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The financial crisis didn’t, and won’t, fix inequality

The incomes of the top 1 percent have fallen in the last two recessions because their incomes were disproportionately affected (through capital gains and stock options, among other things) by the steep decline in the stock market that occurred in the early 2000s and in the recent financial crisis. This decline in the stock market and incomes linked to it are disproportionately claimed by the rich, so this led to a temporary reduction in income inequality. After the early 2000s episode, high incomes and inequality rose quickly during the upturn as the stock market recovered. There is little reason to expect this not to be replicated in coming years after the sharp 2009 fall.

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Top 10 lies about Social Security (from those who just want to dismantle government)

Top 10 lies about Social Security (from those who just want to dismantle government) | Esquerda | Scoop.it

Since the season of top 10 lists is upon us, here’s the Social Security Scrooge version.

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This Is The Chart That Really Makes The Germans Furious

This Is The Chart That Really Makes The Germans Furious | Esquerda | Scoop.it

As you can see, the French are the second-highest paid people (on an hourly basis) in the Eurozone (after the Belgians). The French get paid way more per hour than the Germans...


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Big government & equality

Big government & equality | Esquerda | Scoop.it
Richard Exell poses the question: can fiscal conservatives reduce inequality?
Maybe.  For one thing, it is possible to make the tax system more progressive, for example through a progressive consumption tax, land taxes or inheritance tax.
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Martin Feldstein: The Euro Zone's Double Failure

Martin Feldstein: The Euro Zone's Double Failure | Esquerda | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Martin Feldstein writes that Europe needs country-by-country fiscal reforms, not a renewed push for political integration.

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Ten admissions the Labour party should own up to before voters will listen | Liberal Conspiracy

Ten admissions the Labour party should own up to before voters will listen | Liberal Conspiracy | Esquerda | Scoop.it
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The British Euro Farce

The British Euro Farce | Esquerda | Scoop.it

"Euro-sceptics behind Cameron’s Brussels bungling is they turn past glory into posturing theater. Their nostalgia for British greatness is often no more than the trumpeting of a bunch of insular snobs who seem to have a hard time restraining their inner-fascist."


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Un programa para el siglo XXI: del conflicto en las fábricas al de las calles

Un programa para el siglo XXI: del conflicto en las fábricas al de las calles | Esquerda | Scoop.it
El proyecto socialista para volver a ilusionar a la izquierda.
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A quick guide to the evidence on regulations and jobs

A version of this paper was originally published October 24, 2011, as an EPI commentary. EPI also has released a companion piece, A quick guide to EPI’s research on the costs and benefits of regulations.
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why should we satisfy people’s preferences?

Hausman’s answer is that preferences have no intrinsic value. Instead, they matter only to the extent that, under some circumstances, they reveal people’s welfare.

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Continuing extended unemployment insurance benefits will make the labor market stronger

Continuing extended unemployment insurance benefits will make the labor market stronger | Esquerda | Scoop.it

As the debate over continuing extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits rages in Washington, there has been an endless barrage of claims that UI is bad for the labor market. THIS IS NOT TRUE.

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A Currency Crisis Debate: 'The Euro-Zone Bailout Programs Must Be Stopped' - SPIEGEL

A Currency Crisis Debate: 'The Euro-Zone Bailout Programs Must Be Stopped' - SPIEGEL | Esquerda | Scoop.it
How to save the euro? Some believe that the European Central Bank is the key to any solution. Others think that the euro zone should be contracted and the weak members squeezed out.

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Irrelevant politicians

One aspect of the euro area’s debt crisis that hasn’t had the attention it deserves is that it might accelerate the decline into irrelevance of the political class.
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Leona Lewis, capitalism and the state

The most significant political event of the weekend was, of course, Leona Lewis’s cover version of “Hurt” on the X Factor.
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Non, la crise ne ressuscitera pas la lutte des classes !

Non, la crise ne ressuscitera pas la lutte des classes ! | Esquerda | Scoop.it
Crise bancaire, endettement et rigueur... Le marasme économique actuel se transforme peu à peu en crise politique.

Mais si la rigueur et le recul des acquis sociaux exacerbent la colère individuelle, ils dilueraient dans le même temps la conscience de classe et l'hégémonie syndicale.

Entretien avec Alexandre Adler.

 

...Depuis les années 1980, la lutte des classes s'est considérablement amoindrie, car il n'y avait plus de transformation par industrialisation mais au contraire une croissance qualitative nouvelle, avec des figures sociales nouvelles qui ne se sont pas données les mêmes formes d'organisation que le mouvement ouvrier classique. La lutte des classes ne correspond donc pas au paysage de la société des années 1980-90. Pire, les derniers bastions de cette lutte des classes, comme le Brésil, l'ont vu s'effacer au profit de formes politiques nouvelles : on ne peut pas dire que la victoire du Parti des travailleurs au Brésil, même si elle a été générée par son industrialisation et la montée de syndicalistes comme Lula, soit aujourd'hui le résultat d'une lutte des classes.

 ...Dans la plus grande partie de l'Europe, l'État providence a réalisé la gratuité des soins, la prise en charge de tous les handicaps, détaillés par William Henry Beveridge en 1944 dans son célèbre rapport à Winston Churchill, "les quatre plaies du capitalisme" (le chômage, la maladie, la vieillesse et le logement). Il est donc évident que l'État providence a fini par éteindre la lutte des classes telle qu'on la connaissait. En ce sens, les ouvriers ont donc triomphé...De l'autre côté, ils ne l'ont pas gagnée puisque le processus de production a émigré, et le rapport de force entre syndicats et patronat est désormais favorable au patronat. En définitive, c'est un match nul. Nous avons plutôt changé de période historique...


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¿Para cuándo grandes convenciones de los partidos de izquierda para responder a una crisis supranacional?

¿Para cuándo grandes convenciones de los partidos de izquierda para responder a una crisis supranacional? | Esquerda | Scoop.it
En medio de la peor crisis vivida por la UE, se ha señalado —probablemente con acierto— que no es posible el keynesianismo en un solo país: en este caso, la única respuesta viable frente al neoliberalismo hegemónico debería tener una dimensión paneuropea.
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The Exegesis of Deceit

One of the steadiest hums of our time is liberal indignation at the dishonesty of the Right.  On any given day, you can hear the shock and disbelief: How can they say that?  Don’t they care about getting the facts right?
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Big government & equality

Big government & equality | Esquerda | Scoop.it
Richard Exell poses the question: can fiscal conservatives reduce inequality? Maybe. For one thing, it is possible to make the tax system more progressive, for example through a progressive consumption tax, land taxes or inheritance tax.
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A quick guide to EPI’s research on the costs and benefits of regulations

In 2011, the Economic Policy Institute conducted extensive research on the economic effects of regulations. This policy memorandum synthesizes our research on the costs and benefits of regulations.
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