Category: Capitalism

Dirty Work Shows the Toll Bad Jobs Take on the People Who Do Them

Capitalism has created a world full of bad and brutal jobs, from meatpackers to drone operators. Capitalists created these jobs — only organized workers can get rid of them.

Source: Dirty Work Shows the Toll Bad Jobs Take on the People Who Do Them

“Foreign Investors” Aren’t Causing Canada’s Housing Crisis. Capitalism Is.

Ahead of the coming election, Canada’s main political parties are arguing that “foreign investors” are causing a housing crisis. But the problem isn’t foreigners — it’s the commodification of housing.

Source: “Foreign Investors” Aren’t Causing Canada’s Housing Crisis. Capitalism Is.

‘Catastrophic Injustice’: Judge OKs Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Plan Shielding Sacklers | Common Dreams News

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“The greed of some Sacklers fueled an opioid epidemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans,” said Rick Claypool of Public Citizen.

Source: ‘Catastrophic Injustice’: Judge OKs Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Plan Shielding Sacklers | Common Dreams News

Erik Prince Is Charging $6,500 a Person to Evacuate Afghanistan on His Chartered Planes – Mother Jones

Mr. Prince, whose Blackwater guards were convicted of killing civilians in 2014 while providing security for Americans during the Iraq war, said he was charging each passenger $6,500 to get them safely into the airport and on a plane, and it would cost extra to get people who have been trapped in their homes to the airport. It remained unclear whether Mr. Prince had the wherewithal to carry out his plans.

Source: Erik Prince Is Charging $6,500 a Person to Evacuate Afghanistan on His Chartered Planes – Mother Jones

Capitalism Is What’s Burning the Planet, Not Average People

Not all humans are equally culpable in the climate chaos outlined in Monday’s IPCC report. Identifying the rich and powerful as the principal culprits is key to stopping further destruction.

Source: Capitalism Is What’s Burning the Planet, Not Average People

The Market Is Incapable of Creating Affordable Housing

There isn’t a single place in the United States where minimum-wage workers can afford to live near their jobs. Addressing the affordability crisis will require a major rollback of market influence over the housing sector.

Source: The Market Is Incapable of Creating Affordable Housing

During the pandemic, a new variant of capitalism has emerged | Larry Elliott | The Guardian

The building blocks of new-variant capitalism are already there. Governments are going to tax and spend more, and they will use regulatory powers to weaken monopolies. There will be selective use of nationalisation – as happened with UK defence manufacturer Sheffield Forgemasters this week. Another roaring 20s? We need to do better than that Dan Davies Read more Governments will borrow money to invest in infrastructure projects and to increase the budget for science. Industrial and regional policies will be back in vogue. The idea is to harness the power of the state with the dynamism of the private sector and, as was the case with Keynes, to save capitalism from itself.

Source: During the pandemic, a new variant of capitalism has emerged | Larry Elliott | The Guardian

America’s Dynastic Superrich Are Rigging the Rules to Protect Their Power

A new report on the state of dynastic wealth in America explodes the myth of the hardworking, meritorious rich. If America ever was a meritocracy, it certainly isn’t now.

Source: America’s Dynastic Superrich Are Rigging the Rules to Protect Their Power

The same pro-Trump organizers behind the insurrection are planning a “MAGA sellout” bus tour | Media Matters for America

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A pro-Trump organizer who helped plan the January 6 “March to Save America” rally that led to a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is now planning a “MAGA sellout” bus tour targeting Republicans who did not side with former President Donald Trump’s efforts to steal the election.

The same pro-Trump organizers behind the insurrection are planning a “MAGA sellout” bus tour | Media Matters for America

COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Want to Keep Getting Billions in Public Money With No Strings Attached

Drug companies have received over $10 billion from the US government for COVID-19 vaccine production. Yet those companies weren’t required to offer their vaccines at fair prices or share intellectual property rights — and they want to keep it that way.

COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Want to Keep Getting Billions in Public Money With No Strings Attached

Allan Fels says 7-Eleven’s $173m wage theft bill should have been higher

Allan Fels said the $173 million represented only a fraction of the chain's unpaid wages.

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has paid back $173 million to more than 4000 victims of endemic wage theft at its franchise network, but former Australian Competition and Consumer Commission boss Allan Fels said that amount represented only a fraction of the chain’s unpaid wages.

