New instance, new #introduction.
I see this instance has a *nice* *long* character limit for posts.
I have a Ph.D. in Human Science (2016, Saybrook University), which is about the experience of being human in social contexts. It is the mother of the social sciences but is now, at least in the English speaking world, and at least as far as I can tell, a dead field.
Once upon a time, a very, very long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a computer programmer. It was the wrong career choice.
In #kyriarchy, I mostly focus on #classism and #ageism, but since arriving in Pittsburgh, have been confronted with blatant #racism (and yes, many white people here do see it). But #SocialJustice has to be for everybody; to focus on any one identity, to the exclusion of others, is nothing more than to elevate that identity over that of the predominantly wealthy white males who are now in charge.
I oppose all #imperialism and #SettlerColonialism, not just U.S. and NATO imperialism and settler-colonialism. Having lived on the underbelly of #capitalism most of my life, I am #anticapitalist and ferociously opposed to #neoliberalism. I oppose physical and structural violence.
Human beings have #HumanRights. These rights are not constrained by their governments' failures to ratify certain human rights treaties.
#Borders exist to mark off territory controlled by elites whose competition accounts for most if not all wars and to deny human beings on the "wrong" side of an arbitrary line rights and privileges available on the "right" side. This cannot be justified ethically. I am hostile to #xenophobia
Impact of #MMT theory of value
(Derived from a previous response)
Once uppon a time, there was a lie to maintain the argument, that salesmen are making the money and #workers are not involved in creating value anyhow.
When this lie collapsed, they came with another lie (called #Keynesianism)
When this lie collapsed, they came with the next lie (called #Neoliberalism)
Now the bourgeoise predominantly white race has invented another lie?
Meanwhile 50% of energy is consumed by 10% of the people, of which 90% are white.
The poor global south will suffer first and most of #ClimateChange effects.
The #IPCC suggests tax paying to be used for the green transition and refers to papers of a lot of MMT thesis supporting scientists or in other words:
The global white and rich north, that looted the word for centuries don't want to pay a single tax cent, if so just to provide credits with "low interests" to the global south.
So in this sense, I don't believe MMT has good intentions, but to keep on lying and maintain white wealth and the idea, that wealth is just an imagination and unrelated to western armies and companies around the world that keep on killing and looting.
The stability of the #Dollar is foremost a condition of violence. The more violence you can apply, the more stable it appears. For sure I know, that many countries profit to a certain extend from a stable currency. And so everyone plays he wants to align with the rich. (why else does nobody act on #Gaza)
The reason is: To maintain #value! Is this already MMT? 🤔 No it isn't. MMT is just as blind as the other theories.
Stretched NHS even less ready to cope with a new pandemic, scientists warn | Health | The Guardian
In response to Cass Sunstein and @freepeoplesfreepress
What we experience today is not "liberalism" in the classic sense whatsoever. Should we actually still practice the liberalism of the Roosevelt era, I highly doubt there would be much in the way opposition to liberalism in the U.S.
Evidence of this fact is the utter disappearance in the U.S. of industrial capitalism & industrial policy -- again spoken of in depth below.
The critique of "liberals" by the left is truly a critique of neoliberalism -- government by corporate financiers and rent seekers -- wedded to the neoliberal political strategy of using identity politics to undermine class cohesion. The Clintons really got the Democrats rolling down this road. Obama doubled down on it -- see the wall street bailout, yo. Biden is just another clone with some frilly left topping to make it look like he's different because people are catching on.
Then, ask yourself where "liberals" get the majority of their campaign contributions? Huh? Yup ... you guessed it: Wall Street.
So, please Mr. *master of rhetoric* Sunstein ... spare me the crocodile tears about the left laying "siege" to liberalism. We're not. We're laying siege to the neoliberalism that you, and your ilk benefit from at the expense of the people -- an analysis Sunstein OH SO CONVENIENTLY forgets to include in his "high minded" rhetoric filled screed.
Apart from it being the quintessential #Guardian, #Neoliberalism 'protect the state-usquo' (no, not the 70s band of my childhood) at all costs, piece, it is also the upholders of law making 'arguments' for not upholding the law.
A cop, driving at 80mph in order not to miss out on the chance of shooting someone...
