“The corporate mantra is to avoid paying taxes, exploit consumers & workers at every opportunity; to squeeze the most profit from the least outlay possible. Corporate interests have pacified conservatives with money and liberals with meaningless woke jargon. Meanwhile, corporate capitalism does nothing to improve society in any form unless it profits, or costs nothing. By default this means a stratified society of winners and consumers and losers.”
“It’s going to take something more than a profit motive to give the losers a humane future but we can’t look to business to show humanity when our politicians have been corrupted. The political class must be made accountable. The ruling elites must not be allowed to enrich themselves at the cost of a fair and just society; not if we want to build a world where ‘all men are created equal’ is more than an empty tagline for a neo-feudal lineage plutarchy.”
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Offshore landownership frustrates police investigation from Andy Wightman Blog (19-Nov-2015).
"Basis for a Carbon Budget?" by David Wasdell: A Critical Evaluation of the "Summary for Policymakers" on apollo-gaia.org website.
The Koch Brothers’ New Brand article in The New Yorker (10-Mar-2016) by Bill McKibbon.
The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism article by Chris Hedges in TruthDig (9-Aug-2016)
The Militarized Budget 2020 on National Priorities Project, for US Discretionary Spending Budget 2020.
Federal Reserve and other central banks announce further measures to address elevated pressures in funding markets @ LINK on the Federal Reserve website.
Blue checkmarks are mourning bad careers in a broken industry @ Substack Article.
Changing Sources of Power - 1971 manifesto by lobbyist and Democratic strategist Frederick Dutton, one of the guiding forces on the McGovern Commission. The "balance of political power, from the economic to the psychological to a certain extent—from the stomach and pocketbook to the psyche, and perhaps sooner or later even to the soul."
The Problem of Artificial Suffering (24-Sept-2021) on greaterwrong.com website.
Afghanistan and the Defeat of the US Military article on the Green Left org website (18-Aug-2021)
Greek Economist Yanis Varoufakis May 2016 essay on Imagining a New Bretton Woods at project-syndicate.org website.
Jacob Weisberg of the New Republic [Centre-Left Corporate Democrat Magazine] fretted about the "increasingly cozy relationships between press, law, academia and government" that he saw there. "There’s rarely been a time when the governing elites in so many fields were made up of such a tight, hermetic and incestuous clique. The Clinton circle [and its successor like the Obamas on Martha's Vineyard] has a pronounced class consciousness that tells them they’re not just lucky to be here. They’re running things because they’re the best."
NOTE: the New Republic is now a mouthpiece of Democratic Party professional plutocracy.
Deep adaptation: a map for navigating climate tragedy (2018) by Jem Bendell, Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) Occasional Papers Volume 2. University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK.
Ultimate Guide to Memory Palaces (24-Sept-2021) on metacognitive.me website.
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us(Paul Verhaeghe 29-Sept-2014 in The Guardian)
The Lewis Powell Memo: A Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy - the text of the 1971 memo in which the future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell plotted a conservative political awakening.
RECLAIM DEMOCRACY website fighting Citizens United (unrestricted political spending, i.e. legal corruption) including the "Hidden History of Corporations in the United States".
Vindicated Prada-Meinhof: Seumas Milne Interview (21-Oct-2012) @ The Quietus Article - Joe Kennedy speaks to the divisive political journalist - [seemingly] hailed and derided in equal measure - about the pressures and lessons of history and the ever-looming future.
Winning, Winning, Winning! The Genius of The Donald Trumpspeak article by Steven Poole in The Guardian (4-Mar-2016)
Susan Strange and the Future of Global Political Economy "Power, control and transformation" @ UCSB Political Science PDF overview study.
The Challenge of National Healthcare - President Truman versus the AMA @ Historical Documents direct from trumanlibrary.gov website.
The Wombification of America blog long-read on the High Low Blog Jordan Mark Sandviig (26-May-2020).
"What Theory? The Theory in Mad Money" by heterodox economist Susan Strange (Dec-1998) @ University of Warwick PDF paper.
Looking Back on New Labour: Will Self article in The Guardian (4-Apr-2010)