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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 |
Gaza Cease-Fire Dynamics Explained: What Cease-Fire will Work? Gaza Cease-Fire Dynamics Explained: What Cease-Fire will Work? After nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the past week, there is finally increased discussion of attaining a cease-fire. The truth is, everyone knew it would have to end with a cease-fire, the only questions were how many more Palestinians would be killed, when would it happen and on what terms. Much of the discourse on this issue to tragically misinformed about the dynamics or fire between Israel and Gaza both during and outside of cease-fire agreements. Using data that ranges nearly ten years and with a closer focus on a subsection that was the 2012 cease-fire period, we explain below how these dynamics work in an effort to inform a way forward. This first chart below depicts the number of launches from Gaza of projectiles from September of 2004 through this May. That is nearly a decade. Two things become very clear when looking at this chart. A similar story plays out in 2012. So what did adherence to these terms look like? 1. 2. 3. 4.
CRM Buyer's Guide There are hundreds of CRM solutions on the market today, so how do you know which one is best for your organization? This free buyer's guide compares the best CRM software systems and allows you to request a price or demo for the system that best fits your needs. [View the Guide] A "Digital Dark Age" could be looming, warned Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. His warning came this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Jose. Cerf, who was a manger at for the United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and funded groups that developed TCP/IP technology and has been recognized as a "Father of the Internet," warned that as technology advances there is a risk of losing access to data on older technology. "Digital memory is a double edged sword," said Susan Schreiner, analyst for C4 Trends. New Take on an Old Concern The Digital Lost World X-Rays Mark the Spot 'Digital Dark Age' Imminent Warns 'Father of the Internet' | Data Management 'Digital Dark Age' Imminent Warns 'Father of the Internet' | Data Management
David Cameron 'gravely concerned' about Northern Ireland crisis as power-sharing agreement comes close to collapse - UK Politics - UK - The Independent The crisis, sparked after Sinn Fein members were linked to a murder of a former IRA man, worsened after a proposal by the Democratic Unionist Party to adjourn the Northern Ireland Assembly was rejected by opposition parties. First Minister Peter Robinson has said his DUP ministers will quit the Northern Ireland government on Thursday if the Assembly was not adjourned or suspended by the British government, which would force the collapse of Stormont’s power-sharing agreement. Downing Street said David Cameron was 'gravely concerned' about the situation in Northern Ireland The DUP has sought adjournment or suspension of the Assembly while cross-party talks on the paramilitary crisis are completed. But its proposal was opposed by the Ulster Unionists, the SDLP and Sinn Féin. The fall of the devolved government has been at the centre of the peace agreement in Northern Ireland and its collapse would be unprecedented, risking the reopening of bitter divisions in the region. David Cameron 'gravely concerned' about Northern Ireland crisis as power-sharing agreement comes close to collapse - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
In the late 19th century, the term economics came to replace political economy, coinciding with the publication of an influential textbook by Alfred Marshall in 1890.[1] Earlier, William Stanley Jevons, a proponent of mathematical methods applied to the subject, advocated economics for brevity and with the hope of the term becoming "the recognised name of a science."[2][3] Etymology[edit] In the United States, political economy first was taught at the College of William and Mary, where in 1784, Smith's The Wealth of Nations was a required textbook.[5] Current approaches[edit] In its contemporary meaning, political economy refers to different, but related, approaches to studying economic and related behaviours, ranging from the combination of economics with other fields to the use of different, fundamental assumptions that challenge earlier economic assumptions: Related disciplines[edit] See also[edit] Notes[edit] Political economy Political economy
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Wikileaks Files: ‘US PLANNED TO OUST ASSAD LONG BEFORE 2011 UPRISING’ WikiLeaks founder reveals fostering Shia, Sunni tension from plan’s ‘most serious part’ MOSCOW – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened up about his new book, ‘The WikiLeaks Files’, saying that Washington had plans to overthrow Syria’s government long before the 2011 uprising began, the Russia Today channel reported on Thursday. Assange referred to the chapter on Syria, which goes back to 2006. In that chapter is a cable from US Ambassador William Roebuck – who was stationed in Damascus – which apparently discusses a plan for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria. “That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup…so in theory it says ‘We have a problem with extremists crossing over the border with Iraq, and we’re taking actions against them to take this information and make the Syrian government look weak, the fact that it is dealing with extremists at all,’” he said. Wikileaks Files: ‘US PLANNED TO OUST ASSAD LONG BEFORE 2011 UPRISING’
Text - H.R.538 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Native American Energy Act To facilitate the development of energy on Indian lands by reducing Federal regulations that impede tribal development of Indian lands, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the “Native American Energy Act”. SEC. 2. (a) Amendment. “SEC. 2607. “(a) Options to Indian Tribes. “(1) the Secretary; “(2) the affected Indian tribe; or “(3) a certified, third-party appraiser pursuant to a contract with the Indian tribe. “(b) Time Limit on Secretarial Review and Action. “(1) review the appraisal; and “(2) provide to the Indian tribe a written notice of approval or disapproval of the appraisal. “(c) Failure of Secretary To Approve or Disapprove. “(d) Option to Indian Tribes To Waive Appraisal “(1) An Indian tribe wishing to waive the requirements of subsection (a), may do so after it has satisfied the requirements of paragraphs (2) and (3). “(e) Definition. “(f) Regulations. Text - H.R.538 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Native American Energy Act
Guests Sam Sinyangwe statistician who worked on the Mapping Police Violence project. This is viewer supported news Donate Amid grief and outrage over the killings of two unarmed African Americans in Chicago, a year-end report from the Mapping Police Violence research project says police nationwide killed at least 1,152 people in 2015. This is a rush transcript. AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to San Francisco. Can you talk about these findings? SAM SINYANGWE: So, as you mentioned, the federal government, including the FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics and the CDC, do not collect comprehensive data on police killings nationwide. AMY GOODMAN: So, talk about this number, both the over 1,115 people killed by police in the last year and also this issue of 14 cities, and explain which are these 14 cities, where the only people that police killed were African-American. SAM SINYANGWE: Absolutely. AMY GOODMAN: Explain how the FBI operates in terms of reporting police killings. SAM SINYANGWE: Yeah. DN! DN!
"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.]
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
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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
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
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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
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