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Brexit has allowed the banks to get off Britain's naughty step | Business | The Guardian
The even better news for the banks is that they are no longer hated. Far from it. Much of the concern about how the UK will survive outside the EU has centred on the future of the City. For years, the banks have been trying to find a way of getting themselves off the public’s naughty step. Brexit has provided them with an opportunity that has been seized with relish. The City has played the post-referendum game masterfully. [...] The recession that the banks caused and the austerity that resulted created the sense of “them and us” – the notion of an unbalanced and unequal Britain – that led to Brexit. [...] constant demands that the government secures passporting rights to allow UK authorised institutions to operate freely across the EU27.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Ofsted get a US boss? - BBC News
In particular, they are considering candidates who have been involved in the charter school movement, state-funded independent schools, with a similar ideological DNA to academies and free schools in England. The big impact of charter schools has been in the most deprived urban areas, credited with re-energising schools that had been in a state of chronic decline. It's a claim rejected by their opponents, particularly in US teachers' unions, who say that the successful glitz and PR around charter schools is not backed up by any significant long-term advantage. Some charter schools do well, some do badly... like any other type of school, they argue. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been accused by charter school groups of putting up "roadblocks" to their expansion. [...] [ PISA & a very mixed picture in USA ... and no co-operation, collaboration and trust. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt makes the wrong diagnosis - Jason Beattie - Mirror Online
Jeremy Hunt claims the new terms are necessary if the government is to deliver its ambition of a 7-day NHS. But there is a deeper issue of why Mr Hunt is pressing ahead with these reforms when there is a the far bigger crisis facing the health service - the dire state of social care. To put it another way: why is the Health Secretary trying to build an extension when the main house is in danger of collapsing? In the last parliament the Coalition government cut social care by more than £3billion despite warnings it would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS as elderly patients require treatment which could have been prevented if they had been cared for at home. The NHS is now suffering from the consequences of those cuts.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Shock figures show patients stuck in north hospitals for more than a year despite being fit to leave - Press and Journal
Shock new figures show eight patients across NHS Highland and NHS Grampian were kept in hospital for more than a year, despite doctors giving the green light for them to be discharged. Another 20 patients at the two health boards were left in limbo for more than six months. Last night Health Secretary Shona Robison admitted there was “much more to do” to tackle the so-called bed blocking, which costs the NHS millions of pounds each year. [...] These patients were all classified as so-called ‘Code 9′ patients – meaning they require specialist support, such as space in a care home, before they are able to return to the community. [...] “The availability of suitable facilities to safely accommodate those of our patients with the most complex conditions is limited, [...] unable to dedicate enough staff. The health board admitted that recruitment to the adult care sector was a growing problem, //&! Care homes and the NHS: The silent scandal? - bbc.in/23GhyCd & bbc.in/1PfdoHx
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Services for LGBT young people will just disappear | Kirstie Brewer | Society | The Guardian
Cuts to council youth budgets are putting vital specialist provision for vulnerable youngsters in jeopardy [...] “Youth provision has always been the Cinderella service and LGBT youth provision is its poor relation,” [...] Overall, youth services directly provided by councils in England have been cut by 36% since 2011 – from £877m to £561m total expenditure, according to figures provided by Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities. “Councils are facing impossible decisions about youth services as the government slashes their revenue support grants by over 50%, regardless of the cost to individuals and communities,” //&! Out in the cold: LGBT housing services devastated by austerity cuts. Homelessness among gay, lesbian and transgender people is rising but the few organisations that offer help are struggling to survive - bit.ly/1R6FIyh
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cay Johnston; How The One Percent Enrich Themselves at Government Expense, part 1 - YouTube
