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The Coming Avocado Politics | The Breakthrough Institute

Grant was most famous in his own day, however, for his book The Passing of the Great Race: Or, The Racial Basis of European History (1916). Arguably the most influential eugenicist tract ever penned, Grant’s book reasoned that the growing number of Southern and Eastern European immigrants in the United States meant that the “Nordic stock” of American Protestants was at risk of being outbred and “replaced” — a term that continues to be echoed in our contemporary far right’s fears of “white genocide” and their slogan, “You will not replace us.”[16]For Grant, the immigrant situation was nothing less than a “world crisis”: he argued that a failure to stem the immigrant tide would spell nothing less than “race suicide” for the Nordics.[17]Grant chaired the Sub-Committee on Selective Immigration of the Eugenics Committee of the US, whose findings were instrumental in the passage of the Johnson–Reed Immigration Act of 1924, which set immigration quotas based on national origins in proportion to the ethnic mix documented in the 1890 Census. Grant also was instrumental in the implementation of several anti-miscegenation laws, including Virginia’s notorious Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which codified a particularly extreme form of the pseudo-scientific “one drop rule” of race and would lead to thousands of involuntary sterilizations

via The Coming Avocado Politics | The Breakthrough Institute

The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’ – Dr. Rath Health Foundation

Dr. Rath has become a voice of conscience exposing the global conquest plans of the chemical/pharmaceutical Cartel in our time. Attacked by Cartel media the world over, Dr. Rath and his Foundation have received prestigous awards for civil courage. The ‘Relay of Life’ Award – presented by survivors of the KZ Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps was conferred with the mandate: ‘Never again!’

On Monday, December 10, 2012, the so-called ‘Brussels EU’ received the Nobel Peace Prize – allegedly for preserving peace in Europe. Now that the dust has settled, the people of the world deserve to learn the facts behind this PR event:

The ‘Brussels EU’ is not a democratic body. Neither its president nor its executive body, the so-called ‘EU Commission’ can be elected – or unelected – by the people.

via The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’ – Dr. Rath Health Foundation

How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution | Society | The Guardian

via How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution | Society | The Guardian

Αειφαρον – Ενισχύοντας το ‘Εὖ Ζῆν’

Ο Μιχάλης Καλογεράκης ξανακτυπά! Τον συνάντησα την περασμένη εβδομάδα στο σπίτι του, λίγο έξω απ’ το Ηράκλειο της Κρήτης, και τον “πυροβόλησα” με τις ερωτήσεις των επισκεπτών και συνδρομητών, που έμεναν αναπάντητες εδώ και πολύ καιρό, καθώς ο Μιχάλης δεν έχει χρόνο να ασχοληθεί με το YouTube, το οποίο ωστόσο τον έκανε γνωστό στο πανελλήνιο, κυρίως μέσω των συνεντεύξεων που μου έδωσε.

via Αειφαρον – Ενισχύοντας το ‘Εὖ Ζῆν’

Artist | Creative Fields | ruth catlow: she’s over there with the others

via Artist | Creative Fields | ruth catlow: she’s over there with the others

Monika Ertl… η ξεχασμένη επαναστάτρια!

