Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece 

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@4 months ago with 42 notes
#neoliberalism #austerity #greece #economics #politics 

"Abandoning a domesticated animal or withdrawing its supply of food can end in criminal convictions here in the UK, yet the duty of care and animal cruelty legislation does not, it seems, apply to human beings."

@4 months ago
#politics #austerity #uk politics 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to the UN for austerity policies violating international human rights law.

The Daily Mirror, January 17 2014:

Liverpool Council is reporting David Cameron to the United Nations, claiming that his government could be breaking international rules on keeping people out of poverty.

Authority bosses believe the coalition – through its controversial policies such as the hated bedroom tax and welfare reform – could be in breach of the UN economic and social rights convention that sets out minimum standards for access to food, clothing and housing.

Labour members from all parts of the city have spoken of the evidence they have gathered of people who were being forced into degrading poverty because they were being denied access to benefits they desperately needed.

Many are ending up having to resort to what they said was effectively “begging” for food at food banks, the Liverpool Echo reports.

At a meeting this week, councillors heard stories of people stripped of their dole money for up to 16 weeks because they had been late for interviews or had failed to meet the criteria of the government’s Welfare to Work programme.

And they heard claims that in some job centres in the city, suspensions of benefits and other sanctions had risen by up to 500% since 2012.

But the government has hailed the removal of benefits from people who “aren’t pulling their weight” as evidence that the “something for nothing” culture was being tackled.

@6 months ago with 19 notes
#politics #uk politics #david cameron #austerity #economics #poverty 
kemetically-afrolatino:

This man is a capitalist fool. This is the same mayor who Banned Food Donations To NYC Homeless Shelters. AND!:

Homelessness swelled by 60 percent during Bloomberg’s term, despite his vow to reduce the city’s homeless population by two-thirds in five years.
The mayor told the New York Times last year that families were staying in shelters longer because he had improved them to be “a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before” — a quote that stood in stark contrast with Elliott’s descriptions of Dasani’s decrepit shelter, a situation which Bloomberg calls “extremely atypical,” and which is still operating after inspectors cited it for violations 400 times.

the bullshit! extremely atypical ?? go to the Bronx and you will see the normality of poverty and homelessness here.
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kemetically-afrolatino:

This man is a capitalist fool. This is the same mayor who Banned Food Donations To NYC Homeless Shelters. AND!:

Homelessness swelled by 60 percent during Bloomberg’s term, despite his vow to reduce the city’s homeless population by two-thirds in five years.

The mayor told the New York Times last year that families were staying in shelters longer because he had improved them to be “a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before” — a quote that stood in stark contrast with Elliott’s descriptions of Dasani’s decrepit shelter, a situation which Bloomberg calls “extremely atypical,” and which is still operating after inspectors cited it for violations 400 times.

the bullshit! extremely atypical ?? go to the Bronx and you will see the normality of poverty and homelessness here.

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@7 months ago with 606 notes
#poverty #austerity 
Austerity.

Austerity.

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@7 months ago with 14923 notes
#politics #austerity 
novaramedia:

David Cameron talks about the need for ‘permanent austerity’ besides the Lord Mayor of London who is seated in a giant ormolu gold throne

They were drinking champagne. Seriously, why aren’t we revolting on the streets?

novaramedia:

David Cameron talks about the need for ‘permanent austerity’ besides the Lord Mayor of London who is seated in a giant ormolu gold throne

They were drinking champagne. Seriously, why aren’t we revolting on the streets?

