Occupy Denver is holding a Stop The Empire Action at the Presidential Debates as I type this.
Naturally the Green Party has acted quickly to take advantage of this for their own political agenda.
Jill Stein’s vision may offer more equality, but it WILL NOT bring about more freedom.
Jill Stein’s plan is to reduce spending via military cuts & preventive health. But she still wants a military. She still wants doctors to maintain the position of secular priests that every day people hold in reverence.
Jill Stein wants to leave the archaic institution of marriage intact, but give the “right” to people the dominant order considers “gay” to marry. She is not interested in destroying the institution of marriage that serves the Dominant Order or dismantling the social identities that are necessary for the Dominant Order to function.
She also had the audacity to claim the American Revolution “threw off corporate rule” although the American Revolution did not even benefit the great majority of colonists, slaves, indentured servants, women or anyone who wasn’t a rich, white property owner. (In other words the American Revolution only benefited the 1%)
She also wants to increase spending on public schools – these are the very institutions that indoctrinate young Americans into the values of the 1%!
I commend the brave people who are taking direct action against the Dominant Order. I just hope they don’t allow themselves to be manipulated by a rich, white, Harvard educated woman with a political agenda every bit as brutal as Obama and Romney’s.
We must tell our own stories. Or someone else will tell them for us.
First Resurrection: A History of Islam in America is a narrative documentary shining a light on the histories and identities of American Muslims.
Even if you are not Muslim, this film is important because American Muslims have made a major contribution to oppositional currents in the United States. Now we can hear the story as told by the participants, rather than liberals on PBS.
Super Sneak Peak here: http://youtu.be/xapDsgmkPVc
We are exhausted after the exciting events of the last month, having taken LBC to Los Angeles and Seattle and had friends table for us in Victoria and Minneapolis. Thanks to our friends we are able to travel far beyond what we are physically capable of. Friends!
This month we are introducing a new imprint along with our September title. The imprint is called Repartee and will be comprised of new theory, history, and other intellectually-challenging material. The Repartee imprint will be distinguishable from other LBC Books imprints because of its simple and elegant presentation and challenging content.
We are proud to announce the publication of our friend Duane Rousselle’s book After Post-Anarchism a critique of post-anarchism. This book takes post-anarchism to its limit through a reading of the philosophy of Georges Bataille, a philosophy that allows for new ways of conceiving anarchist ethics not predicated upon essentialist categories, foundationalist truth-claims, or the agency of the subject in the political context.
Here are our five (other) most recent titles
Anarchy 101 – Anarchy 101 – This book derives from the website of the same name (http://anarchy101.org) and introduces the reader to a conversation about the possibilities of anarchy. Anarchy is many things to different people: a vision, a plan, a conversation, a process. It is the editor’s view that anarchy is best understood, and is most helpful, as a tension, a question, a rejection. This text operates from that premise.
Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations – By Raoul Vaneigem – Vaneigem sought in his Treatise on Etiquette for the Young Generationsto elaborate the subjectively-experienced, phenomenal connections between most of these same aspects of capitalist society.
I had some plans to write an essay about new social movements, and people who are new to social movements, and the problems and challenges they face. Everything is new at some point, and all people, no matter what they are trying to do, have to start from somewhere. And that is better than not starting at all.
In view of all that has been said here about Occupy Denver and Occupy Boulder, I think their fledgling flights have been better than we might have expected, considering the world many of the Occupiers (the younger ones) have grown up in. If we are going to compare Occupy with the social movements of the 1960's, it is essential that we compare background experiences, as well as results. And the current crop of disaffected youth have been severely shortchanged, in a process that started long before they were born. That process was partly a response to the movements of the Sixties--an effort to make sure it wouldn't happen again. The changes have mainly been in the areas of education and media. They were and are a form of psy-ops, intended to interfere with perception and thinking.
These changes have not been as successful as the designers had hoped, else there would be no Occupy. But the effects have still been profound. Education in the late Fifties and through the Sixties was a reaction to the Soviet launch of Sputnik, at a time when the U.S. was more interested in putting fins on cars.
Sark Flexner pointed out that the rising rate of youth suicide and the current economic recession, high unemployment, and socio-economic factors, including urbanization and immigration issues are closely linked.