Κι ο “Inti” είχε την ίδια “τύχη” με τον Che. Δολοφονείται κι αυτός από τον βασανιστή Quintanilla Pereira, που φωτογραφίζεται άνετος με το τσιγάρο του δίπλα στο πτώμα του “Inti”.
Τότε η Monika πήρε όρκο με τον εαυτό της να εκδικηθεί τον Che και τον Inti.
Το 1971 περνάει τον Ατλαντικό κι επιστρέφει στη Γερμανία. Εκεί, στο Αμβούργο, έστειλε η χούντα τον βασανιστή και δολοφόνο του Che και του Inti, τον συνταγματάρχη Roberto Quintanilla Pereira για να τον προστατεύσει από την οργή του Φιδέλ που είχε πει: “Τους δολοφόνους του Τσε, τους θέλουν όλοι νεκρούς”.
Κι ενώ έπαιρναν μέτρα προστασίας των δολοφόνων βασανιστών φοβούμενοι τα κομάντο της Κουβανέζικης υπηρεσίας ασφαλείας, η Monika πήρε την εκδίκηση.
Από τον Απρίλη του 1971, μετά την εκτέλεση του δολοφόνου ξεκίνησε ένα ανθρωποκυνηγητό σε όλες τις χώρες του κόσμου για τη σύλληψη της Monika. Κι όμως χωρίς αποτέλεσμα. Ο Régis Debray, ο Γάλλος φίλος του Che και του Μιτεράν, ο Ιταλός Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, τα διεθνή δίκτυα αλληλεγγύης των εθνικοαπελευθερωτικών κινημάτων δεν επέτρεψαν να εντοπιστεί η “άγγελος της εκδίκησης”.

via Monika Ertl… η ξεχασμένη επαναστάτρια! – PRESS-GR Η δύναμη στην ενημέρωση

Meet the ‘Wargamer’ Preparing to Defend Corbyn from the Establishment – VICE

via Meet the ‘Wargamer’ Preparing to Defend Corbyn from the Establishment – VICE

FILM | Class Wargames: ludic subversion in the bureaucratic society of controlled consumption

via FILM | Class Wargames: ludic subversion in the bureaucratic society of controlled consumption

Η επιστήμη πίσω από τον έλεγχο του πλήθους

«Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της ανθρώπινης συμπεριφοράς είναι πολύ προβλέψιμο, διότι είμαστε πολύ ορθολογικά όντα», λέει ο Shrikant Sharma, διευθυντής της βρετανικής εταιρίας BuroHappold. Η BuroHappold ασχολείται με την κατανόηση του τρόπου με τον οποίο οι άνθρωποι αλληλεπιδρούν με τους χώρους. Μέσω ενός συνδυασμού δεδομένων και ανάλυσης κίνησης, μπορούμε να διερευνήσουμε τον τρόπο με τον οποίο οι άνθρωποι συμπεριφέρονται και αντιδρούν στο περιβάλλον τους και σε περιβάλλοντα που μοιράζονται με άλλους.

Η ταυτότητα είναι το κλειδί

«Το πλήθος είναι τόσο ψυχολογικά συγκεκριμένο όσο το άτομο», λέει ο John Drury του Πανεπιστημίου του Sussex, ειδικός στην κοινωνική ψυχολογία της διαχείρισης πλήθους. Στην πραγματικότητα, το έργο των ψυχολόγων και των ειδικών δείχνει ότι συχνά εμφανίζεται μια συλλογική ταυτότητα κατά τη διάρκεια έκτακτων περιστατικών. Αυτή η ταυτότητα είναι το κλειδί για τον προσδιορισμό του τρόπου με τον οποίο ένα συνωστισμένο και ανθεκτικό πλήθος θα λειτουργήσει σε μια δεδομένη κατάσταση.

via Η επιστήμη πίσω από τον έλεγχο του πλήθους

About – CitsCits

The Cooperative Institute for Transnational Studies (CITS) is an independent radical institution of higher learning run by its members. It was formed in 2015 by academics from universities from many countries, leaders in their respective fields, who wanted to resist the neoliberal degradation of higher education. We came together to create an institution in which research, teaching and learning are integrated, dignified, collaborative, joyful and dedicated to the cause of radical social transformation. We aim to mobilize the tools of the social sciences and humanities with and for social movements as they and we struggle against capitalism and oppression and for radical grassroots social and economic democracy. Our aim to build a new university from the bottom up based on these values, recognizing and exploring what academia can contribute to these struggles..

via About – CitsCits


via Critisticuffs — Critiquing Corbyn: capitalism isn’t about sharing

thecurrentmoment | On the politics and economics of the present

Yanis Varoufakis’s fantasy politics

via thecurrentmoment | On the politics and economics of the present

The Disorder Of Things | For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010

via The Disorder Of Things | For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010

Μάικα Τζόνσον: Ο ελεύθερος σκοπευτής του Ντάλας | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Το Σάββατο, πέντε μέρες πριν την επίθεση, ο Μάικα Τζόνσον είχε κάνει μια οργισμένη ανάρτηση σε μια σελίδα στο Facebook που έφερε την ονομασία: «Το Κόμμα των Μαύρων Πανθήρων του Μισσισιπή», καταδικάζοντας τα λιντσαρίσματα και τις βιαιοπραγίες εναντίον Αφροαμερικανών.

