J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-25-2018

Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes

Arguing against capitalism, we’re told, is simply crazy. We are told, over and over, that capitalism is not just the system we have, but the only system we can ever have. We should be searching for ways to explain to co-workers in water-cooler conversations – radical politics in five minutes or less – why we must abandon predatory corporate capitalism. Capitalism is admittedly an incredibly productive system that has created a flood of goods unlike anything the world has ever seen. Capitalism has given those of us in the First World lots of stuff in exchange for our souls, our hope for progressive politics, and the possibility of a decent future for children. 

If we understand democracy as a system that gives ordinary people a meaningful way to participate in the formation of public policy, rather than just a role in ratifying decisions made by the powerful, then it’s clear that capitalism and democracy are mutually exclusive. Capitalism is a system based on the idea of unlimited growth. Capitalism is not, of course, the only unsustainable system that humans have devised, but it is the most obviously unsustainable system, and it’s the one in which we are stuck. If there is no alternative, anyone who questions capitalism is crazy. Remember TINA: There is no alternative to predatory corporate capitalism. 

To be realistic we are told we must capitulate to a system that steals our souls, enslaves us to concentrated power, and will someday destroy the planet. What is truly crazy is falling for the con that an inhuman, anti-democratic, and unsustainable system – one that leaves half the world’s people in abject poverty – is all that there is, all that there ever can be, all that there ever will be. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”system”,”such”]
Source: https://www.counterpunch.org/…/04/30/anti-capitalism-in-five-minutes

List of political ideologies

In social studies, a political ideology is a certain set of ethical ideals, principles, doctrines, myths or symbols of a social movement, institution, class or large group that explains how society should work and offers some political and cultural blueprint for a certain social order. A political ideology largely concerns itself with how to allocate power and to what ends it should be used. Some political parties follow a certain ideology very closely while others may take broad inspiration from a group of related ideologies without specifically embracing any one of them. Typically, each ideology contains certain ideas on what it considers to be the best form of government and the best economic system. Ideologies tend to identify themselves by their position on the political spectrum, though this is very often controversial. 

Finally, ideologies can be distinguished from political strategies and from single issues that a party may be built around. There are several studies that show that political ideology is heritable within families. The following list is strictly alphabetical and attempts to divide the ideologies found in practical political life into a number of groups and each group contains ideologies that are related to each other. The headers refer to names of the best-known ideologies in each group. They are merely noting that the ideologies in question are practically, historically and ideologically related to each other. 

One ideology can belong to several groups and there is sometimes considerable overlap between related ideologies. A b Ecofascism was the Ideology of the minor parties: The Greens of Austria, Green Party of Hungary and the Liberal Ecologist Party in Switzerland. 

Keywords: [“ideology”,”political”,”group”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_ideologies

A Universal Basic Income is capitulation to capitalism

A UBI works as an unconditional payment for all working adults, regardless of age, ability, gender, skills or employment status, so that they can continue to consume even while jobs disappear. While sovereign governments can certainly afford a UBI, simply throwing money at a problem, instead of addressing its root cause presents serious concerns. Second, a UBI is designed to work as a partial or complete substitute for existing welfare and social security programs. Former tech executive, and Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang told the New York times that a UBI is necessary for capitalism to continue. A UBI is a smokescreen for the destruction of the social safety net. 

The godfather of neoliberalism himself, Milton Friedman, argued in his book Capitalism and Freedom that a UBI is an efficient way to eliminate and privatise public sector programs including welfare, social security, the minimum wage, public health, housing, hospitals, pensions and aged-care. A UBI has the potential to further drive down wages. Some advocates claim a UBI empowers workers to reject jobs with insufficient compensation. To the contrary, a UBI that covers the cost of living creates zero incentive for employers to provide wages that do the same and encourages the continuation of outsourcing. A UBI is expensive & barely makes a dent in working-age poverty. 

Experts have predicted a UBI could cost anywhere between 6.5%, to 35% of GDP, but barely makes a dent in working-aged poverty which would decline by less than 2%, according to a report by Compass, by less than 1% for pensioners. Though child poverty could decline from 16-9%, a UBI still doesn’t deliver the necessary bang for the government’s buck. 

Keywords: [“UBI”,”work”,”job”]
Source: https://renegadeinc.com/universal-basic-income-capitulation-capitalism

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