So, people are mad at inequality & feel isolated/lonely & unheard in their hardships, so are punching down on vuln. immigrants
Per The Guardian Article I just skimmed
If thats how the Right is winning in IT, NL etc
Then we need to offer a supportive, community-building alternative
This is the inevitable consequence of Stand for Nothing, Fall for Everything, have it both ways, inequity-reinforcing neoliberalism aka flaccid Leftism
Third Way is dead.
Another Swedish municipality demanding more of its school staff but offering less resources … @Skolinkvisition is on tour giving seminars. This is a never ending story.
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#neoliberalism leads to #fascism
#neoliberalism abolishes institutions that can solve real problems, by handing over essential state coordination to the highest bidder.
Then when problems come they cant be solved since coordination ability has vanished.
On top of that oligopolies have So much power they can stop any meaningful change
Enforcing the usage of the US dollar in Argentina in order to replace the national currency constitutes neither «neoliberalism» nor «free market»; rather, constitutes hard-core colonialism.
When some people hit rock bottom, they keep digging further (and further).
Been reading up a lot about neoliberals lately.
Turns out that the people who love capitalism the most and want to protect it at all costs don't think that it inevitably leads to democracy. In fact they think too much democracy leads inevitably to socialism, and sought (often successfully) to encase capitalism within the protection of national and international law in order to fend off democratic attacks on "economic freedom," aka, the right of a small slice of humanity to take their piles of money wherever they want and be assured of finding desperate low-wage workers wherever they go.
Britain is broken. What will fix it? Lots and lots of money
I will never #ShutUp about how #USA tried to kill all of my family. I won't shut up about how #ResistanceArmy fought to free us. I won't ever forget #USwarCrimes & how #American govt still refuses to do #reparations.
I refuse to be OK with ppl literally playing into #neoliberalism & being OK with USA funding more war.
You need to find better #POTUS candidate.
🤨 Unethical tax-evading labour-abusing online oligarchs selling
🧐 proprietary non-repairable disposable gadgets
🤯 manufactured in hostile dictatorship hellbent on eradicating democracy on earth.
🙄 People: TAKE MY MONEY! 💵️💰️
Yeah, apparently we simply can't *choose* to have *all* good things in life, but...
.. maybe give those above-mentioneds as little of your money as possible? 🤔
#kultur #medien #wirtschaft
#alternative zum #neoliberalismus #arbeit #bedingungslosesgrundeinkommen #bge #buch #rezension #gemeinwohl #culture #media #economy #neoliberalism #work #book #review #commonwealth
Was eine Person früher in zweieinhalb Tagen geschaffen hat, schafft sie jetzt an einem. Das ist der Mittelwert der Produktivitätssteigerung über alle Branchen gesehen, vom Industriearbeiter bis zur Lehrerin und zum Krankenpfleger.
Most inland bathing spots in UK have unsafe levels of pollution, report finds | Pollution | The Guardian
On his first announcement the future president of Argentina said YPF state oil company, all the public media and the central bank will be shoot down. Foreign companies will take control of the main source of income the gov has, while destroying 3/4 of all ministries, the currency will be controlled by the USA, he will overwrite the laws that protect tenants from landlord's abuse.
He also promised any protests will be severely repressed
OnlineFirst - "Planning deregulation as solution to the housing crisis: The affordability, amenity and adequacy of Permitted Development in London" by Ian Chng, @jreades, and Phil Hubbard:
Already 20 years ago, Peck/Tickell made a distinction between roll-back and roll-out #neoliberalism in order to understand that the neoliberal project cannot design a model for the future, but is rather confronted with its own contradictions. #Milei and others are advocates of the position that the solution is even more market. #argentina
I'm sure that both the Carters can be described as decent individuals, and thus far removed from some some recent monster denizens of the White House.
Yet we should not allow this affection to whitewash Carter's record as president. The dismantling of regulation in many areas of the economy paved the way for Reagan:
Ecologist, did some university environmental stuff, then #memetics policy analysis (6 years)
No PhD (#burnout) then turned to IT.
Ciso #infosec now for a Dutch #youthcare organization.
Found out I'm #autistic at age 53, also #hb. 2 kids and married with photographer
Interested in many many things, but deeply into #trees # nature #insects #ecology #memes #neoliberalism (as a #memeplex) Also like to use #python to make cool things to fill @bomengidsnl
If you think outside "common sense", it's obviously incompatible with "European values" we talk about and base our #FOSS tech on.
