Most of them have made the mistake of thinking that the crisis was provoked by a financial crisis. Saul says this is not the case, and the crisis is far broader and far more profound. He believes that the more we react to the financial crisis the more we will freeze ourselves into the old globalist system, which is already on its way out.
* * *
"citizens need to reach deep into that historic democratic tradition
of participation and community, balanced with responsible individualism"

Democracy in Alberta
Alberta Views Jan/Feb 2008 by JSR
          "It was not an accident that the great Farmers' Movement of the prairies arose as much out of Alberta as it did out of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Nor was it an accident that for most of the early days of the area the First Nations people had a role and that that role was a positive contributor to the balanced Albertan idea of people and place and fairness. For me, that remarkable marriage between Sir James and Lady Lougheed stands as an image, not for the politics of Canada. but for the long-term reality of Canada ~ the joining together of a European immigrant with the daughter of a First Nations leader.
          "In other words, Alberta was born out of an idea of openness, individualism and cooperation. It's important to remember that. Why? Because the last few decades have left us with a false idea of how the province should work. Somehow the repeated regurgitation of an imaginary version of Texas economics as the best and only natural way to make the province work has come to be accepted as the only way in which the province can work.
          "This was a denial of the Farmers' Movement, which in the early twentieth century laid out the very foundations of modern Canada, whether we are talking about transfer payments or women's rights or fair markets for farmers or volunteerism. All of these things are very far away from the ideas of an a!l-powerful marketplace. They are also far away from the ideas of socialism. But it was one of those ridiculous simplifications of the last few decades, that if you weren't in favour of the dominant marketplace you must be in favour of some sort of oId-fasnioned socialism. Tne answer to all of that lay in Alberta's own history. What we were and what we are, as Nellie McClung famously said long before Roosevelt, is "the Land of the Fair Deal". She, the broadest thinking leader of the feminist Movement, spent her life between Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. And she had a clear understanding of how a society could work. And what fairness really meant."
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every modern democracy is in crisis
without fully functioning democracies, we cannot escape the worst outcomes

Losing Confidence:
Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy

by Elizabeth May
McClelland & Stewart (2009)

          "Canadians are not particularly aware that the essence of our democracy is at risk. The essential elements of a functional democracy are a free and independent media, a well-informed and engaged electorate, and high levels of participation on voting day."
          with only two-third of Canadians voting, commentators have noted with dismay that it is due to the archaic 'first past the post' system (a method of elections developed 1100 years ago) that so many voters had not helped their party of choice

          a review in Quill and Quire juxtaposes May's book with that of Barry Cooper (It's the Regime, Stupid!): both make urgent appeals for action to safeguard our basic freedoms, but beyond that, the two could hardly be more at odds
          May calls for the restoration of the virtues of Canada's parliamentary system, and Cooper summons the virtuous to fight for the dissolution of Canada ~ a bureaucratic "tyranny without a tyrant"


led Green Party to unprecedented support  
 


a million votes ~ but no representation  

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Election May 2 2011
          Elections Canada reports that january 2006 of 23-million voters only 15-million actually cast ballots, and october 2008 of 23.6-million only 14-million did
          Canada is one of the last few parliamentary democracies in the world to still use the antiquated first-past-the-post voting system, and Canadians are ready for change
          if the CPC (the conservative party of Canada) gets results true to form (up to 40% of votes cast) it will continue its rule with a minority government that is the choice of just one-quarter of Canadians
          since 2006, this CPC government has been found in contempt of the supremacy of parliament, shut down the house of commons twice, and has branded opposition coalitions as undemocratic attempts to set up an unelected government!
          this is the reason that the deeply flawed elections of the british parliamentary tradition will never be revised, and also the reason why so many Canadians (myself included) do not vote
          elections end up not reflecting the will of the people, and Canada's electoral system continues to deny the diversity of thought in its population

see also [O Canada]

 

click 
Defending democracy. Resisting corporate power.
advocates for a healthier and more equitable world by making government
work for the people and by defending democracy from corporate greed
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i'm just sick and tired of this sick and tired scenario that repeatedly keeps playing out:
everbody knows the serial killers and their opulent domiciles but the corpses keep turning up

Inside Job ~ the documentary by Charles H Ferguson about the culprits of the 'financial crisis' is just the latest of revelations about the immorality of our times, the greedy lecherous corruption and abuse that the capitalist democracy with its economics of globalism has imposed on the peoples of the world.

