imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The Neoliberal Agenda is Over and The Despised Social State

by Gustav Horn and Thomas Meyer Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at 6:23 AM

Neoliberalism is the political-economic experiment of individualizing social risks and claiming growth and employment will be higher. This claim is refuted convincingly by the global financial crisis destroying enormous assets and causing growth and employment to crash.


Does Everyone Know This?

By Gustav Horn

[This article published 1/19/2010 is translated from the German on the Internet,]

What is neoliberalism? Neoliberalism is the political-economic experiment of individualizing social risks and claiming growth and employment will be higher. This claim is refuted convincingly by the global financial crisis destroying enormous assets and causing growth and employment to crash.

The crisis has made this clear. In a market economy, there are inevitable social risks that increase more than decrease through deregulation. No one can seriously argue that those now unemployed are responsible themselves for being unemployed. They are victims of those mistakes that led to the global financial and economic crisis. The absurd or cynical nature of official government campaigns that in the middle of the decade tried to stylize unemployment as largely self-indebted is now unmistakable. Nevertheless the recent German labor market reforms are based on this way of looking at things. Therefore a reform of the reform and turning away from neoliberal ideas are very sensible.

But there are even more reasons for the great upheaval and the great refusal (cf. Paul Krugman). A political economy with a developed social system can cope with social risks better than one without such a system. From an individual economic perspective, unemp0loyment insurance ensures the income for an unemployed person by covering livelihood costs. From an aggregate economic perspective, the stabilization of income also leads to stabilization of consumer demand in times of crisis so the crisis turns out weaker than without social security. Social insurance only becomes problematic when it gives a strong incentive for remaining unemployed when there are acceptable alternatives. In this context, carrying out a reform of the reforms would be rewarding.

Very different projects are astonishingly proposed alongside these sensible reform efforts. In all seriousness, politicians and economists even urge intensifying the Hartz IV rules (German “reform” that combines unemployment insurance and income support and drastically reduces the duration of benefits). The demands for a temporary wage freeze for employees go in the same direction. Obviously not everyone has understood that this crisis is not the result of lax social systems and excessive wage demands. Perhaps they only want to divert from the real causes in order not to notice truths about the dangers of deregulated market systems that are uncomfortable to them.


By Thomas Meyer

[This article published 2/8/2010 is translated from the German on the Internet,]

In German features sections, the question is suddenly raised whether our social state suits the status of free citizens and whether it can still be justified. People pretend to tackle it at its roots. The question is debated as though it has no history.

A warning reaches us from New York in a land that laboriously wrestles over a first health care insurance for its citizens. Tony Judt, a renowned historian, draws an admonishing lesson from Europe’s history that comes at the right moment for us.

Tony Judt summarizes it in the surprising term “a social democracy of fear.” He turns a central idea from the future ethic of the philosopher Hans Jonas to the social-political. If we do not deal sparingly with natural resources out of responsibility and a sense of justice, we should at least have the survival cleverness to imagine the consequences of neglecting what is necessary. Judt recommends that we support the social state. The shock that triggers this could bring us to consciousness. This counsel is imperative now.

In Europe, we are beginning to forget the social state did not arise as a great donor whim of the kindly and well-to-do. Rather it was a hard-as-nails interest compromise between the economically strong and the weak. In Germany, Bismarck reconciled the strengthened labor movement with the state. The labor movement should not imagine finding its own salvation beyond this state. Sooner or later the social state was adopted everywhere in Europe. German state constitutions are based on this historical compromise: constitutional democracy plus capitalist market economy plus the social state supporting basic rights. Whoever shakes the social pillars shocks the whole structure.

Why should the socially weak be good citizens of a state?, the German legal scholar Hermann Heller asked in view of the crisis-shaken Weimar Republic if that state is not concerned about their interests. Only the social constitutional state can demand and expect everyone’s approval. The basic law of Germany first drew this lesson that has become the dilemma of German history. Whoever carelessly shook the social foundation of democracy even in a little features slapstick cut the republic to the marrow.

Inner peace in Europe is based on this historical compromise. The social state is one of the great European cultural achievements.

Today the social state is a legal claim of all German citizens, not a mere matter of alms for the wealthy according to their desire and mood. The social state has proven to be the condition for the freedom of all. The legitimation of modern democracy rests on the social state.

Without the guarantees of its positive prerequisites – education, freedom from distress, social protection, work and income - freedom for too many citizens remains an empty promise, a mere privilege of the strong. Therefore the 1966 Human Rights pacts of the United Nations give universal authority to basic social and economic rights like freedom itself. The post-modern arsonists at the foundations of the social state have forgotten this. But our societies may not forget this.


Dean Baker on the Recovery on GritTV, February 2010

Report this post as:

Local News

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

[NEW HOT] World Soccer King Hack Coins and Gems J17 4:32AM

Asian Countries:Cambodia, Vietnam, N. Korea do not permit unlawful immigration J16 8:06PM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Cleanup J13 4:14PM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

Google, World's Biggest Censor, Was Founded By The CIA J09 10:25AM

For a World Free of Nuclear Risks J09 8:29AM

Corrupt CDC Ignores Meat Fish Recalls J09 4:55AM

The (Temporary) End of Globalization J09 3:03AM

Aternatives to Abortions such as Plan B the pill, condoms and IUD J08 4:03PM

U.S Congressional Legal Minds Know Better Than Allowing Texas To Murder Hank Skinner J08 3:37PM

ACLU in many US states defends in court KKK and American Nazis Sometimes for Money J07 11:28PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy