Category Archives: Business

Ellen Brown: Real Wealth – A Future We Can Bank On + Vicki Robin + Donnie Maclurcan + Helena Norberg-Hodge

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with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
May 21, 2015

 on May 21, 2015

Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. This is her plenary talk at the Economics of Happiness conference, held in Portland, Oregon in February, 2015. The conference was organized by Local Futures, a non-profit organization that has been promoting a shift from global to local for nearly 40 years. To learn more about the conference or Local Futures’ work, go to www.localfutures.org.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (#TPP) and the Death of the Republic by Ellen Brown + Obama, Corporate “Free Traitors” and You! by Ralph Nader

#TPP - Expressway to Trade Hell bumper sticker on my car

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 24, 2015

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government. — Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution

A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people… .”

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Can the Working Class Still Change the World? by Kyle Brown

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by Kyle Brown
socialistworker.org
April 14, 2015

IN HIS famous speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the then-president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, Walter Reuther, saying, “Power is the ability of a labor union like the UAW to make the most powerful corporation in the world, General Motors, say ‘Yes’ when it wants to say ‘No.'”

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W-Z: Watered Stock to Zero-Sum by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
April 12, 2015

letter W

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Parts W-Z in the .

War: Economically, the major cause of national debt and inflation, and often of postwar deflations. Politically, war serves as an excuse to centralize control of government in the hands of the few, and in the Executive Branch of government.

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How America Became an Oligarchy by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
April 6, 2015

Oligarchy

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The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t…. You have owners. — George Carlin, The American Dream

According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.

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U-V: Usury to Vested Interests by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 31, 2015

letter U

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Parts U-V in the .

Underdevelopment: The term coined by Andre Gunder Frank to describe the policies which former European colonies and more contemporary third-world countries have been turned into indebted raw-materials exporters rather than balanced economies capable of feeding themselves. (See World System.)

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Michael Hudson: Institutional Discontent

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 22, 2015

TheRealNews on Mar 21, 2015

Economist Michael Hudson says China’s new international bank will be exempt from a US-veto, empowering other countries to lead development and perhaps challenge the use of the dollar as the currency of global capital.

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T is for Trickle-Down by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 20, 2015

letter T

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Part T in the .

Tableau Économique: The first formal national-income account, developed by the Physiocrat Francois Quesnay on the analogy of the circulation of blood within the human body. (See Economist, Say’s Law.)

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Michael Hudson: QE Intentions All Too Obvious + Kleptocrats who run Ukraine economy will grab IMF cash & run

EU Austerity Albatross

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
March 11, 2015

TheRealNews on Mar 10, 2015

Michael Hudson says quantitative easing is a pretext to assist banks make even more profits

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A Corporate Whore of Congress by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 10, 2015

Criminal, Corporate, Congress

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(to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas”)

I’m a corporate whore of Congress,
One of many Wall Street bought.
From voting for their greedy laws
I’m richer than I thought!
My colleagues here in Congress
Can’t help but all agree,
That a corporate whore of Congress
Is the only way to be!

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Three Evils of Capitalism

Capitalism Doesn't Work

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leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015

Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature.

Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials.

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The Stimulator: Our Shitty Situation

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stimulator on Feb 6, 2015

In this sedition we look at the economic clusterfuck enveloping the globe, the mega drop in oil prices and the political party that has the left screaming like Justin Beaver fans.

http://www.submedia.tv/stimulator/2015/02/06/shitty-situation/

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Michael Hudson: Inequality = Privatization of the Earth

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 27, 2015

inequality = conflict patch

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CrossTalk: Wealth Abyss

RT on Jan 26, 2015

One percent already has half the world’s wealth under its thumb and at this rate is set to accumulate even more. As much of the world slowly recovers from severe recession, the rich are prospering and greatly so. Is the global system rigged to their advantage? CrossTalking with Max Lawson, Richard Wellings and Michael Hudson.

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Syriza Party Wins Elections in Greece + Trojan Hearse: Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony by Greg Palast

Can SYRIZA Break with Austerity?

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Radical-leftist Syriza party wins elections in Greece – exit polls

RT on Jan 25, 2015

Greek radical-leftist party, Syriza, has won between 35.5 and 39.5 percent of the vote in the national parliamentary election, leaving the country’s ruling New Democracy party more than 10 per cent behind, the exit-polls revealed.

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Big Fish, Little Fish by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
January 11, 2015

Re-think Capitalism

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US 2015 budget anti pension law, January 2, 2015.

On the Senate’s last day in session in December, it approved the government’s $1.1 trillion budget for coming fiscal year.

Few people realize how radical the new U.S. budget law was. Budget laws are supposed to decide simply what to fund and what to cut. A budget is not supposed to make new law, or to rewrite the law. But that is what happened, and it was radical.

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