Posts Tagged ‘neoliberal globalization’

El Malpais

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

All seven Episodes of El Malpais have now been published. Read and enjoy!

Neoliberal Globalization and Homlessness in the US

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

I recently received the following question from a reader of combatingglobalization.com:

“Would you mind giving me your opinion about the ways in which neoliberal policies & institutions perpetuate permanent/growing homelessness?”

This is a important question about one of the major consequences of neoliberal policies and institutions on communities across the US. The short answer is that the ongoing Reagan Revolution (the neoliberal era in US government) has sparked massive homelessness across the nation. Here is how it worked:

  1. The extensive offshoring of both manufacturing and service jobs has decimated the working class of the US.? An in-depth analysis of the neoliberal assault on labor can be found in The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and the Decline of the American Working Class. Along with their jobs, many working people lost their homes, and some became homeless. This trend is continuing today.
  2. Historically, the working class of the US has carried the bulk of the tax burden. When workers lost their jobs and homes, states and municipalities lost much of their tax revenues and had to reduce their social services. A majority of states, including Texas where I live, shut the doors of their mental health institutions and dumped their patients in the streets. Many of these people ended up in state and county jails, and others became part of the permanent homeless population. (Cities passed no loitering and no camping laws to remove the homeless from public view. Regrettably, it worked!)
  3. The reckless lending practices of of unregulated financial institutions during the neoliberal era have created periodic economic crises, e.g. the saving and loan crisis in the 1980’s and the housing bubble that collapsed in 2008 leading to growing homelessness.
  4. Huge numbers of veterans of the neoliberal US wars in the Middle East have swollen the ranks of the homeless across the nation, adding to the surviving homeless veterans of the Vietnam war.

The phenomenon of permanent/growing homeless offers another reason to combat neoliberal globalization. Learn how to fight in A Primer for Civic Revolution.

Thank you, reader, for the insightful question.

Support Obama’s fight against the Dictatorship of Wealth

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

At the peak of Occupy, President Obama said to activists, “Make me do it.”  There are five clear targets for post-election political action in Civic Revolution: Targeting the Dictatorship of Wealth.

http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/Targeting_the_Dictatorship_of_Wealth.html

Civic Revolution: Targeting the Dictatorship of Wealth

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The withering away of democracy under increasing economic inequality and growing poverty is a central fact of political life in the 21st century.  In the face of this global (and national) megatrend, breaking the stranglehold of the Dictatorship of Wealth is a central task of Civic Revolution.  The vanguard of the 99% — united and using its collective knowledge, skills, and resources — can be a revolutionary force to challenge the ruling 1% and reshape political processes in the interest of the majority.

Read the entire article and submit a comment.

Challenging the Transnational Corporations with Political Smart Mobs and Flying Squads

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

“Every age and generation is and must be (as a matter of right) as free to act for itself in all cases, as the age and generation that preceded it.”

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Mexican truck makes first delivery — the gate is open

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

October 21, 2011.  The first Mexican truck to enter the US under the cross-border trucking provision of NAFTA crossed the World Trade Bridge in Laredo on its way to make a delivery in the Dallas area.  The gate is now open. Fleets of trucks owned by the transnational corporations and driven by Mexican drivers at Mexican wages will soon follow — watch for them at your area warehouses and nearest big box stores.  Tens of thousands of US transportation jobs will now follow the millions of production jobs that have migrated south of the border.  The US working class, already struggling in a stagnant economy, is about take another major blow.

Again, the relentlessness of the US business interests that embrace neoliberal labor strategy has been clearly demonstrated.  It will continue roll over American workers until we mount an effective challenge.

Read The Evolution of Neoliberal Labor Strategy and Decline of the American Working Class.

Offshoring US Transportation Jobs to Mexico–The Looming Deadline

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The North American Free Trade Agreement is the gift that keeps on giving to transnational corporations (TNCs) and taking from US workers.  Now, following the migration of countless manufacturing jobs in the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of US transportation jobs are about to move south of the border.

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Transient Servitude and Work in the 21st Century

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Synopsis: The ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993 was a stab-in-the-back to the working people of North America.  In his remarks on signing NAFTA, President Bill Clinton cited his primary reason for supporting the treaty: “First of all, because NAFTA means jobs.  American jobs, and good-paying American jobs.  If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t support this agreement.” Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford were all present at the signing ceremony to support NAFTA as Ronald Reagan had done in an op-ed published a few days earlier.

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Women Workers: Bearing the Brunt of Neoliberal Globalization

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

One of the most egregious contradictions of the modern world is the fact that workers in developing nations, especially women workers, whose labor feeds and clothes the developed world do not earn enough money to adequately feed, cloth, house, or educate their own children.

The good news is that a civic revolution to correct this global injustice is underway.

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CIVIC REVOLUTION: Securing Human Rights and Responsibilities in the USA — Comment

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The USA, along with the rest of world, is facing a series of daunting economic, social, and environmental crises.  Only a civic revolution based on the recognition of human rights and responsibilities offers the possibility of a sustainable and democratic future for the nation and the world.

Read the article and comment.