September 10, 2003 by the World Health Organization the first "World Suicide Prevention Day, in order to let the public concern of suicide, the World Health Organization and the International Association for Suicide Prevention called on Governments, Association for Suicide Prevention and agencies, local communities, medical workers as well as volunteers, added to the day of the local action together to improve public awareness of the importance of the problem of suicide and to reduce the suicide rate of consciousness.
Upcoming World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, the United Nations said the number of the world to die by suicide than murder and war led to the sum of the number of deaths.
WHO mental health and drug abuse department heads a press conference held in Geneva, according to a joint news website, pointed out that the global average every 40 seconds, one person commits suicide, the problem of suicide to the world has caused tremendous health and social burden.
"The number of people who die by suicide, more than the sum of the murder and war led to the death of this problem is usually associated with shame and silence, unable to enter the public eye. Nearly a million people every year worldwide, suicide, and is equivalent to this figures 20 times, tried to commit suicide, a phenomenon that has caused serious physical and psychological consequences. "Sack Isner said.
According to UN statistics, the number of people died by suicide in 1998 accounted for 1.8% of the total number of disease deaths are expected in 2020, this proportion will rise to 2.4%; increasing number and proportion of young people in the suicide deaths. Statistics show that 15-year-old to 44-year-old population, suicide is one of the reasons leading to death of the three, the second leading cause of suicide is the leading cause of death in young people aged 15 to 19 years old.
All these disgusting proclamations only serve to hide the fact that Mandela and his ANC party now in power have historically worked to keep not only capitalism, but even – in the name of “reconciliation”, the status of economic and social domination of the white bourgeoisie – intact in South Africa .
Apartheid is gone, legally blacks have the same rights as whites, but the reality of exploitation, oppression, poverty and racism has not changed for the overwhelming majority of the population of South Africa. The only difference is that a thin layer of bureaucrats, businessmen and capitalists could integrate into the bourgeoisie, that black union bureaucrats are maintained, sometimes handsomely, to betray the interests of workers and that black mercenaries were recruited to “improve” the activity of the police.
On Thursday, August 16 this was again demonstrated by the police massacre using automatic weapons of 36 striking miners in Marikana at Lonmin, which mines metals in the platinum group. There were also many injured and more than 250 strikers were arrested. The country had not experienced such a massacre since the days of apartheid ...
Reinforced by the massacre and thinking that the strikers were prostrated by the bloody repression, they issued an ultimatum: return to work or dismissal.
Paul Ryan is suddenly a household name after becoming Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. Before that, Ryan had only become right-wing leadership material in the last year, based on his proposed national budget that hacks away at the core of many national social programs, including Medicare.
No one deserves more credit for Ryan's rapid rise into stardom than President Obama, who opened heavy political doors for the aspiring Republican vice president, none more weighty than that Pandora's box of "entitlement reform" — cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other social programs.
Destroying these programs has been on the Republicans agenda forever; however, for decades there has not existed an environment to implement them — political suicide would've been the result.
For example, the Republican Eisenhower and Nixon presidencies make the modern Democratic party look like right-wing Republicans: Eisenhower taxed the wealthy at 90 percent; Nixon over 70 percent, both never dared discuss cutting either Social Security or Medicare in public.
Now it seems that anything is possible.
But it was the Obama Administration that started the "yes we can" motto to cutting Social Security and Medicare. Although Bush Jr. had similar ambitions, he froze in the face of massive opposition. Obama has obliterated this opposition, akin to his predator drones dismembering a Pakistani funeral.
Modern slavery should need no introduction. Modern slavery already intrudes into every aspect of life, debasing all it touches. It is the underlying organizing principle for all major economic institutions east and west, north and south. Its support and defense are the unspoken but automatically-understood objects of all major – and the vast majority of the minor – social, political and cultural institutions. Its infrastructure and demands extend into the deepest levels of modern consciousness, coloring our dreams as well as our nightmares. Yet modern slavery is largely invisible.
Modern slavery is officially non-existent. It has been tossed down the memory hole. It is not spoken of in polite company. Every institutional and government functionary, from the lowest levels of bureaucratic purgatory to the upper levels of elite power, knows instinctively that any explicit mention of its name as a contemporary reality means instant social death within the hierarchy. It is a rare day when it is acknowledged in any public context, even by the most radical or reckless of iconoclasts.
