Trump’s robber baron presidency

18 November, 2017 at 10:49 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Trump’s robber baron presidency

In Trump’s world, ​the rich in the US obviously are not rich enough. So he has set out to lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and abolish the estate tax.

Trump’s vision for the US​ is an unregulated and immensely unequal​ country. The working and middle classes are, of course, überjoyed …

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Volker Schlöndorff on Dustin Hoffman and Hollywood pigs

14 November, 2017 at 16:13 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Volker Schlöndorff on Dustin Hoffman and Hollywood pigs

harvey-weinstein-5Vielleicht werden die Ereignisse rund um Harvey Weinstein über Hollywood hinaus einmal als eine Zeitenwende im Verhältnis der Geschlechter gesehen werden. Doch es darf nicht sein, dass von dieser ‘Säuberungsaktion’ Menschen erfasst werden, die gar nicht in diese Kategorie gehören …

Arme Dustin, ich wunsche dir, dass du, dein Ruf und deine tollen Filme nicht in den Abgrund hineingezogen werden. In den schwarzen Strudel, verursacht von den wahren Verbrechern in Hollywood, diesen pigs.

Volker Schlöndorff/Die Zeit

Die Mauer​ ist weg!

13 November, 2017 at 17:39 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Die Mauer​ ist weg!

In November​ 1989 the Berin Wall came down — and changed European history forever.

Trump — a reckless, untruthful, outrageous, incompetent & undignified buffoon

25 October, 2017 at 09:28 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

 

Galbraith vs Buckley on Good Society

21 October, 2017 at 11:15 | Posted in Economics, Politics & Society | 1 Comment

 

Die verwaltete Welt

8 October, 2017 at 12:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Die verwaltete Welt

 

Adorno und Horkheimer im Gespräch über die verwaltete Welt und die Krise des Individuums in dieser.

Die Tagesschau — reine propaganda

5 October, 2017 at 11:14 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Die Tagesschau — reine propaganda

  

Neoliberal ‘ethics’

26 September, 2017 at 13:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | 3 Comments

As we all know, neoliberalism is nothing but a self-serving con endorsing pernicious moral cynicism. But it’s still sickening to read its gobsmacking trash, maintaining that unregulated capitalism is a ‘superlatively moral system’:

neo The rich man may feast on caviar and champagne, while the poor woman starves at his gate. And she may not even take the crumbs from his table, if that would deprive him of his pleasure in feeding them to his birds.
 

David Gauthier Morals by Agreement

Now, compare that unashamed neoliberal apologetics with what two truly great economists and liberals — John Maynard Keynes and Robert Solow — have to say:

The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes … I believe that there is social and psychological justification for significant inequalities of income and wealth, but not for such large disparities as exist to-day.

John Maynard Keynes General Theory (1936)

4703325Who could be against allowing people their ‘just deserts?’ But there is that matter of what is ‘just.’ Most serious ethical thinkers distinguish between deservingness and happenstance. Deservingness has to be rigorously earned. You do not ‘deserve’ that part of your income that comes from your parents’ wealth or connections or, for that matter, their DNA. You may be born just plain gorgeous or smart or tall, and those characteristics add to the market value of your marginal product, but not to your deserts. It may be impractical to separate effort from happenstance numerically, but that is no reason to confound them, especially when you are thinking about taxation and redistribution. That is why we want to temper the wind to the shorn lamb, and let it blow on the sable coat.

Robert Solow Journal of Economic Perspectives (2014)

Right-wing extremist party in German parliament for the first time since WWII

25 September, 2017 at 13:57 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Right-wing extremist party in German parliament for the first time since WWII

 

Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ exported to German politics …

9/11 & 11/9

14 September, 2017 at 20:03 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

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