Share Buybacks and the Contradictions of “Shareholder Capitalism”

by Julius Krein  American Affairs Dec 13, 2019 In the jargon of finance, America is suffering from a capital allocation problem. The country seems incapable of making the necessary investments to fuel future productivity and growth, or to ensure widespread prosperity. At the government level, public spending on basic research and development as well as … Continue reading Share Buybacks and the Contradictions of “Shareholder Capitalism”

Beyond Corporate Power

by Richard Moser Be Freedom Feb 8, 2019 The problem is not that the corporations are “out of control,” the problem is that the corporations are so much “in control.” By seeing neoliberalism as Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF) rather than Corporate Power we underestimate the challenges ahead. FMF does not help us to know what tactics … Continue reading Beyond Corporate Power

Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?

by Nikil Saval New York Times July 5, 2017 ‘‘Liberal’’ has long been a dirty word to the American political right. It may be shortened, in the parlance of the Limbaugh Belt, to ‘‘libs,’’ or expanded to the offensive portmanteau ‘‘libtards.’’ But its target is always clear. For the people who use these epithets, liberals are, … Continue reading Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore?

Discipline Will Remain…or Will It?

by William Hawes Jan 21, 2019 Last October, Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the annual federal budget speech to the UK Parliament, said this: “Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Talk about Orwellian doublespeak. The truth about austerity is it is a means of social control, or … Continue reading Discipline Will Remain…or Will It?

The World to Come

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Jan 28, 2019 The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing in the United States and the plunging of over half the population into poverty will, they know, not be reversed. The self-destructive government shutdown has been only one of numerous … Continue reading The World to Come

You Can’t Go Home Again: the Liberal State is No More

by Richard Moser Be Freedom Jan 25, 2019 In a previous article, I argued often confusing and divergent arguments within the neoliberal critique could be best understood as the tensions between two opposing currents of thought. One tendency understands neoliberalism as the unfettered reign of the free market, often called Free Market Fundamentalism (FMF); the other … Continue reading You Can’t Go Home Again: the Liberal State is No More

Epic WINNING!!! Shutdown leads to privatizing government functions

For one ideological constituency, the government shutdown may hold the seeds to privatizing functions such as air traffic control and airport security by Jamiles Lartey Guardian Jan 27, 2019 The US government is open again. For now. https://youtu.be/9QS0q3mGPGg WINNING!!! For many liberals, it will read as the spoils of Nancy Pelosi’s finest hour and proof of her … Continue reading Epic WINNING!!! Shutdown leads to privatizing government functions