Allan Fels says 7-Eleven’s $173m wage theft bill should have been higher

Whitewashing Capitalism | The Smirking Chimp

The exact same if not more happened in Australia it had no Civil War

Over the course of the 20th Century, millions of American families, through home ownership, accumulated wealth as never before. African Americans were, overwhelming, excluded from this bonanza. Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro get it just right in their book, Black Wealth/White Wealth: African Americans were “locked out of the greatest mass-based opportunity for wealth accumulation in American history.”

via Whitewashing Capitalism | The Smirking Chimp

Give Me Liberty — No, Wait, Give Me Death

Terrorists killed fewer Americans over twenty years than coronavirus has in two months. Yet the Right, which insisted after 9/11 on the need to give up core civil liberties to “save lives,” is now demanding that we accept mass death for the sake of profit.

via Give Me Liberty — No, Wait, Give Me Death

Capital Swallows Itself

. “Debt servitude”This is far from ancient history. Ask the college graduate or potential college student today about the toxic cloud of debt hovering above them, and wonder at a political and economic system that makes bankruptcy or “forgiveness” of college debt all but illegal.

via Capital Swallows Itself

Brave New Normal, by C.J. Hopkins – The Unz Review

Capitalism Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | ShutterstockSOCIALISM OR YOUR MONEY BACK: Global Capitalism = Global Exploitation

I hope so, because that is what is happening right now. The system (i.e., global capitalism, not a bunch of guys in a room hatching a scheme to sell vaccines) is reacting to the last four years of populist revolt in a predictable manner. GloboCap is attacking the virus that has been attacking its hegemonic body. No, not the coronavirus. A much more destructive and multiplicitous virus … resistance to the hegemony of global capitalism and its post-ideological ideology.

via Brave New Normal, by C.J. Hopkins – The Unz Review

Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Capitalism and the Pandemic, (ODT)

In recent weeks, investment bankers have pressed health care companies on the front lines of fighting the novel coronavirus, including drug firms developing experimental treatments and medical supply firms, to consider ways that they can profit from the crisis.

The media has mostly focused on individuals who have taken advantage of the market for now-scarce medical and hygiene supplies to hoard masks and hand sanitizer and resell them at higher prices. But the largest voices in the health care industry stand to gain from billions of dollars in emergency spending on the pandemic, as do the bankers and investors who invest in health care companies.

via Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus: Melbourne CBD foot traffic falls as workers stay home

 

Foot traffic in the city is well down on pre-pandemic levels.

If we are to deliver the most reasoned system of healthcare we need to be far more socialist than we are now and we already have Universal healthcare. Covid-19 is an illness we know a lot about already. Closing down our social system is closing down labour the life force of the nation and socially irresponsible. The Dutch seem to be the only nation to see that. It accepts the reality of the illness and is prepared to deliver healthcare to all the vulnerable rather than draw a cut off point like Italy has. The biggest decision, however, is to least disrupt life as it was and allow Covid-19 to take it’s course encouraging the EU to do the same and not make labour, small business and families pay as they can least afford it. Not so however in Australia. (ODT)

via Coronavirus: Melbourne CBD foot traffic falls as workers stay home

‘Welp, Glad That’s Settled:’ Global Poll Finds Majority Believe Capitalism More Harmful Than Good | Common Dreams News

Banner reads: Capitalism isn't working.

Socialism is working in the Scandanavian Countries (ODT)

via ‘Welp, Glad That’s Settled:’ Global Poll Finds Majority Believe Capitalism More Harmful Than Good | Common Dreams News

If Scott Morrison adhered by Christian principles, he’d increase Newstart

Illustration: Andrew Dyson

The Ethic Protestism/Capitalism Lost and forgot about (ODT)

You could be forgiven for not knowing this is anti-poverty week. The poor, as we know, are always with us – which is great because it means we can focus on our own problems and worry about the poor’s problems later. We can fight to protect our tax breaks, then get around to wondering about how easy we’d find it to be living on $280 a week from the Pollyanna-named Newstart allowance.

via If Scott Morrison adhered by Christian principles, he’d increase Newstart

Robert Reich: America’s Economy Is Unsustainable

The system is rigged to be Unsustainable. Why the necessity and the welcome of rep AOC (ODT)

You can also be a leader by uncovering critical information, fighting lies, spreading the truth. Core responsibilities of leadership are revealing the facts about widening inequalities of income, wealth, and political power – and uncovering their consequences.

A century ago they were called “muckrakers.” More recently, investigative reporters. I’m talking about courageous journalists who speak truth to power.

But this form of leadership isn’t limited to reporters. It includes whistleblowers, who alert the public to abuses of power. And here courage is also required because when you blow the whistle on the powerful, the powerful sometimes strike back.

This form of leadership also includes researchers, who dig up new sources of data and analyze them in ways that enlighten and motivate.

In other words, there isn’t just one path to leadership. Whether you seek formal authority by running and gaining public office, or you organize and mobilize people into being effective advocates, or you discover and spread the truth – you are creating and developing countervailing power to spread the gains of the economy and strengthen our democracy.