everybody knows
and the serial killers run amok without censure

Charles H Ferguson's personal homepage is 'under construction'
He founded Representational Pictures

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2012 ~ so what 
 

75% of the world's mining and exploration companies are headquartered in Canada where there are no laws that prevent abuses abroad
according to the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network  

 

2010 12 22 ~ Bloomberg (reporting on capital markets since 1981):
          Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week. Villagers are hunting the ore on the North Mara land that their ancestors worked for decades, sometimes paying with their lives.
          "They are not arresting them or taking them to court," said Machage Bartholomew Machage, a member of the Tarime District Council, the highest local government body. "They are just shooting them."
 

 

 



 

in Dec 2009, This Day, a Tanzanian news organization, asked:
          "BLESSING OR CURSE?
          "In Tanzania the government dismantled its socialist institutions and brought in international miners, who forced out tens of thousands of artisan miners from areas their families had mined for generations. The Ministry of Energy and Minerals estimates that around 40,000 such miners have been displaced since 1998"

2011 05 06

. . . and at Barrick's Papua mine
killings, beatings, rapes at the Porgera goldmine brought two tribal leaders from Papua New Guinea to Canada to plead with the government to step in
    
    2011 05 18
2014
Villagers' Houses Burnt Down Again at Barrick Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea
Repeat of 2009's Gross Human Rights Violations Follow Failed Resettlement Negotiations
In a pre-dawn raid on Friday, June 6, Papua New Guinea (PNG) police Mobile Units evicted residents from Wingima village near Barrick's Porgera gold mine and burnt down some 200 houses, according to reports from eye witnesses in Porgera as well as from local Member of Parliament Nixon Mangape. Victims said they had no warning and were not given eviction notices in advance of the attack.
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                        2013 02 16
Eldorado Gold Corp
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86-year-old southern Alberta rancher doesn't mince words:

              "It's wrong. The government is continuously interfering with agriculture and with private enterprise. Our forefathers came to this country for one reason ~ for freedom, and we're losing it.
              "In fact, we've basically lost it."

              an Edmonton Journal story (2011 02 22 ~ by karen kleiss) was headlined: 'Landowners' rage sparks review of new laws' as a series of bills introduced over the past few years has given the Alberta government unprecedented powers to control private land, and even "extinguish" owners' rights without compensation


Dan Eberhart
                 "No other jurisdiction in North America has concentrated so much power in the cabinet," says Keith Wilson. "There are countries in Eastern Europe that tried it, but it didn't work out."
                 Wilson is a St. Albert lawyer and a former government employee who once worked for the Farmer's Advocate, and last fall took his findings on the legal implications of the bills on the road for an 'informational tour' that has filled community halls in rural southern Alberta.
                 In an article in the Tyee (an independent daily online magazine) of 4 Feb 2011, Andrew Nikiforuk asks: "Does Keith Wilson Look Like a Revolutionary to You? In Alberta he does, taking down government by exposing . . . scandal one power point at a time.

also see the site Alberta Surface Rights ~ "advocating for the future of Alberta's land and water" from Trochu, AB

check out [Michael Schmidt]'s story about an armed government raid on his dairy farm
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January 1, 2012
Herald of the New Order
                London ON locomotive industry plant union workers locked out and offered slashed wages from $35 to $18 by Caterpillar ~ wich had profits in the $-billion per quarter range
 

               "This is a case where our members have been locked out by corporate greed," say Canadian Auto Workers. "Caterpillar may be one of the richest corporations to ask for the deepest of cuts."
 

"breathtaking for both its arrogance and sheer aplomb"
from the Bruce Report January 11th, 2012:
Hard times for Canadian unions
"our nights, indentured to faceless institutions, grow longer"
               Dawn refuses to break in the long, dark night of the Canadian labour movement's soul. And even those who cling to the notion that a fair wage for permanent work is not only a human right, but necessary to a productive and competitive economy, question whether morning will ever come.
               But it was Electro-Motive employee Paul Dona who hit the nail squarely on the head when he said, "It's not just about the union. It's about the whole country. Where the hell's it stop?'
               What this tells experts is that the labour movement has been facing a new environment, one that includes mass plant closures and the relentless privatization of public assets and services, with global warming as a backdrop, threatening to deprive much of humankind of a secure future.
               With notable exceptions, Canadian unions, particularly in the private sector, have been sidelined into near irrelevance thanks to deregulated markets that have hastened the concentration of capital in global conglomerates. The same forces that have merged smaller companies into larger ones ~ competition from low-cost, emerging nations; reduced government oversight; even right-wing, ideological triumphalism ~ have dismantled the social contracts between owners and employees that bargaining units once effectively defended.
               What governments and corporations too often fail to appreciate is that good, long-term jobs are not the by-products of economic growth; they are the building blocks of it, if only because people pay the taxes that keep governments in the black and corporations reasonably certain of the public perks they can expect to reap.

