claim truly about their country where “few have too much and fewer still too
little.” There are many capitalisms,
My blog: The War Department and Peace Heroes
See Class, Corporations, Economics, Greed, Inequality, Information Control, Lobbying, Marx, Military Industrial Complex, Monopoly, Occupy, Regulation, Socialism, Working Class, and related newsletters.
Nos. 7 & 8 at end
Contents #9 Nov. 12, 2012
Hedrick Smith, Who Stole the American Dream?
To Schneiderman: Prosecute or Resign
Why Government Doesn’t
Barofsky, Bailout on TARP
Nader: Where Were the Whistleblowers?
Reich, Book on US Capitalism
Reich, Interviewed About US Capitalism
Survey: Confidence in Capitalism Declines
Wolf: Global Financial Fraud
Looking Back at Capitalist Greed, PBS: Remember the Triangle Fire
Ha-Joon Chang, About Capitalism
Hacker and Pierson: Winner-Take-All Politics
Bybee, War on Wages
Foster and McChesney, Monopoly-Finance Capital
Pollin, Full Employment
Wenz, Progressive Taxation
Mondiot, Unregulated Capitalism and Climate Change
Taibbi, Lies about Bailout
Ad Busters on US Capitalism
Ad Busters on Canadian Capitalism
Moyers Co. Programs
Richard Wolff’s Books
Jim Wallis, Serving the Common Good
Here is the link to all OMNI topical newsletters:
http://www.omnicenter.org/newsletter-archive/ Many of these newsletters expose the
capitalism (unregulated corporations, large gap between rich and poor,
deceptive advertising, endemic boom and bust, and so on). US
Matt Taibbi | Secret and Lies of the Bailout
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, RSN, January 5, 2013
Taibbi writes: "Not only did the bailout prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul - right? Wrong."
READ MORE http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/15395-secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout
CAPITALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Go "'Forward' on Climate"? America
By Adbusters 16 February 13
The Biggest Climate campaign in History eclipses the elephant in the room.
he Sierra Club, Bill Mckibben's 350.org fight-climate-change crew, 130 other
organizations, plus thousands of Americans from all walks are meeting at Noon
on Sunday, February 17 in
Their first goal is to convince Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline once and for all, for it could unlock vast amounts of additional carbon the planet simply cannot afford to burn. But his final decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will only be a test of whether he's truly serious about walking his talk. The Forward on Climate Rally will put unparalleled pressure on Obama to act on his word, and in an unprecedented way. It is their hope that he will do all in his power to face, and combat, global warming.
Meanwhile, record droughts, food scarcity, floods, severe
super-storms, billions in damage, lives lost, and the hottest year on record in
The president spoke somberly about climate change for half an
hour this Tuesday during his State of
the Union speech, earning him brownie points with some, but the eloquence
of his promises have never been something to be contested. Despite his
rhetoric, and avowal to address global warming and not betray future
generations, he fails to face the
elephant in the room. With less than five percent of the world's population, it
And yet on an even deeper level, Obama's invocation of the need for "sustainable energy sources" suggests that he believes fossil fuels themselves are to blame. And perhaps he's not at fault. This is what most people believe. But what about the root of our climatic, environmental problem: the exploitative economic paradigm we operate, the political stagnation that goes with that, the social inequalities we are forced to endure, the cult of hyper-consumption that defines American culture - it is this systemic destructiveness that endorses ravenous fossil fuel use in the first place.
Until Obama, and the activists putting pressure on him, stop confounding the symptoms with the disease, there will be a stark limit to how effective, enduring and powerful a revolutionary movement can be.
---------- Forwarded message
From: larry Hicks <email@example.com>
This is why nothing sticks to Harper
Thanks to a hyperactive press, the energy baron agenda continues unabated. It’s a dangerous endgame indeed. You’ve heard the buzzwords involved – Enbridge, tar sands, Keystone XL – but maybe only as a jumble, a sick constellation no news official connects the dots to. And such is the consequence of a “watchdog” news industry with no teeth. We’re forced to connect the dots ourselves.
Meanwhile, the State facilitates the madness of capital as the
west coast hangs in the balance. Again, the mainstream news cycle misses the
gravity of what’s really in store for
Corporate collusion equals dying ecosystem. There’s no way around it. Economists can muster all the apologias they want, but such is reality. Now we’re at a tipping point for environmental health. But the direness, the desperation needed to explain the situation is lamentably not found in the paper.
If you question whether the conditions are desperate, go to where the rubber
meets the road, in Kitimat, say, or northern Alberta – where machines the size
of McMansions gut the earth for sludge, blast it with superheated water, and
send it west as a ware for China. As an added irony, tanker traffic must
traverse the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in order to reach foreign markets. Ships transporting fossil fuel are
forced to sail through trash – if it weren’t so deplorable, it’d almost be
funny. But such is the
Where is the analysis of this? The urgency? It’s relatively stunted within public discourse. Harper remains largely unscathed by the media, and he relies on tricks and alternative communications to reach supporters. The 24-hour news cycle does some of the work for him. In a general ethos of collective forgetfulness, the cycle moves quickly from one story to the next, leaving environmental atrocities to slip through the cracks. Moreover, Harper capitalizes off of local news outlets, which are sycophantic and more willing to toe his line without checking the facts. Through these machinations he is able to spin the stories regarding tankers, pipelines, energy company excess, and for that matter, Afghan detainees and threats to Net Neutrality too.
