Yeah, only one of the greatest football players to ever step foot into the gridiron, etc would he know anyway. How many super bowls has the editorial staff at jacobin won again? I'll wait.
Well, he is a right wing psychopath.I hope his program causes him great damage and he fails to be flexible enough to avoid that hit that ends his career.Maybe even in the Super Bowl, sending them down to defeat!
If he's not talking football, something he MIGHT be knowledgeable enough to speak to with some authority, why would anybody give a damn what he has to say? And that goes double for asshole celebrities on the so-called 'left', as they probably do more damage to a cause I actually give a shit about when they open their mouths.
Oh joy, more self-help bs from some privileged suburban jock who thinks he done it all by himself and nobody never gave him nuthin for free. And you can too son with the proper motivation -- and my personal line of products! Life is the result of your decisions! Now drop and give me twenty! sigh..... kill me now
Not link but have you Jacobin Magazine and if not could you do something about gun legalisation ? That's quite a divided topic in the left, right ?
These days the Dollar is king,, the economy is not as good as advertised, Working families are trying to cope with the never-ending cost of living.Most of the big icons still curry the 70's outlook on business and by doing so neglected to leverage their size against the total price of the goods on sale.all they really care about is the shareholders' dividend. This time this outlook is coming to bite them back,
I'll admit I've never been able to afford to shop in places like David Jones. Would only ever go to Myers to get Santa photos done.
Department stores just don't offer anything unique enough. In the past they were operating off the fact that it was convenient to be able to buy different types of goods under one roof. Now we have many more different avenues where we can purchase the goods we want.Many of the kinds of goods that the department stores sell you can now either buy directly from the manufacturer online or in their own stores (like branded clothes) or from discount stores (eg makeup from Sephora).Kmart works because they don't sell very many branded goods and when they do they are generally the cheapest.Personally I give Myers about 5 years. David Jones should last longer but the business will change drastically,
The Kennedy democrats are long gone , today's democrats are socialist , marxist , communist...They will fight for illegal invaders of our country over natural born citizens...They just prove it tonight...Democrats shut down the government for 700 thousand "illegals" over 330 MILLION legal americans...Democrats are fighting with all their might for illegal invaders over us
The democrats work for the American people , paid by the American people, but they believe the American people should not get paid. They bite the hands that fed them.
The GOP controls the house the Senate and the presidency. Trump called for a government shut down so that's what they did. Only a majority vote can shutdown the government which the dems don't have
This system is simply corruption at its most obvious, greasy smiling politicians spending our money to make up for their own laziness and incompetence, trying to keep their electorates, usually ignored, on side.
The only real way to stop it is for rusted on voters to always vote for the party who is not in, in their seat, then every seat would be marginal but political education in this country is a joke. Most people seem to believe everything that is not extreme right wing, is left wing.
Well people living in safe seats, irrespective of which side, have only got themselves to blame, with their voting habbits.
Want stuff done? Become marginal.
As for John Hewson "calling for wholesale reform and the establishment of an independent panel modelled on the Foreign Investment Review Board".
Pft, I have never forgiven them for allowing the sale of then Australian Arnotts Biscuits to American Campbells Soup in the 1980s and more recently Kidman Station ti China. Thank God Scott Morrison vetoed the latter.
So a republican run White House, Senate and even the House of Representatives went into shut down? Ha ha! Man! I thought Obama had it tough! Ha ha trump is a tool!
Trump wins again. Trump wants it. He is not going to change his position. He will win with his own style. Budget is a killing field to bury Democrats.
Here is the difficulty to get this happening explained!!
With the House pulling itself together, the action will move to the Senate, where things look especially grim.
Passing a bill in the Senate is a two-step process: First, you need 60 votes to start debate on the bill, and second, you need 51 votes to pass it. So Republicans, who have 51 senators, need at least nine Democrats in order to start debate on the bill. But they don’t, in theory, need any Democrats to actually pass it once debate begins.
I'd prefer safe places for addicts over someone shooting up and passing out in a car or public restroom. I also firmly believe that people are people and we don't benefit from writing off and condemning to death a person who could be a productive citizen at some point. And that even if they don't become "productive" we lose a great deal of our humanity if we don't try to limit the harm.
