The Big Picture: undercurrents / influences / inspirations
A conflict of interest (COI) occurs when an individual or organization is involved in multiple interests, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation.
The Federal Reserve System (also known as the Federal Reserve, and informally as the Fed) is the central banking system of the United States. It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, largely in response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded and its structure has evolved. Events such as the Great Depression were major factors leading to changes in the system. The U.S.
Plutocracy (from Greek πλοῦτος, ploutos, meaning "wealth", and κράτος, kratos, meaning "power, dominion, rule"), also known as plutonomy or plutarchy, defines a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. The first known use of the term is 1652. Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy and has no formal advocates.
Simon Critchley: What Is Normal?
Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command") is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.
Profit (economics) In neoclassical microeconomic theory, the term profit has two related but distinct meanings. Economic profit is similar to accounting profit but smaller because it reflects the total opportunity costs (both explicit and implicit) of a venture to an investor. Normal profit refers to a situation in which the economic profit is zero. A related concept, sometimes considered synonymous to profit in certain contexts, is that of economic rent. In Classical economics and Marxian economics, profit is the return to an owner of capital goods or natural resources in any productive pursuit involving labor, or a return on bonds and money invested in capital markets. By extension, in Marxian economic theory, the maximization of profit corresponds to the accumulation of capital, which is the driving force behind economic activity within the capitalist mode of production.
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This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression | George Monbiot | Comment is free Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice? In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy.
PRIVATE PRISONS AMERICA
Stephen Fry on American Prisons Facts (MIRROR)
The state has also faced lawsuits over prison conditions; click for a slideshow. From Brown v. PlataOn Wednesday, citing "a sick culture of deputy-on-inmate hyper-violence [that] has been flourishing for decades in the darkness of the L.A. The Abu Ghraib of Los Angeles?
Bloomberg News Three inmates share a cell designed for one person at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham on Oct. 24, 2011. Inmates Seek to Advance Jefferson County Overcrowding Suit - Bankruptcy Beat
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a 2007 book by the Canadian author Naomi Klein, and is the basis of a 2009 documentary by the same name directed by Michael Winterbottom. The book argues that the free market policies of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman have risen to prominence in some countries because of a deliberate strategy of certain leaders to exploit crises by pushing through controversial, exploitative policies while citizens were too busy emotionally and physically reeling from disasters or upheavals to create an effective resistance. It is implied that some man-made crises, such as the Iraq war, may have been created with the intention of pushing through these unpopular reforms in their wake. The Shock Doctrine
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Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine (NL ondertiteling) 1/6 - De waarheid achter de globale vrije markteconomie
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Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, nonthreatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches. Corporate media are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors as opposed to rank and file.
In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged.
This article is about the novel. For the film adaptations, see Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, or Atlas Shrugged: Part III.
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ScienceGuide: College van Gordon Gekko - Yaron Brook 1 november 2013 - Timo Klein heeft een buitenkans. De jonge Amsterdamse econoom mag doorstuderen aan de London School of Economics. Voor ScienceGuide kijkt hij rond, snuffelt aan het debat, de stijl en de inhouden van deze hotspot.
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WAR ON EDUCATION AND STUDENTS
Nederland kan alleen meer verdienen door meer uit te vinden, maar er is gebrek aan de belangrijkste grondstof: kennis. Nederland buiten kennis
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students / teachers / facilitators protests initiatives
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Global Warming / Climate Change
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Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured Big Conservation?
NASA brengt temperatuurverandering in kaart