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Een grote meerderheid van de bevolking is voorstander van een vermogensbelasting. Bij de politici ligt dat anders en dat is geen toeval. Marc Vandepitte legt uit waarom de miljonairstaks een van de beste bewaakte taboes is van ons politiek systeem. Ons politiek bestel zoals we dat vandaag kennen, is het resultaat van een lange wordingsgeschiedenis, met daarin een aantal scharniermomenten. In wat volgt staan we stil bij drie zo’n belangrijke momenten en zoomen we in op de fundamentele kwestie van de verdeling van de rijkdom. Griekenland: de wieg van de Westerse democratie De grondleggers van het politiek denken in het Westen werden al geconfronteerd met een fundamenteel dilemma. Plato (427-347 v.Chr.) wond er geen doekjes om, hij verzette zich krachtig tegen een democratische staatsvorm. Die controle betreft volgens Plato ook het bewustzijn. Zijn leerling Aristoteles (384-322 v.Chr.) laat wat meer opening en vrijheid toe, maar ook hij is gekant tegen een democratische staatsvorm. Waarom miljonairstaks kern van de democratie is | DeWereldMorgen.be - Waterfox Waarom miljonairstaks kern van de democratie is | DeWereldMorgen.be - Waterfox
De ‘arbeidsmarktperformantie’ van Duitsland en Frankrijk gewikt en gewogen | Een tiental dagen geleden werd ik gecontacteerd door Canvas naar aanleiding van een uitzending over werkloosheid in Europa. Uitgangspunt van de uitzending was de ‘vaststelling’ dat Duitsland het ‘uitstekend doet’ en ‘Frankrijk helemaal niet’ wegens een ‘veel te strakke wetgeving en hoge loonkost’. Ik heb aan de journaliste uitgelegd dat er in Frankrijk ook heel veel flexibiliteit bestaat; dat de interimkantoren de grootste werkgevers zijn en dat er volgens een restrictieve definitie minstens 2 miljoen werkende armen ronddolen op de arbeidsmarkt. Ze vond mijn verhaal correct maar haar opdracht bestond erin iemand te vinden die kon aantonen dat Frankrijk met haar ‘strakke socialistische arbeidsmarkt’ het typevoorbeeld is van hoe het niet moet… Het toeval wil dat deze week Karel Van Eetvelt in een interview de vergelijking tussen Frankrijk en Duitsland opnieuw maakte waarbij sp.a-er John Crombez (terecht) het Duits model afwees als loonslavernij. 1). 2). 3). 4). 4). Bronnen De ‘arbeidsmarktperformantie’ van Duitsland en Frankrijk gewikt en gewogen |
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"Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little, by which Wall Street's greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don't." It was a slow pitch over home plate for Sanders. There's no question he gets more often, no criticism he's better prepared for, than why he calls himself a socialist rather than a capitalist. And then, in the debate's most interesting moment, Hillary Clinton jumped into the exchange. "Let me follow up on that, Anderson," she said. Sanders didn't push the point: "Everybody is in agreement. This was the single most important exchange of the first Democratic debate — because it's the single most important cleavage in the Democratic Party today. Where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree: Denmark is great Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images Sanders isn't a socialist. Sanders leans heavily on this comparison. During the debate, Sanders echoed that theme. Clinton wasn't having it. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s debate over capitalism, explained Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s debate over capitalism, explained
Today the US sets a record for not having a president die in office The fact that Barack Obama woke up today marks a major historical milestone—yet it’s likely to go largely unnoticed. It’s now been 18,967 days since a US president died in office. That means the nation has now entered its longest period without losing a president to an assassin or illness. This record reflects dramatic advances in medical science and the increasing sophistication of presidential security—the occasional White House fence-jumper notwithstanding. “People today don’t have an appreciation for what a calamity it is to lose a president,” says journalist Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect. “People today don’t have an appreciation for what a calamity it is to lose a president.” “The frequency of presidential deaths even gave rise to a superstition known as Tecumseh’s Curse.” So what’s contributed to US presidents’ newfound longevity? “Carter, [George W.] Today the US sets a record for not having a president die in office