min 10 - gov sets the rules and rule define the civilisation and the quality of lives. // min14 - people don't want you to see and know what they are doing [...[ you need journalist who are sceptical about what the gov is saying and telling you what they do, but what the gov is actually doing >> truth tends to lead to better policy << [...] you publish when you have it, not when its good timing. // 23:40 - moral point of Super Rich and tax evasion/avoidance.Andrew Mellon. Adam Smith and the Bible: taking from the poor and giving it to the rich. is a denounced evil. you society will come to ruins. AND HERE COMES DAVID CAMERON in his christmas/new years message with CHRISTIAN VALUES! What a liar, what a hypocrite. - ind.pn/1ZqA8eh - David Cameron says Christian values make Britain successful. Why? - bit.ly/1WTGAJd &! bit.ly/1JwfUqp &! bbc.in/1ZqpPqG - << DWP Sanctions //32:40 flawed policy by flawed public understanding how the economy works and politics - disconnected from reality! -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Britain's Trillion Pound Island - Inside Cayman
20bn£/year go through tax avoidance (legal through loopholes). = 20bn austerity for next 4-5 years this parliament from 2015. and was around the same from 2010 as Tories came to power forming coalition with lib dems. // who can pay for the lawyer and lobbyist - to implement loopholes. // its the gov that lets make the rules, by lobbyists. // (New Labour) Gordon Brown cut corp tax in his time by 5% and Osborne will have it cut by further 10% points in his two parliament sittings as chancellor. "You can't compete with Zero." << Cayman Islands (no infrastructure and no educated people) - vs. - UK (with infrastructure and educated people, social safety net, pensions). // ultimately, tax laws have to be changed in the local country, not cayman islands.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Progress on social mobility 'too slow' - BBC News
Progress on closing the gap between rich and poor pupils has not moved fast or far enough to tackle the gulf within a divided Britain, a report says. [...] 'Stronger economy' A government spokesman said it was committed to an "all-out assault on poverty". "Our investment in childcare is helping parents get into work and give their children the best start in life, while the pupil premium and school reforms are ensuring every child gets a good education." The spokesman said work was the best way out of poverty, adding that the number of workless households was at a record low.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS rationing 'is denying patients care' as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian
Survey of doctors reveals concern about adults and children being denied treatment, resulting in emergency care or worsening of long-term conditions [...] A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery. //&! NHS watchdog slams hospitals' handling of patient complaints Dame Julie Mellor warns that three out of four investigations fail to identify serious failings in care as families are often met with ‘wall of silence’ [...] “Hundreds of thousands of incidents of poor care go unreported every year across the NHS precisely because people fear they either won’t be taken seriously or that nothing will change as a result.” //&! https://redd.it/3w2auw
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Warren Buffett Crushes Republicans On Taxes - YouTube
Not having a voice. No being heard. // Empört Euch! (German) Perfect Paperback – Feb 2011 by Stéphane Hessel
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chancellor urged not to cut vital health fund - BBC News
George "Mr Judgement Call" Osborne // Vital health services in England including stop smoking, obesity and sexual health clinics are at risk, experts are warning. Earlier this year the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the £2.8bn public health budget by £200m from January. The pot is held by councils so is not covered by the government's promise to protect the health service. But doctors, nurses and other senior health officials say the money is vital to relieving pressure on the wider NHS. A total of 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter to George Osborne asking him to reconsider the plans. The letter warned raiding the funds would simply cause greater ill-health and inequality in the population. [...] [PREVENTION>>] [deal with Osborne for 8bn extra a year this Parliament] included making gains from improvements in people's health. [Cut now, pay more later!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
To toil in the present-day NHS is thankless. [...] Whatever its merits, a workforce whose morale is already low sees it as yet more evidence that professionals’ views don’t count. Morale takes a further downward lurch. [...] Thus by 2020, the government will have imposed an unprecedented 10-year freeze in real pay across the public sector, shrunk its numbers by more than 1.5 million and offered as little upward career progression to public employees as it possibly can. A new industry of private contractors feeding off contracted-out public work will have been invented, offering even worse pay and conditions than the public sector itself. To raise taxes that might alleviate the crisis is ideologically prohibited. [...] Employees are voting with their feet. Between November 2013 and November 2014, 49,120 teachers quit – the highest rate on record. Nearly four in 10 newly qualified teachers leave after their first year. [...] [ Met warned less police officers on street ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron responds to Question Time tax credits complaint | Money | The Guardian
