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Posted: Jul 19, 2022 - 8:19pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:


Why not call it capitalismo-anarchy

That's what I would really like to find out. 

Who makes this shit up? It's so unreal... 

... like this weather we got going here!

HOT! HOT! 
HOT!
-w.34







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Posted: Jul 19, 2022 - 2:24pm

For the moment, a gigayacht is the most expensive item that our species has figured out how to own.*
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Posted: Jul 13, 2022 - 7:43am

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Posted: Jun 14, 2022 - 3:51pm

 Red_Dragon wrote:

moet marxism?
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Posted: Jun 14, 2022 - 5:20am

Shipping Chaos Is the Latest Sign that Capitalism Is Eating Itself
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Posted: Apr 20, 2022 - 3:34pm

How Pentagon contractors are cashing in on Russia’s invasion
Though Russia’s war on Ukraine is a tragedy for the world, one group is already benefiting from it: U.S. arms contractors.
The war in Ukraine will indeed be a bonanza for the likes of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. First of all, there will be the contracts to resupply weapons like Raytheon’s Stinger anti-aircraft missile and the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin-produced Javelin anti-tank missile that Washington has already provided to Ukraine by the thousands. The bigger stream of profits, however, will come from assured post-conflict increases in national-security spending here and in Europe justified, at least in part, by the Russian invasion and the disaster that’s followed.

Indeed, direct arms transfers to Ukraine already reflect only part of the extra money going to U.S. military contractors. This fiscal year alone, they are guaranteed to also reap significant benefits from the Pentagon’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program, both of which finance the acquisition of American weaponry and other equipment, as well as military training. These have, in fact, been the two primary channels for military aid to Ukraine from the moment the Russians invaded and seized Crimea in 2014. Since then, the United States has committed around $5 billion in security assistance to that country.

According to the State Department, the United States has provided such military aid to help Ukraine “preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.” So, when Russian troops began to mass on the Ukrainian border last year, Washington quickly upped the ante. On March 31, 2021, the U.S. European Command declared a “potential imminent crisis,” given the estimated 100,000 Russian troops already along that border and within Crimea. As last year ended, the Biden administration had committed $650 million in weaponry to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft and anti-armor equipment like the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-tank missile.

Despite such elevated levels of American military assistance, Russian troops did indeed invade Ukraine in February. Since then, according to Pentagon reports, the U.S. has committed to giving approximately $2.6 billion in military aid to that country, bringing the Biden administration total to more than $3.2 billion and still rising. (...)

The Pentagon gold mine
For U.S. arms makers, however, the greatest benefits of the war in Ukraine won’t be immediate weapons sales, large as they are, but the changing nature of the ongoing debate over Pentagon spending itself. Of course, the representatives of such companies were already plugging the long-term challenge posed by China, a greatly exaggerated threat, but the Russian invasion is nothing short of manna from heaven for them, the ultimate rallying cry for advocates of greater military outlays. Even before the war, the Pentagon was slated to receive at least $7.3 trillion over the next decade, more than four times the cost of President Biden’s $1.7 trillion domestic Build Back Better plan, already stymied by members of Congress who labeled it “too expensive” by far. And keep in mind that, given the current surge in Pentagon spending, that $7.3 trillion could prove a minimal figure.
Ka-Ching!

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Posted: Apr 20, 2022 - 3:10pm

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Employee stock ownership.
And coops, where various stakeholders own the equity, wholesale grocery coops owned by retail members...or even companies like REI.



like mutual companies
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Posted: Apr 20, 2022 - 2:56pm

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I was clowning a bit
are you referring to employee stock option plan?


Employee stock ownership.
And coops, where various stakeholders own the equity, wholesale grocery coops owned by retail members...or even companies like REI.

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Posted: Apr 20, 2022 - 10:20am

 black321 wrote:


Hmm, not sure what u mean, or link between coops and n korea?


I was clowning a bit
are you referring to employee stock option plan?
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Posted: Apr 20, 2022 - 7:33am

 miamizsun wrote:

not me, i  
 north korea!




Hmm, not sure what u mean, or link between coops and n korea?
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Posted: Apr 19, 2022 - 4:05am

 black321 wrote:
More a fan of co-operative capitalism, greater use of ESOPS...
 
not me, i   north korea!


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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 11:03am

More a fan of co-operative capitalism, greater use of ESOPS...
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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 10:55am

 Red_Dragon wrote:


fake news


Another Soros stooge!
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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 10:44am

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Sorry - in my mind I'm always thinking "democratic socialism." Still - to go back to the beginning - a better idea than capitalism, which runs roughshod over its workers and has no concern for the environment.




fake news
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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 9:55am

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That is not socialism.  Socialism is when the state owns and controls the means of production.

Just sayin' ...


Sorry - in my mind I'm always thinking "democratic socialism." Still - to go back to the beginning - a better idea than capitalism, which runs roughshod over its workers and has no concern for the environment.


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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 9:52am

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  God forbid anyone falls for the idea that workers should control the means of production.

 
That is not socialism.  Socialism is when the state owns and controls the means of production.

Just sayin' ...
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Posted: Apr 12, 2022 - 8:43am

Hey, they're just po' folks...
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Posted: Apr 11, 2022 - 8:51am

 HarleyRider wrote:

I don't know if any one else in the US noticed that the first round of the French election was held today. The once powerful French Socialist party got a total of less than 2% of the votes.



God forbid anyone falls for the idea that workers should control the means of production.
Capitalism is best. If you’re the guy on top of the company. Or the company raising the price of goods and gas because you can.

Not so much if you’re the poor - literally - slob having to work two or three jobs because the billionaire owning the company won’t pay you a decent wage.

Say, I wonder who it is that keeps telling everyone to keep calm and love capitalism? Who generates that message? Could it be the people that profit the most from it?

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Posted: Apr 10, 2022 - 2:02pm

I don't know if any one else in the US noticed that the first round of the French election was held today. The once powerful French Socialist party got a total of less than 2% of the votes.
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Posted: Apr 8, 2022 - 9:06am

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