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rune66

As Amazon Rises, So Does the Opposition - The New York Times - 0 views

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    "If you relentlessly squeeze workers and suppliers, if you undermine every community's local businesses, if you capture all of this surplus under the guise of efficiency and channel those gains to a small number of people, you end up with a system that is very vulnerable," said Ms. Mitchell, an antitrust reformer and monopoly critic. "That is what we've been doing, systematically and as a matter of public policy."
rune66

Is there a growth imperative in capitalist economies? a circular flow perspective - 0 views

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    Abstract: This paper postulates the existence of a growth imperative in capitalist economies. The argument is based on a simple circular flow model of a pure credit economy, where production takes time. In this economy, positive growth rates are necessary in the long run in order to enable firms to make profits in the aggregate. If the growth rate falls below a certain positive threshold level, firms will make losses. Under these circumstances, they will go out of business, which moves the whole economy into a downward spiral. According to the model presented, capitalist economies can either grow (at a sufficiently high rate) or shrink if the growth rate falls below the positive threshold level. Therefore, a zero growth economy is not feasible in the long run.
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    Fandt denne artikel via "Where does money come from". Nu skal jeg have den læst!
rune66

Det globale oligarki og det neoliberale bedrag | Information - 0 views

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    Ak ja.
rune66

Davosmennesket stortrives - vi andre betaler for hans excesser | Information - 0 views

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    Spot on kritik af Davos og dens deltagere. Et usmageligt arrangement.
rune66

Austrianites, please explain zero-growth capitalism - RevLeft - 1 views

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    " You can't have zero-growth Capitalism."
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    Interessant diskussionstråd om kapitalisme og vækst. Ikke at man kommer til bunds, men der slås nogle akkorder an.
sylvester roepstorff

Ecology of the Mind | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters - 0 views

  • Quiet feels foreign now, but quiet could be just what we need. Silence may be to a healthy mind what clean air and water are to a healthy body.
  • The commercial media are to the mental environment what factories are to the physical environment. A factory dumps pollution into the water or air because that’s the most efficient way to produce plastic or wood pulp or steel. A TV station or website pollutes the cultural environment because that’s the most efficient way to produce audiences. It pays to pollute. The psychic fallout is just the cost of putting on the show.
  • The information we consume is increasingly flat and homogenized. Designed to reach millions, it often lacks nuance, complexity and context. Reading the same factoids on Wikipedia and watching the same viral video on YouTube, we experience a flattening of culture. Cultural homogenization has graver consequences than the same hairstyles, catchphrases, action-hero antics and video clips propagated ad nauseam around the world. In all systems, homogenization is poison. Lack of diversity leads to inefficiency and failure. Infodiversity is as critical to our long-term survival as biodiversity. Both are bedrocks of human existence.
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  • We may be suffering from the infodisease that Nicholas Carr first diagnosed in himself. “Over the past few years,” he writes, “I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory… what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”
  • The result is a society that treats our cultural heritage as a resource for exploitation. Instead of producing new works of genuine art that replenish our mental environment, we celebrate the amateur whose mash-ups may be hilarious but contribute nothing of value to the cultural conversation. This situation becomes especially distressing when we consider that just as there is a finite amount of nutrients in our soil, there is a finite amount of creativity that the past can yield. Great art is rare, and only so many mash-ups can be released before the original power of a truly artistic creation is lost. And without the production of an authentic culture, our mental environment is in danger of becoming a clear-cut wasteland, overfarmed and depleted. In Lanier’s words, “we face a situation in which culture is effectively eating its own seed stock.”
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    En temmelig pessimistisk og tankevækkende artikel om distraktion, informationssyge og kulturkannibalisme - om forureningen af sindet og tabet af viden og evnen til fordybelse. 
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    Jeg synes bestemt godt om nogen af citaterne måske især den om medierne som forurenende fabrikker. Dog synes jeg også, at den er meget negativ, og derfor lider af mangel på konstruktivitet. Det er meget nemt at være negativ, og man kommer også meget nemt til at overdrive. Igen er spørgsmål om en artikel som ovenstående kan hjælpe os med at handle positivt, eller om den bare får os til at hensynke i mere apati. Jeg synes, at den måske kan give en noget eftertænksomhed og få én til at stoppe op, men handlingsændrende er det nok ikke.
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