[S]he & her four children were entirely dependent on a combination of working tax credits & child benefits because her business did not make a profit. “I get £400 a week in tax credits, child maintenance from my ex-partner & child benefit. And that’s what I live on. What I make from the business goes straight back into it.” Dorrell, who accused the Tories of telling lies to her and others in a similar situation [...] The House of Commons has approved the cuts to tax credits, with only a handful of Conservatives rebelling against the measures. [...] [The] IFS & the Resolution Foundation say the welfare cuts in Osborne’s summer budget will leave some of Britain’s poorest families up to £1,300 a year out of pocket. Paul Johnson, the director of the IFS, has said it is “arithmetically impossible” for workers not to lose out from the cuts. //&! bit.ly/1jsM5AQ - The ‘work penalty’ will hit the strivers of the country & youtu.be/wrbu6NFazfU & bit.ly/1Pn59NQ & bit.ly/1h98H3X
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Lord Ashcroft 'not settling scores' with David Cameron book - BBC News
"If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft & I could have published it before the election." bbc.in/1V5Rl94 CoAuthor Isabel Oakeshott //&! bbc.in/1FpIfC4 - Ashcroft quits the House of Lords //&! Ashcroft & Cameron - an inevitable end? Two powerful men need each other, and then one of them becomes more powerful, and doesnt need the other anymore. [...] [book] looks a lot like revenge. [...] The Conservatives needed him, as all political parties need money, & between 2002/11 he gave more than £5m. [ those who want leadership position/power, ie Cameron, are & will be never great leaders when history judges them ] - bbc.in/1MEYLko bit.ly/1LrS8QP bit.ly/1MEppd0 bit.ly/1PktP6A bit.ly/1gH7wvI bit.ly/1NHFptp &! So Cameron was young & reckless. Lucky he wasnt young, reckless & poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg bit.ly/1j3nRwJ bit.ly/1LIGEnD bit.ly/1V6xSoy - Cameron is part of a select group of people to whom different rules apply, and he knows it, [like evryone else in Britain [dubbed Hameron scandal].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Soziale Gerechtigkeit und Wachstum: Deutschland mittelmäßig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wie gut gelingt es Staaten, eine nachhaltige Wirtschaftspolitik mit sozialer Gerechtigkeit zu vereinen? Deutschland landet in einer Studie des Weltwirtschaftsforums nur im Mittelfeld. Vor allem das Steuersystem schneidet schlecht ab. // &! bit.ly/1K7qKCb - Erbschaft!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Is austerity working in Britain and Europe? - YouTube
youtu.be/YIg3Ls8UjMs - youtu.be/EpSmOBIZKus - (2014) The UK is having a moral disaster: Peter Hitchens on Britain's bleak future (talks about Conservative Party, Cameron is a PR man - exemplary Career Politician just wanting to be in office. out brake of riots in Summer 2011 similar to Brixton Riot "not being part of society", "multiculturalism is no culture" (shared identity and interest as nation) // --- // Chancellor defends austerity from Davos (2013) - youtu.be/nQZDDIVjbcM // (2015) Protesters gather after Queen's speech to 'fight austerity' - youtu.be/ERL0tEzVVqE // &! End Austerity March: thousands protest across the UK - youtu.be/-Yg8QaeBdNs
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a magician – despite his record he’s seen as a success | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor’s record demonstrates a specialism in policies that are too complicated to successfully rebut – a pernicious but effective approach [...] ‘He turns myths into common sense. He spins policies that benefit the richest into rewards for aspiration. He transforms his disastrous record into success.’ [...] GDP per capita remains lower than before Lehman Brothers imploded. Not since the Victorian era have workers’ pay packets flatlined for as long as they have under Osborne. [...] His government pledged to start paying off the country’s debts, but he added more than every single Labour chancellor in history put together. Under his chancellorship, productivity has stagnated disastrously. In much-derided France, productivity is 27% higher. How can this record be regarded as anything other than dire?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
Who Will Own the Robots? - We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates? // BY MARTIN FORD - The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them BY JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ &! Inequality: What Can Be Done? BY ANTHONY B. ATKINSON &! The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies BY ERIK BRYNJOLFSSON AND ANDREW MCAFEE // &! Paul Krugman - “A lot of what’s happening [in income inequality] is not just the gods of technology telling us what must happen but is in fact [due to] social constructs that could be different.” - gov policy, corporate policy (ie 4-day work week and 6-hour days because productivity and profit margin do allow for that, and more brings diminished returns etc etc but will that go down well with Wall Street?)