«Γιατί τόσοι πολλοί λευκοί (όχι όλοι) χαίρονται να δολοφονούν και να συμμετέχουν στις δολοφονίες αθώων πλασμάτων;» έγραψε ο Τζόνσον στην ανάρτηση του, που συνοδευόταν από ένα βίντεο που εμφάνιζε σκηνές με ανθρώπους να συμμετέχουν στην θανάτωση φάλαινας, κάνοντας συγκρίσεις με την μεταχείριση των Αφροαμερικανών στις ΗΠΑ.

Στην φερόμενη ως προσωπική σελίδα του Τζόνσον στο Facebook, παρουσιαζόταν ως μαύρος εθνικιστής, έχοντας αναρτημένες φωτογραφίες της Μαύρης Δύναμης (Black Power) και της κόκκινης, μαύρης, πράσινης σημαίας, γνωστή και ως η σημαία της χειραφέτησης των Αφροαμερικανών. Στην φωτογραφία προφίλ του εμφανίζεται με υψωμένη την γροθιά του στον γνωστό χαιρετισμό της Μαύρης Δύναμης.

via Μάικα Τζόνσον: Ο ελεύθερος σκοπευτής του Ντάλας | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Στις ΗΠΑ οι φοιτητές χρωστούν 1,3 τρισ. δολ. για τις σπουδές τους | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Η εκπαίδευση θα έπρεπε να είναι δωρεάν. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες είναι η πλουσιότερη χώρα στον κόσμο, ωστόσο, οι φοιτητές αναγκάζονται να ‘σηκώσουν’ ένα παραλυτικό χρέος για να σπουδάσουν στο πανεπιστήμιο.» Αυτοί, είναι η πρωτοβουλία «MillionStudentsMarch». Φοιτητές λυκείων, κολεγίων, πτυχιούχοι, απόφοιτοι, εργαζόμενοι στα πανεπιστήμια, πρώην φοιτητές, γονείς και παππούδες που πρωτοβρέθηκαν τον Νοέμβριο του 2015 για να απαιτήσουν πανεπιστήμια χωρίς δίδακτρα, και ακύρωση όλου του φοιτητικού χρέους. Αλλά και «βασικό μισθό 15 δολαρίων» για όλους τους εργαζόμενους στις πανεπιστημιουπόλεις.

via Στις ΗΠΑ οι φοιτητές χρωστούν 1,3 τρισ. δολ. για τις σπουδές τους | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

It is crucial for Remainers to recognise that staying in the EU would not have contained this dynamic forever. It is a structural product of the void between rulers and ruled. The idea that the EU is a bulkwark against right-wing populism is nonsense. It is the EU that causes populism to thrive by entrenching the elite-mass disconnect. Right-wing populism is rampant across the EU; indeed, it is stronger on the continent, and inside the Eurozone, than in Britain. There is no prospect of the EU closing the void. On the contrary it intends to rely on increasingly undemocratic methods to block right-wing populists from power.

via The racism excuse | thecurrentmoment

Λάντλοου: Οι Έλληνες στους πολέμους του Άνθρακα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα

