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The end of capitalism has begun

The end of capitalism has begun
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. 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. Yet information is abundant. Related:  Social, Economic, Political Environmentsliteratūra, grāmatas, zinātniskie raksti

Coalition bans government's clean energy bank from financing wind power | Australia news The federal government has ordered the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) not to make any future investments in wind power, instead focussing on “emerging technologies”, trade minister Andrew Robb has confirmed. Fairfax media reported on Sunday that the treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, bypassed the environment minister, Greg Hunt, in issuing the CEFC with the directive. Robb told Sky News on Sunday that that was “a total beat-up”. “Greg was fully cognisant of what was decided,” he said. “He was perhaps the principle party, along with [resources minister] Ian Macfarlane, who put together this arrangement with the crossbenchers, and he is fully cognisant of it, drove this deal and settled this deal, understood this arrangement. And now the two responsible ministers are putting it into effect.” Hunt took to Twitter on Sunday to refute the claims made in Fairfax, labelling them “factually wrong and misleading”. “Tony Abbott never looks forward.

Les guerres africaines de Vincent Bolloré, par Thomas Deltombe (Le Monde diplomatique, avril 2009) « Pour nous, les médias, il offre l’image parfaite du héros contemporain.Renouant avec les chevaliers d’industrie, il nous ferait oublier la crise. » Reportage de TF1 sur Vincent Bolloré (1986) (1). Pendant longtemps, les médias français se sont attendris sur le visage poupin de M. Vincent Bolloré. Mais le portrait du golden boy breton des « années fric » a, depuis, pris quelques rides. Et voilà que remonte à la surface une autre facette de M. La bataille qui fait le plus de bruit dans les médias est celle des ports africains, lesquels constituent la clef de voûte de son réseau local de transport et de logistique. En connexion avec les deux cents agences dont dispose le groupe dans une quarantaine de pays africains, et avec ses chemins de fer, ses milliers de camions et ses millions de mètres carrés de surface de stockage, la gestion des ports assure de fait au groupe Bolloré une redoutable emprise sur le continent. Ainsi, pour remporter la concession de celui de Dakar en 2007, M.

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The Australian dollar is 'smashed' and teetering over the US 70c precipice | Business The Australian dollar has been in freefall. “Smashed” was the description from a foreign exchange trader friend noting that since the peak of US$1.1080 during 2011, the dollar is now below US 75c and many strategists are now forecasting a fall below US70c and with a real risk of US60c over the next year. The Australian dollar’s fall of more than US 35c from its recent peak is substantial and reflects a buildup of negative news concerning the economy. Recently, I noted the escalation in Australia’s net foreign debt as one factor that is risking international investor confidence. Of the many other factors that tend to drive the level of the Australian dollar, almost all have been negative and are suggesting that, in the near term, there are still substantial downside risks. Commodity prices have fallen sharply, many dropping to their lowest level in a decade. Another negative influence, which is likely to persist for some time, is the record low level for Australian interest rates.

A Beyrouth, un parc d’attractions à la gloire du travail, par Mona Chollet (Le Monde diplomatique, novembre 2013) Contrairement à Disneyland ou au Parc Astérix en France, KidzMondo, qui a ouvert ses portes début juin sur le front de mer de Beyrouth, ne prétend pas matérialiser un univers fictionnel déjà connu de ses jeunes clients. Afin de les attirer, il lui a donc fallu créer de toutes pièces une « mythologie » susceptible de frapper leur imagination, et diffusée sur son site Internet. Un jour d’été, deux enfants partent explorer une grotte aux abords de leur maison de vacances dans la campagne libanaise. L’intrépide Kozmo y découvre une mystérieuse clé que sa sœur Eena se rappelle avoir vue dans le livre qu’elle est en train de lire, Trésors mythiques et mondes anciens. Enseigner que « l’argent ne pousse pas sur les arbres » Dans la réalité, KidzMondo se présente sous la forme d’un mall, un hangar de dix mille trois cents mètres carrés sur deux niveaux, avec air conditionné et lumière artificielle. Deux garçons d’une dizaine d’années s’engouffrent dans la boutique. Derrière tout cela, il y a M.

