Jean Lievens: Joseph Stiglitz on Income Inequality

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Joseph Stiglitz: Thomas Piketty gets income inequality wrong

The famed economist reveals the real reason the rich are getting richer — and what it means for the rest of us

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Jan 6

SchwartzReport: $14M an HOUR “War on Terror”

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

I don’t know when I have been as angered by a story as I have been by this one. Fourteen million dollars an hour for 13 years. Imagine what could have been done with that money to ease the lives of the 17 million minor children who experience hunger each year, or the 2.5 million children who are homeless each year, or the destitute elderly living on dog food. What could have been done with that money to rebuild our failing infrastructure, or our crumbling schools, or to improve our poor healthcare system. And that money is independent of the over $400 billion spent on the grotesque F-35 project I reported on yesterday. All of this made possible by phony-patriot war criminals beginning with Bush and Cheney, and passed by a Congress of cretins, too weak and pusillanimous to serve the people who elected them. A government “by the people for the people,” not in anyway I can measure.

$14 Million an Hour for 13 Years: War on Terror’s Astounding Cost

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Jan 4

Doug Bandow: Foreign Aid Does Not Work Because Government is Ignorant

Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow

Foreign aid does not work. In the end, government doesn’t know what it’s doing.

Foreign Aid Is a Failure

Throwing good money at bad governments makes poor countries worse off.

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Dec 31

Jean Lievens: Greek Lessons — How Syriza (A Political Party) Might End European Central Banking Tyranny Plus Comment on Debt Renunciation and Embargos

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Syriza can transform the EU from within – if Europe will let it

EXTRACT

Syriza promises first to achieve a substantial write-off of Greek debt and, second, to lift austerity by aiming for balanced budgets, instead of the surpluses demanded by the troika. It will reconnect families to the electricity network, provide food relief and shelter the homeless. It will take immediate action to reduce unemployment through public programmes. It is committed to lowering the enormous tax burden and to boosting public investment in an effort to accelerate growth.

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Dec 31