Hillary Clinton may not be president, but she's moving the markets like she is one. For the second time in three weeks, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination wiped millions of dollars off the value of an industry with a single tweet. On Friday, private prison stocks dropped sharply after Clinton said the U.S. needed to “end the era of mass incarceration.” “We need to end private prisons. Corrections Corp. of America fell more than 6 percent, lopping off approximately $200 million in value, while GEO Group Inc. dropped 4.2 percent, losing about $100 million. Earlier this month, biotech stocks tanked after Clinton slammed Turing Pharmaceuticals for increasing the price of a drug by 50 fold. It was not the first time she's voiced concerns about private prisons and earlier this month her campaign said it would no longer take donations from the industry's lobbyists and PACs. Hillary Clinton Rattles Prison Stocks With a Single Tweet - Bloomberg Politics Hillary Clinton Rattles Prison Stocks With a Single Tweet - Bloomberg Politics
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Albert Camus, 1957 (Robert Edwards/Wikimedia Commons). Si l’auteur de « L’Homme révolté », publié il y a soixante ans, était toujours vivant, il dirait que les événements qui se déroulent aujourd’hui dans son Afrique du Nord natale nous rappellent que la Méditerranée a une rive sud dont la jeunesse incarne les principes de son essai : « La plus orgueilleuse des races, nous autres Méditerranéens », déclarait-il, « vivons toujours de la même lumière ». Alors que le monde plongeait dans les profondeurs glaciales de la guerre froide au début des années 50, Albert Camus ne pouvait trouver de chaleur intellectuelle ni à l’Est, ni même à l’Ouest. Son regard était fixé sur la Méditerranée, où « la jeunesse du monde se trouve toujours autour des mêmes rivages ». C’est tout sauf cela. Ils ne sont pas prêts pour la démocratie ? Le monde, pour Camus, était le théâtre de deux formes d’absurdité : Camus écrivait évidemment en opposition aux sophismes meurtriers du communisme. Révolte ou révolution ? « L'Homme révolté » de Camus éclaire les révolutions arabes « L'Homme révolté » de Camus éclaire les révolutions arabes
Il y a six mois, hier encore, on se demandait: «Que va-t-il faire?» Provisoirement, déchiré par des contradictions qu'il faut respecter, il avait choisi le silence. Mais il était de ces hommes rares, qu'on peut bien attendre parce qu'ils choisissent lentement et restent fidèles à leur choix. Un jour, il parlerait. Nous étions brouillés, lui et moi: une brouille, ce n'est rien - dût-on ne jamais se revoir -, tout juste une autre manière de vivre ensemble et sans se perdre de vue dans le petit monde étroit qui nous est donné. Son silence que, selon les événements et mon humeur, je jugeais parfois trop prudent et parfois douloureux, c'était une qualité de chaque journée, comme la chaleur ou la lumière, mais humaine. Il représentait en ce siècle, et contre l'Histoire, l'héritier actuel de cette longue lignée de moralistes dont les oeuvres constituent peut-être ce qu'il y a de plus original dans les lettres françaises. Il était pour ainsi dire cette inébranlable affirmation. > VIDEO. Camus par Sartre Camus par Sartre
Participatory Citizen or Slacker—Which One Will You Be? Anticipatory Set:Ask students to think of popular songs often heard on the radio. List these song titles together. Ask students to select one song they are familiar with and have them sing it silently to themselves. When they have finished, ask them to write down the main message of the song in two or three lines on a piece of paper large enough that others can read it from their seat when it is posted on the wall (e.g., “White America” by Eminem – Being racist, sexist and homophobic is okay if it sells records. Kids like what I say because that's what our “white” country is all about.) When students have finished, ask them to post these on the wall at eye-level height. Participatory Citizen or Slacker—Which One Will You Be?
