economics

Sun
28
Aug

Hillary Clinton Wants to Create a Crappy Job for You

by Infoshop News
August 28, 2016

There are so many, countless reasons to dislike Hillary Clinton, that it's hard to understand why anybody would consciously bother voting for her, or spending so much time urging others to do the same. One example can be found in her current batch of campaign ads, which talk about "clean energy" and feature a promise to create umpteen million new jobs. The part about "clean energy" is horrible enough, but that's grist for another dose of analysis. Her promise to create more jobs reflects the Democratic Party's long standing policy of pretending to be Republicans. They can't talk about any kind of solution to people's economic problems, other than to promise more jobs.

Sat
30
Jul

“Anarcho-capitalism,” “Free Markets,” Jumbo Shrimp, and Other Oxymorons

by Tools of Control

Thu
30
Jun

The Economics of Anarchy

by Robert Graham

After a bit of a break, I’m continuing with the installments from the “Anarchist Current,” the Afterword to Volume Three of my anthology of anarchist writings from ancient China to the present day, Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas. This section discusses different anarchist approaches to economic organization. Contrary to the sectarians at the Socialist Party of Great Britain, just because I included a variety of perspectives does not indicate endorsement of any particular position.

The Economics of Anarchy

Tue
28
Jun

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum

by Various
June 24, 2016
Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

Observations from anarchist in Ireland on the UK EU membership referendum. The referendum will take place in north east Ireland which is under British rule. Citizens of southern Ireland who live in the UK will also have a vote but because the UK is physically the gateway to Europe from Ireland all of the island will be effected by the result.

Observations on Brexit and Lexit in the UK EU membership referendum

ANARCHISM AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY

1. Anarchists are generally hostile to decision making mechanisms that demand people put their faith in others to make decisions on their behalf without mandate or recall. We favour systems of direct democracy where the people either discuss and vote on an issue directly, or delegate other people to meet up for such discussions but these delegates are both mandated and recallable.

Fri
22
Jan

The era of predatory bureaucratization – An interview with David Graeber

Arthur De Grave
Ouishare magazine
21 January 2016

This interview was originally published in Socialter n°14.

Back in 2011, you were among the initiators of the Occupy movement. Several similar social movements have happened ever since, but it seems none of them managed to stay alive long enough to reach their objective. Why such failures?

Wed
21
Oct

Focus on the TPP: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries concerning a variety of matters of economic policy, about which agreement was reached on 5 October 2015 after 5 years of negotiations. Among other things, the TPP Agreements contains measures to lower trade barriers such as tariffs, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (but states can opt out from tobacco related measures). As of 2011, the agreement's goal had been to "enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, to promote innovation, economic growth and development, and to support the creation and retention of jobs." The United States government has considered the TPP as the companion agreement to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a broadly similar agreement between the United States and the European Union.
 

Sat
10
Oct

Dangerous History: What the Story of Black Economic Cooperation Means for Us Today

Keane Bhatt
Yes! Magazine
October 7, 2015

Keane Bhatt, The Next System Project: Thank you for speaking with us. I was really excited to talk to you, because it seems that your intellectual and scholarly trajectory maps toward system change. Could you tell us a bit more about that trajectory, and how you began to tackle system-level questions?

Jessica Gordon Nembhard: I came from a family that was dedicated to social justice—a family that was very involved in trying to make social and economic change. And I felt like people didn’t know enough about economics, and that the economists that were out there had a kind of tyranny over the standard models and weren’t allowing other models to come out. So I decided that I was going to study economics and figure out where the inroads were to make economics liberating, as opposed to being constraining and exploitative.

Thu
24
Sep

Dorothy Day Economics

By Chuck Collins
Institute for Policy Studies
September 24, 2015

It was heartening and surprising to hear Pope Francis lift up the legacy of Dorothy Day in his speech before Congress. “Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” said Francis before both houses of Congress.

Perhaps this was the most subversive part of his speech — celebrating a little-known figure and thus reviving interest in what Dorothy Day stood for. And if we truly heed the teachings of Dorothy Day, we would radically transform our society and economy.

I first met Dorothy Day in the kitchen of Mary House, the Catholic Worker soup kitchen on New York City’s Bowery district. More important, I worked for decades along side people deeply shaped by Dorothy in the Catholic worker movement.

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