Norwegian equality policy has failed Men and women are not equal in Norway, in spite of the efforts of politicians and ngos, and an official equal rights policy. (Ill.: Colourbox) "Politicians often complain that the ‘toolbox is empty’. In the field of equality it seems that the toolbox itself is missing,” says Professor Hege Skjeie. She has headed up the most comprehensive review of this policy area ever undertaken. Recently she submitted the committee’s second report “Policy for Equality” to the Norwegian Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Inga Marte Thorkildsen. “Gender equality has not gone too far. Impressed the minister “Some young people are lukewarm towards the whole issue. She notes that there are very few people trying to overturn the abortion law, and that there are crisis centres throughout Norway and soon there will be centres for incest victims in all the counties. "The list is long. Daily efforts “We have been asked to help with formulating new policy, and we have done that.

Bjørn Lomborg consensus centre could be set up at Flinders University | Australia news The federal government has held talks with Flinders University over the possibility of establishing a research centre headed by controversial academic Bjørn Lomborg. Flinders University said it had asked the department of education for information about Lomborg’s consensus centre but insisted it had not made a firm decision over whether it wanted to host the academic’s work. The federal education minister, Christopher Pyne, has vowed to find another university to take on Lomborg’s centre after the University of Western Australia decided in May to hand back $4m in federal government funding for it. The UWA opted to take the funding for the centre, only to reverse course following a backlash from its academics. Lomborg’s venture would be linked to his Copenhagen consensus centre, with a focus on aid spending and international development. Lomborg is a controversial figure among academics, particularly in the field of climate science due to his contrarian stance on the issue.

L'essence du néolibéralisme, par Pierre Bourdieu (Le Monde diplomatique, mars 1998) Le monde économique est-il vraiment, comme le veut le discours dominant, un ordre pur et parfait, déroulant implacablement la logique de ses conséquences prévisibles, et prompt à réprimer tous les manquements par les sanctions qu’il inflige, soit de manière automatique, soit — plus exceptionnellement — par l’intermédiaire de ses bras armés, le FMI ou l’OCDE, et des politiques qu’ils imposent : baisse du coût de la main-d’œuvre, réduction des dépenses publiques et flexibilisation du travail ? Et s’il n’était, en réalité, que la mise en pratique d’une utopie, le néolibéralisme, ainsi convertie en programme politique, mais une utopie qui, avec l’aide de la théorie économique dont elle se réclame, parvient à se penser comme la description scientifique du réel ? Cela dit, cette « théorie » originairement désocialisée et déshistoricisée a, aujourd’hui plus que jamais, les moyens de se rendre vraie, empiriquement vérifiable.

8 Famous People Whose Creativity & Innovation Was Inspired By LSD Source: www.collective-evolution.com | Original Post Date: Growing up, I was conditioned to believe that LSD was one of the worse drugs, with its dangers and addictive properties following close behind those of heroin. This would all change when I fell severely ill in my twenties. After conventional medicine had failed me, I decided to embark on a journey with plant medicine. This eventually led to an interest in the healing properties of psychedelics, particularly psilocybin, which ultimately cured my depression. However, at the time I vowed never to explore LSD, as it was ‘synthetic’ and in my opinion could not be considered a natural medicine. So, imagine the surprise of those closest to me when I announced the inevitable –my interest in psychedelics finally piqued my interest in LSD. What I learned was that although LSD may not exactly be “natural,” when it opens the doors of perception, it simultaneously opens much more. Famous People Inspired by LSD 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Sources:

Tuvalu climate refugees granted residency in New Zealand A family from Tuvalu have been granted residency in New Zealand on humanitarian grounds. Creative Commons: Stefan Lins, 2000 A family from Tuvalu has been granted New Zealand residency after claiming they would be affected by climate change and rising sea levels if they returned home. It is the first successful application for residency on humanitarian grounds where climate change has been a factor. Sigeo Alesana and his family moved to New Zealand from Tuvalu in 2007, but has had no legal status in the country since 2009. The family’s case was originally dismissed by the tribunal in March but was successfully appealed on humanitarian grounds because of their strong family and community links to New Zealand. Mr Alesana already has six sisters and an elderly mother to care for in the country. The tribunal is also said to have acted over concerns about climate change, and particularly the vulnerability of the couple’s children to illnesses as a result of poor water quality. About the Author

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