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How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution

How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Richard Seymour: More than 30 years of neoliberalism and six years of austerity have floored us, yet the left is incapable of mounting a serious challenge to this economic orthodoxy. Why?
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"The political possibilities have been narrowed through serial defeats of the left, the consequent incorporation of social democratic parties into the neoliberal consensus, and the transformation of state apparatus in a less democratic direction. No governing social democratic party offers a serious alternative to the austerity remedy. The diminution of practical solidarity following on from the state-led defeats inflicted on organised labour is far-reaching. Nine out of 10 private sector workplaces have never seen a union rep, let alone a picket line; the number of days lost to strike action in recent years have been, barring a relatively small spike in 2011, at historic lows. The idea of "rank and file" organisation, let alone wildcat strike action, is something seen only on the peripheries of the labour movement. Trade unions have been effectively disciplined. This is an important reason why the labour response to austerity has been so feeble."

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 28, 3:58 PM

There is, perhaps, no other field more political than economics.  Economics is politics, politics is economics.  They go hand in hand, one effecting the other, such that those with wealth have political power and those who don't are stripped of it.

 

It's  a shame that we don't move away from this hoarding behavior on the part of the rich and those who already have wealth and power. to do what actually works for everyone (including the rich, on the grand scale of things).  The environment is going to collapse under our current economic activity and, with it, will go the society, the polity and the economic wealth that went with it.  This will happen, regardless of if the society is able to overcome its malaise, to assert its democratic majority over the rich in the government.

 

Sadly, the official Left is led by a seemingly incompetent group of "yes people" who may secretly support the self-destructive endeavors of the Right.  They will neither let people who are competent at communicating to others rise in their ranks, nor will they necessarily adopt the policies that are NEEDED to preserve our world on the tangible level, not on the imagined level that the conservatives like to keep us at.

 

And so, we're left to die, individually and collectively, because no one with official power would rise to the challenge to get all of these conservatives from either party, public or private, into mental health clinics.  The opinions of conservatives from any party remain, as far as society is concerned, on an equal basis with the actual facts of the world (when they are so clearly not).  This is how civilizations end, because those who learn how to play the socially constructed game win out over those who know what the actual game is always about.  It's not the image of society that matters, but the actual conditions within it and within the environment that do.

 

That's what I've been saying these past 4 years.

 

And I doubt anyone has, or will, listen to what I have to say before it's too late to do anything about it.

 

Think about it.

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Barroso's "decisive deal" to do more of the same

Barroso's "decisive deal" to do more of the same | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso held his State of the Union 2012 Address in the European Parliament today.

 

His call for a "decisive deal for Europe" is nothing more than the usual litany of neoliberal (growth and competitiveness first) and old-school EU Integration platitudes (more economic and political union, European parties) with a few words added to placate those in Europe who want real "new thinking" and a really convincing new European project: a socially just and green new EU.

 

O yes and we need a new European public space now that anti-EU sentiment in lots of EU member states is running high. Where have we heard this before? Margot Wallström, please come back!

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L’accord de « libre dumping » UE/USA : un faux AMI pire que le vrai

L’accord de « libre dumping » UE/USA : un faux AMI pire que le vrai | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Le projet actuel dit de « partenariat transatlantique pour le commerce et l’investissement » (PTCI, en anglais TTIP) est pire que l’AMI (billets suivants). Pour des raisons que je reporte en annexe 2, j’éviterai de le qualifier d’accord de « libre-échange ». Je trouve que c’est lui faire trop d’honneur que de l’associer au beau mot de liberté, et même à celui d’échange. Je parlerai d’accord de dérégulation, de suppression des protections collectives, de libre dumping ou libre jungle, de liberté d’exploitation des peuples par les multinationales, de « Grand Marché Transatlantique » (GMT), de l’Europe livrée aux appétits américains, etc. Je justifierai tout cela."

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French economist Jean Gadrey undertakes a critical analysis of the recently launched TTIP - series of three articles - must read

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Grand Old Marxists

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"The great political thinkers of the twentieth century have discredited ideological systems that claim perfect knowledge of what is to come and present politicians as scientists of the future (remember, Ryan’s budget plan tells us what will happen in 2083). The way to national prosperity in the twenty-first century is surely to think non-ideologically, to recognize that politics is a choice among constraints and goods rather than a story about a single good that would triumph if only evil people would allow it to function without constraints. The market works very well for some things, the government is desperately needed for others, and stories that dismiss either one are nothing more than ideology."

 

Excellent analysis in New York Review of books on the "reverse Marxism" of the Romney-Ryan ticket for the US Presidency.

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