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Three Cheers for Socialism | Commonweal Magazine
"Americans are, of course, the most thoroughly and passively indoctrinated people on earth. They know next to nothing as a rule about their own history, or the histories of other nations, or the histories of the various social movements that have risen and fallen in the past, and they certainly know little or nothing of the complexities and contradictions comprised within words like “socialism” and “capitalism.” Chiefly, what they have been trained not to know or even suspect is that, in many ways, they enjoy far fewer freedoms, and suffer under a more intrusive centralized state, than do the citizens of countries with more vigorous social-democratic institutions. This is at once the most comic and most tragic aspect of the excitable alarm that talk of social democracy or democratic socialism can elicit on these shores. An enormous number of Americans have been persuaded to believe that they are freer in the abstract than, say, Germans or Danes precisely because they possess far fewer freedoms in the concrete. They are far more vulnerable to medical and financial crisis, far more likely to receive inadequate health coverage, far more prone to irreparable insolvency, far more unprotected against predatory creditors, far more subject to income inequality, and so forth, while effectively paying more in tax (when one figures in federal, state, local, and sales taxes, and then compounds those by all the expenditures that in this country, as almost nowhere else, their taxes do not cover). One might think that a people who once rebelled against the mightiest empire on earth on the principle of no taxation without representation would not meekly accept taxation without adequate government services. But we accept what we have become used to, I suppose. Even so, one has to ask, what state apparatus in the “free” world could be more powerful and tyrannical than the one that taxes its citizens while providing no substantial civic benefits in return, solely in order to enrich a piratically overinflated military-industrial complex and to ease the tax burdens of the immensely wealthy?"
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2 hours ago by robertogreco
Streaming revenues topped $1bn in Germany for the first time last year, with total recorded music sales up 8.2%
After a period of decline, recorded music revenues in Germany bounced back last year, growing by 8.2% in 2019 to hit €1.623 billion ($1.82bn) on a retail basis. Contributing to that 2019 growth, according to figures published today (February 27) by the German Music Industry Association BVMI, was a 27% increase in audio streaming. Revenues from Spotify, Apple Music et al now account for 55.1% of total revenues in Germany, generating €894m ($1.003bn) last year.
dd  mi  germany  streaming 
yesterday by motiveunknown
GovData - Das Datenportal für Deutschland
Über GovData bieten öffentliche Stellen aus Bund, Ländern und Kommunen Daten der Verwaltung an.
So soll insbesondere Verwaltungsmitarbeitern, Bürgern, Unternehmen und Wissenschaftlern die Möglichkeit gegeben werden, über einen zentralen Einstiegspunkt Daten und Informationen der öffentlichen Verwaltung in Deutschland ebenenübergreifend zugreifen zu können.
government  data  germany 
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