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Better to inherit a home than start a business in Osborne.uk | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
Our government is locked into a mindset in which economic problems are rooted in regulation, taxation and the public sector, so its reform efforts are focused there rather than addressing the palpable dysfunctions of the private sector. [...] It is Orwellian. There is a productivity review that will not raise productivity and a budget that will do little to deliver what the chancellor says he wants. This should offer rich pickings for any opposition – but to exploit the possibilities it first has to understand them and then challenge Osborne’s narrative. It is a sign of our shrunken times that instead the chancellor bestrides our economics and politics like a colossus.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Joseph Stiglitz: It’s Time to Get Radical on Inequality - YouTube
Nobel laureate Stiglitz, author of The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide, studies the forces driving inequality and what is at stake if it continues. In his view, bad economic thinking deserves part of the blame — fanciful ideas like trickle-down and the notion that economists should try to increase the size of the economic pie and let the politicians worry about distribution. On the contrary, Stiglitz sees distribution as a problem economists must confront. He warns that an economic system that doesn’t raise standards of living for most Americans is a failure. [...] monopoly rent = too big to fail/tbtf (bailout) == cost to society/economic damage == where was antitrust!? monopolies are less productive & costly eventually in the long-term. rent exploitation through lobby! [...] this is bad for everyone, rising inequality, lower inequality is an econ multiplier // &! The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich - youtu.be/e3aJxy9tA-w &! youtu.be/U-oEjFKCp00 NEET
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Who Will Pay? Austerity vs. Bailouts | Greece, Europe and The Euro! - YouTube
have to be held accountable >> bankers! but have not, just transfered private debt/losses onto public balance sheet which no has to paid down by the weakest of society and collectively by less public investment for the future (output gap/lower productivity) ie into infrastructure and education // stealing from the young // policy making by comfort and trinkets - George Osborne // moral hazard - the options they choose - paulson geithner summers and co made the tbtf and jail even worse! instead should have chosen partial privatization // sold off our future for keeping the gangsters "private" - get out of jail free card for what reason? because it would be not American? American means to be WALL STREET crony capitalistic greed with tax evasion and lobbying to the tunes of millions - your judge - that judges on you whether you get a free out of jail card?! // who will suffer in the end? the public and the weakest of society and unborn! period. long-term. // &! youtu.be/EmHYeGI0b_U
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: The return of Tina - BBC News
Tina, it would appear, is back. Forgotten Tina? The acronym for There Is No Alternative? Regularly cited by Margaret Thatcher? Thatcher? Oh, come on, it hasn't been that long since the Tories were in sole command of the UK. [ // history rhymes; Angela Merkel and her "Alternativlos." = There is No Alternative. ] George Osborne set out quite deliberately in a range of ways to suggest that there is no effective or realistic alternative to his approach. [...] It is aimed over their heads at the voters. Mr Osborne is seeking to suggest that there is a remorseless logic to his package, that only the ingrate or innumerate would oppose it.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor' - BBC News
Budget 2015: SNP says Osborne 'taking from the poor'. George Osborne has been accused of being the "high priest of an austerity cult" after he set out plans to cut the welfare budget by £12bn. [...] The SNP said Mr Osborne was "taking from the poor, giving to the rich". Scottish Labour said it was a "bad budget for working families, our most vulnerable and our young people". [...] But the Chancellor said his Budget was designed to take Britain "from a low wage, high tax, high welfare economy, to the higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country we intend to create". [ only economic industrial policy will help/incentivize to create jobs that add value - vs no multipliers in the service sector jobs (minimum wage jobs, just scrapping by, no sizable disposable income/discretionary spending) ] << "Same old Tory Budget" bbc.in/1dMStiI
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015 key points: At-a-glance summary - BBC News
NOT MEETING LIVING WAGE CALLS - just raising the minimum wage, and calling it a national living wage. [PR & spin doctor! same w child poverty move] &! No push for higher, faster rise of tax free income. &! DISCRIMINATING "Tax credits & Universal Credit to be restricted to two children, affecting those born after April 2017 [...] Income threshold for tax credits to be reduced from £6,420 to £3,850" &! Deficit to be cut at same pace as during last Parliament - reaching a budget surplus a year later than planned in 2019-20 [...] reaching a £10bn surplus in 2019-20 [ << Schuldenbremse/Fiscal Pact.] [ neoliberalism, corporate state ] Corporation tax to be cut to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 [ "Creates lots of new jobs and investment" ] &! [ half measured non-dom cut ] [ 8% on bank profits? when they to accounting gimmicks and move it abroad!? and abolish slowly the bank levy = pro London, Zombie Banks, Financial Wizzardry ] [ Climate Change Levy exemption 4 renewable electricity ended?! ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Gregor Gysi, DIE LINKE: »Sie wollen die linke Regierung in Griechenland beseitigen« - YouTube