@8 months ago with 632 notes
#david cameron #austerity 

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@10 months ago with 1771 notes
#syria #war #austerity 
@11 months ago with 403 notes
#austerity 
thepeoplesrecord:

Facing austerity cuts, students & faculty occupy Univ. of Southern MaineMarch 22, 2014
Faculty and students launched an occupation of a Maine university building Friday to demand a halt to mass faculty layoffs and department slashes that they say are part of the austerity cuts devastating public education nation-wide.
Over 100 people launched a late-morning occupation of the hallway outside the Portland office of the University of Southern Maine provost Michael Stevenson — the hallway that faculty passed through Friday on their way to receive lay-off letters.
People sat on the floor and leaned against walls as chants and even songs broke out amid discussions about “next steps” for holding the university accountable. “We’re using this as a space to organize,” said Meaghan LaSala, student in Women and Gender Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams.
Occasionally, laid-off faculty addressed the crowd in emotionally-charged statements just moments before or after receiving notice.
Meanwhile, at a nearby university event for gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud, students took to the microphone to speak out against budget cuts.
"I’m staying here as long as it takes," Jules Purnell, junior in Women and Gender Studies, told Common Dreams while occupying the hallway. “We’re in a scarcity economy, and we are all terrified right now, but we have to think about solutions.”
Protesters said 11 to 15 full-time faculty members at the university were handed letters on Friday notifying them that they were being “retrenched” or forced out of their jobs, and USM President Theo Kalikow and Provost Stevenson announced plans to lay off more faculty and staff and eliminate four programs: American and New England studies, geosciences, arts and humanities at the school’s Lewiston-Auburn College facility, and recreation and leisure studies.
Wendy Chapkis, professor in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies who participated in the occupation, told Common Dreams that the lay-offs hit faculty of color the hardest. “We’ve been agitating for years for the university to hire women of color,” said Chapkis. “Now they are laying off dozens of faculty members, starting with the most recent hires. Out of the 8 people I know who were laid off, three of them are minority faculty.”
John Eric Baugher, associate professor in sociology who received a lay-off notice Friday after 9 years at USM, told Common Dreams that “university management is pressuring senior faculty to retire to save the jobs of younger faculty” — in what he said amounts to “emotional blackmail.”
"This is potentially precedent-setting," he warned. "There are colleges and universities across the country modeling themselves on the corporate world. If they can get rid of fully tenured, salaried faculty, what will this mean for other universities?"
Administrators have sought to place the blame on a tuition freeze and a multi-million dollar shortfall as the state of Maine, under Governor Paul Lepage, flat-lines funding for the Maine university system. Students say they are fighting for more state and federal funding for USM and demanding that universities facing cuts “chop from the top” rather than force students and workers to bear the brunt of austerity.
"A lot of students here are non-traditional and come here as workers and parents," said LaSala. "By instating these cuts they are saying that students in southern Maine have no right to a diverse education. We want our human right to education. This is happening across the country."
A recent report by public policy organization Demos finds that, across the U.S., states used the 2008 recession to justify austerity cuts to higher education funding, and universities are increasingly turning to business models based on rising tuition rates. “In less than a generation, our nation’s higher education system has become a debt-for-diploma system—more than seven out of 10 college seniors now borrow to pay for college and graduate with an average debt of $29,400,” reads a summary of the report.
Yet, students and faculty expressed hope that growing movements can buck what they say is a war on public education. “We need to believe in each other, because we are each other’s only hope,” wrote Purnell in a statement circulated at the protest. “If we are committed to one another and making lasting change, we can do this.”
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thepeoplesrecord:

Facing austerity cuts, students & faculty occupy Univ. of Southern Maine
March 22, 2014

Faculty and students launched an occupation of a Maine university building Friday to demand a halt to mass faculty layoffs and department slashes that they say are part of the austerity cuts devastating public education nation-wide.

Over 100 people launched a late-morning occupation of the hallway outside the Portland office of the University of Southern Maine provost Michael Stevenson — the hallway that faculty passed through Friday on their way to receive lay-off letters.

People sat on the floor and leaned against walls as chants and even songs broke out amid discussions about “next steps” for holding the university accountable. “We’re using this as a space to organize,” said Meaghan LaSala, student in Women and Gender Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams.

Occasionally, laid-off faculty addressed the crowd in emotionally-charged statements just moments before or after receiving notice.

Meanwhile, at a nearby university event for gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud, students took to the microphone to speak out against budget cuts.