Lisa Dolly this makes me very uncomfortable to read, but look at how civilized sovieties treat those afflicted with spiritual ailments compared to our brutal corporation.
During the crack epidemic, still in effect, you heathens didn't care about shit but locking up those addicted. But y'all wanna save the opioid addicted and give them hugs. Fuck you and your dope fiend snowflakes.
I never get accepted to the jobseeking and enterprise groups at my local Job Centre. This might have something to do with the questions I ask. One was 'Please explain to us step by step the scam you ran to get the position you're in.' Another is 'How long did it take you to learn the bullshit you're spouting and do you really believe it?' I have no problems with finding work, the problem is finding someone prepared to pay me enough for the work I do.
That's what capitalism would like us to believe, that is if you're not rich, it's because of your own failings.
This capitalist strategy is meant to deflect the responsibility for unemployment and such from the capitalist system.
I really wish discussions of power internalization didn't so quickly resort to Foucault. Discussions of power internalization can be found in many authors who preceded him, including the Frankfurt School and sociologists like Melvin Kohn. Foucault’s own political trajectory terminated in a state-phobic neoliberalism. He was so oriented to the pernicious aspects of power that he concluded it should not be accumulated for any progressive purpose and apparently yielded to the idea of corporate economic power as mandated by the realm of necessity. The prescriptions he arrived at via his ‘biopolitical’ analysis are absurd, ending up in a utopian vision that sounds like it draws on the model of a babe in the womb, prior to what Foucault construes as its inevitable deformation in socialization processes. The emphasis on microaggressions and the implied yearning for a bliss of unperturbed security are derivative of this nonsense.
It is not just the tax subsidies. It’s the google buses and the rapid gentrification too. Many of those who are promoting their cities and supporting politicians who promote them will be exiled from their home. Take it from a San Franciscian who has experienced this. Be very careful what you wish for.
The fundamental goal of Amazon is to lower costs. It is a race to the bottom. Line workers will be squeezed leaving only the elite to profit.
Not enough is said about how Rahm Emanuel is still mayor because black voters rewarded him for being Obama's boy when he faced a run-off challenge from Chuy Garcia. It was one of the most tragic occurences in the last decade of American politics, a mighty competitive category. He is a siren for the dangers of weaponized identity politics.
There are other benefits you'd never get from big businesses. Discounts, free product/food, overtime, perks from other local businesses, things big corps offer less and less of.
I think the biggest problem with corporations is that they tax badly (offshore their money) and that they create ultra-rich individuals who use their money too erode democracy. As we can see in the US and across Europe we only live in a faux-democracy which is heavily influenced by corporate lobby organisations and the media maneuvers of the ultra-rich (Koch brothers, Andrew Breitbart, Sinclair Broadcast Group etc. etc.)
It's hard to imagine a world of mom-n-pops influencing national interests in the same direct fashion we see large corporations and ultra-rich individuals do today
I disagree! We should fetishize small businesses while giving them the tools that they need to pay better wages, provide better benefits, and afford labor protections. My father has his own business and has for a very long time. I have seen it up close. His business functions like a family. He says that you can't mess over people that you see and know and care about. The problem is that WallMart moves into the local town and pays no taxes and his taxes go up. Despite having NO major claims against his health insurance company, the insurance doubles each year. He tells me that they now break even with ALL of their profits going to health insurance. He says that he would love to hire union folks, but that there are so many expenses involved that he could no longer stay in business. He says that the better employees belong to unions and each year he tries to figure out if he could afford it. This is a dilemma that even my local, progressive, food Coop has had to face. Small businesses want to do the right thing, but they also need to be able to stay in business. The government and large corporations have created a situation that pits small businesses against each other and against working folks. They have created a situation that leaves the taxes, as is true on a personal level with the middle class, on the backs of the small businesses and does not provide them with the bargaining power to make good arrangements with corrupt insurance companies. Personally, I think that we have to find a way to "unionize" small businesses. They need political power and working people behind them because once they are powerful enough to defend themselves, they are far more likely to defend those who work for them. It is, indeed, nearly impossible to mess over someone who you personally know and care for. In the ideal world, small businesses will be able to train and protect workers to the point that