Populist revolt in the era of Global Capitalism

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Storming of the Bastille

The result of the international financial crisis of 2008 is plainly evident.  The world’s financial elite perpetrated a grand profit-making scheme which, through its eventual collapse, caused a serious economic downturn that undermined middle class prosperity and robbed individual nation-states of the tax revenues necessary to maintain egalitarian society.  Some assert it was deliberately planned.  Some claim it was triggered by a combination of reckless greed and irresponsible oversight.  Others insist it occurred as a natural result of capitalism, which they see as fundamentally flawed.  Regardless, the end result was the same.

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a new socioeconomic paradigm has emerged commonly referred to as austerity.  It mandates deep spending cuts to social safety net programs, scales back worker pension guarantees, limits collective bargaining and labor union organization, eliminates government regulations that protect citizens from corporate malfeasance, privatizes public institutions…

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Now Tell Us How You Really Feel!!!

mstmha: The following letter is very disturbing, yet, not surprising especially because I am a woman of color as many of my readers’ may already know. It was disturbing in the fact that someo…

Source: Now Tell Us How You Really Feel!!!

mstmha’s reference to the Lynch Letter is as relevant today as ever.  The advice to pitch the young against the old, and men against women – ring any bells?

Strip back the NHS’s layers of management so we nurses can do our job : i NEWS.


By Jeff Cable, a nurse
In my decades working as a nurse, and now in providing locum services, I have seen that NHS management is becoming increasingly inefficient and profligate.
Decisions aren’t made by reference to clinical expertise, but by people who lean towards “blue sky thinking”. The management structures I saw in the 1970s comprised one senior clinician, one senior nurse and one senior administrator.
They met weekly, and all management decisions made clinical sense.
The matron supervised all nursing activities.
The resident medical officer oversaw the work of the clinicians.
All non-clinical staff were supervised by the senior administrator.
Remove ten layers of management and the savings could underwrite a new affordable national health service Compare this lean and essential management body with the sprawling expensive managerial structures of the present.
Today every manager appears to have deputy and assistant managers and secretarial support.
Middle managers talk too…

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NHS accused of covering up huge data loss that put thousands at risk


Exclusive: More than 500,000 pieces of patient data between GPs and hospitals went undelivered between 2011 and 2016

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The mislaid documents, which included screening results and diagnoses, were accidentally left to languish in a warehouse. Photograph: Medical Research Council/Douglas/PA

Thousands of patients are feared to have been harmed after the NHS lost more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence, including test results and treatment plans.

In one of the biggest losses of sensitive clinical information in the NHS’s 69-year history, more than 500,000 pieces of patient data sent between GPs and hospitals went undelivered over the five years from 2011 to 2016.

The mislaid documents, which range from screening results to blood tests to diagnoses, failed to reach their intended recipients because the company meant to ensure their delivery mistakenly stored them in a warehouse.

NHS England has quietly launched an inquiry to discover how many patients…

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EU Lawmakers Urge “Federal Union” For European States… Or Else

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The leaders of the lower chambers of parliament of Germany, Italy, France, and Luxembourg have called for a European ?Federal Union? in an open letter published in Italian newspaper La Stampa on Sunday.

In the letter, four representatives of EU governments ? Claude Bartolone of the French National Assembly, Laura Boldrini of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Norbert Lammert of the German Bundestag, and Mars Di Bartolomeo of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies ? say that closer cooperation is essential for dealing with problems that no one EU state can tackle on its own, such as immigration, terrorism, and climate change. As RT notes, the letter?s authors also warn that the European integration project is currently more at risk than ever before, with high unemployment and immigration problems driving populist and nationalist movements. The EU must also come to grips with the fact that, last June, the United…

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What happened to the Black Panther Party? Independent Lens documentary tells the shocking story

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

When I was a teenager in the San Francisco Bay area, The Free Huey movement captured the attention of many young Americans like myself who were disillusioned by the Vietnam War, racial injustice, and an increasingly authoritarian political establishment.  First JFK was assassinated, then Malcolm X, then Martin Luther King Jr., and then Robert F. Kennedy.  All of these men had one thing in common, they each – in their own way – attempted to change America to be a more just and equitable nation.  But, those with vested interests in keeping America unjust and inequitable resisted – often using clandestine and brutal means.

If you don’t believe these four assassinations – and many more – were connected at some level, you obviously weren’t there.  I was, and that connection forever defined America from the 1960s onwards.

“Free Huey” referred to the populist movement demanding officialdom…

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We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People: Saving the Soul of Democracy

The Secular Jurist

By Bill Moyers

In one way or another, this is the oldest story in our country’s history: the struggle to determine whether “we, the people” is a metaphysical reality – one nation, indivisible – or merely a charade masquerading as piety and manipulated by the powerful and privileged to sustain their own way of life at the expense of others.

“I Contain Multitudes”

There is a vast difference between a society whose arrangements roughly serve all its citizens and one whose institutions have been converted into a stupendous fraud, a democracy in name only. I have no doubt about what the United States of America was meant to be. It’s spelled out right there in the 52 most revolutionary words in our founding documents, the preamble to our Constitution, proclaiming the sovereignty of the people as the moral base of government:


The Greek historian Plutarch is said to have…

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Undercover. The True Story of Britain’s Political Police. Rob Evans and Paul Lewis. Review.

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Undercover. The True Story of Britain’s Political Police. Rob Evans and Paul Lewis. Faber & Faber 2013.

Many of the reported 8,931 political campaigners on the “national data base of political extremists” took a keen interest in the publication of Undercover. Some police infiltrators had already been publicly unmasked. Mark Kennedy – “Stone” – has been fingered by Indymedia in 2010. ‘Progressive academic’ and advocate of a dialogue with Islamists, Bob Lambert, was confronted with his spy chief past at a conference to “celebrate diversity, defend multiculturalism, oppose Islamophobia and racism” in October 2011. Suddenly people on the left, and other campaigners, were reminded of the existence of intense police surveillance on our political activity.

Undercover has marked a new stage. The extracts in the Guardian, which contains fuller revelations about Kennedy and Lambert, and others’ including long-term relationships with activists, and the use of dead children’s birth certificates…

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