Alec Bruce is a Moncton-based writer on politics, economics and current affairs
 

2012 02 01 ~ plant closed

September 1 2012
 

 

 

"wage differential in labour markets between countries":
concern expressed in secret meetings of Canada's finance minister and business leaders
 

click to read Gil McGowan
president Alberta Federation of Labour,

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            Since its 1933 inception in Alberta, the social credit 'movement' was a voice in Parliament from the fifties through the seventies. Social Credit; funny money. The proposition: that each citizen receive social credits as a sort of minimum wage by drawing on the capital of the nation that has been enabled by his or her labor. It would eliminate the need for any other social support funds.

Canadian Social Credit Party
at the Home Page of Kenneth Janda, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
~ in albert's experience, alberta's social credit government was 'conservative with a conscience'

Canada's Prime Minister
links the "economic crisis"
to health care, old age

click
 

Stephen Maher (Ottawa columnist for Postmedia News):
In 2006 mortgage rules were eased. September 2007 the finance minister announced a budget surplus of $14-billion. Since, following the 'credit crisis', the government bought $70-billion worth of paper from the banks and added $100-billion in debt ~ now nearing $700-billion.

            Millions of peoples' lives over 150 years of nationhood have proved the country is nothing without its population. Citizens make a living by working freely, and to see the infirm and aged assisted, the sick treated, the children educated ~ which is their purpose for the nation; and to own resources, transportation systems, utilities. Such a 'caretaker' state is their culture's (Judeo-Christian humanist) populist political expression ~ it is the utterance of their (and their nation's) civilization.
 

spiralling healthcare costs are not just the result of an aging population, but increasing health problems in children due to inactivity ~ and in all ages, due to manufactured toxins
old pathologists tell that in their early practices cancers in children were unknown and rare in persons under age 50



William Aberhart (1878 - 1943), known as 'Bible Bill'
Alberta: a celebration by Rudy Wiebe (Hurtig, 1979)
 

 

 

 

 

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(2004)
 

Ronald Wright wrote that "Each time history repeats itself, so it's said, the price goes up. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water ~ the very elements of life.
"Our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have unleashed but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers."

"eco-doom and societal collapse"
"a subversive diagnosis; a provocative film"

surviving progress ~ at the website
A FILM BY MATHIEU ROY & HAROLD CROOKS
INSPIRED BY THE BEST-SELLER A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS OF RONALD WRIGHT

"If you're still scratching your head and asking yourself what the Occupy Movement is all about, get yourself a ticket to the next screening of [this] crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing documentary feature." ~ Greg Quill, TORONTO STAR

"The Canadian-made documentary of the year takes you beyond current surface environmental and financial disasters into the major mindset adjustments we must undertake if we're not going to simply build bigger Band-Aids every year until the lights go out." ~ Ken Eisner, GEORGIA STRAIGHT

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quality and esthetics in public builings, residences, and virtually all other products have largely disappeared from the marketplace
the added costs of typically 20-30% now are spent on interest

 

Tarek El Diwany explains why in The Problem With Interest (1997) ~ extended English edition arising from the recent financial crisis. Available also in Arabic, Turkish, Bahasa, and Urdu.
Documentary Why are We All in Debt? (2009) explains why the current financial system inevitably produces boom and bust, endemic inflation and unrepayable debt.

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It's the Interest, Stupid
 

Posted on November 8, 2012 by Ellen Brown:
           "In the 2012 edition of Occupy Money released last week, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our GDP. That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of 'Wall Street greed' but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system."