These are worthy and noble objectives. They are worth your time. They can be worth a lifetime.

Robert Reich: America’s Economy Is Unsustainable

Nestlé CEO Thinks Water Should NOT Be A Human Right (VIDEO)

Nestle is one of the most hated corporations on the planet for a very good reason.

They have a long history of unethical behavior, and have been connected to human trafficking and child labor — babies deaths in third world countries due to deceptive marketing and propaganda — price fixing, and environmental misconduct, amongst other things.

But that’s not all, the company also seems to think that water — something provided for us by this amazing planet absolutely free — should not be a human right, but a private commodity for profit.

via Nestlé CEO Thinks Water Should NOT Be A Human Right (VIDEO)

Coalition suppressed auditor’s finding that $1.3bn Thales arms deal could have cost half with US | Australia news | The Guardian

A Hawkei vehicle

Thales wanted the six-paragraph cost-comparison between its Hawkei vehicle and the JLTV stripped from the report because it would impact its “marketability”.
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“The vehicle cost-comparison in the impugned paragraphs purports to benchmark the cost and capability of the Hawkei and JLTV, in a way that implies that the JLTV is comparable and commensurable to the Hawkei, but approximately half the price,” Thales argued in court documents.

“This would prejudice Thales, the Commonwealth of Australia and Australian entities in the supply chain for the production of the Hawkei because it would detrimentally impact the marketability, and therefore the export prospects, of the Hawkei.”

via Coalition suppressed auditor’s finding that $1.3bn Thales arms deal could have cost half with US | Australia news | The Guardian

How the Trump Era Lays Bare the Tension in the Marriage Between Conservatism and Capitalism

An attendee wearing an America flag shirt stands for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC includes two European nativists who are addressing the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Reflecting on the period of the Great Depression, the conservative writer Peter Viereck once wrote that the United States at that time had been “a revolutionary powder keg, needing only a spark.” That the spark never came was a testament to American society’s ability to pull back from the brink and implement policies that extended both wealth and opportunity beyond a small elite. As the global economy staggers from one crisis to the next, the future direction of politics in the West may end up depending on whether a new consensus can be reached on how to ameliorate the harms inflicted by a rampaging free market — and from there, build a vision of the future that more people find worth defending.

“There is a real potential now for a change in the conservative position on whether to regulate the harsher aspects of the market. If you look at the politics of young people today, they tend to widely share a more critical perspective on the question of what capitalism has delivered for society,” said Kolozi. “I don’t think conservatives will become socialists, ever. But a much more regulated capitalism is something that they are going to have to seriously think about accepting in the foreseeable future.”

via How the Trump Era Lays Bare the Tension in the Marriage Between Conservatism and Capitalism

Mortgage rates are going up as house prices are falling and that’s unusual … and a worry – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The cyclical curse of boom and bust in a capitalist society where the banks are government guaranteed or not who is left carrying the can for irresponsible lending? The American GFC proved we all are but not those that created the debt in the first place. Maybe Islamic banking is in fact ethical banking and not just usary (ODT)

Mortgage rates are going up as house prices are falling and that’s unusual … and a worry – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. As Hurricane Harvey comes ashore many of the countries oil refineries are in its path and have had to shut down. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The me before we in the crazy Capitalist structure.  Free market  unregulated competition forces me to oversupply, cause a major problem that then we have to pay and fix. Ergo I can’t lose in that never ending denier’s cycle.(ODT)

“Big Oil is asking tax payers to pay for protecting their refineries from sea level rise that they caused by keeping us addicted to oil? Yeah…no.”
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Jon Queally, staff writer

via Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

Woolworths (ASX: WOW) workers claim alleged $1 billion in underpayments

A Woolworths worker has applied to terminate a national agreement on wages and conditions and claim back an alleged $1 billion in underpayments for up to 100,000 employees.

via Woolworths (ASX: WOW) workers claim alleged $1 billion in underpayments

CEO pay can be linked to slow wage growth, but does that make it theft? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In this context, paying CEOs massive bonuses when the average Australian worker is doing it tough is disappointing and out of step with the community expectations of business.

via CEO pay can be linked to slow wage growth, but does that make it theft? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Crown Casino’s pokies deal ‘turbo-charged’ 1000 of its machines

The footage begins showing the machine spinning at its ordinary speed, which appears to be the legislated maximum rate of one spin every 2.14 seconds that applies elsewhere in Victoria.

But by inserting a Crown Rewards loyalty card — a card able to be obtained by anyone over the age of 18 — the machine can spin more than twice every second and enable what is effectively non-stop play.