Standing up to the massive energy enterprise are Defend Our
Coast, the Dogwood Initiative, ForestEthics, and West Coast Environmental Law –
all orgs that represent the best line of defense against ecocide, against
Boreal Forest shredding and
It's up to us all to keep the pressure on the State even when the media won’t.
Dugan Nichols is a Ph.D. student interested in cultural theory,
race, neo-Marxism, and the way capitalism makes the upside-down world we live
in seem natural – or the only way things can be. He's from
Protect Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Food
MOYERS & CO. INTERVIEWS
and in his earlier PBS programs (NOW, Bill Moyers’ Journal), Moyers has
interviewed many knowledgeable people about the vagaries and corruptions of
Feb. 16, 2012, Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith on the economy. Asked what they would do about the "fiscal cliff," both recommended diving, that it would be better for people (enormous cut in military budget, for example).
Discussion of revolving door in Congress, a mechanism of corporate power (Liz Fowler as a notorious example), and Obama's broken promises about constraining it.
February 8, 2013 |
scholar Susan Crawford explains how media conglomerates put profit ahead of
the public interest, and author Nick
Turse shares what we never knew about the Vietnam War (wars symptomatic of
RICHARD WOLFF’S BOOKS
A new historical vista is opening before us in this time of change, Wolff writes in this compelling new manifesto for a democratic alternative based on workers directing their own workplaces.
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date May 2012
List Price $17.00
Today's economic crisis is capitalism's worst since the Great Depression. Millions have lost their jobs, homes and healthcare while those who work watch their pensions, benefits and job security decline. As more and more are impacted by the crisis, the system continues to make the very wealthy even richer. In eye-opening interviews with prominent economist Richard Wolff, David Barsamian probes the root causes of the current economic crisis, its unjust social consequences and what can and should be done to turn things around.
While others blame corrupt bankers and unregulated speculators or the government or even the poor who borrowed, the authors show that the causes of the crisis run much deeper.
Contending Economic Theories offers a unique comparative treatment of the three main theories in eco- nomics as it is taught today: neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Each is developed and discussed in its own chapter, yet also differentiated from and compared to the other two theories. The authors identify each theory’s starting point, its goals and foci, and its internal logic.
State capitalism is back. It never
went away. This book looks at the role of state capitalism in major European
and Asian societies. It confronts neo-liberal pieties about the role of markets
and private property in capitalist development and radical accounts which see
the state as the antithesis of capitalism. State capitalism is a normal form of
capitalist development. Its extremes may vary but it has been, and remains,
central to an understanding of modern capitalism. This is especially the case
in the so called Communist and Communist worlds of
chronicles one economist’s growing
alarm and insights as he watched, from 2005 onwards, the economic crisis build,
burst, and then dominate world events. The argument here differs sharply from
most other explanations offered by politicians, media commentators, and other
academics. Step by step, Professor Wolff shows that deep economic structures—the
relationship of wages to profits, of workers to boards of directors, and of
debts to income—account for the crisis. The great change in the
Home Front examines the gendered exploitation of labor in the household from a postmodern Marxian perspective. The authors of this volume use the anti-foundationalist Marxian economic theories first formulated by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff to explore power, domination, and exploitation in the modern household.
This volume honors the works of Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy. An introductory essay by the editors examines the evolution of their contributions to Marxian theory and analysis. A bibliography provides the most complete listing of their work to the point of publication. Internationally renowned Marxist scholars (including Ernest Mandel, Charles Bettelheim, Immanuel Wallerstein and many others) contributed original essays in fitting tribute to the importance of the honorees' works.
Home uses the intimate arena of the household as the novel setting for a groundbreaking study of the relationships between class, gender and power today. The authors - and the feminist scholars who offered responses to their critique - integrate the rich traditions of Marxism and feminism, and more recent developments in Marxian theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis, to theorise a new approach to the contemporary crisis of the family. They offer an innovative reading of the relationship between class and gender, in which the household itself can be seen as the site of conflict and of profound transformation. In the process, they suggest a new range of possibilities for thinking about and understanding the complexity of human existence.
While references to gender, race and class are everywhere in social theory, class has not received the kind of theoretical and empirical attention accorded to gender and race. A welcome and much-needed corrective, this book offers a novel theoretical approach to class and an active practice of class analysis.
The authors offer new and compelling ways to look at class through examinations of such topics as sex work, the experiences of African American women as domestic laborers, and blue- and white-collar workers. Their work acknowledges that individuals may participate in various class relations at one moment or over time and that class identities are multiple and changing, interacting with other aspects of identity in contingent and unpredictable ways.
A new book from Jim Wallis!
ActionsTo: James R. Bennett Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:56 AM
"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest
concern is to be on God's side.”—Abraham Lincoln
How do we work together, even with people we don’t agree with? How do we treat each other, especially the poorest and most vulnerable? How do we take care of not just ourselves, but also one another?
On God’s Side will be released on April 1, but you can read an exclusive excerpt in the April issue of Sojourners magazine!
To be inspired to make a spiritual and practical commitment to
the common good, order your subscription to Sojourners magazine. If you order
today, you’ll receive our very best price!