Οι Έλληνες ανθρακωρύχοι, ξεριζωμένοι από τον τόπο τους από την σκληρή πραγματικότητα μιας χρεωκοπημένης Ελλάδας και με τις ψεύτικες υποσχέσεις των δουλεμπόρων της εποχής, είχαν καταλήξει στο μακρινό Κολοράντο να δουλεύουν κάτω από απάνθρωπες συνθήκες στα ορυχεία του Ροκφέλερ και του συναφιού του. Οι εταιρείες είχαν στη δούλεψή τους ιδιωτικούς στρατούς από εγκληματικά στοιχεία και τον πολιτειακό στρατό (εθνοφρουρά ή πολιτοφυλακή) που είχε σαν μοναδικό καθήκον την καταστολή απεργιών.

via Λάντλοου: Οι Έλληνες στους πολέμους του Άνθρακα | TVXS – TV Χωρίς Σύνορα


Why International “Trade in Services Agreement” (TISA) is Dangerous to Democracy, Development, and the Public Interest, and Must Be Stopped! | Our World Is Not For Sale

Strong regulation of and oversight over both public and private services is crucial for democracy, development, and the public interest, all of which would be seriously damaged if the proposed TISA were allowed to exist.

Democracy is eroded when decision-making about important sectors such as financial services (including banking, accounting, insurance, etc.), retail, shipping, telecommunications, transportation, and tourism, is transferred from citizens, local oversight boards, and municipal/county/provincial/state jurisdiction to unaccountable “trade” negotiators to further curtail regulation and prioritize corporate profits. One need only to reflect on the recent impact that the deregulation of the financial sector had on spreading the negative impacts of the economic crises around the entire world, and the ongoing negative impacts being suffered in terms of unemployment and austerity, to realize that robust financial sector re-regulation is absolutely essential to forestalling another economic crisis, just to give one example.

Development is jeopardized when essential services such as health care, water and energy provision, postal distribution, education, public transportation, sanitation, and others are left to be taken over by foreign corporations to make profits rather than be provided at the service of the citizens of the home country. Examples abound of states having privatized what were previously public services, and bringing in foreign corporations to take over the privatized services, only to find that the private corporation soon begins to charge increased prices for decreased services, and leaves both consumers and the government worse off.

The TISA would not contain provisions that foreign investment in services sectorsshould only be undertaken in a way that the benefits the public interest, or when there is a specific public plan including regarding ensuring accountability of private corporations to the development goals of the population. The proposedTISA will be constructed instead to give “rights to profit-making” to foreign corporations.Consequently, due to increased competition, employment and labor rights could also be seriously undermined. Foreign investors would be granted protections through the TISA against what they deem to be trade-restrictive regulations (even if these regulations were designed to protect the environment, health, safety, financial stability and the public interest).

Corporationsmay even become able to defend these“rights” to profit by directly suing their host country,if the proposalto include the nefarious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism (which allows foreign corporations to sue sovereign governments in an elite, secretive, three-person court, in which countries sometimes avoid losing but can never win) becomes enshrined the proposed TISA.

via Why International “Trade in Services Agreement” (TISA) is Dangerous to Democracy, Development, and the Public Interest, and Must Be Stopped! | Our World Is Not For Sale.

342 civil society groups oppose deregulation and privatisation in proposed services agreement TISA | Corporate Europe Observatory

Dear Trade Ministers,

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, representing hundreds of millions of members across the globe, are writing to express our strong opposition to the negotiations towards a proposed far-reaching plurilateral “Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)”.

  • For those countries of the so-called “Really Good Friends [of Services] (RGF)” participating in the talks – Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and the 28 member states of the European Union – we urge you to abandon them.
  • For those countries not participating, we urge you to register your strong opposition to the negotiations and to pledge never to join any potential future TISA.

The TISA negotiations largely follow the corporate agenda of using “trade” agreements to bind countries to an agenda of extreme liberalization and deregulation in order to ensure greater corporate profits at the expense of workers, farmers, consumers and the environment. The proposed agreement is the direct result of systematic advocacy by transnational corporations in banking, energy, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, water, and other services sectors, working through lobby groups like the US Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI) and the European Services Forum (ESF). Notwithstanding several financial, economic, social and environmental crises, the services rules proposed for the TISA replicate and greatly expand upon the same rules that “discipline” government measures and limit policy space for regulation, enshrined in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and free trade agreements (FTAs), which contributed to those crises.