[ "Alternativlos" & 'Jeder fuer sich selbst.' ] Die Rettungspakete galten nie den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern, sondern immer den Banken. Auch bei uns wurden 480 Milliarden Euro binnen einer Woche für die Rettung der Banken beschlossen. Wenn man mal 1 Million Euro für einen kulturellen oder sozialen Zweck braucht, dann bekommt man ein Nein, aber bei den Banken gibt es immer nur ein Ja. [...] Ich habe Ihnen zugehört, Frau Bundeskanzlerin. Ihre Rede kann ich wie folgt zusammenfassen: Die griechische Regierung hat alles falsch gemacht, und Sie, Herr Schäuble und die europäischen Institutionen, also der Internationale Währungsfonds, die Europäische Kommission und die Europäische Zentralbank, haben alles richtig gemacht. // via bit.ly/1R6V2yA
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Freital: Vom SPD-Modell zur Protest-Hochburg - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ Symptom ] Freital steht heute für braune Hetze gegen Flüchtlinge. Dabei entstand der sächsische Ort einst als linkes Gemeinschaftsmodell in der kapitalistischen Weimarer Republik. Ein Lehrstück über die Tragödien der großen Ideologien. [...] Freital war zu einer nahezu entstrukturierten, enthistorisierten Stadt geworden. Im politisch-kulturellen Vakuum öffnete sich sodann der Raum für Kleinstadtpopulisten, die in Freital nach 1990 periodisch auftraten, kühne Versprechungen machten, dann überwiegend nach allerlei Pannen und Pleiten wieder im Nichts verschwanden, um von neuen Figuren dieser Couleur ersetzt zu werden. Und nun also geht es gegen Flüchtlinge in dieser Stadt, die doch in ihren Ursprüngen ein ganz entgegengesetztes Projekt verfolgt hatte. Was für eine Tragödie. // Book Lars Geiges, Stine Marg, Franz Walter: Pegida. Die schmutzige Seite der Zivilgesellschaft?
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty measurement set to change - BBC News
"We are all in this together." // "In short - can a [Tory gov] that says it is governing for "One Nation" unpick the rules around measuring & cutting the # of poor children in Britain without being accused of cynicism? // &! bit.ly/1GySqhN "The plan sounds reasonable, but the purpose is to whip up confusion at a time when the poor are about to get poorer. [...] “blue-collar Conservatism”, appealing to working-class Tories who are not much interested in such abstractions as relative poverty, but can certainly be rallied against those who are felt to be living at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers." [pitting them against each other]. &! bit.ly/1TNlpbz &! bit.ly/1x0Ghmu existential threat &! bit.ly/1BMOJtg &! bit.ly/1K9G3OE bit.ly/1QQvINd &! Scrapping £320m independent living fund - bit.ly/1SJO4wT &! bit.ly/1TFWHdg 'trickle-down doesnt work, says IMF [...] 1% & well off only buy 1 pair of jeans. power 2 implement reform? [= rebellion, not able with status quo ppl << Chris Hedges]'
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Child poverty rise across Britain ‘halts progress made since 1990s’ | Society | The Guardian
bit.ly/1CkBivl &! bit.ly/1FslKpW - Our fears about child poverty in the UK are coming true: that austerity is entrenching hunger, stigma and educational exclusion. And this sort of damage lasts. &! bit.ly/1HSacAM - Welfare cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands, including more than 300,000 children, below the poverty line since 2012, despite Tory claims to the contrary. &! bit.ly/1waiv5C &! bit.ly/1yHxm6T - A Children's Commission on Poverty inquiry report reveals vividly what it looks and feels like for young people to stand out from their classroom peers because they are poor.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Headline Numbers: How do you measure inequality? - BBC News
Research from the Institute for Policy Studies found that in 2014, bonuses paid to Wall Street employees had been double the total annual pay earned by all Americans who worked full-time at the federal minimum wage. I crunched the numbers and it turned out that the same was true for the UK. [...] The Office for National Statistics (ONS) had figures out on Wednesday based on the definition that people were in poverty if their income was below 60% of the median level (to find the median income, line up all the people in the country in order of income and take the middle one). It found that almost a third of the UK population had experienced poverty in at least one of the years between 2010 and 2013, which is very high by European standards. The OECD sets out a summary of what has happened to examples of all three of these measures. Across its 34 member countries, the Gini Coefficient rose gradually from 1996, fell slightly for the financial crisis and then resumed its upward path.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Britain needs a real manifesto for growth | Business | The Guardian
There is a chronic shortage of supply in transport, energy and housing. Roads, rails and airports are clogged; we are in danger of the lights going out due to low electricity capacity and pathetic rates of house building have generated stratospheric prices. Building infrastructure produces permanent economic gain, but provokes temporary political pain. Nimbies object to disruption and we have been reluctant to compensate them properly. So it’s no surprise that people use the archaic planning system to block and delay investment projects. Politicians find it easier to prevaricate and reverse their predecessors’ decisions and set up ad hoc celebrity reviews (e.g. the coalition’s bottling out of Heathrow expansion). When the time comes for spending cuts, investment is first on the chopping block because the economic bruises only come out years later. Political short-termism is mirrored by corporate myopia which holds back innovation. There remains a lack of competition in banking. ...
