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Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph

filled by those who know what they want. […]

George Monbiot in The Guardian: How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics

“Fake News” is nothing new!

“The paradoxical result is that the backlash against neo-liberalism’s crushing of political choice has elevated just the kind of man that Hayek worshipped. Trump, who has no coherent politics, is not a classic neoliberal. But he is the perfect representation of Hayek’s “independent;” the beneficiary of inherited wealth, unconstrained by common morality, whose gross predilections strike a new path that others may follow. The neoliberal thinktankers are now swarming round this hollow man, this empty vessel waiting to be


Zuckerberg Just Revealed Facebook’s 7-Point Plan to Censor “Fake News” and It’s Chilling, by Claire Bernish, TheFreeThoughtProject: “Therein lies the greatest threat to a free press and free speech this country has seen since Red Scare McCarthyism — Facebook, backed by a polarized public, will be the arbiter of acceptable thought — and those who dare question or criticize that thought will pay with their livelihoods. Far worse, everyone will pay the price of lost access to information. We’re already starting to.” […] Read more at LINK: ♣


Tragedies unfolding in India – and the U.S. bring back the amount of withdrawn currency into From Binu Mathew, based in India

IN INDIA: Demonetisation has wrecked rural India. They are selling their perishable produces at a loss. They are accepting old notes since they fear that if it is transferred to the bank, the bank officials will withhold it for repayment of old loans, one thing I predicted in my first article after demonetisation. Jaideep Hardikar reports the plight of farmers from Vidarbha. […] LINK:

Dec. 1st, 2016: It was pay day today in India – that is,

for the salaried class which makes up about 20% of India's population. Still it was total mayhem today. Long queues, no cash in banks, long waits, road blocks... many went home empty handed. Mind you, it was a big day for just the 20% or less of India's population. The government came a cropper in the first pay day after demonetisation. Things are going to get worse in the coming days. How does the other half of India, NO, the vast majority of India's population live? They have no fixed salary. 70 % of them live on less than $2 a day. Without cash, their lives have come to a stand still. Without cash, their lives will not move. India is moving towards a great calamity. No media is reporting this emerging calamity. Mirza Yawar Baig says that what India faces is an 'empathy vacuum’. In this mad ambitious "Digital Revolution" that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading these 70 % are left behind. Nobody is showing empathy to these people. Financial experts including former finance minister P. Chidambaram have said that it would take at least seven months to 54 dialogue

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circulation. If this government has a tinge of empathy left in them they should at least bring back the now withdrawn 500 rupee notes to increase cash circulation. If not... I hate to make a prediction. We, in India, are living in a state of anesthetized anarchy. We seem to have lost it in more ways than one. In the days of the sabretooth tiger mankind needed to be totally in touch with reality if it wished to avoid being the tiger’s next meal. Since we made the STT extinct we seem to believe that being in touch with reality is not required or at least, is optional. The fact is, that it is neither optional nor unnecessary. It is as critical as it was then, with the only difference that the one who eats you now has changed; not that you will not be on the menu. […] UPDATES AT LINK:

IN THE US: Water protectors at Standing Rock face imminent threat of eviction. Irwin Jerome takes a historic view of the struggle of the indigenous people and says that "the underbelly of America’s story of empire, greed and expansion, at the constant expense of Indians, Mexicans, former Black slaves and poor whites, is the same ol’, same ol’ constant in 2016 as it was at its birth in 1776 or at any point in-between then and now. To put it more succinctly, America’s real story is an ugly tale of the three ‘M’s’: Murder, Mayhem & Misery!" LINK: In Solidarity, Binu Mathew, ♣


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Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

Dialogue v 30 n 2 winter2016 17  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...