Has the Working Class Really Accepted Austerity?

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The result of this excessive caring is “that the basic logic of austerity has been accepted by almost everyone.” So while others may consider solidarity to be a virtue, Graeber believes that it is “the rope from which [the working] class is currently suspended.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Very interesting debate between David Graeber and Suren Moodliar on the psychological disposition of workers to accept austerity policies.

See on www.counterpunch.org

Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine

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Naomi Klein: From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Must-read article by Naomi Klein in the Guardian.

See on www.theguardian.com

Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future

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A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks. Carbon dioxide from fossil

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Wow, can we start a Nobel prize for stupidity?

See on www.ft.com

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy

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“Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face.”

See on www.opendemocracy.net

Export Stupidity

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If the US could supply Europe with large amounts of fuel, that would reduce the Continent’s dependency on Russia while depriving Putin of needed revenues.
 

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Richard Heinberg’s checks the facts to counter all those who want to export American surplus gas to punish Putin: "… the United States remains a net importer of both oil and natural gas. Let me repeat and emphasize that: the United States remains a net importer of both oil and natural gas."

See on www.resilience.org

Kapital for the Twenty-First Century? | Dissent Magazine

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“Despite having made some disparaging remarks early on about the savagery of the United States, it turns out that Thomas Piketty is a garden-variety social welfare democrat in the mold, largely, of the American New Deal.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Brilliant critical analysis by James Galbraith of the new book of Thomas Piketty. A must-read.

See on www.dissentmagazine.org

Noam Chomsky: Ecology, Ethics, Anarchism

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Chomsky talks about how indigenous peoples are trying to save the world from anthropogenic climate disruption and the havoc being wrought by ”really existing capitalist democracies.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Great interview in TruthOut with Noam Chomsky.

See on truth-out.org

Now it’s the middle class’s turn to feel the employment earthquake

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Christina Patterson: The brave new digital world is supposed to set us free. But if work is ‘shared’, not paid, who pays the bills?

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Interesting insights on the future (or lack of it) of the middle classes. I like her views on "guru" Jeremy Rifkin.

See on www.theguardian.com

There’s a Class War Going On and the Poor Are Getting Their Butts Kicked | TIME

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Although they say they’re concerned about inequality, economic policymakers continue to pummel low-income families and the jobless, and that’s bad for all of us

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Time goes Marx…

See on time.com

UN Climate Chief Urges Radical Clean-Up Of Oil, Gas Industry

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(Corrects paragraph 11 to “trillion tonnes” from “billion tonnes”) * Figueres says three quarters of reserves may have to stay in ground * UN wants “urgent transformation” towards greener …

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Finally a bit more courage from the climate chief, but this message alone will not break the fossils’ resolve to keep drilling until there is no tomorrow.

See on www.huffingtonpost.com

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