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism - YouTube
history doesn't repeat, but it rhymes // use of crisis for political ends // crisis is required to push through those policies // effect - rise if inequality - gini coefficient // history shows - capital flight // net capital flight out of UK from 2008-2015 !? // mixed economy ! // Naomi Klein and Joseph Stiglitz on Economic Power - youtu.be/qkErO-TwOeo &! Naomi Klein, Raj Patel, Amy Goodman: Crisis Capitalism - youtu.be/8Ji_8tI0sbY youtu.be/wmHOj0FT5l0 &! Joseph Stiglitz (2014) - Why Capitalism is Failing - youtu.be/b7wIw1VNjSk &! [Chrystia Freeland] Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Full Session) - youtu.be/S9LIVa3WVPo --- GFC did not end plutocracy (Fortune/Forbes list) it propelled them - QE, bailouts, NIRP etc - it was a recovery for the 1% - Carlos Slim is richest person ever lived (based on labour cost/hr of home country). &! Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland on the One Percent's Power and Privileges - youtu.be/rvIM6-BGx8I
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Owen Jones talks to Mehdi Hasan about The Establishment - YouTube
"shared economic interest" // bailout for the rich and too big to fail and jail - vs - austerity for the poor // TTIP // Europe // westminster (Establishment, Privileged, No Representation) over holyrood (SNP) << UK general election 2015 // all power has to be democratised >> mainstreet.org // Lucky ones pull the meritocracy card to justify their luck, standing and demands //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP | Where Next for Welfare? - YouTube
helping people to cope w change in the labour market, enabling to succeed in a changing labour market. // instead one is exposed to the downward spiral of long-term unemployment, instead of enabling social mobility and income (and personal) growth // throwing away human capital // we inherit what we seed - you reap what you sow // min 24 - getting corporate entities to pay their fair share of tax // min 30 - honest system // psychology of welfare, the right way // min 55 investing in people, personal advisor // tax credit for on the job training/on-boarding of long-term unemployed, dual system (education & job), apprenticeships paying living wage // corporates get subsidies, why does an employee can't get that - helping to compete in this labour market // &! Welfare: When does the State say no? | 18.06.2013 - youtu.be/aBo-1WVu2YE // // &! [Labour] Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility - youtu.be/-sTuE2X99G4 - https://www.gov.uk/government/people/alan-milburn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook wants to narrow the inequality gap between its technical and non-technical workers | PandoDaily
Facebook is advocating for higher wages, paid time off, and other benefits for many of the non-technical workers it hires through independent contractors. [...] This news follows increasing unrest about how tech companies, which are known for offering many of their employees ridiculous benefits and high pay, treat the workers who don’t write a line of code but still help the business run. [...] Yet the Journal notes that these benefits pale in comparison to those offered to the company’s technical workers, who receive better pay, more vacation time, and $4,000 in “baby cash” on top of their paid parental leave. The gap might be shrinking, but it’s still more like the Grand Canyon than an itty-bitty schism. [ aka a gesture and PR ]
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
The last word on Piketty | 11.11.2014 - YouTube
min 1:05:00 - biggest injection of equality into the system has been free education, free health care, pension provision and elderly car, child care, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, low income tax credits, minimum wage, workers protection and representation (unionisation), affordability of a lawyer/solicitor, ... - which are being dismantled, where they were available, ... // what they don't talk about is - tax evasion - ppl able to play the system = unworthy increase in wealth and income // competitiveness breeds inequality (with rising labour supply/surplus + Industrial Revolution 2.0 [creating more revenue with less people needed, more people competing for smaller available pie]) - globalisation, flat world, borderless << Seth Godin 'being remarkable, differentiate, Start-up of You (reid hoffmann)' // opportunity >> social mobility, income mobility, gini coefficient // & being lucky and continue taking rent based on your luck // asymmetry of information (arbitrage) - SV