Surely this bit of "folk wisdom" is oversimplified, and probably includes some bad assumptions/definitions, nevertheless I find it essentially true and a significant argument against the rule of law:
"Good people don’t need laws and bad people don’t follow them."
An interesting thing about this is that "good people" (or at least those who self-identify as such) also don't obey laws.
Anyone who has ever knowingly and intentionally driven faster than the speed limit can fuck all the way off if they try to promote the rule of law! Same with anyone who has ever withheld any info or "fudged" any reporting of transactions in order to pay less taxes.
Such hypocrisy reveals the true character of "rule of law".
Another thing about this is that our system tends to select bad people to make the laws and to enforce them.
It's just a circle of shit all around.
Of course the rule of law does not rule the world, it is subservient to the true god of this world: Capital. So again the rule of law stans are simply wrong; their picture of how things work is defective and dysfunctional.
Follow-up questions about #neoliberalism:
Did you know that neoliberalism was so called by its own inventors and adherents? In other words, it wasn't a term applied by outsiders and later adopted by the group.
I'm reading "Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism" by Quinn Slobodian and it's very good, do recommend. I'm about 2/3 finished now. It's just got me wondering about people's perceptions of neoliberalism. Gonna ask some questions in poll form, please #boost.
Do you (think you) know what neoliberalism is? Are you a self-ID'd liberal?
Neoliberals probably aren't reading this but I guess I'll include an option for them too.
#Politik #politics #vatikan #OK #Crime #climate #solutions end #Prohibition 🆘 #klima #letztegeneration #humankind #SystemProhibition #Anslinger #Neoliberalism #neoliberal #Geldwäsche #FincenFiles #Scholz #DeutscheBank ... 🏦 ⚠️ #Bayern #SPD #FDP #CSU #CDU #Grüne
Instead, all I have is all I am now, and I don't much like myself now. When I talk to friends, I find myself always discussing about things I did in the past, when I used to be interesting and do interesting things. Because what else do I have to talk about? My life lacks excitement, and whatever "excitement" is in it is usually the stressful kind, not the fun kind. I talk like my grandmother did when she reached a certain age and of all of her friends, she was the only one still living. Or I sound like my parents used to, always stressed about money and always trying to think one step ahead of every possible economic downturn or disaster.
That's not what I wanted to grow up to be, but maybe that's what #capitalism forces us to be, especially when #neoliberalism has stripped away any sort of support or expectation that the government might, you know, help us instead of just doling out more tax breaks for billionaires who don't need them.
I suppose there's something superficial to my pre- #pandemic #self. After all, instead of focusing on the present, I was living in the future, a future that never came to fruition. There is something shallow and thoughtless about that— #capitalism needs us to be in that mindset so it can sell us a lifestyle. So much of #neoliberalism is about becoming ourselves through #consumerism, as though buying certain clothes, eating certain food, and paying to go certain places will make you a certain type of person, an enviable, Instagramnable one who can convince others to spend money to be just like you!
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't taken in by that, but I also want to give myself some credit, since my pre- #covid life was largely focused on activism, and I was very much a true believer when it came to #socislism and building a better, more radical, more just world. I had selfish aspirations, but I also had more selfless ones, and I wanted to be more than just a consumer.
In general, I'm seeing fewer spaces online for writing and sharing stories via writing. I thought it was maybe just me, until a podcaster I listen to, who's a former writer, mentioned that there's less money in it. Venture capitalists are bored by the written word now, I guess, so they're not putting money into online writing. (They are putting money into #LLMs like #ChatGPT so that the robots, who don't need to be paid, can do the writing rather than people.) It seems like anyone who wants to share their perspective with the world needs to do so via video or at least audio. There's less of a market for websites that rely on text. Writers now seem to have pivoted to video or they put out their own individual newsletters, but there are fewer spaces for people to write and reliably get paid for it.
In 2020, the #pandemic stripped away the illusion that #capitalism and #neoliberalism worked for at least some people. Under neoliberalism, the current arrangement is that if you work, if you suffer the exploitation and oppression and indignities your employer foists on you, then you at least get shiny, little distractions. You get to buy little indulgences that let you pretend things are okay. I think that's why so many people freaked out about restaurants closing in 2020. They lost the temporary illusion that they could go out and have people prepare their meals and wait on them--they lost the illusion that they could pretend to be rich. They lost other distractions like sports and shopping and movie theaters and bars.
