Sepp Hasslberger: Is the Economy About Finance for the 1% or Bien Estar (Well-Being) for the 99%?

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

What’s the economy all about … is it people, or finance?

Because You’re Worthless – Challenging The Current Economic System in 3 Minutes

Poem by Agnes Török on the news of a new Conservative budget. Based on experiences of living in Britain under austerity as a young, queer, unemployed, female immigrant student – and not taking it any more.

Phi Beta Iota: Art trumps corruption in 3 minutes. YouTube (3:12) top stuff.

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Jul 20

Mongoose: El Chapo a Hero in Mexico — Say What?

Mongoose

Mongoose

The next attache from DHS will have their work cut out for them.

In Mexico, escaped ‘El Chapo’ is folk hero no. 1

For many Mexicans, he is an unusual combination of Robin Hood and billionaire.

He fought the law, and he won. He beat what many Mexicans see as a corrupt and feckless governing class.

 

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Jul 19

SchwartzReport: Lobbying for War — and How Cheaply US Politicians Sell For….

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

The level of American corruption is breath-taking.

Koch, Exxon And Other Big Oil Spend $141 Million Lobbying Washington For More War

Phi Beta Iota: $141M is chump change. Beyond that are the tens of billions paid in fines for violating laws — e.g. $5B for manipulating the multi-trillion foreign exchange markets with tens of billions in illicit profit that also bankrupts the unwitting. What we have are politicians guilty of treason who sell out for chump change, while continuously legalizing high crimes against the public interest.

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Jul 18

Worth A Look: From Slavery to Cooperative Commonwealth

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

This book reconstructs how a group of nineteenth-century labor reformers appropriated and radicalized the republican tradition. These ‘labor republicans’ derived their definition of freedom from a long tradition of political theory dating back to the classical republics. In this tradition, to be free is to be independent of anyone else’s will – to be dependent is to be a slave. Borrowing these ideas, labor republicans argued that wage laborers were unfree because of their abject dependence on their employers. Workers in a cooperative, on the other hand, were considered free because they equally and collectively controlled their work. Although these labor republicans are relatively unknown, this book details their unique, contemporary, and valuable perspective on both American history and the organization of the economy.

Tip of the Hat to Jean Lievens.

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Jul 16

Robert Steele: Visa & MasterCard Begin Moral Policing — Time to Shut Them Down

Robert David Steele Vivas

Robert David Steele Vivas

From PayPal to Amazon to Visa & MasterCard, we now know that it is time to end our reliance on intermediaries. This moral policing by Visa and MasterCard is horribly ignorant, wrong, and should be a basis for public boycott of both of these card services — what’s next: not letting you use payment cards to buy organic food because Monsanto says that is wrong? The hubris of Visa and MasterCard on this matter is deeply troubling.

Backpage Accepts Bitcoin as Visa, MasterCard Set Embargos

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Jul 15