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Baltimore | Alternet
http://www.alternet.org/racism-real-real-reason-behind-baltimore-uprising // &! http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/david-simon-my-country-horror-show "I don't think it's unique to America. [...] And that notion that capital is the metric, that profit is the metric by which we're going to measure the health of our society is one of the fundamental mistakes of the last 30 years. I would date it in my country to about 1980 exactly, and it has triumphed. [...] But the idea that it's [capitalism] not going to be married to a social compact, that how you distribute the benefits of capitalism isn't going to include everyone in the society to a reasonable extent, that's astonishing to me." nicht teil haben an der Gesellschaft. // &! alternet.org/economy/5-ways-its-become-crime-be-poor-america-punishable-further-impoverishment &! &! bit.ly/1EVuyKz &! bit.ly/1bFWwfU "Perspektivlosigkeit, Wut und Paranoia"
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Solving the productivity puzzle - BBC News
UK productivity growth (as measured by output per hour worked) has been exceptionally weak since 2008. Productivity growth has actually been weak across the developed economies since the Great Recession but especially so in the UK. Beyond those facts though, there is little agreement. The talk is instead of a "productivity puzzle": solving that puzzle is the key to both a lower government deficit and to higher living standards. [...] [I]t could be that the nature of Britain's recovery explains the low productivity growth. Rather than lower productivity leading to lower real wages (as companies cannot afford to increase pay), it may be that lower real wages have encouraged firms to hire workers rather than investing in new equipment. This could have lowered productivity. [...] Much of it feels more traditionally "sociological" than "economic". // 2nd Industrial Revolution - Software is Eating the World, Self-Employment, contractors, Zero Hour Contracts, etc. &! bit.ly/1aRi7Bw
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - UK unemployment falls to 1.86m
The number of young people out of work, however, has stayed stubbornly high. The ONS said the number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work fell by just 12,000 in the three months to January, to 743,000 - a rate of 16.2%. [...] Elsewhere within the figures, the number of self-employed people rose by 33,000 to reach 4.53 million. // If they were jobs for the future, productivity would start to climb, but that is not the case! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31928641 [ + ] The tax-free personal allowance to rise from £10,600 in 2015-6 to £10,800 in 2016-7 and £11,000 in 2017-8. The threshold at which people start paying 40p income tax to rise by above inflation from £42,385 in 2014-5 to £43,300 in 2017-8 [...] Annual savings limit for ISA increased to £15,240. [...] Tax on "diverted profits" to come into effect next month, aimed at multinational firms moving profits "artificially offshore" >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31942639
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty | Mary O’Hara | Society | The Guardian
"We are all in this together." << yea right. We just don't have a lobby like Canary Wharf and Fortune500 companies. // A demonstrable shift took place once the coalition settled in, says Neville. Along with “relentless” targets, huge caseloads, and less time to spend with individual claimants, she lists the increasing complexity of the system including the many and very complicated forms that needed to be filled in and problems with the fitness to work test administered by Atos. “It used to feel like we were doing something for clients, now it was [doing something] to them,” she says. Things were made all the more difficult, ...
