Stephan A. Schwartz
I am beginning to detect a growing trend towards changing the capitalist economic model from one in which profit is the only priority to one in which wellness is the priority, and profit must be made within that paradigm.
SPIEGEL Interview with Naomi Klein: ‘The Economic System We Have Created Global Warming’
Phi Beta Iota: Naomi Klein suffers from the same fragmentation of understanding that all activists suffer, but the emerging convergence of her concerns along with those of Richard Wolff, combined with the emerging possibilities for electoral reform and a holistic open source activist tool-kit, suggest that between now and 2020 predatory capitalism will be capped and authentic democracy will rise again.
The Greek Tragedy: Some things not to forget, which the new Greek leaders have not.
American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power. It was Churchill who acted first and Stalin who followed his example, in Bulgaria and then in Rumania, though with less bloodshed.”
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Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy
This entry is about “Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy” co-authored by Vasilis Kostakis and Michel Bauwens. The scholarly book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and here you may find a draft of it. Sharing the conviction that the globalized economy is at a critical turning point, we describe the four future scenarios; namely, netarchical capitalism, distributed capitalism, resilient communities and global Commons. Book free online
The Not So Erratic Philosophy of Yanis Varoufakis
Greece’s new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has been mandated by the leftist Syriza government to negotiate new conditions with the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) for the continuation of Greece’s desperately needed bailout. He has just written a smashing op-ed for The New York Times that forcefully outlines his government’s approach to the negotiations. It deserves a standing ovation. Read full article.