The Web of Debt
Third Millenium Press, 2007 (new 2012 edition)
 

 

also by Ellen Brown, March 2013 at: Max Keiser and: Global Research

                   The Long-planned Deposit Confiscation Scheme
                   imposing austerity on the people is apparently part of the plan
                 This month the EU warned that it would withhold billions in bailout loans, and the European Central Bank threatened to end emergency lending assistance for distressed Cypriot banks, unless depositors ~ including small savers ~ shared the cost of the rescue.
                 It's a long-planned Confiscation Scheme puished by the EU, ECB and IMF since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. A recommendation made in 2010 and 2011 by the Basel Committee of the Bank for International Settlements (the 'central bankers' central bank in Switzerland). The Open Bank Resolution is to deal with bank failures when they have become so expensive that governments are no longer willing to bail out the lenders.
                 Its primary objective is to ensure that, as far as possible, any losses are ultimately borne by the bank's shareholders and creditors, which are defined to include depositors. The bank gets the money; the depositor becomes only a creditor with an IOU. The bank is not required to keep the deposits available for withdrawal but can lend them out, keeping only a fraction on reserve, following accepted fractional reserve banking principles. When too many creditors come for their money at once, the result can be a run on the banks and bank failure. Are you safe if your money is in gold and silver? Not if it's stored in a safety deposit box in the bank.
                 Meanwhile, people who deserve to lose money, won't. If you lent money to banks by buying their debt rather than by depositing money, you will suffer no losses at all. And if you lent money to the insolvent government, then you too will be paid off. The big winner here is the ECB, which has extended a lot of credit to dubiously-solvent banks and which is taking no losses at all.
                 It is the ECB that can most afford to take the hit, because it has the power to print euros. It could simply create the money to bail out the Cyprus banks and take no loss at all. But imposing austerity on the people is apparently part of the plan.

2014 03 03
more from ellen brown at opednews.com
brown is currectly running for California State Treasurer on a state bank platform

                 "In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, . . . yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home)."
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coming soon . . .
the new world currency: the eurodollaryuan

 the edy

real goods will be untouched but all cash is worthless
each world citizen to receive 100 000 edys at any major bank

required identification must include a minimum of four
of which half have either photo or fingerprint
from the below list:
                ~ passport
                ~ birth certificate
                ~ proof of citizenship
                ~ proof of residency
                ~ taxation clearance certificate
                ~ criminal check

                ~ OR
sign up for the new universal BMI (biometric identifier)
and never carry another document

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a canadian twenty dollar bill of the past stated that 'the bank of canada will pay the bearer in gold',
until the 'gold standard' was dropped and the 'currency' became just "legal tender"
~ after a law was enacted that stated in essence that this paper was as 'good as gold'
with the introduction of manufactured plastic bills even that pretense has been dropped,
and these 'modern' bank of canada notes are simply (a meaningless) "20 dollars"

(the old germanic thaler)
dollar watch
(random sample june 2011)

1.03  australia dollar
1.00  canadian dollar
0.96  us dollar
0.96  bahamas dollar
0.79  new zealand dollar
0.78  singapore dollar
0.55  fiji dollar
0.48  barbados dollar
0.36  caribbean dollar
0.15  trinidad dollar
0.13  hong kong dollar
0.03  taiwan dollar
0.01  jamaica dollar

and for comparison:
1.40  euro
0.15  yuan

            this money - no longer a medium of exchange and without intrinsic value greater than toiletpaper, yet purports to be a product traded in an unreal market (existing only virtually) which sets a rate of exchange without regulation, restriction or oversight

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Karl Marx's labor theory of value asserts that
the value of an object is solely a result of the labor expended to produce it.
wikipedia has the following story in illustration of the concept:

                In a village in Somewherea, everyone shares a set of skills and their produce is derived from local natural resources. Through custom or inclination each person pursues a particular trade, but is capable of pursuing any other in the village. These people exchange their products on a regular basis. Each would know how long it took their fellow to produce their good, and how long it would take them to make it themselves. They would also know how much of their own product they would produce in the same amount of time and how much they would be able to exchange for that product. If anyone tried to overcharge for a good, people would stop buying and make it themselves (or a competitor could enter the market and undercut them). Each person would thus be able to calculate whether it would be better for them to buy a good or make it themselves. In this scenario prices and values would be equal.
                (Friedrich Engels advanced such a conceptual model in his Appendix to Marx' Capital v. III)  

                Capitalism is an ancient economic system, recurring with surprising frequency throughout human history. So frequent, in fact, as to cause a belief that the profit motive may, indeed, be the only incentive that consistently "delivers the goods", so to speak. Unfortunately, the "lessons of history" teach that capitalism is always abused by the greediest and most base-minded individuals.
                see also Marx's [historical materialism] elsewhere on this site

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". . . banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. . .":
Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to John Taylor in 1816)
often considered spurious, the quotation can be found at Monticello

 

big banksters
jaw-dropping crimes of banks
You Won't Believe What They've Done
at Global Research
 

 

image from William Banzai's blog
VISUAL COMBAT (Art That Strikes Back!)

