Bernard Cassen

La deuda griega es impagable: Entrevista a Bernard Cassen

El periodista de Le Monde diplomatique, autor de En finir avec l’eurolibéralisme (“Terminar con el euroliberalismo”, 2008), y de numerosos libros sobre política y economía europea, se expresa sobre el oscuro porvenir de Grecia y de la zona Euro.

Bernard Cassen fue director general de Le Monde diplomatique desde 1996 hasta 2008, años en que este colectivo periodístico se destacó por tener una participación decisiva en el surgimiento de nuevos movimientos sociales. En 1998 fue uno de los fundadores de la Asociación por la Tasación de las Transacciones Financieras y por la Ayuda al Ciudadano (ATTAC) que, recuperando una idea del economista James Tobin, proponía un impuesto sobre las transacciones de cambio y así recaudar dinero para combatir situaciones de pobreza. En el año 2000, Cassen abrió las puertas de su pequeña oficina de Paris para diseñar junto a otras organizaciones sociales el Foro Social Mundial (FSM), que debido a su insistencia fue llevado a cabo por primera vez en Porto Alegre. Cassen es todavía hoy presidente honorario de ATTAC, pero la asociación ha ampliado su campo de acción para concientizar sobre el poder que la esfera financiera ejerce sobre todo los aspectos de la vida política, económica, social y cultural. read more

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Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination

Source: The Guardian

The young people protesting in Wall Street and beyond reject this vain economic order. They have come to reclaim the future

Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation – despite the latest police crackdown – sent out sparks across America, within days, inspiring hundreds of people to send pizzas, money, equipment and, now, to start their own movements called OccupyChicago, OccupyFlorida, in OccupyDenver or OccupyLA?

There are obvious reasons. We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates. read more

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Chomksy on Wall St Occupation

From Noam Chomsky:

“Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.” read more

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The Philosophy Behind “Occupy Wall Street”

Source: Counterpunch

“Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation. When the capital development of a country becomes a byproduct of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done.”

–  John Maynard Keynes, 1936.

The International Monetary Fund’s Global Financial Stability Report is typically very sober in its assessment of the world. The current report, released on September 21, warns that the world economy is entering a “danger zone.” The IMF downgrades its estimate for global growth from an already low 4.3 per cent  to 4 per cent , with U. S. growth cut from 2.7 per cent  to 1.8 per cent . “For the first time since the October 2008 Global Financial Stability Report, risks to global financial stability have increased, signaling a partial reversal in progress made over the past three years.” In other words, all the measures taken to stem the hemorrhage caused by the global credit crisis of 2008 onward have run their course, and we are back to the day when Lehman’s shutters came down. read more