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Capitalism’s Crisis of Stagnation and Austerity
After the 2008-09 financial crisis, the hope was that a combination of economic recovery, inflation and austerity would shrink the debt mountain. This, though, was too optimistic. Growth has been below par, inflation subdued and austerity self-defeating. (“Global debt is the danger: beware the butterfly moment” Financial Times 6 January 2018)
Kapital  Capital  productivity  Austerity  economic  history  secular  stagnation  demand  output  gap  UK  USA  Germany  income  growth  debt  bubble  inflation  service  QE  monetary  fiscal  policy  underinvestment  Exploitation  atomised 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties - BBC News
A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found.
UK  tax  evasion  avoidance  offshore  Kapital  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  globalisation  globalization  money  laundering  white-collar  crime 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
In search of surrogates, foreign couples descend on Ukraine - BBC News
Foreign couples have been coming to this corner of Europe in droves since 2015, when surrogacy hotspots in Asia began closing their industries one-by-one, amid reports of exploitation. Barred from India, Nepal and Thailand, they turned to Ukraine, one of the few places left where surrogacy can still be arranged at a fraction of what it costs in the US.

"We have so many childless couples coming to our country - it's like a conveyor belt," says Ana, who asked for her identity to be protected.

When she was 21, and after some years of hotel work, Ana finally decided to become a surrogate. By then she had a daughter and realised she was eligible. Under Ukrainian law, a surrogate must have a child of their own before carrying someone else's. If you have your own child, you are less likely to become attached to the one you must give away, those who recruit the women say. [...] Europe's capital of surrogacy
Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine "has increased probably 1000% in the last two years alone," says Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, a Sydney-based charity that advises would-be parents.

The country, he adds, "has found itself almost accidentally as one of the handful of nation states" which allow surrogacy tourism.
IVF  fertility  public  health  crisis  western  diet  S.A.D.  lifestyle  infertility  autoimmune  disease  diseases  poverty  exploitation  trap  global  south  west  Ukraine  UK  India  USA  surrogate  surrogacy  parenthood  capitalism  Kapital  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  neoliberalism  neoliberal  ethics  moral  philosophy  Sociology  adoption 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(5780) Supermarkets face £billions in compensation for "pay discrimination" - YouTube
pay segregation gender bias // much ethics and moral values. Gesellschaft. nothing which capital knows about. // main question: equal pay for equal work - shopfloor vs warehouse - comparable? // gendered roles eg care health care nursing
gender  pay  gap  equality  gender-based  discrimination  value  Feminism  feminist  sexism  Sexismus  part-time  ethics  morality  Philosophy  Sociology  fairness  Capitalism  Kapital  profit  maximisation  HR  human  resources  policy  transparency  BBC  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  UK  Economics  history 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Internationaler Währungsfonds: IWF fordert höhere Vermögensabgaben in Deutschland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Überraschende Wahlkampfhilfe für SPD-Kanzlerkandidat Schulz: Der IWF will von Deutschland laut einem Zeitungsbericht höhere Steuern auf Eigentum fordern. Untere Einkommen würden dagegen zu stark belastet. // System is Rigged in UK - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jujJ-QoBiFY
IMF  GE2017  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  lobby  revolving  door  Germany  UK  USA  inequality  social  mobility  income  gini  Coefficient  tax  evasion  avoidance  Capital  Picketty  Kapital  no  representation  Brexit  GFC  bank  bailout  recovery  trickle-down 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
The ten graphs which show how Britain became a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of London (and what we can do about it) – New thinking for the British economy
[ uk banks overinvested enabled by political policy into houses and high streets. underinvested in productive capital like R&D companies in general etc ] >> But it doesn’t increase the productive capacity of the economy one iota: a more expensive house doesn’t produce more intelligent children, and a higher share price doesn’t boost a company’s productivity (though it can indirectly boost its capacity to raise funds for investment). [...] Debt-financed asset purchases are thus fundamentally a Ponzi activity: // not just tight housing supply is increasing prices, but also easy credit/debt/mortgage market! // [...] ultimately, there is a limit to just how much debt individuals and corporations can take on – even with low interest rates
UK  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  housing  market  mortgage  household  consumer  debt  disposable  income  servitude  GFC  recovery  wage  growth  Ponzi  asset  capital  Kapital  BOE  credit  card  affordable  social  servicing  default  rate  insolvency  speculation  unintended  consequences  economic  history  consumption  secular  stagnation  Brexit  policy  fiscal  monetary  Mark  Carney  underinvestment  productivity  R&D  Career  Politicians  Margaret  Thatcher 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen: Wie Wirtschaftskrisen Populisten helfen - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
All das passt zu Zahlen, wonach - auch in Deutschland - eine große Minderheit seit Jahrzehnten real an Einkommen verliert. Und der Abstand zwischen Gewinnern und Verlierern atemberaubend groß geworden ist. Und es passt zum verbreiteten Gefühl, dass nur noch schwer nachzuvollziehen ist, welche Macht Konzerne ausüben. Und wie wenig die Regierungen dem noch entgegenzusetzen haben. [...] All das lässt sich nicht mit ein bisschen mehr Konjunktur beseitigen. Wie der französische Ökonom Thomas Piketty diagnostiziert hat, gibt es eine fast automatische Verschärfung der Ungleichheit - schon weil mit großem Geld mehr zu verdienen ist als mit harter Arbeit.
DonaldTrump  MarineLePen  Donald  Trump  Brexit  UKIP  UK  USA  Germany  AfD  France  Frankreich  Populism  demagogue  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  White  Supremacy  Centrist  GFC  recovery  secular  stagnation  dot.com  Abstiegsangst  Middle  Class  Precariat  working  poor  neoliberalism  crony  capitalism  Austerity  Schuldenbremse  Fiscal  Pact  European  Union  Privatisation  workers  trade  Hartz-IV  ALG2  Aufstocker  Altersarmut  Globalisation  insecurity  Geert  Wilders  Protest  Vote  voterturnout  turnout  Democracy  inequality  gini  coefficient  Super  Rich  1%  Plutocracy  Oligarchy  tax  evasion  avoidance  lobby  TTIP  CETA  income  distribution  poverty  trap  Kapital  vested  interest  Capital  Thomas  Piketty  structural  unemployment  underemployed  underemployment  part-time 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
(453) James O'Brien (and Incorrigible) solve the housing crisis - YouTube
thatcher banned councils from borrowing money to build council houses/flats. ie w 50, 100 year loans. Councils would be making profit in the end by owning capital. Thatcher didnt like it, banned it. market and private capital knows best how to make profit. governments not allowed to make profits ROI on investment. Now +1bn housing benefit goes to private landlord. and 1/3 of ex council social housing is rented out by private landlords.
UK  Margaret  Thatcher  Privatisation  Social  Housing  affordable  Council  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  crisis  profit  maximisation  capitalism  Government  Capital  Kapital  ROI  rent  seeking  rentier  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  GFC  recovery  immigration  demographic  bubble  England  economic  history  Tony  Blair  Labour  GE2017  Thomas  Piketty  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Brexit 
may 2017 by asterisk2a

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