"I’m staying here as long as it takes," Jules Purnell, junior in Women and Gender Studies, told Common Dreams while occupying the hallway. “We’re in a scarcity economy, and we are all terrified right now, but we have to think about solutions.”

Protesters said 11 to 15 full-time faculty members at the university were handed letters on Friday notifying them that they were being “retrenched” or forced out of their jobs, and USM President Theo Kalikow and Provost Stevenson announced plans to lay off more faculty and staff and eliminate four programs: American and New England studies, geosciences, arts and humanities at the school’s Lewiston-Auburn College facility, and recreation and leisure studies.

Wendy Chapkis, professor in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies who participated in the occupation, told Common Dreams that the lay-offs hit faculty of color the hardest. “We’ve been agitating for years for the university to hire women of color,” said Chapkis. “Now they are laying off dozens of faculty members, starting with the most recent hires. Out of the 8 people I know who were laid off, three of them are minority faculty.”

John Eric Baugher, associate professor in sociology who received a lay-off notice Friday after 9 years at USM, told Common Dreams that “university management is pressuring senior faculty to retire to save the jobs of younger faculty” — in what he said amounts to “emotional blackmail.”

"This is potentially precedent-setting," he warned. "There are colleges and universities across the country modeling themselves on the corporate world. If they can get rid of fully tenured, salaried faculty, what will this mean for other universities?"

Administrators have sought to place the blame on a tuition freeze and a multi-million dollar shortfall as the state of Maine, under Governor Paul Lepage, flat-lines funding for the Maine university system. Students say they are fighting for more state and federal funding for USM and demanding that universities facing cuts “chop from the top” rather than force students and workers to bear the brunt of austerity.

"A lot of students here are non-traditional and come here as workers and parents," said LaSala. "By instating these cuts they are saying that students in southern Maine have no right to a diverse education. We want our human right to education. This is happening across the country."

recent report by public policy organization Demos finds that, across the U.S., states used the 2008 recession to justify austerity cuts to higher education funding, and universities are increasingly turning to business models based on rising tuition rates. “In less than a generation, our nation’s higher education system has become a debt-for-diploma system—more than seven out of 10 college seniors now borrow to pay for college and graduate with an average debt of $29,400,” reads a summary of the report.

Yet, students and faculty expressed hope that growing movements can buck what they say is a war on public education. “We need to believe in each other, because we are each other’s only hope,” wrote Purnell in a statement circulated at the protest. “If we are committed to one another and making lasting change, we can do this.”

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@4 months ago with 122 notes
#austerity #education 
workingamerica:

This is ridiculous.
Tell Gov. McCrory to stop the attacks on North Carolina’s working families: http://wefb.it/s3kBYE http://ift.tt/1cBqZF4

The poor are being taxed to finance tax cuts for the rich in the UK also.

workingamerica:

This is ridiculous.

Tell Gov. McCrory to stop the attacks on North Carolina’s working families: http://wefb.it/s3kBYE http://ift.tt/1cBqZF4

The poor are being taxed to finance tax cuts for the rich in the UK also.

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@6 months ago with 488 notes
#austerity #politics #republicans #economics 
occupy-my-blog:

Absolutely Disgusting! Corporate welfare is a scam that the majority of Americans do not support.

In the UK, our banking system has received about five times more in subsidy what is being cut from public services and welfare under austerity.

occupy-my-blog:

Absolutely Disgusting! Corporate welfare is a scam that the majority of Americans do not support.

In the UK, our banking system has received about five times more in subsidy what is being cut from public services and welfare under austerity.

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@6 months ago with 212 notes
#banks #austerity #economics 

mylittlerewolution:

Belgium Firefighters Clash with Police Protesting Against Paycuts in Brussels

13/Dec/2013

Around 1000 Belgium firefighters gathered in Brussels to protest against paycuts and other social restrictions. Firefighters clashed with police when they forced through the police blockade, entered the “neutral zone” and protested in front of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo’s office.

