Posts tagged “economy”

  • Joel Magnuson at Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland

    May 6, 2013

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    Monday, May 6th @ 7:00pm
    Annie Bloom’s Books
    7834 SW Capitol Hwy 
    Portland, OR

     

    Joel Magnuson will be at Annie Bloom’s Books to read and discuss his new book, The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy, on Monday, May 6th.

    The oncoming decline of the Oil Age, the facts are hard: global oil deposits will soon reach their peak, a violent race to get whats left has begun, and our culture of consumption is heedlessly dependent on oil and other fossil fuels. The consequences will not just be longer lines and higher prices at the gas pump, but as Magnuson explains the very nature of life as we know it hangs in the balance with the onsite of this inevitable change which stands to become a needless catastrophe.

    Magnuson’s visionary insights do not only highlight the negative compounding factors of dwindling resources, global warming, increasing debt, and ill-prepared government.

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  • Joel Magnuson in Seattle

    March 20, 2013

    Joel Magnuson, author of  The Approaching Great Transformation will be at Seattle Town Hall as part of the Town Hall’s Civic Series on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30pm, to discuss his new book.

    With vision and deliberate action communities around the world can break out of habitual ways of producing and consuming things and move optimistically toward something better. The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Liveable Post Carbon Economy, Magnuson’s follow-up to Mindful Economicsdiscusses this idea and many other timely issues of economy, energy, and consumption. in time, these institutional developments will lead to the positive evolution of economic systems and human culture. This book documents examples and stories of this work that is already being done.

    Joel Magnuson is an internationally recognized economist specializing in non-orthodox approaches to political economy. He is currently a professor of economics in Portland, Oregon; a visiting fellow at the Ashcroft International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England; and is an international advisor to the editorial board of Anglia’s journal Interconnections.

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  • Joel Magnuson in Portland

    March 11, 2013

    Joel Magnuson, author of The Approaching Great Transformationwill be in Portland at Powell’s City Books on Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm to discuss his upcoming book. 

    The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Liveable Post Carbon Economy is Magnuson’s follow up to his previous book, Mindful EconomicsIn his second book, Magnuson extends his ideas and focuses on he coming shift in how we act and think in the world economically as the era of cheap oil comes to an end. The purpose of this book is to provide inspiration for those seeking the ongoing global effort to move away from our dependency on fossil fuels and ceaseless growth, and towards a more sustainable, stable, and just system.

    “The Approaching Great Transformation is a breath of fresh air in a world of hackneyed nonsolutions to our social and economic problems. Professor Magnuson pulls no punches regarding the coming collapse of the corporate-commercial-consumer society, or the inability of technological fixes and ‘green capitalism’ to bail us out of the historical crunch that is virtually upon us.” -Morris Berman, author of Why America Failed

    The Approaching Great Transformation will be out in April 2013.

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  • Obama’s Agenda: What it means for economic inequality

    February 26, 2013

    When President Obama gave his State of the Union address on February 12th, hepizzigati_crdt_fredsolowey laid out his second-term agenda which included his plans to help reduce the growing economic inequality in our nation. He spoke of raising minimum wage, granting universal pre-kindergarten access to families in need, restoring the pay roll tax cut, and linking federal student aid to the rising college tuition costs. But what does his plan really mean for economic disparity?

    According to University of California economist Emmanuel Saez, the top ten percent in the US is making 46.5 percent of the nations income, which is the highest rate in nearly 100 years! This, amongst many other indicators, has sounded the alarms for government to address the this gap between the top-earners and the rest of the country. In an interview with Between the Lines‘ Scott Harris, Sam Pizzigati, veteran labor journalist and author of The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970, assesses President Obama’s plan and how effectively it addresses the economic inequality.

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  • Tax Progressivity: A Blow to Plutocracy

    February 19, 2013

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    Progressives of 100 years ago hoped that the 16th Amendment and the introduction of federal income tax would be a blow to plutocracy, according to Sam Pizzigati, author of The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900—1970, in a recent article in The Nation entitled “Real tax reform: Give the rich a tax incentive to support pay increases for the rest of us.” In the first tax schedule following the Amendment, tax rates on the highest brackets were much lower than progressives wished for. However, World War I boosted tax rates for those with an income of over $100,000, a tradition that persisted through the Great Depression and the Eisenhower Era. Taxes on the richest were widely viewed as necessary to prevent concentration of wealth and the destruction to American society that it would bring.

    Though the dismantling of tax progressivity is often blamed on Ronald Reagan, it was actually John F.

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  • Interview with Ezequiel Adamovsky, author of Anti-Capitalism

    Interview with Ezequiel Adamovsky, author of Anti-Capitalism

    June 24, 2011

    "Initially, the idea came to my mind in 2002. At that time, after the rebellion of December 2001 in Argentina, I was very much involved in the neighbors' Assemblies movement . . . Most people had the feeling that the old Left had little to offer. And yet, they were craving for radical ideas and actions. There was the sense that we were building a new kind of movement, but there were no ideas, concepts or doctrines to name it . . . Even if activists in Europe and the US immediately felt that the Argentinean rebellion was part of a global phenomenon, people in Argentina, initially, had almost no idea that similar movements were taking place elsewhere, and that other people were already discussing the same problems and having to face similar political challenges. I felt that I had the responsibility to communicate all those ideas to the people who were struggling with me in the streets." --Ezequiel Adamovsky

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  • Ralph Nader and Jesse Jackson at TCNJ for Joint Talk on Economy

    Ralph Nader and Jesse Jackson at TCNJ for Joint Talk on Economy

    March 1, 2011

    March 1, 2011, 7:00PM, Ralph Nader and Jesse Jackson will be delivering a joint speaking address on the economy. This will also include a long question and answer session with students. Nader is also on tour promoting the abridged paperback edition of "Only the Super Rich Can Save Us!" in which a cadre of superrich individuals tried to become a driving force in America to organize and institutionalize the interests of the citizens of this troubled nation. This event is organized by the TCNJ College Democrats. Location: Kendall Hall, 2000 Pennington Road Ewing, NJ 08618. For more information contact tcnjdems@tcnj.edu.

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  • Linh Dinh at Common Dreams: “Casino Time”

    Linh Dinh at Common Dreams: “Casino Time”

    February 18, 2010

    The word recession, meaning a temporary dip in economic activity, was coined in 1929 during the start of the Great Depression, so even then, we were kidding ourselves. Now, after months of babbling on about "green shoots," the main stream media, always fluffy and clueless when not outright dishonest, are starting to use "Great Recession," but that's still sugarcoating it. Why not the Great Recess, as in a fun pause in labor when we can all run out and play, or, better yet, let's give a nod to Saddam Hussein and label it, properly, as the Mother of all Depressions. —From Linh Dinh's "Casino Time"

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  • Get Together, Slim Down by Linh Dinh

    Get Together, Slim Down by Linh Dinh

    June 2, 2009

    Before American steel mills went silent, Lowry Graham’s dad labored in one for four decades. A high school graduate, he was more educated than most of his co-workers. He liked his job, became a foreman and was proud of it. It was a dirty, backbreaking and sometimes lethal occupation. At the start of World War II, steel workers had to go on strike to demand, among other concessions, a ten-minute lunch break and a room to shower and change at the end of the day. Lowry went to college and became a nurse, but his goal was to have more control over his life than his father did. To gain time, he was willing to make less money. “I wanted to be able to do laundry in the afternoon if I felt like it,” he told me. In the 80's, Lowry bought cheap properties just beyond Center City, on a block considered iffy, if not suicidal. Neighbors tagged him the “pizza man,” as in, “Pizza man, can you give me some money for a slice?”

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