those workers can afford to stay at those jobs over the long run and eventually profit share (which my father does with his employees - if/when he has profits) or even cooperatively share ownership. But that isn't going to happen when small businesses are constantly having to "cut here and there" to stay above water when they are being taxed to a ridiculous degree to make up for the taxes that the large corporations are not paying, are not able to compete with bulk purchases (my local hobby store went under - the owner told me that she couldn't even buy products to sell to her customers from the wholesalers at a price that was lower than what Hobby Lobby sells to customers directly), and are unable to pay for things like health insurance for their employees without going out of business. I don't think we should confuse workers and management and organization and all - but the structure of unions and workers that came out of the 1930s, doesn't take into consideration the complexity of the situation. Small businesses and unions need to become allies in fighting plutocrats and large corporate domination. Perhaps unions ought to find a way to give a well meaning small business a break on certain requirements while helping it develop into a business that can afford to do well by its workers. If small businesses are built up by local people and protected from exploitation, they may become the means to create advocacy for working folks as well. If small businesses are made healthy again, they could provide the benefits, wages, and protections that we would like to see employers provide and serve as a model/pressure for large multinational corporations. My grandparents worked in factories for most of their lives. My grandmother led a union. She also sued for equal wages to the men when she was hired as the only woman printer and paid significantly less (because she was a woman and didn't really need those wages - she was told). She told me stories of making less than a dime an hour and having to wear a corset when she got pregnant in order to avoid being fired as soon as it was clear that she was pregnant. I think unions are critical in changing things - but we need an international worker's movement so that workers are not pitted against each other and we need to find ways to protect small, local, businesses so that they can be the change that we want to see. This seems to me to be the heart of reforming things in the US. I would love to see more socialist structures put into place, but at the moment the fight is local and only through local control and protection of local assets can we make that change happen.
Another point - the role of repression in the US is exaggerated. Most countries used armed violence to repress labor movement, but it most countries the use of such repression had political consequences for the ruling parties. For example, the shooting of striking workers in Adalen in 1931 led to the collapse of the swedish government and a political victory of Social Democrats. By contrast, dispatching of the army again striking miners in the US (the so called coal wars in which striking miners put fierce armed resistance) had no political repercussions whatsoever.This again suggests the role of political party monopolies in ordering violent response against labor. In the US the governing parties faced little or no political consequences for ordering armed response to labor organizing, elsewhere - they did face consequences.
This piece seems to downplay the role of the party system. In the us, the two parties have dominated the politics since the end of the Civil War and took extraordinary steps - a mix of coercion, cooptation and collusion - to undercut any opposition (cf. Walter Karp, "The Indispensable Enemies"). Australia and New Zealand were not dominated by the two party system. Therefore, Australia and New Zealand developed rather strong Labour parties, but in the Us any attempt to organize such a party was derailed from the get go by the two party system.
It was just due to political decisions taken in the late 19th century by the labour movement. There was always many different views in labour politics. A large amount of unionists have always been opposed to parliamentary politics — not just the Marxists or radicals — but other unionists who think it would be easier to act as a pressure group than to have its own parties.
I’m so glad the jacobin clarified the true meaning of socialism. Really, the only reason Americans like the idea of socialism is because of the rhetoric of equating public services to socialism.
I really do hope that the jacobin keeps publishing articles like these, so that we finally acknowledge socialism for what it really is. An antiquated and terrible idea that is fueled only by silly superstitions and sophomoric political analysis.
Keep up the good work. Y’all will be irrelevant in no time ;)
Well, if we funded the post offices the way we do Medicaid, had worker managed post offices, reestablished postal banking, and created an online commerce/merchandise marketplace run by the post office to serve as a public option to Amazon, then we could consider it socialism.
Pretty good article, except for this:
"Winning government power and using it to break the dominance of the capitalist class is a necessary condition for beginning the transition to socialism."
Which is not at all true, and a myth similarly dangerous to the ones challenged here.
