Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and its Main Thinkers

Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and its Main Thinkers
by Celine Trefle
Posted February 10, 2016

new paradigm ahead“We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras” is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies. This is also the phrase Michel Bauwens chose to open his latest book yet to be published in English which title is likely to be close to “Towards a post-capitalist society with the Peer-to-Peer”.

For thinkers like Jan Rotmans and Michel Bauwens this change of eras is akin to the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the 19th century, and characterized by transitions in various fields. In a nutshell, our societies face 3 major tipping points: More…

Simple Digital Privacy in a Complex Digital Age

Simple Digital Privacy in a Complex Digital Age
By Martin Matuszewski
Posted February 8, 2016

basic privacyIn an age where a Google search can reveal horrible or embarrassing content about anyone, the global Justice-Intelligence Complex stores everything it can on all individuals at all times, and private companies deploy secretive aggressive tracking technologies hiding public knowledge in the depths of discombobulating Terms of Service agreements, one can indeed feel less free and fearful, even if no one actually took away one’s freedoms.

The state of fear, caused by the more baleful possibilities this passive data storage enables and worsened by the inherent weakness in so many ‘secure’ technologies, can inhibit one’s ability to perform normal tasks involving online technologies. This, for some, is equally as crippling to freedom as physical bullies, ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends, or municipal bureaucrats are. Fortunately, there are a few actions one can take to reduce visibility in the digital realm in case that is a concern (which for me, it personally is a concern). More…

Wall Street Billionaire Appears to Be Genuinely Puzzled by Bernie Sanders’ Populist Crusade Against the Richest 1%

Wall Street Billionaire Appears to Be Genuinely Puzzled by Bernie Sanders’ Populist Crusade Against the Richest 1%
By William Boardman
Posted February 7, 2016

billionaire puzzled by angerMulti-billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman says he’s puzzled by the amount of discontent apparently felt by other Americans these days. “How is that happening, why is that happening?”

Steve Schwarzman is a bland-looking, somewhat paunchy, not unattractive, balding man of benign demeanor who will be 69 on Valentine’s Day 2016. He’s worth $12 billion, give or take a few hundred million. He is a poster boy for Wall Street success and self-esteem and cluelessness. He’s the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest financial firms, specializing in private equity, hedge funds, and mergers. He’s a Republican, and his life has been going pretty well for him lately, as it has for decades.

But he freely admits (or pretends to admit) that he doesn’t understand why the rest of America isn’t just as content as he is. More…

Ten Common Sense Economic Truths

Ten Common Sense Economic Truths
by David Korten
Posted February 6, 2016

economic truthsThe more closely I look, the more obvious it is that the Old Economy fails because it is based on false values, assumptions, and logic. Those who are working to create a New Economy from the bottom-up intuitively recognize and act on 10 common sense truths foundational to a sound economy.

The proper purpose of an economy is to secure just, sustainable, and joyful livelihoods for all. This may come as something of a shock to Wall Street financiers who profit from financial bubbles, securities fraud, low wages, unemployment, foreign sweatshops, tax evasion, public subsidies, and monopoly pricing. More…

The West Is Reduced To Looting Itself

The West Is Reduced To Looting Itself
by Paul Craig Roberts (former Asst. Sec. of the Treasury under President Reagan)
Posted February 3, 2016

looting the nationWith the entire Third World now exploited to the limits possible, the West has turned to looting its own. Ireland has been looted, and the looting of Greece and Portugal is so severe that it has forced large numbers of young women into prostitution. But this doesn’t bother the Western conscience.

The new rule is that the people of a country, even a country whose top officials accepted bribes in order to indebt the country to foreigners, must have their pensions, employment, and social services slashed and valuable national resources such as municipal water systems, ports, the national lottery, and protected national lands, such as the protected Greek islands, sold to foreigners, who have the freedom to raise water prices, deny the Greek government the revenues from the national lottery, and sell the protected national heritage of Greece to real estate developers.

What has happened to Greece and Portugal is underway in Spain and Italy. The peoples are powerless because their governments do not represent them. More…

The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business

The US Government Has an Internet Killswitch — and It’s None of Your Business
by Derrick Broze
Posted January 28, 2016

Internet kill switchOn Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a petition from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) that sought to force the Department of Homeland Security to release details of a secret “killswitch” protocol to shut down cellphone and internet service during emergencies.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal to address EPIC’s petition, the issue seems to have reached a dead-end. The American people are (once again) left in the dark regarding the inner-workings of another dangerous and intrusive government program. It is only through the hard work of activists and groups like EPIC that we are at least aware of the existence of this program — but knowing bits and pieces about the protocol is not enough. In order to combat such heavy-handed measures, we need to have access to the government’s own documents. Hopefully, there is already a whistleblower preparing to release these details. More…

Revealed: Environmental officials warned Snyder administration not to use water that poisoned Flint

Revealed: Environmental officials warned Snyder administration not to use water that poisoned Flint
by David Ferguson
Posted January 27, 2016

Governor Snyder knew of poison in waterThe plan to use the Flint River as Flint, Michigan’s primary water source was initially rejected by a commission appointed by the state’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, but the governor’s office overruled officials and carried the plan forward anyway.

According to The Daily Beast, Flint’s emergency manager rejected the plan to go off of Detroit city water and use water from the Flint in 2012. However, Snyder’s office overruled that objection and used water from the Flint anyway, setting in motion a chain of events that has led to a lead contamination crisis.

Snyder has also been less-than-forthcoming regarding the final decision to cut off the flow of water from Detroit. The city of Detroit offered to continue to work with Flint, but Snyder has publicly maintained that Detroit refused to continue to provide water for Flint. More…

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