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD moniert wachsende Ungleichheit zwischen Arm und Reich - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ The Economic case for better equality ] - Die Ungleichheit in Deutschland hat sich laut OECD deutlich verschlimmert - und den Aufschwung gebremst. Eine gerechtere Sozialpolitik hätte demnach bis zu sechs Prozentpunkte mehr Wachstum möglich gemacht. [... ] Die OECD fordert die Politik zum Gegensteuern auf. "Unsere Analyse zeigt, dass wir nur auf starkes und dauerhaftes Wachstum zählen können, wenn wir der hohen und weiter steigenden Ungleichheit etwas entgegensetzen", sagte Generalsekretär Angel Gurria. "Der Kampf gegen Ungleichheit muss in das Zentrum der politischen Debatte rücken." [...] Eine Umverteilung von oben nach unten mittels Steuern und Transfers sei nicht zwangsläufig wachstumsschädlich, solange entsprechende Maßnahmen zielgenau angewandt werden, schreibt die Industrieorganisation. Eine solche Verteilungspolitik müsse sich vor allem auf Familien mit Kindern sowie auf junge Menschen konzentrieren und deren Lernchancen verbessern.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne's Cuts 'Will See Public Spending Fall To Lowest Level In 80 Years'
Tony Dolphin, senior economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Research, warned that Osborne's planned cuts were "implausible". "Given the scale of cuts in the public sector, [the OBR] can only make its growth forecast add up by assuming that consumer demand is boosted by households taking on more debt - and at an unprecedented pace. "Extraordinarily, the OBR thinks that by 2019 the household sector will have a financial deficit twice as big as in 2007 and 2008 when the financial crisis hit. As result, the household debt-to-income ratio is forecast 2 rise beyond its pre-crisis peak 2 over 180%. "This is pretty implausible. If the next government tries 2 follow the deficit reduction path set out in the Autumn Statement, it can only succeed in the short-term because the household sector takes on debt @ a faster pace than it did before the financial crisis. [this warning was heeded some years ago alrdy that consumer&corp would have to take on debt to spend to keep GDP # up!!!]
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Long, long slog to mend public finances
So the job of mending the public finances is a long way from over. The best performing, big developed economy in the world - that's us by the way, as assessed by speed of GDP growth - is generating far less tax than expected. So this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility expects the harvest for the Exchequer from taxation to be £7.8bn less than it predicted in March. And by 2017-18, it says the shortfall will be an eye-watering £21bn. & the biggest shortfall, roughly half of it, is in income tax, which reflects the creation of lots of new low wage jobs & the absence of meaningful pay rises for millions. [...] reflecting a change in the structure of the economy, rather than a passing phenomenon. [AUSTERITY] The OBR calculates that spending per head in real terms in 2019/20 on the public sector minus health and schools would be £1,290, or 57% less than in 2009/10. [... edu & industrial policy not straight ahead towards econ of the future ...] [in this together?] &! bbc.in/1tqUjGz
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Child poverty set to rise, says social mobility commission
The UK risks becoming a "permanently divided" society unless "radical new approaches" are taken by the next government, a report suggests. [...] Housing costs and youth unemployment needed to be tackled. [...] 'Relative poverty' The existing targets were put in place in 2010 by the last Labour government. Currently, a child is classed as being in relative poverty if his or her family income is less than 60% of median earnings. (Here's an explanation of how the median is worked out.) [...] The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee defined absolute poverty as "the lack of sufficient resources with which to keep body and soul together". "[A]bsolute child poverty increased by 300,000 between 2010-11 and 2012-13" and "independent experts expect child poverty to increase significantly over the next few years". It also says that "working poverty after housing costs is rising". 20% of Scottish children and 24% of Welsh children live in absolute poverty.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Empire - The Promise and Peril of Democracy - Web Extra - Empire asks why democracy is in retreat - YouTube
symptoms now more evident than ever!
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
De Maizière über Datenschutz im Internet, Gabriel zu Apple und Amazon - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mit Blick auf die Steuervermeidungsstrategien von Konzernen wie Apple, Amazon und Google in Europa sagte er: "Das ist asozial." Heute gebe es "Click- und Cloud-Worker" ohne feste Arbeitszeiten, Jobs würden global ausgeschrieben. "Das Ergebnis sind rechtlose digitale Tagelöhner", meinte der SPD-Chef. Zusammen mit den Gewerkschaften gelte es, Leitplanken einzuziehen. Immer gigantischere Rechnerkapazitäten dürften nicht Arbeitnehmer "durch Software und Robotik ersetzen". Gabriel: "Wir müssen die totale Ökonomisierung aller Lebensbereiche verhindern." Zugleich warnte er die SPD vor einer Angst-Debatte. "Wir dürfen das digitale Zeitalter weder verherrlichen noch verharmlosen." Bis Ende 2015 arbeiten rund hundert SPD-Politiker an dem Projekt "#DigitalLeben".
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september 2014 by asterisk2a

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