Strong regulation of and oversight over both public and private services is crucial for democracy, the public interest and development, as well as for the orderly functioning of the services market. We fear that all of these values and goals would be seriously undermined by this proposed TISA.

Democracy is eroded when decision-making about important sectors– such as financial services (including banking, securities trading, accounting, insurance, etc.), energy, education, healthcare, retail, shipping, telecommunications, legal services, transportation, and tourism– is transferred from citizens, local oversight boards, and local or provincial/state jurisdiction to unaccountable “trade” negotiators who have shown a clear proclivity for curtailing regulation and prioritizing corporate profits.

The deregulation of the financial sector and capital which was encouraged in part through 1990s–era rules of GATS and FTAs led to the recent global financial crisis and the ensuing worldwide wave of recessions. The continued suffering by millions from unemployment and austerity measures reminds us that financial sector re-regulation is essential to rebuild stability and forestall future financial and economic crises.

We denounce the ambition of the RGF to bind further service sectors to the deregulatory GATS-like rules (e.g. in Article XVI on Market Access or Article VI on Domestic Regulation) while legislatures move toward re-regulation. We further reject any plans to adopt new cross-sector restrictions on licensing, technical standards and other domestic regulations (even regulations that affect domestic and foreign businesses alike) that would surpass the existing GATS and FTA rules in restricting governments’ and parliaments’ right to regulate.

We strongly condemn the secretive nature of the TISA talks, in which the citizens, parliamentarians, trade unions, regulating agencies, services users and other interested parties have limited or no access to those who are setting negotiating mandates or to negotiations or negotiating documents, while corporations set the agenda and have easy access to the negotiation documents. We insist that in such negotiations as for the proposed TISA, negotiating texts must be published, and input from regulatory agencies, public service providers and users, parliamentarians, state and local officials, and civil society organizations must be regularly invited. Parliaments and legislatures must set binding terms for such negotiations, which must not go into effect without a full vote of elected officials.

The proposed TISA is an assault on the public interest as it fails to ensure that foreign investments in service sectors actually promote public goals and sustainable economies. We are particularly wary of further undermining of essential services such as health care and insurance, water and energy provision, postal distribution, education, public transportation, sanitation, and others if they are handed over to private and foreign corporations motivated only by profits and available only to those who can pay market rates. Therefore such essential services – including those that operate under a public/private mix, compete with private providers, or charge a fee –should not be subject to any closed-door, unaccountable trade negotiations, including the TISA.

We denounce the intent within the proposed TISA to promote the liberalization of so-called temporary movement of natural persons, who are actually migrant workers, without guaranteeing legal protections for their human and labour rights. The movement of workers is outside the competence of trade agreements and must be dealt with as part of the normative tripartite framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The proposed TISA also poses a threat to countries that are not participating. The European Union and the United States have made clear that their intention is to “multilateralize” the negotiations. We call for vigilance against the determination of the EU and the United States to set the TISA’s hyper-deregulation-and-privatization agenda as the global “norm,” and to pressure other countries into joining, in particular countries that may accede to the WTO. Further, it is not a stretch to consider that once a TISA is concluded, signatory countries would try to act as a bloc in services (GATS) negotiations within the WTO, pushing other countries meet the TISA level of liberalization and deregulation, thus contradicting the services negotiating guidelines that WTO members agreed upon by consensus. We further denounce the TISA as an attempt to advance developed countries’ corporate wish lists for services while abandoning commitments made in the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda to address developing country concerns, such as fixing existing asymmetries and unfair rules on agriculture.

The world is still recovering from the greatest global economic downturn in nearly a century, facilitated by the extreme deregulation of the financial services industry. It is clear that strong public oversight over services is necessary to ensure that the public interest is prioritized over private profit. We reject the TISA that would move our countries in precisely the wrong direction.

via 342 civil society groups oppose deregulation and privatisation in proposed services agreement TISA | Corporate Europe Observatory.