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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 |
The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. If you lived through all this, and disliked capitalism, it was traumatic. As with the end of feudalism 500 years ago, capitalism’s replacement by postcapitalism will be accelerated by external shocks and shaped by the emergence of a new kind of human being. Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. The end of capitalism has begun The end of capitalism has begun
Innovation-led growth can square a circle that is challenging modern capitalism: how to generate sustained and sustainable economic growth, built on high-value, well-paying jobs. This is at the core of entrepreneurial societies, and it is a good objective. The problem is how to get there. Although many countries have set the goal, few have achieved it. The reason for this elusiveness lies in widespread misunderstandings about how innovation-led growth has been achieved in the past. These misunderstandings have allowed the wrong narratives to drive policy making, with individual entrepreneurs and companies as the central characters of the story. An entrepreneurial society needs an entrepreneurial state, one that through visionary and strategic public investments, distributed across the innovation chain, can create animal spirits in private businesses. This approach means going beyond leveling the playing field, and instead actively tilting it in a particular direction. An Entrepreneurial Society Needs an Entrepreneurial State An Entrepreneurial Society Needs an Entrepreneurial State
Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice Towards an experimental culture in government: reflections on and from practice Recent years have seen a growing interest and increasing uptake of experimental methods in government. Around the world, we see a growing number of governments taking up experimental approaches to tackle complex issues and generate better public outcomes. However, with the notable exception of Finland, where experimentation has been elevated to official government policy, there still seem to be many challenges for governments to connect the wide range of experimental approaches available with strategic policy development and implementation. For this reason, as part of the i-school (Nesta’s new government innovation support platform), Nesta is currently addressing this from a practical angle by working with progressive governments and leading public innovation practitioners around the world to strengthen experimentation capacity. Experimental approaches accelerate learning by systematically testing assumptions and identifying knowledge gaps. Generating hypotheses. What next?
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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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AIAS Home · Nieuws 14.00 – 16.00 uur Oude zaal Tweede Kamer, Lange Poten 4, Den Haag Graag nodigen wij u uit voor de presentatie van het boek ‘Meritocratie: op weg naar een nieuwe klassensamenleving?’ op maandag 6 juni in de oude zaal van de Tweede Kamer te Den Haag. Een meritocratie is een samenleving waarin mensen hun maatschappelijke positie verwerven op grond van hun persoonlijke prestaties (merits) in plaats van hun afkomst. Deze vragen staan centraal in het boek ‘Meritocratie: op weg naar een nieuwe klassensamenleving?’ Dankzij financiële steun van Instituut Gak kunnen we aan alle deelnemers aan de bijeenkomst een gratis exemplaar van het boek t.w.v. € 29.95 aanbieden. Aanmelden Het maximaal aantal deelnemers voor is bereikt. Scanprocedure Om toegang tot de zaal te krijgen zult u een identiteitsbewijs moeten tonen en u en uw bagage moeten worden gescand. Paul de Beer & Jan van Zijl Mededirecteur Amsterdams Instituut voor ArbeidsStudies resp. oud-voorzitter MBO Raad Programma Aanmelden AIAS
Home · Nieuws 14.00 – 16.00 uur Oude zaal Tweede Kamer, Lange Poten 4, Den Haag Graag nodigen wij u uit voor de presentatie van het boek ‘Meritocratie: op weg naar een nieuwe klassensamenleving?’ Een meritocratie is een samenleving waarin mensen hun maatschappelijke positie verwerven op grond van hun persoonlijke prestaties (merits) in plaats van hun afkomst. Deze vragen staan centraal in het boek ‘Meritocratie: op weg naar een nieuwe klassensamenleving?’ Dankzij financiële steun van Instituut Gak kunnen we aan alle deelnemers aan de bijeenkomst een gratis exemplaar van het boek t.w.v. € 29.95 aanbieden. Aanmelden Het maximaal aantal deelnemers voor is bereikt. Scanprocedure Om toegang tot de zaal te krijgen zult u een identiteitsbewijs moeten tonen en u en uw bagage moeten worden gescand. Paul de Beer & Jan van Zijl Mededirecteur Amsterdams Instituut voor ArbeidsStudies resp. oud-voorzitter MBO Raad Programma Twitter: #AIASmeritocratie Aanmelden Please log in before attempting to upload files AIAS AIAS
Mark Bovens (1957) is per 1 januari 2013 benoemd tot lid van de raad. Hij is als hoogleraar Bestuurskunde verbonden aan het Departement Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschap (USBO) van de Universiteit Utrecht. Centrale thema's in zijn onderzoek zijn o.a. publieke verantwoording, democratie, rechtsstaat en burgerschap in de informatiemaatschappij, politiek vertrouwen en succes en falen van beleid. Bovens studeerde staats- en bestuursrecht, politicologie en wijsbegeerte aan de Rijksuniversiteit Leiden en aan de Columbia University Law School in New York. Lid Raad van Advies van het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum (WODC) van het ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie.Voorzitter van de Sociaal Wetenschappelijke Raad (SWR)Fellow National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), V.S.Diverse redactielidmaatschappenLid Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie voor Wetenschappen (KNAW)Lid Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW) Mark Bovens : WRR
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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
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
Trump's Election Good News for Oil Pipelines Donald Trump’s victory could ultimately lead to a lot more oil pipelines moving forward, one sector of the fossil fuel industry specifically targeted by environmentalists The most controversial project right now, the Dakota Access Pipeline, received a jolt from Tuesday’s result. The more than 1,100-mile pipeline, valued at $3.7 billion, would carry oil from North Dakota to refineries in Illinois. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been reeling from protests, work stoppages, bad press and a federal government willing to listen to the grievances from the Native American community affected. And Dakota Access’ predecessor, at least in terms of a national flashpoint, could also be coming back from the dead. During the campaign Trump said that he supported the pipeline, but wanted the U.S. to get a “better deal.” Beyond these two projects, the oil industry is hoping for broader easing of permitting and regulations on pipeline construction.
Oilmen, pro-development financiers and Sarah Palin in the queue for Interior November 28, 2016 | While names were announced for a slew of appointments to President-elect Donald Trump’s administration last week, there are still some significant posts left — like running the Interior Department, which is in charge of wildlife and natural resources. Oil execs and other pro-development types seem to be the leading contenders here, meaning it’s likely that… Now, more and better data for tracking secret money October 31, 2016 | Here’s the thing about dark money groups: Whatever their activity in real time, they always have an eye on how they’ll be describing it to the feds a year hence. Fundraising histories and lots of experience in speculative Clinton Cabinet October 28, 2016 | Washington thrives on speculation and now, after months of guessing at things like primary contenders and vice presidential picks, it’s time to draft potential cabinets. Super JFC Donors Emerge in Third Quarter Oilmen, pro-development financiers and Sarah Palin in the queue for Interior 11.28.16
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