Just when the Obama campaign couldn’t appear any less inspiring, Paul Ryan was put forth as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Suddenly team Obama was supplied with enough political munitions to scare every last American over the possible Ryan destruction of Medicare, Medicaid, cuts to Social Security and the various other evils inherent in his proposed national budget. Consequently, many Liberals and Leftists across the spectrum are now focused on preaching the horrors of a Republican presidential victory and thus the necessity of re-electing Obama.
But critical thinkers are immune to scare tactics. It’s no coincidence that the Obama campaign is not running on its own merits, but the lack of merit of its opponents. Many Obama supporters, such as leftists Bill Fletcher Jr. and Carl Davidson, argue that Obama’s record doesn’t matter, because this election is about defeating the right wing’s “white supremacy and political misogynism.”
For progressive economist and former Labor Secretary under President Clinton Robert Reich, Ryan’s budget represents the nightmare of “social Darwinism”, and therefore Obama must be elected.
This writer will not argue with the above points about the far right, since there obviously exists deep elements of racism and misogynism in its camp. But voting for Obama is no way to fight these evils; quite the contrary.
Voting for the Democrats does not empower working people to fight against right-wing extremism. Instead, working people are forced to give away their power to a political party that is in no way beholden to them, since the Democrats have a corporate agenda divorced from the needs of the vast majority of working people. There is no way to hold Democrats accountable once they’re in office, especially when they’ve all but stopped making campaign promises to working people.
Whether you are a Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Socialist, Tea Party member or other, here are some of many reasons to vote against Mitt Romney. Please multipost this article.
Chickenhawk and father of 5 chickenhawks, warmonger and US bankrupter, attacker of Social Security contracts government made with people, treason with Chinese government, wealth comprised of stolen pension funds and corporate assets raiding, bloater of national deficit, hider of tax records, tax evader, outsourcer, a man who banks offshore , staff having removed 12 hard drives from Massachusetts governor’s office, directed destruction of Olympics records, violated SEC rules re Bain Capital, supported LDS racism in 1968, LDS denial of women's rights supports premeditated judicial murder, opposes medical marijuana, brutal to many kinds of animals, illegal acquisition of Clear Channel, profiteering from political ads carried on Clear Channel, legally questionable foreign fundraisers, questions regarding Olympics coins minted with his image, decadent lifestyle includes 2 story garages with car elevators, Romney operative vote fraud in Maine etc., general Republican vote fraud, Dr Strangelove re use of nuclear weapons, supporter of nuclear power, opposer of wind power, supporter of offshore and ANWR drilling, and of toxic Keystone Pipeline bringing Canadian tar through US, associater with other bankster criminals, relationship of multiple sclerosis to being dominated, Mormons believe in war but are exempted as missionaries, Mormon capital funded purchase of Bain Capital etc. flipflops on prolife prochoice, on TARP, and many other issues.
1. CHICKENHAWK FATHER OF FIVE CHICKENHAWKS
Romney is a chickenhawk (someone who has never gone to war but promotes sending
others into harm's way).
A real analysis of the United State’s economic history is rarely discussed by politicians or media alike, since the conclusions that would be inevitably drawn would be out of step with what politicians are currently advocating.
In fact, the current recession is only one more step — though a big one — along the same economic degeneration that has been underway since the end of the post war boom of 1945-1973. The Democrats and the Republicans cannot and will not be able to solve the problems of capitalism in the era of crisis that we’re stumbling through, a crisis that promises to evolve into Great Depression levels.
The post-World War II capitalist “golden age” came about from the destruction caused by the war. It was precisely this destruction that opened up big markets for reconstruction and expansion of markets for the United States. As some wag stated, “War is the health of the nation.” It was capital accumulation, mainly in the advanced capitalist countries, that provided the boom for western capitalism in an otherwise declining system.
America’s economy roughly doubled during the war, from a GNP of $88.6 billion in 1939 to $135 billion in 1944, which established its hegemonic position in the postwar system (eh.net). Now, capitalism, and capitalism alone, knows the peculiar problem of “overproduction” — too many goods produced without a market able to absorb them. The world capitalist class overcame this problem by engaging in what is now called “globalization”: Lowering tariff barriers, engaging in more world trade, increasing the world division of labor, etc., all this has allowed capitalism to overcome its problems for a period.