The #capitalists and the politicians in their pockets needed to bring these distractions back as quickly as possible. That's why we're now stuck in this position where everyone is pretending #covid is over and that #covid19 is not a serious, disabling, deadly disease.
In the end, the market-based pension makes you the sucker at the poker table, flushing your savings into a rigged casino that is firmly tilted in favor of finance barons and other eminently guillotineable plutocrats.
#Neoliberalism is many things, but most of all it is a cult of individualism.
Have been using the #deathcult hashtag as a synonym of #neoliberalism, which is old fundamentalist capitalism that has come in waves, look at "classical liberalism" of the Victorian era that lead to the Irish and Bengal famines. And the last 40 years of mess in the west.
This is a mess we need to compost agen.
@JoelBarr @breadandcircuses From my position of total ignorance of what will happen, my money is on change having to come from the bottom up. That is how the #Christofascists got to where they are. Many rural people would like to see that. It is how Trump got a portion of that vote, feigning #WorkingClass sympathies. Many rural persons were directly injured severely by #neoliberalism. They were abandoned by the #DemocraticParty,."Nature abhors a vacuum"? Now they have #BrandLoyalty to overcome.
"Yet now the classic rainy day has arrived, Hipkins and his cabinet have decided to reduce spending on emissions reductions designed to stop future days from being even rainier. In making this choice, he has exposed the real priorities of both National and Labour over the last 20 years of fiscally tight policies. It was not for saving for rainy days."
Therein lies the problem with the Paris Agreement; it is a fantasy which lacks any actual plan of how to achieve the targets for emissions reductions.
Strong words from Clive Spash. I recommend reading the whole thing, it's just five pages plus references, but it very clearly explains why nations to this day fail to address climate change.
I agree! We need to pick up this 50 year community #activism resource and get to work NOW! #Neoliberalism and the extreme #capitalism of 21st century oligarchs just aren't working for you and me and Mother Earth. https://rabble.ca/economy/small-is-beautiful-at-50-a-call-to-end-armchair-activism/
@LeftistLawyer @breadandcircuses Am doing radiation treatment. One of the nurses came to the US in early 1990s from a small town in central Siberia. She said it was because of the disruptions caused by the dissolution of the USSR. Laments how the stores went from having food and other goods to bare shelves. She was very angry at Gorbachev, whom she blamed. Found this to be very interesting. A case study in the failure of imposed #neoliberalism? Would love to talk over a vodka to two.
Ugh he believes in Hayek's Magic Calculator AND Objectivism (he tries to obscure the latter by listing John Galt and not Ayn Rand as one of his patron saints).
I can't help but think of Pinochet when I think of one of Andreesen's other patron saints, Milton Friedman.
How criminalisation is being used to silence climate activists across the world
Who owns us and our politicians? Oil-soaked billionaires. We are their peons, serfs.
Why is this election so grim? And why are National and Labour so depressingly similar?
I wrote a long, furious explainer: https://open.substack.com/pub/badnewsletter/p/the-party-that-cant-and-the-party-that-wont?r=224mhu&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
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"No, Kurzgesagt, We WON'T Fix Climate Change - The Danger of Fake Optimism"
BadEmpanada dissects toxic positivity of capitalist propaganda on climate. He doesn't mince words, I love it.
The promises made today are garbage. You need to get angry. You need to get furious and you need to demand far, far more.
I often think about why, given that it is within reach, aren't we living in a poverty-free utopia.
This new film by George Monbiot promises to share some answers to that question:
But he needs a little help with funding:
Remember that feeling of how you made a suggestion in a work meeting which got ignored, but when a white dude in marketing repeated your idea as his, it was suddenly genius?
That's what it's been like with the Demandifesto. UC Davis now adds alt text & image description on some of its media, but never credits UC Access Now with the change. #UCAccessNow #Accessibility #Neoliberalism
The unconscionable wealth of racist troll Elon Musk
Elon Musk, $269.3 billion USD net worth 2023-09-11 up $17.9B; #1 in world
If Musk spent $1 million/day:
* $269,000,000,000 / ($1,000,000/day) = 269,000 days
* 269,000 days / (365.25 days/year) = 736.481 years
the “US economy going strong under Biden” thinkpieces feel like gaslighting.
housing and food costs are through the roof, wages mostly stagnant, but corps are posting record profits so gdp goes up.
if Biden loses this it’ll be in part because he failed to reign in corporate profits.
