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Strike Debt

Strike Debt
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Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. Occupy lance un préavis de “grève de la dette” Sous le slogan “Vous n’êtes pas un crédit, vous n’êtes pas tout seuls”, (“You are not a loan, you are not alone”), le groupe “Strike Debt” de Occupy Wall Street ambitionne d’insuffler un mouvement de résistance contre le remboursement des dettes. L’opération est en train de susciter un consensus mondial, et est susceptible de relancer le mouvement de protestation né il y a un an. Poster de Strike the Debt – Domaine public Le postulat de départ lancé par Occupy Wall Street, Démocratie Réelle maintenant, le mouvement 15-M et divers organisations affirme dans un communiqué conjoint vouloir un audit citoyen de la dette et annonce [en] : To the financial institutions of the world, we have only one thing to say: we owe you nothing. Avis aux institutions financières du Monde, nous n'avons qu'une seule chose à vous dire : nous ne vous devons rien. Sur internet, on trouve déjà de nombreuses vidéos appellant à brûler ses dettes : Le constat est donc frappant. Rolling Debt Jubilee _ Domaine Public

Occupy Research | The Occupy Money Cooperative Grève de la dette : après le jubilé Des militant-e-s d’Occupy Wall Street lancent ces jours-ci un appel à la "grève de la dette" : ils entendent constituer un vaste mouvement d’endetté-e-s qui refusent de continuer à rembourser les banques. L’objectif ? Mettre en évidence la centralité de la dette dans la domination qu’exercent les 1% sur les 99%. David Graeber imagine dans cet article ce que serait une société de l’après dette. Si vous regardez comment les choses se présentent sur le papier, le monde est innondé par la dette. Sans aucun doute, les lecteurs vont objecter « mais justement, si vous imprimez des milliards de dollars, est-ce que ça ne créera pas une vive inflation ? La politique du gouvernement états-unien, sous Bush comme sous Obama (sur ces questions, la différence politique entre les deux est infime) a été d’imprimer de la monnaie et de la distribuer aux banques. Le problème, c’est que ça n’a pas marché. On peut se demander pourquoi. Non, la vraie réponse semble être idéologique.

So what the fuck has occupy done so far? The Moneyless Manifesto | Mark Boyle États-Unis : Les « objecteurs de créances » de Strike Debt organisent la résistance Sur les bords de l’East River à Brooklyn, le 9 septembre dernier, des personnes se relaient au centre d’un cercle et prennent la parole pour expliquer comment leurs dettes leur sont devenues insupportables, par les paiements qu’elles supposent chaque mois et, plus fondamentalement, par les choix qu’elles les obligent à faire, ou plutôt l’absence de choix dans laquelle elles les enferment. Certaines disent la honte qu’elles ont ressenties, d’autres leur dégoût, leur incompréhension, le puissant sentiment d’injustice. Puis, dans un geste libérateur, elles mettent le feu à ce courrier leur rappelant le montant qu’elles doivent encore rembourser, ce relevé bancaire faisant état de crédits impayés... Les rouages du « système dette » mis à nu Les membres surmotivé-e-s de Strike Debt saisissent donc toutes les occasions de partager le fruit de leurs recherches et leurs réflexions. Mais la dette est aussi un formidable moyen d’extorsion. Au commencement, la dette des étudiants...

Open Source Ecology Why students must demand 'debt abolition for all' The stark realities of the economic crisis are obvious in every area of student lives. The tripling of tuition fees, cuts to bursaries, and the abolition of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) are leading many thousands of young people into poverty. "The future" offers no way out: for the first time in history, we can expect to be worse-off than our parents. The student experience is linked to a broader attack on living conditions and on the welfare state over the past two years. In one way in particular, current education policies are going to have a profound effect on the rest of our lives: we are being shackled with unpayable debt. Personal debt is a reality that affects huge numbers in the UK. The education system is going to force graduates to start their working lives with as much as £50,000 of debt. Debt acts a driver to make us produce what we need to survive in the future – plus a surplus, with which to pay our debts. How do we reclaim our futures?

The Economics of Happiness (2011) Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche - the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile.

Why Occupy's plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent | Charles Eisenstein A new initiative is re-energising the Occupy movement. Called the Rolling Jubilee, it is a plan to use money from donations to buy distressed consumer debt from lenders at a marked down price, just as debt collection agencies normally would. But instead of hounding debtors for payments, it will simply cancel the debts. The hope is that the liberated debtors will themselves contribute to the fund, "rolling" the jubilee forward. The Rolling Jubilee is a genius move for several reasons. But despite its non-threatening appearance, the Rolling Jubilee has significant transformative potential. For this reason, we might expect lenders to balk at co-operating with the Rolling Jubilee, perhaps by refusing to sell loans to anyone who doesn't agree to seek collection. Accordingly, it is important that the Jubilee organisers continue to frame it in precisely that way: people helping each other out of hardship. This also goes for the way the organisers portray it to themselves.

Basic Income Gathers Steam Across Europe Barcelona. In the last few months basic income—an unconditional cash payment to every member of the population—has been getting more and more attention in the media and social networks. Three items are especially interesting. First, Yanis Varoufakis, the able Greek economist, Minister for Finance in the first Syriza government and well known for his trenchant opposition to Troika austerity measures bashing the poor and already vulnerable majority of the population, has become such a media star that every time he gives an opinion on political economy, some theoretical aspect of economics or economic policy, his words are widely disseminated. Hence, his remarks on basic income, which he described as “a necessity” at the Future of Work conference in Zurich on 5 May 2016, are of no small import. In a filmed talk lasting half an hour Varoufakis, incisive and original as always, reframed the debate. Art. 110a (new) Unconditional basic income The referendum will be a cliff-hanger.

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