The following statement was produced by Educators for a Democratic Union (EDU), a progressive caucus in the San Francisco teachers union, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF).
After enumerating a series of concessions recently negotiated by UESF in bargaining a tentative agreement, the EDU caucus statement correctly urges all UESF members to vote NO on the tentative agreement. In the wake of almost all unions accepting concessions without a struggle, the following statement presents an inspiring counterexample to this trend.
As is typical across the country, state and local funding for education has been reduced, and administrations are implementing cuts and demanding concessions from teachers. Meanwhile budget deficits are depicted as if they were acts of god, entirely out of the control of humans.
In reality, however, the situation is quite different thanks to endemic political corruption. For example, in 2011 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors awarded Twitter a $22 million tax break over a period of six years. Then the Board outdid itself in corporate largess by awarding Zynga a tax break that was worth “$30 million to $50 million in local taxes in the first year alone…” (The New York Times, “Lobbyists Play Outsize Role as Political Fund-Raisers in San Francisco, June 12, 2011).
How do these quite profitable corporations fare so well while education is slashed and hacked to pieces, and the public good is desecrated? The lobbyists for these corporations help almost all the members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, including the most progressive member, John Avalos, raise money for their election campaigns (see The New York Times, “Lobbyists Play Outsize Role as Political Fund-Raisers in San Francisco, June 12, 2011).
Though, for most, the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (Libor) interest rate fixing scandal appears to be distant and far too complex to understand, its potential consequences may be as economically devastating as a world war.
The Libor is used to set payments on $800 trillion worth of financial instruments. It sets the prices that people and corporations pay for loans and receive for savings. Given that the fraud impacted $10 trillion in consumer loans, the Libor scandal will likely leave a long list of previous financial scandals that contributed to the Great Recession look like child's play.
It also pulls back the curtain on the mechanisms behind the world economy, its anti-social priorities, its willingness to gamble away the future of billions of people, and the government's collusion in these operations. The Libor scandal reveals that the "invisible hand" Adam Smith spoke of in explaining how a capitalist economy regulates itself has been transformed into the trained hand of a swindler.
The Libor and its Problems
The Libor sets interest rates that banks charge one another to borrow on a daily basis. Sixteen (now eighteen) large banks submit their assessment of what they anticipate credit would cost them. The four lowest and four highest calculations are thrown out, and the interest rate is determined as the middle figure among the remaining assessments.
While the method that the banks use to determine the figure they report to Libor is largely arbitrary, it is, nevertheless, assumed that they won't take advantage of the process to game the system. This is a rather remarkable leap of faith since there are billions of dollars of profit if the banks can find a clever way to sidestep the rules. In contrast to popular knowledge, the Libor expects honor among thieves.
Independent Experts Monitor Puerto Rico Board and "PROMESA" Legislation
Washington DC - The newly created Puerto Rico economic oversight board holds its first meeting and will elect a chair on September 30 in New York City. Congress created the 7-member board as part of legislation to address the island's debt crisis. An independent group of academics, lawyers, finance experts and civic leaders formed a task force to monitor the oversight board and the progress of the Puerto Rico debt legislation.
"We need to make sure that the Puerto Rico legislation lives up to what we were promised," noted Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA's executive director who is joining the independent expert group. LeCompte is a UN debt expert and testified before Congress on the Puerto Rico crisis. "If the legislation and oversight board are successful, we should see the debt become sustainable, austerity prevented, greater budget transparency and positive economic growth recommendations."
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According to a new report, secretive offshore tax avoidance practices are on the rise among multinational businesses. The report, released from the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition (FACT), finds that these practices put investors at risk because they are caught off guard when governments act to collect the lost tax revenue. The report recommends that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) collect greater information from corporations on what taxes are being paid and which governments are receiving payments.
"This type of corporate tax avoidance is a theft from poor communities across the United States and around the world," noted Eric LeCompte, the executive director of the religious development coalition Jubilee USA and a member of FACT's executive committee. LeCompte served on a UN expert group that investigated this behavior. "This report demonstrates that hiding money offshore even harms the very people who invest in these companies."
The report references three prominent companies that may have used tax avoidance practices in recent years and now face action from tax authorities. The report urges the SEC to collect "country-by-country reporting" information which requires multinational corporations to annually disclose what payments they make to governments where they operate. Companies are already required to file these reports with the IRS but filing them with the SEC would give shareholders access to the information.