Tim Gurner’s spray about ‘arrogant’ workers lays bare the economic sadism of our time
It might be indicative of a general dumbing-down of society.
When I was studying economics in school over twenty-five years ago, one of the more important topics we covered was that of #meritgoods like health care and education, which, if left to market forces, would be insufficiently provided because they have extensive external benefits, not accounted for by those purchasing or providing them.
Has all this been forgotten - or is it no longer understood?
David Harvey, quoting a tweet by The Financial Review:
"Capitalism will never fall on its own. It will have to be pushed. The accumulation of capital will never cease. It will have to be stopped. The capitalist class will never willingly surrender its power. It will have to be dispossessed."
Medical Debt Collection Is Vicious Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Industry
* ballooned in recent decades
* hospitals, collection agencies making a killing
* erodes trust in health care system
* countless patients financially ruined
#MedicalIndustrialComplex #corporations #DefundCorportations #DefundBillionaires #capitalism #neoliberalism #inflation #PrivateEquity #HumanRights #greed #avarice #profiteering #poverty #debt #PublicHealth #socialism
Rewards for Mismanagement - Dismissed #Conservative Ministers Pocket up to Seven Times Their Salaries https://bywire.news/articles/rewards-for-mismanagement-dismissed-conservative-ministers-pocket-up-to-seven-times-their-salaries
We all love a crony politician (not really). Someone who gets into politics to be a 'frontman' for their favourite business interests. It's no coincidence that most of the UK government are just glorified business folk. And just as with any venture capitalist, protecting the #environment is not high up on their 'to-do list'.
Billionaires, existential risk from
Elon Musk Is a Threat to Democracy
How the owner of Tesla and Space X became a state within a state
My take was that it was driven by a simplified notion of what #neoliberalism was, identifying the EU as a neoliberal project & thinking that leaving the EU would strike a blow against neoliberalism...
This of course failed to appreciate that one of the main drivers towards the EU's partial neoliberalism was the UK itself, and if you took the UK out of the EU, the brakes would come off domestic neoliberal tendencies (which I prefer to term #rentiercapitalism)
Elon Musk Shut Off Starlink to Stop a Ukrainian Attack
* Elon Musk personally foiled 2022 Ukrainian attack on Russia
* cut off Starlink internet service near Crimean coast
How am I in this war? Musk biography details billionaire’s Ukraine dilemma
And it really is a great word. It embodies a lot of what is going wrong on the web.
The correct term is #capitilisation
It's also called #neoliberalism – the idea that everything has a price.
We have to kill this idea.
The $100 TRILLION battle for world’s wealthiest people
2 financial giants look likely to crush the competition
https://persagen.com >> search: BlackRock OR "Vanguard Group"
#BlackRock #Vanguard #PrivateEquity #WealthConcentration #WealthInequality #DefundWealth #DefundBillionaires #DefundCorporations #capitalism #sustainability #EnvironmentalRights #LaborMovement #neoliberalism #profiteering #inflation #WealthManagement #AffordableHousing #HumanRights
Greenbelt's 'Mr. X' is former Ontario mayor
* mystery man - Mr. X in scathing integrity commissioner report on how land removed f. Ontario’s protected Greenbelt - a former Clarington mayor
* John Mutton boasted about ability to get development through provincial orders
Addendum 8 cont'd
* purchasing power eroded by prices outpacing wage growth
* response to inflation f. Bank of Canada exacerbated cost-of-living crisis
* gov. failed to cushion blow of rising prices, let alone address sources of the problem
* throughout inflationary crisis corporations imposed higher prices on workers & consumers - using inflation to increase profits
While Canadians Struggle, Energy Corporations Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Interest rate hikes have brought Canada’s cost-of-living crisis to a fever pitch
While workers feeling the squeeze, energy corporations are reaping superprofits
* since inflation rose in 2021 workers & consumers have been attacked on multiple fronts
[thread] Billionaires, existential risk from
Billionaires Are Existential Risk
Whether it is moral to allow billionaires to exist
The real question is whether our species can survive billionaires
https://persagen.com >> search: billionaires AND existential
#billionaires #greed #profiteering #ExistentialRisks #neoliberalism #capitalism #DefundBillioniares #neofascism #meritocracy #plutocracy #WealthInequality #WealthConcentration #socialism #HumanRights #inequality