Merciless Samaritans and 10 Theses on the Crisis

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"There is no society. There are only individual men and women," said Margaret Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, had a great share in that crisis in whch Europe, capitalism and democracy find themselves. Democracy conforming to the market is the problem. The market conforming to democracy is the solution.

"Analysis and therapy," Bofinger said, "are dominated by one school. Reducing taxes, driving down wages, economizing, privatizing and deregulating: the market will sort everything out. Whoever questions the discipline is given therse curr3ent recommendations as though there are no alternatives... Joseph Vogt decries this "disastrous conviction of the liberal economy that market activity is an exemplary showplace of order, integration mechanisms, balance and social reason."

to read Barbara Supp's "Merciless Samaritans" and Ingo Schulze' "10 Theses on the Crisis," click on

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/03/414283.shtml

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demandside, I appreciate your posting & the link - thank you.

It provides illumination as to why we we're drinking the spiked koolaid of spin on both sides of the pond. Now Samaritans can be as mean as they want to be. This may explain why a few months ago - during the repub debate on health care and those without it - a fellow had the dingle ballness to yell out: "Let Him Die". (I can't call it a debate on health insurance because the insurance companies ensure you die).

Here in Amerika if an insurance company decides - after the contract is made - it is more profitable not to pay/honor ITS contract with you then they don't have to. You, of course, have the right to spend your life savings with an eager attorney before a judgmental judge, in an attempt to use the 'law' to uphold a valid contract. In the aftermath you will find yourself financially devastated, emotionally devastated and almost dead. Too bad for you...at least you did your civic economic duty by being the designated consuming citizen to the end. Be proud! You put your hard earned dollars into the attorneys bank account, the judges bank account & even better the judge got to leave early for his golf game & spent some money with a prostitute afterwards - that extended your money even farther! And, let's not forget the boost to our economy with your purchase of a burial plot & magnificent casket.

Ray Bourhis wrote about how this works in his eye ball dropping book Insult to Injury: Insurance, Fraud, And the Big Business of Bad Faith.

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Only one month ago, a national New York Times/CBS News poll found that half of all Americans think that global warming is already having a serious impact. Sixty percent of those surveyed even said that protecting our environment should be a priority “even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”

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