According to a 2016 report from the development organization Oxfam America, corporate tax avoidance drains approximately $111 billion a year from the United States, and an estimated $100 billion from some of the world's poorest countries.
"Financial transparency is essential to protect the most vulnerable," stated LeCompte. "The SEC should adopt country-by-country reporting as soon as possible."
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Love and Terror in the Middle East, 4th Ed. dramatically captures the author’s efforts to promote understanding and cooperation between Jews, Muslims and Christians. He has been harassed/arrested by the Palestinian police, harassed/arrested by Israeli soldiers and attacked by Israeli settlers.
This Fourth Edition includes a new chapter. It recounts a recent harrowing experience in the West Bank, trapped in the midst of rioting Palestinians following the killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli soldiers.
He’s a tenured professor at the University of Paris and a member of the California and Marseille Bars.
The United States Senate faces a likely vote on Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation this week. Puerto Rico's Governor, Alejandro García Padilla, called on the Senate to pass the bill by July 1, when the US territory owes a nearly $2 billion debt payment. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act passed the House on June 9.
"If legislation doesn't pass before July 1st, we are opening the door for vulture funds to exploit Puerto Rico," noted Eric LeCompte, a United Nations debt expert and the executive director of the religious development coalition Jubilee USA. "Up to now we've seen very little predatory behavior, but if Puerto Rico defaults without protections, the vultures will swoop in."
Several Senators are looking to amend the legislation before a potential default on July 1. If the Senate passes amendments, the House would have to approve the new bill after July 5th when it is back in session.
"The legislation provides critical breathing space," stated LeCompte. "Before Puerto Rico's next default, it needs the protection of this legislation. The bill in front of the Senate allows Puerto Rico to pay pensions and social services before it pays the debt."
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 550 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org
The House passed Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation 297-127. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act now heads to the US Senate for approval.
"The bill was a compromise and it's encouraging that Republicans and Democrats came together to pass this bill," said Eric LeCompte, who testified to Congress on the legislation and who is the executive director of the religious development coalition Jubilee USA. "We were grateful to see unanimous support to pass our amendment to address child poverty on the island."
An amendment sponsored by Representatives Jolly [R-FL] and Curbelo [R-FL] to recommend policies to end child poverty on the island passed unanimously by a voice vote. The child poverty amendment was supported by Jubilee USA, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the Union of Reform Judaism and the Church of the Brethren. The House also approved an amendment to allow a Puerto Rico commission to continue auditing the territory's debt.
"The House took a powerful action by protecting the continuing investigative work of the debt audit commission." shared LeCompte. "I'm glad that Representatives Serrano and Velázquez won approval for their amendment to support the Puerto Rico debt audit."
The Senate version of the bill is poised to pass with a similar level of bipartisan support.
"Speaker Ryan, Chair Bishop, Ranking Member Grijalva and Representatives Duffy, Velázquez, Serrano, Pierluisi and Young deserve credit for shaping and passing this bill," stated LeCompte. "Because a group of Republicans and Democrats put Puerto Rico's people first and special interests second, we have a meaningful bill."
Ahead of a likely House vote this week, San Juan's Roman Catholic Archbishop, Roberto González Nieves OFM, announced his support for Puerto Rico debt crisis legislation in an op-ed to The Hill.
"I support the current legislation because it gives Puerto Rico breathing space – so the payment of pensions and social services are made first, before debt payments," the Archbishop wrote in his op-ed about the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act's debt restructuring provisions. "The legislation stops exploitative behavior of so-called vulture funds and has a process to bring our debt back to sustainable levels."
While supporting the legislation as "protecting the common good," González expressed concern about the economic oversight board that the Congressional action establishes. In The Hill, he noted the roots of the crisis are found in Puerto Rico's political status and the religious leader called on Puerto Rico's people to "see this visitation of a control board on our island as a wake-up call."
"Fundamentally, Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States," wrote González. "Before our island faces the next crisis, we must self-determine who we want to be and our relationship with the United States."
González encouraged creditors and Puerto Rico's government to work together and resolve the debt crisis through direct negotiations. In his article, he related that he has met many of the creditors.
The island's senior Catholic leader also heralded and named Congressional leadership from both major parties for working together and "putting Puerto Rico's people first."