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"Greed is Good" ~ so nineties
"Make Money, Make a Difference" ~ so now

 

the pretend capitalists  

once, the capitalist lived in the big house on the hill, frequented banks, and invested, while the ordinary man worked, and saved if he could

now, the capitalist lives as royalty, and there is a vast army of little 'capitalists'; the pretend capitalist who is the ordinary man

bamboozled into 'investing' in the market so the real capitalists can play with it


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             "Of all the many ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today. . . . Change is, I believe, inevitable. The question is only whether we can think our way through a better outcome before the next generation is damaged by a future and bigger crisis. This crisis has already left a legacy of debt to the next generation. We must not leave them the legacy of a fragile banking system too."
Lord Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England 2003-2013
 


publicbankinginstitute.org
banks would do away with money
already in scandinavia signs are appearing in retail outlets indicating that cash cannot be accepted
payments are to be made electronically through the banking system which can then extract fees, a practice becoming known as 'negative interest'
loans are made with 'book-money' created by banks
'money in the bank' of depositors are just liabilities to account holders that disappears when the bank fails
major pushbacks are emerging
Iceland's prime minister commissioned a report on monetary reform in 2015 to "a better monetary system", and over 100 000 Swiss have petitioned successfully for a referendum on abolishing the power of its banking system to create money

FULLMONEY
the Swiss "Sovereign Money" Iniiative

citing the Swiss Constitution: "The Money and Currency System is a matter of the State", it demands that the Swiss National Bank alone will be able to create electronic money
"sovereign money in a bank account is completely safe because it is central bank money"


from COMER
~ Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform:
"Through our Bank of Canada, which has been publicly owned since 1938, the federal government has the power to borrow money in huge quantities essentially interest-free, and to make such funds available not only for its own use, but also for provincial and municipal expenditures. Such borrowing helped Canada to get out of the Great Depression, and to finance its participation in World War II. Continuance of this practice until 1974 played a key role in creating Canada’s post-war prosperity and in making possible its cherished social programs.
"Therefore, we Canadian civil society organizations, who work for public welfare, call on our federal government to revive the powers of the Bank of Canada to provide funding to all levels of government in Canada, largely with interest-free loans. . . . We Canadians now urgently need a renaissance of these powers of our Bank of Canada."

Helicopter money
from ellen brown

              As the Bank of England recently acknowledged, the vast majority of the money supply is now created by banks when they make loans. Money is created when loans are made, and it is extinguished when they are paid off. When loan repayment exceeds borrowing, the money supply "deflates" or shrinks. New money then needs to be injected to fill the breach. Currently, the only way to get new money into the economy is for someone to borrow it into existence; and since the private sector is not borrowing, the public sector must, just to replace what has been lost in debt repayment. But government borrowing from the private sector means running up interest charges and hitting deficit limits.
              The alternative is to do what governments arguably should have been doing all along: issue the money directly to fund their budgets. Milton Friedman reputedly once said the government could reverse a deflation simply by printing money and dropping it from helicopters. A gift of free money with no strings attached, it would find its way into the real economy and trigger the demand needed to power productivity and employment.

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(2015) at michael-hudson.com
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how to deal with populations
the most cost effective solution in the capitalist euthanation  

on birth receive
a control with two buttons

press the green
life will be automatically lived
                ~ without heartache and sorrow, nor sin

press the red
death will come in passing
                ~ no pain or suffering, without regret
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Imperial Conquest: America's "Long War" against Humanity
at Global Research
 

                The concept of the Long War is part of US military doctrine since the end of World War II. In many regards, todays wars are a continuation of the Second World War.
                Worldwide militarization is also part of a global economic agenda, namely the application of the neoliberal economic policy model which has led to the impoverishment of large sectors of the World population.
                Our objective is World Peace. Our objective is to criminalize war: Michel Chossudovsky, Berlin, January 11, 2014
 