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Election Update: Women Are Defeating Donald Trump Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up here. A series of national polls released on Tuesday showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by margins ranging from 5 to 11 percentage points — except for the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times tracking poll, which defiantly continues to show Trump up by 2 points. There isn’t yet enough data from after Sunday night’s debate to really gauge its impact, however. For that matter, the polls may not yet have fully caught up to the effects of the release on Friday of a 2005 videotape, which showed Trump making vulgar comments about women and condoning unwanted sexual conduct toward women. More Politics But while we’re in something of a wait-and-see mode, one demographic split caught my eye. The PRRI poll is an outlier for showing quite so large a gender gap, however. There’s quite a wide range — with live polls showing a notably wider gender spread than online and automated polls. Election Update: Women Are Defeating Donald Trump
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Medicare as we know it in jeopardy if Trump supports Paul Ryan's reforms House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to phase out Medicare is nothing new. But now, under a Trump presidency and with both houses of Congress in Republican hands, it looks like he could hypothetically be able to make it happen. Back in 2011, as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, Ryan floated a plan to turn Medicare into a "premium support" program. The "premium support" would be a payment that would let you buy insurance from private insurers. But you won't get full coverage. As Josh Marshall acidly noted Sunday in a blog for TPM, "In any case, rather than Medicare you'll have insurance from an insurance company, which everybody should love because haven't you heard from your parents and grandparents how bummed they were when they had to give up their private insurance for Medicare? House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently intends to push through his plan to phase out Medicare after Donald Trump is sworn in as president. Photo: Paul Sancya, AP Photo: Alex Brandon, AP Medicare as we know it in jeopardy if Trump supports Paul Ryan's reforms
Why Republicans Can’t Come Up with an Obamacare Replacement (Photo: AP/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise speak during a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference on January 4, 2017, to discuss a strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It took the United States three and two-thirds years to move from the standing start (to put it mildly) of Pearl Harbor to victory in World War II. Now, compare these endeavors—some arduous, some intellectually challenging—with the Republicans’ efforts to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (or, if you prefer, Obamacare), which the GOP has been proclaiming to be one of its primary goals, if not its existential purpose, for the past seven years. Time was when Reagan-age Republicans proclaimed theirs to be the party of ideas. Advertisement PinIt Share4InstapaperPocketEmailPrint
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Everything you need to know about how the presidential primary works Caucus participants place their votes in a basket at the local community center in downtown Rock Rapids, Iowa on January 3, 2012. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post) The 2016 presidential nomination process is still in the invisible primary stage. On the Republican side, the field of candidates is not set, we don’t yet know how much money candidates have raised or can raise, there are no endorsements of real significance of which to speak, and polling doesn’t really tell us much at this point. But it is a good time to review the important features of the formal presidential nomination process and the changes the national parties have made for the 2016 cycle. How do the Democratic and Republican parties formally select their presidential nominees? After the 1968 election, the McGovern-Fraser Commission ushered in the modern presidential nomination process by removing the nominating decision from the smoke-filled rooms of the parties’ conventions. And for Democrats: Later.
The Iowa caucuses are a great, grass-roots exercise in direct democracy, featuring face-to-face debate, open voting and yes, even some changed minds. But, they are also a complicated process. Here's how the Democratic caucuses work: Voters in Iowa's 1,874 precincts meet in public buildings and private homes across the state. The purpose of the caucus meetings is to elect the precincts' delegates to the county conventions to be held later in the spring. When the caucus begins, the voters in attendance divide themselves into groups according to the candidate they support. Voters in each group are then invited to give speeches supporting their candidate and trying to persuade others to join their group. Caucus organizers then count voters in each group calculate the "viability" of each candidate's group, or the threshold each must meet to win delegates. It is important to remember that the Iowa caucuses are not electing candidates. How the Iowa Caucuses Work
Before the cameras go live at the presidential debate on on Monday night, the mind games have already begun. The telegraphed punches, false tells, attempts to get inside the other candidate’s head. Every great competitor has his or her trick of choice—an unexpected move to rattle their opponents and throw them off their game. Story Continued Below Mind games are familiar to every sports fan, whether those tricks take the form of haka-dancing rugby players, sleeveless linemen in sub-zero temperatures, or a menacing stare-down. “I keep my eyes on him,” said Mike Tyson, describing his pre-boxing match ritual. You might think this doesn’t apply in the ritualized, high-stakes world of national presidential debates. It’s hard to know what Clinton and Trump might try—their sharp differences make the debate a combustible moment, but both are considerably more accomplished and confident public performers than many of the candidates of the past several decades. It worked. How to Win a Debate With Mind Games and Dirty Tricks
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By Kelly Brogan, MD and Louise Kuo Habakus. The original post can be found here. Cars were at a 12 minute standstill and the traffic light repeatedly cycled green to red. The Candidate Archetypes If we can zoom out and dispassionately examine the leading characters in this near-Shakespearean drama, we observe that there is a unique alchemy at play here. With the help of mainstream media’s carefully curated and theatrical representation of reductionist platitudes, an expected voting majority was led down the yellow brick road to meet Oz; Oz, in this case, being the redemptive victory of the first ever female president over this embarrassment of a Republican candidate. As the media showcased Trump’s unscripted and uncensored boorish behavior, we watched women rally. Women all over this country needed Hillary to be the redemptor. It’s only natural that women would look to a woman to help lead us home. The Shackles of Old Feminism Co-option? Yes. Classical feminism is men versus women. Feminism and the Election: The Gift of Acceleration - Kelly Brogan MD
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