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There is a powerful group of closely networked oligarchs, which claims for themselves the free access to all resources in the world. Free access means for them, that the resources can be brought under their control at a favorable price.

Free access also means that they have free hand to shape the conditions for the exploitation of the resources in a way that profits are maximised. The excess of freedom for the few is only possible through conditions which force the many into servitude, giving away their entire vitality without fair consideration for their own well-being. Achievements of social security are being destroyed in order to establish a system of hidden slavery. Dr. Guido G. Preparata: They Want to Turn Us All into A Global Society of Termites. Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your book "Conjuring Hitler" received a laudatory criticism of our friend Peter Dale Scott.

Dr. Guido G. Preparata: They Want to Turn Us All into A Global Society of Termites

Moreover, I share the view of this great intellectual on the fact that this book is essential in the work of historical research. How did you arrive at conclusions against the flow of the historians of the establishment, namely that Hitler was made by the United States and Great Britain and that World War II was inevitable? Dr. Guido Preparata: I started out like most westerners, whose childhood was steeped in the typical propagandistic “currents” of the Cold War: by watching, endlessly and enthusiastically, epic pro-Allies and anti-German war movies.

My parents —postwar Italians— were solidly in the pro-US, pro-Israel, pro-capitalist camp, and my father, an academic physicist, was then militantly anti-Communist. Nicht nur Santiago brennt - Lateinamerika versinkt im Krieg! Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Changed Debate. (Image: LW / TO; Adapted: Matthew Henry, Damian Gladal) Once again, private capitalism's contradictions, flaws and weaknesses threaten its own existence.

Capitalism vs. Socialism: A Changed Debate

Two major global collapses -- first in the 1930s and more recently, since 2008 -- plus periodic downturns every few years have underscored the instability that haunts the system. At the same time, deepening inequality has turned ever-larger populations into capitalism's critics. Talk of reform and revolution has crowded onto political agendas. The capitalism versus socialism debate has returned everywhere. During the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we mostly believed ourselves to be caught up in a struggle between capitalism and socialism -- as the two alternative economic systems differentiated by how the individual related to the state.

Reexamining past economic systems that coexisted with state apparatuses shows that they included both private and public enterprises. Capitalism has a parallel history. Chris Hedges (2013) "Neo - Feudalistic World" Free21 NewsONpaper. TTIP_protest_in_London In perfektem Timing und optimaler Reihenfolge werden wir mit drei Abkommen konfrontiert, die im Geheimen ausgehandelt worden sind und teilweise sogar geheim bleiben sollen.

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CETA, TTIP und TISA werden als „Freihandelsabkommen“ vermarktet, weil sie unter der zutreffenderen Bezeichnung „Konzernschutzabkommen“ kaum durchsetzbar wären. Droht uns durch diese gut getarnten Ermächtigungsgesetze eine Machtergreifung privater Schiedsgerichte – der jüngsten Weltgerichte – über Staaten? Von Dr. Wolfgang Berger Wenn wir das hier falsch machen, werden unsere Kinder uns verfluchen“, war Sigmar Gabriels Erkenntnisblitz. Hygiene in der Tierhaltung ist nicht rentabel. Worum geht es bei diesen Vertragswerken? Freihandel und offene Grenzen für den Warenaustausch sind segensreiche Einrichtungen. Bei CETA, TTIP und TISA geht es aber nicht um klassischen Freihandel – die Warenzölle sind ohnehin schon weitgehend verschwunden. It's the Planet Stupid!: Capitalism and The Destruction of the Commons. There is a war going on right now between those who are working to protect the commons and the hard-core capitalists, who are working to privatize our economy, culture, ecology, environment and government.

It's the Planet Stupid!: Capitalism and The Destruction of the Commons

The stakes are high. The outcome will determine whether we live in a dystopian chaos, or a civil society; whether we preserve our natural life support system, or live on life support. The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made. The billionaires and corporate oligarchs meeting in Davos this week are getting worried about inequality.

The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made

It might be hard to stomach that the overlords of a system that has delivered the widest global economic gulf in human history should be handwringing about the consequences of their own actions. But even the architects of the crisis-ridden international economic order are starting to see the dangers. It’s not just the maverick hedge-funder George Soros, who likes to describe himself as a class traitor. Paul Polman, Unilever chief executive, frets about the “capitalist threat to capitalism”. Christine Lagarde, the IMF managing director, fears capitalism might indeed carry Marx’s “seeds of its own destruction” and warns that something needs to be done. Capitalism vs. Democracy. Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” described by one French newspaper as a “a political and theoretical bulldozer,” defies left and right orthodoxy by arguing that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism.

Capitalism vs. Democracy

Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, does not stop there. He contends that capitalism’s inherent dynamic propels powerful forces that threaten democratic societies. Capitalism, according to Piketty, confronts both modern and modernizing countries with a dilemma: entrepreneurs become increasingly dominant over those who own only their own labor. In Piketty’s view, while emerging economies can defeat this logic in the near term, in the long run, “when pay setters set their own pay, there’s no limit,” unless “confiscatory tax rates” are imposed.

Photo “I am hesitant to call Thomas Piketty’s new book Capital in the 21st Century one of the best books in economics written in the past several decades. Oligarchy, American Style. Anyone who has tracked this issue over time knows what I mean.

Oligarchy, American Style

Whenever growing income disparities threaten to come into focus, a reliable set of defenders tries to bring back the blur. Think tanks put out reports claiming that inequality isn’t really rising, or that it doesn’t matter. Wealth Inequality in America. Kontext-tv.de.