~ Reveal the criminal nature of this military project.
~ Break once and for all the lies and falsehoods which sustain a "political consensus" in favor of a pre-emptive nuclear attack on Iran.
~ Undermine war propaganda, reveal the media lies, reverse the tide of disinformation, wage a consistent campaign against the corporate media.
~ Break the legitimacy of the warmongers in high office. Indict political leaders for war crimes.
~ Dismantle the multibillion dollar national intelligence apparatus.
~ Dismantle the US-sponsored military adventure and its corporate sponsors.
~ Bring home the troops.
~ Repeal the illusion that the state is committed to protecting its citizens.
~ Uphold 9/11 Truth. Reveal the falsehoods behind 9/11 which are used to justify the Middle East/Central Asian war under the banner of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT).
~ Expose how a profit-driven war serves the vested interests of the banks, the defense contractors, the oil giants, the media giants and the biotech conglomerates.
~ Challenge the corporate media which deliberately obfuscates the causes and consequences of this war.
~ Reveal and take cognizance of the unspoken and tragic outcome of a war waged with nuclear weapons.
~ Call for the Dismantling of NATO.
~ Reorganize the system of international justice which protects the war criminals. Implement the prosecution of war criminals in high office. Close down the weapons assembly plants and implement the foreclosure of major weapons producers. Close down all US military bases in the US and around the world.
~ Develop an antiwar movement within the armed forces and establish bridges between the armed forces and the civilian antiwar movement.
~ Forcefully pressure governments of both NATO and non-NATO countries to withdraw from the US-led global military agenda.
~ Develop a consistent antiwar movement in Israel. Inform the citizens of Israel of the likely consequences of a US-NATO-Israeli attack on Iran.
~ Target the pro-war lobby groups including the pro-Israeli groups in the US.
~ Dismantle the homeland security state. Repeal the legitimacy of Obama's extrajudicial assassinations. Repeal the drone wars directed against civilians.
~ Undermine the "militarization of law enforcement". Reverse the gamut of anti-terrorist legislation in Western countries which is intended to repeal fundamental civil rights.
~ These are no easy tasks. They require an understanding of the power structure, of hegemonic relations between the military, intelligence, the state structures and corporate powers which are promoting this destructive agenda. Ultimately these power relations must be undermined with a view to changing the course of World history.

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa. He is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the globalresearch.ca website. He is the author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003) and America's "War on Terrorism"(2005). His most recent book is entitled Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011). He has taught as Visiting Professor at universities in Western Europe, South East Asia and Latin America, acted as an adviser to governments of developing countries and as a consultant for several international organizations.
 


syrian child 2013, spencer platt

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2016

They had a planet-wide network
Ears into every closet
Eyes, electronically, into every transaction
Suggestions implanted into every brain
All from their underground complex
Hands at the levers of world events
Confident of no opposition
Puppeteering all the celebrities
Politicians, presidents, pontiffs, power-mongers
All seeming self-driven
Some knowing, some not
That they were a joke
For those hidden in
A safe bunker to enjoy total power in
Until we found it buried there
Opening it up, letting air in
And light in
Seeing their bewildered eyes
They blinked uncomprehending at us
It was a slow process
Adjusting them to the truth
That they were only playing
That it was a toy console at their fingertips
That they could only trick brains
Not the beings we are
Wrenching sobs shook them
Until they settled down
And remembered, too
Who they were
[~ Jeremy]
 


 

1889 - 1977
 

"In My Autobiography, he deplored 'the kinetic invasion of he twentieth century', in which the individual was hemmed in by 'gigantic institutions that threaten from all sides. . . . We are becoming the victims of soul-conditioning, of sanctions and permits. . . . We have gone blindly into ugliness and congestion and have lost our appreciation of the aesthetics.'"
 


see [Charlie and Chaplin]

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they're poisoning our children with [polluted toys]
and we all have been [poisoned for profit]
by, among other things, [sour gas] and [asbestos] and [aspartame]

[electromagnetic] radiation and fields from wired and wireless technologies cause biological change
~ loss of well-being, disease and even death

[obamarama democrazies]
also check [court]  [security]  [terror]  [statement]

[Take my Money ~ Earn my Contempt]
~ how the capitalist democracy is coming home to roost