The card requires punters to set a time and a loss limit, although critics say these limits can be set extremely high and are not enforced.

“Poker machines, already dangerous products, are being turbo-charged with the knowledge and consent of this government,” said Charles Livingstone, a gambling researcher with Monash University’s school of public health.

via Crown Casino’s pokies deal ‘turbo-charged’ 1000 of its machines

Lenders eye pay day through automatic loan machines

In a multimillion-dollar windfall for pay-day lenders, automatic loan machines are popping up in suburban shopping centres, allowing some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities to take out loans worth thousands of dollars with their bank cards.

Many short-term credit contracts can have an annual interest rate of 60 per cent, compared with up to 25 per cent for credit card cash advance. CashNgo charges a 20 per cent fee and 4 per cent monthly interest.

via Lenders eye pay day through automatic loan machines

Multimillion-dollar wage theft group actions to be filed in Federal Court

The law seems in recent times  to have found an alternate economic niche in the market. What would appear to be  working class or left wing law once ignored by legal business models. To be labelled a left wing lawyer was to be  seen as a legal aid advocate or poor. It seems that that’s not so much any more since the finacial structure behind legal cases has changed.It seems to have become an area of investment wagering on contingent cases in which the lawyers no longer put up the bulk of the money and clients forward pay by guaranteeing a substantial portion should they win. Investors do the rest. It Sounds like LAWBET to me where investors can take part for a share. Capitalism is surely an inventive system in taking workers surplus even when disguised as aid (ODT)

Two multimillion-dollar wage theft group actions will be filed in the Federal Court on Monday on behalf of hundreds of Australian door-to-door and direct sales workers.

The young workers were allegedly paid well below the legal minimum wage for sales and charity fundraising for international direct marketing companies AIDA and Credico.

via Multimillion-dollar wage theft group actions to be filed in Federal Court

Fears grow as rightwing billionaires battle to erode US union rights | US news | The Guardian

Donors including the Koch brothers have been preparing for this moment, as part of a larger campaign to way of tiltingtilt the democratic process to the right.

A 20-year campaign by rightwing billionaire donors to undermine trade unions and strike a blow at the progressive movement in Americacomes to a climax on Monday, in a hearing at the US supreme court.

via Fears grow as rightwing billionaires battle to erode US union rights | US news | The Guardian

‘Robot jobs’ and gig economy point to need for universal basic income

 Uber has spread around the world, disrupting the taxi establishment.

“Political and economic conditions now are less favourable to workers than at any time since the 19th century.”

He cited the introduction of anti-union laws since the 1970s as an important factor in this loss of worker power.

Professor Quiggin said the rise of the “gig economy” was the “predictable outcome of enhanced employer power” and had no “necessary link” to advanced technology.

“Technological disruption simply acts as a catalyst, breaking down existing patterns of work and facilitating a shift towards arrangements more favourable to employers.”

He called for a form of a universal basic income that initially could be paid to the unemployed and would remove existing onerous conditions tied to the payment of benefits.

“Political and economic conditions now are less favourable to workers than at any time since the 19th century.”

He cited the introduction of anti-union laws since the 1970s as an important factor in this loss of worker power.

Professor Quiggin said the rise of the “gig economy” was the “predictable outcome of enhanced employer power” and had no “necessary link” to advanced technology.

“Technological disruption simply acts as a catalyst, breaking down existing patterns of work and facilitating a shift towards arrangements more favourable to employers.”

He called for a form of a universal basic income that initially could be paid to the unemployed and would remove existing onerous conditions tied to the payment of benefits.

via ‘Robot jobs’ and gig economy point to need for universal basic income

Australia’s shopping centre king, Frank Lowy, hangs up in his crown

For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property.

Around 2009, the legendary investment adage went something along the lines of: if you invested $1000 dollars when Sir Frank floated Westfield in 1960, you would be worth about $148 million.

For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property.
For more than 50 years, Lowy was the innovator in retail property. Photo: Louie Douvis

But if you invested in Westfield 18 months ago, you would have lost money even if you accepted the $10-a-share offer now on the table.

Australia’s shopping centre king, Frank Lowy, hangs up in his crown

Capitalism: The Nightmare

The neoliberal, arch-capitalist era we inhabit is chock-full of statistics and stories that ought to send chills down the spines of any caring, morally sentient human. Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of the world’s population is poor, living on $10 a day or less, and 11 percent (767 million people, including 385 million children) live in what the World Bank calls “extreme poverty” (less than a $1.90 a day). Meanwhile, Oxfam reliably reports that, surreal as it sounds, the world’s eight richest people possess among themselves as much wealth as the poorest half of the entire human race.

Source: Capitalism: The Nightmare