Probably better to think of class generically. Categories of class strata social groups gender not easy.... Generically slaves unpaid labour, go to largely declassed lumpem proletariat, again unpaid......colonial post colonial people of colour.... But the discourse in the English political history of Ireland very racist... Not to mention the current discourse about under classes of whatever chromosomes...
Racism does not biologically exist. Racism phenomenologically exists. Therefore, the question must be: what is the underlying relation that generates its apparent function? In every culture, historical racism has been the generational by-product of a system of a values based upon objectified properties (not life). The class that embodies the idol becomes ossified and through successive generations the antithetical class becomes increasingly marginalized and its associated properties demonized. Therefore, classism is the underlying root of all racism.
Race and class should be separated because they're separate issues. Neither one is reducible to the other.
That doesn't, however, mean not focusing on how they intersect and how racial and class hierarchies mutually reinforce each other.
You can acknowledge a given social hierarchy is it's own thing without lapsing into the belief that it doesn't interact with other hierarchies.
With this shallow analysis, this article sounds pretty liberal to the post-colonial country. State racism in US and the apartheid of “developed” world and media on post-colonial world is not the same as dealing with consequences of divide and rule. Plus there’s only white supremacy system and it’s cultural political values and system superiority under the world capitalism. This article itself show how white supremacist value in connection with world capitalist value see and analyze Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi cannot be put under narrow western categories like liberal or capitalist. If you don’t understand the country’s history, culture, systems, then you shouldn’t make a living out of writing shallow analyses that only results in misguided misinformation.
Another person misunderstanding, yet giving everyone their 2 cents. From MSM like the neoliberal BBC, I expect this crap but not from this magazine.
How on earth do you classify Suu Kyi as a neoliberal? Neither she nor her party are anything of the sort. It is hard to classify many non western governments with our western ideologies but If anything her politics is motivated by Buddhism.
You at least realize that she doesn't control the military, but yet live in a fantasy land, where good words and kind hearts can overcome awesome and brutal force, and the deep state through willpower and hope.
Following on from the last point do you really believe that the junta who stole the nation's wealth decided to say sorry, and fix all the wrong they did, and relinquish their power and wealth forever more? This is real life not a Disney film! Notice how the 'Buddhist extremists' like Wirathu and his movements have met with senior military officials in hushed up meetings. The military know that miss Suu Kyi is popular, and that she is actively stripping them of their power and although they have assassinated architects of change like the man tasked with writing the new constitution, they are on the back foot. Miss Suu Kyi is an incredibly intelligent woman, she has probably noticed that not only do the horrific occurrences in Myanmar discredit her, they also weaken her role and she has to play a very careful game which may have bad consequences for her. If she were to take the military on directly and accuse them of genocide, she knows a military coup and possibly her assassination would be imminent.
Finally we know very well about how depraved the military are from decades of misrule and this sickening crisis, yet we should also look as to where rebel groups for the Rohingya have received weapons and training from. This is documented and goes back to gulf states and Pakistan. Don't piss on us and tell us it's raining, let's draw attention to this too. I am sure most people on both sides are peaceful, but there are some nasty elements on both sides and they need to be shown instead of a witch hunt against the only hope for democracy in Myanmar.
Mas então esta macaca não era a tal gaja porreira que entusiasmava tanto algum pessoal aqui no FB? Era, sim, que eu bem me lembro. Tá bem, continuem a engolir todo o lixo dos corporate media e vocês vão ver que ainda acabam a chamar shitholes ao vosso próprio país.
When we advocate for Single Payer, we are advocating for a true Single Payer, i.e. a publicly owned and administered universal health care access plan that pays the provider directly. It uses its leverage to establish appropriate rates and eliminates all non-provider middlemen from the system. AND it goes without saying, it needs to be run well.
The profit motive is not a person. Pres. Obama and the Democratic Party, who/which gave us Obamacare and now Pres. Trump and the GOP who/which could not repeal it, nor give us real reform, are. Put the blame where it is due. Name names!!!
it could solve but it's far from enough, single payer systems in europe also face threats to rural hospitals by lack of MDs and an activity-driven funding by the healthcare management system.