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@7 months ago with 376 notes
#austerity 

Cameron: Austerity should last for ever and Britain must get used to being a 'leaner, more efficient state' 

class-struggle-anarchism:

Oh we’ll be leaner alright 

Pro austerity: Prime Minister David Cameron made his comments at the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet

Keynote speech: The dinner is a chance for the Prime Minister to make a major announcement

I feel a bit of “propaganda by the deed” coming on”

@8 months ago with 21 notes
#david cameron #austerity 

(Source: twitter.com)

@8 months ago with 7 notes
#austerity #uk politics #economics 

Fall in wages puts Britain in Europe's bottom four 

While the rich and corporations receive government tax cuts.

(Source: class-struggle-anarchism)

@11 months ago with 19 notes
#wages #economics #austerity 
Neoliberalism as Social Necrophilia: The Case of Greece→

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4 months ago
#neoliberalism #austerity #greece #economics #politics 
thepeoplesrecord:

Facing austerity cuts, students & faculty occupy Univ. of Southern MaineMarch 22, 2014
Faculty and students launched an occupation of a Maine university building Friday to demand a halt to mass faculty layoffs and department slashes that they say are part of the austerity cuts devastating public education nation-wide.
Over 100 people launched a late-morning occupation of the hallway outside the Portland office of the University of Southern Maine provost Michael Stevenson — the hallway that faculty passed through Friday on their way to receive lay-off letters.
People sat on the floor and leaned against walls as chants and even songs broke out amid discussions about “next steps” for holding the university accountable. “We’re using this as a space to organize,” said Meaghan LaSala, student in Women and Gender Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams.
Occasionally, laid-off faculty addressed the crowd in emotionally-charged statements just moments before or after receiving notice.
Meanwhile, at a nearby university event for gubernatorial candidate Michael Michaud, students took to the microphone to speak out against budget cuts.
"I’m staying here as long as it takes," Jules Purnell, junior in Women and Gender Studies, told Common Dreams while occupying the hallway. “We’re in a scarcity economy, and we are all terrified right now, but we have to think about solutions.”
Protesters said 11 to 15 full-time faculty members at the university were handed letters on Friday notifying them that they were being “retrenched” or forced out of their jobs, and USM President Theo Kalikow and Provost Stevenson announced plans to lay off more faculty and staff and eliminate four programs: American and New England studies, geosciences, arts and humanities at the school’s Lewiston-Auburn College facility, and recreation and leisure studies.
Wendy Chapkis, professor in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies who participated in the occupation, told Common Dreams that the lay-offs hit faculty of color the hardest. “We’ve been agitating for years for the university to hire women of color,” said Chapkis. “Now they are laying off dozens of faculty members, starting with the most recent hires. Out of the 8 people I know who were laid off, three of them are minority faculty.”
John Eric Baugher, associate professor in sociology who received a lay-off notice Friday after 9 years at USM, told Common Dreams that “university management is pressuring senior faculty to retire to save the jobs of younger faculty” — in what he said amounts to “emotional blackmail.”
"This is potentially precedent-setting," he warned. "There are colleges and universities across the country modeling themselves on the corporate world. If they can get rid of fully tenured, salaried faculty, what will this mean for other universities?"
Administrators have sought to place the blame on a tuition freeze and a multi-million dollar shortfall as the state of Maine, under Governor Paul Lepage, flat-lines funding for the Maine university system. Students say they are fighting for more state and federal funding for USM and demanding that universities facing cuts “chop from the top” rather than force students and workers to bear the brunt of austerity.
"A lot of students here are non-traditional and come here as workers and parents," said LaSala. "By instating these cuts they are saying that students in southern Maine have no right to a diverse education. We want our human right to education. This is happening across the country."
A recent report by public policy organization Demos finds that, across the U.S., states used the 2008 recession to justify austerity cuts to higher education funding, and universities are increasingly turning to business models based on rising tuition rates. “In less than a generation, our nation’s higher education system has become a debt-for-diploma system—more than seven out of 10 college seniors now borrow to pay for college and graduate with an average debt of $29,400,” reads a summary of the report.
Yet, students and faculty expressed hope that growing movements can buck what they say is a war on public education. “We need to believe in each other, because we are each other’s only hope,” wrote Purnell in a statement circulated at the protest. “If we are committed to one another and making lasting change, we can do this.”
SourcePhoto
4 months ago
#austerity #education 
"Abandoning a domesticated animal or withdrawing its supply of food can end in criminal convictions here in the UK, yet the duty of care and animal cruelty legislation does not, it seems, apply to human beings."
4 months ago
#politics #austerity #uk politics 
workingamerica:

This is ridiculous.
Tell Gov. McCrory to stop the attacks on North Carolina’s working families: http://wefb.it/s3kBYE http://ift.tt/1cBqZF4

The poor are being taxed to finance tax cuts for the rich in the UK also.
6 months ago
#austerity #politics #republicans #economics 
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is reported to the UN for austerity policies violating international human rights law.

The Daily Mirror, January 17 2014:

Liverpool Council is reporting David Cameron to the United Nations, claiming that his government could be breaking international rules on keeping people out of poverty.

Authority bosses believe the coalition – through its controversial policies such as the hated bedroom tax and welfare reform – could be in breach of the UN economic and social rights convention that sets out minimum standards for access to food, clothing and housing.

Labour members from all parts of the city have spoken of the evidence they have gathered of people who were being forced into degrading poverty because they were being denied access to benefits they desperately needed.

Many are ending up having to resort to what they said was effectively “begging” for food at food banks, the Liverpool Echo reports.

At a meeting this week, councillors heard stories of people stripped of their dole money for up to 16 weeks because they had been late for interviews or had failed to meet the criteria of the government’s Welfare to Work programme.

And they heard claims that in some job centres in the city, suspensions of benefits and other sanctions had risen by up to 500% since 2012.

But the government has hailed the removal of benefits from people who “aren’t pulling their weight” as evidence that the “something for nothing” culture was being tackled.

6 months ago
#politics #uk politics #david cameron #austerity #economics #poverty 
occupy-my-blog:

Absolutely Disgusting! Corporate welfare is a scam that the majority of Americans do not support.

In the UK, our banking system has received about five times more in subsidy what is being cut from public services and welfare under austerity.
6 months ago
#banks #austerity #economics 
kemetically-afrolatino:

This man is a capitalist fool. This is the same mayor who Banned Food Donations To NYC Homeless Shelters. AND!:

Homelessness swelled by 60 percent during Bloomberg’s term, despite his vow to reduce the city’s homeless population by two-thirds in five years.
The mayor told the New York Times last year that families were staying in shelters longer because he had improved them to be “a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before” — a quote that stood in stark contrast with Elliott’s descriptions of Dasani’s decrepit shelter, a situation which Bloomberg calls “extremely atypical,” and which is still operating after inspectors cited it for violations 400 times.

the bullshit! extremely atypical ?? go to the Bronx and you will see the normality of poverty and homelessness here.
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7 months ago
#poverty #austerity 
7 months ago
#austerity 
Austerity.
7 months ago
#politics #austerity 
Cameron: Austerity should last for ever and Britain must get used to being a 'leaner, more efficient state'→

class-struggle-anarchism:

Oh we’ll be leaner alright 

Pro austerity: Prime Minister David Cameron made his comments at the annual Lord Mayor's Banquet

Keynote speech: The dinner is a chance for the Prime Minister to make a major announcement

I feel a bit of “propaganda by the deed” coming on”

8 months ago
#david cameron #austerity 
novaramedia:

David Cameron talks about the need for ‘permanent austerity’ besides the Lord Mayor of London who is seated in a giant ormolu gold throne

They were drinking champagne. Seriously, why aren’t we revolting on the streets?
8 months ago
#david cameron #austerity 
8 months ago
#austerity #uk politics #economics 
10 months ago
#syria #war #austerity 
Fall in wages puts Britain in Europe's bottom four→

While the rich and corporations receive government tax cuts.

(Source: class-struggle-anarchism)

11 months ago
#wages #economics #austerity 
11 months ago
#austerity